Batten down the hatches, its American politics again. Rita doesn’t think much of the ‘Citizens United’ decision…
Greetings my fellow American Persons! My name is Behemoth Inc. and I am thrilled to celebrate my newly minted power of speech with you today. First I must confess that I come from a non-traditional family. Don’t be shocked, but I have five Daddies, all of them Supreme Court Justices. There’s no controversy about precisely when my life began. Not at conception, or even incorporation, but on January 21st 2010 when the Justices handed down their decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Before that date I was just a twinkle in their eyes, a powerful twinkle making tons of money but not yet a real Person. Now I am endowed with all the rights and privileges of full personhood just like you. The most important of these is free speech. Of course we all know that free speech isn’t really free, it must be bought and paid for. Anyone can stand in the town square and shout out his opinions, but it’s the guy who can afford the biggest megaphone whose speech is heard. Well guess what? I own the megaphone factory! I control all the media outlets from sea to shining sea. That’s why my Daddies created me. So they could buy the next Presidential election for their pals. It was touch and go in the 2000 election; they only managed it by some skillful trickery right at the last minute. And as we all know the 2008 election didn’t go so well, that foreign socialist got in. We don’t want to take any chances this time.
I got some good practice for the big event during the Republican primaries. I decided Mitt would be best for business. He’s super rich like me so he understands my problems. Those other guys with all their emphasis on the social issues just don’t get it. The social issues are only a means to an end, a way to get people to vote for you. If you care about them too much you won’t be ready to change your position quickly as the wind blows. So I poured money into character assassination ads in all the states where Mitt had a strong rival. Sometimes it was too easy because those guys said some really stupid things. But when they did I was ready with my big megaphone to make sure everyone heard them over and over again. I think I’m prepared for the big time now and I’m already buying up huge chunks of airtime to spread more lies about President Obama. Can you believe there are still people suggestible enough to be taken in by all those born in Kenya and secret Muslim stories? Soon I’ll have them believing Mitt really cares more about their problems than he does about getting that vacation mansion with the car elevator finished on schedule. I don’t understand all that socialist criticism of the elevator. How else is he supposed to get his fleet of cars into an underground garage? You wouldn’t want him to spoil his view of the private beach with an above ground garage would you?
The really clever part about my Daddies’ decision is that I can spend my money anonymously. I don’t have to worry about Behemoth Inc.’s fingerprints showing up on any of the dirt I dish. All I have to do is create nonprofit groups as fronts. I’ve found that it works best if I give them nice American names that make people feel all fuzzy and warm and patriotic. Like Real Americans for America, or Free Americans for Freedom. The possibilities are endless. Some people are more motivated by what they are against so I have organization names for them too. Like Moms against Muslims, Parents against Pedophiles, Car Lovers against Climatologists, Apple Pie Bakers against Foreign-sounding Pastries, and of course the all-purpose Us against Them. I have no qualms about using the name of the Lord in vain, JesusLovesAmerica.org works for me. And to attract young people all I have to do is stick an “i” in there. iLoveAmerica is an app that automatically transfers large chunks of your hard-earned cash into my coffers. See I don’t just use my own money, I grab as much of yours as I can too. Who wouldn’t contribute to the Abused Puppies for Mitt fund after they watch that cute video on YouTube?
It’s hard to believe that some of the Justices opposed my Daddies. Justice Sevens wrote a mean-spirited dissent in which he claimed that “unlike our colleagues, (the Framers) had little trouble distinguishing corporations from human beings.” Doesn’t he realize the Framers are only infallible when they agree with me? Even now some malcontents, probably socialists, write nasty things about me. After all I do for the country! I’m a job creator. I have teams of money manipulators and political smear writers working 24/7. I’m really the perfect American Person if you think about it – I don’t need health care. So long as you keep the cash flowing through my veins I can look forward confidently to a prosperous and unlimited lifespan.
Unless I have the misfortune to be taken over by Bain Capital.