Citizens United was the tipping point. Our democracy is finished. We're all dead. We just don't know it yet.
In 2010, the Supreme Court condemned an entire generation to a lifetime of unelected corporate rule. Money buys power, which creates more money, which purchases more power. There is no public interest, only special interest.
As damaging as they were, the 2010 midterm elections across the House of Representatives and the legislatures were just the tip of the iceberg. The plutocrats were just beginning to take advantage of the unrestrained power to corrupt our government. In 2012, the beast will be unleashed.
Even then, with the new regime not only a year old, look at how dramatically successful the corrupt corporate candidates were across all fifty states. The next steps: evisceration of collective bargaining rights, elimination of public employees, unprecedented obstruction, the debt ceiling hostage crisis, redistricting, gerrymandering, voter suppression, and giveaways to corporate donors to concentrate even more wealth and power. Divide and conquer, as Walker promised. This is only the beginning.
In Wisconsin right now, we're starting to see how a true post-Citizens United election environment operates. Walker, based on his record, should be trailing by around 20 points. But, when you can purchase the media, when you can drown the opposition in a sea of corporate cash, his record disappears. Walker will win by around 10 points. The people will be bewildered, and make excuses. Make no mistake, that 2012 election was decided two years earlier by five men in black robes.
After Wisconsin, Democrats nationwide will regroup and try their best to win seats in the House, to preserve the Senate majority, and to re-elect the President. And we will fail. President Romney will entrench corporate rule for decades. The Republicans will pack the courts, gut financial regulations, dismantle environmental protection, destroy the safety net, funnel wealth to the top, destroy unions. One economic meltdown after another will destroy all middle class wealth. And then, after they have remade the country, they will entrench Republican rule for generations to come. The patrons who invested in buying a Republican lawmaker will receive a return many times the size of their investment. And then they will reinvest that dividend into the next election.
We will never see another Democratic president in our lifetimes after Obama. We will never see another Democratic majority in either house of Congress in any of our lifetimes. We will never see a Democratic majority on the Supreme Court for centuries. The robber barons will decide which puppets to install.
Once you reach the tipping point, the republic is lost. We reached that point in 2010, by a vote of 5 to 4, on a legal question that was not presented in the case at hand.
It's over. We're all dead. We just don't know it yet.
EDIT: Walker wins. As much as I prepared myself for this eventuality, I still had hope in a miracle. I was naive.