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Unequal Protection: The Court Takes the Presidency

Thom Hartman [book excerpt] @ Truthout - On December 12, 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court granted yet another gift to corporate power—and hammered yet another nail into the coffin of democracy in America. They did it in a strikingly dramatic fashion: by stealing the presidency.

In the process five members of the unelected third branch of government made sure that its majority character and nature probably wouldn’t change for a long enough time that the Court could cast a hugely conservative shadow over the American electoral process, guaranteeing that people like themselves and their patrons—wealthy, powerful, and corporate-connected—would continue to have a disproportionate impact on future elections.

Here’s how they did it and what their actions mean for the future of the battle between corporations and citizens for the soul of the nation.  Read more.

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