- - Sunday, May 18, 2014

In the roaring 20s, President Calvin Coolidge uttered the famous words, “The business of America is business.”

There was a point in time when American business could be counted on to be patriotic. American business helped win World War II, despite Franklin Roosevelt’s most desperate efforts to impose central planning on the American economy.

That was then. Today, corporatism runs America. America’s government is no longer of the people, by the people, for the people. Instead it is of the rich corporations, by the rich corporations and for the rich corporations.

Many corporations quickly understood the Obama regime’s pay to play mentality. Corporations and CEOs that made large contributions to the Obama campaign were rewarded. They received government contracts or regulatory benefits, such as not having major mergers blocked. Meanwhile, those who supported Republicans found just the opposite to be true.

But it isn’t just the Democrats who are now dominated by corporate interests. It is the Republicans too.

Last Monday, Tom Donohue, the CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce gave the Republican Party their marching orders. Pass amnesty this year or else. He told the GOP to either pass amnesty this year or don’t bother running a candidate in 2016.

Most of the Republican base, not to mention real Americans, oppose amnesty. Sane people realize amnesty would create millions of new Democrat voters and make the GOP a permanent minority. It would also crush the middle class.

That does not matter to the corporatists, who are demanding Amnesty so they can slash wages to third world levels.

One of the most dramatic examples of this corporate war on Americans and the grassroots is going on in Virginia.

For the last week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s campaign has been in freefall since a disastrous outcome in the Republican 7th District convention, where Mr. Cantor’s hand picked candidate lost in a rigged convention. Mr. Cantor himself was booed off the stage and had a hysterical meltdown when he was challenged in his own district.

The American Chemical Council has rushed an almost $300,000 independent expenditure to help Eric Cantor stave off tea party insurgent Dave Brat. Cantor has $1.9 million in the bank at the last count, though advertising may be burning through some of that. Mr.  Brat had $42,000 at the last report.

Why is the corporate group, the American Chemical Council rushing in to try and save Eric Cantor from an underfunded opponent?

A humorist once said that politicians should have to wear NASCAR type uniforms with all of their corporate sponsors listed on them. If Mr. Cantor were required to do that, he would need a cape twenty feet long.

Corporations believe they can buy elections with their money now. Both political parties now pander to the corporations more than they pay attention to the real Americans who make up the political base. They no longer pay attention to those who campaign for freedom and liberty.

The corporations have declared war on the American people.

It is time for the American people to fight back.

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