Prepare to be floored by a speech against Corporate power for the ages.
(T)his American Government of ours should never be on its knees before corporate power, no matter how strong. It should never be in the thrall of corporate wealth, no matter how vast.
Speaking on the Senate Floor, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) gave the speech of a lifetime on Thursday. Ironically, this was just after Republican House Representative Joe Barton (BP-TX) virtually knelt down in order to kiss the ring of the Feudal Lord/CEO of BP, a multinational fiefdom of Big Oil.
Video, transcript and more below the fold. And get popcorn, this is going to be good. Trust me.
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Put it to scale; consider $23 billion of pure profit, just in one quarter, by Big Oil. And compare: the Obama and McCain campaigns together spent about $1 billion in the last election. Do the math: for 5% of one quarter's profits, Big Oil could outspend both American presidential campaigns. That may be some politicians' idea of a happy day, because that is who they work to please, but it is wrong and needs to be stopped.
Channeling the Trust Busters of old, in an eloquent, detailed and truly staggering speech on the Senate floor, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse attacked BP, Wall St, the Bush/Cheney age of crony capitalism, and the very essence of corporate power. While going after BP, the Banksters, the 5-4 Supreme Court Citizens United ruling, the "regulatory capture" of vital arms of government oversight, Sen. Whitehouse ties together the economic bankster caused collapse, the exploding oil rig in the gulf, the Corporate greed and influence that caused them and the bought and owned political hacks who helped allow this to happen. Sen. Whitehouse demands that the US Attorney General be given the power to overhaul any Government agency that becomes "captured" by the Special interests they are supposed to be regulating, and in invoking our founding fathers, Whitehouse made the case that corporate greed is the problem, NOT "too much government", as Conservative shills like to shriek. In 9 minutes you will fall in love with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse as he sums up the heart of most of the major problems with the American Government AND the American economy in a way that surely made the spirit of Ted Kennedy smile.
This is what a fighter looks like.