You see, the feigned ignorance about how money works in politics voiced by Chief Justice (!) John Roberts, and the sincere, if addled, persecution fantasies of Charles Koch are two sides of the same coin.

Not for nothing, the plutocracy is getting more than a little edgy these days, and this edginess is leading to some behavior that would be laughable if it weren’t, well, nothing to chuckle about. That is, if you happen to be a member of the 99%.

The Supreme (!) Court’s execrable ruling in McCutcheon yesterday, coming on the same day Charles Koch slapped up a ghost-written typer-tantrum in the Wall Street Journal, clearly shows that plutocrats and their enablers in government are abandoning the “quiet rooms” to which Mitt Romney thought discussions of inequality should be secreted, and are currently running naked through the streets, screaming about the egregious travails of the uber-wealthy. (Metaphorically, thank heaven….)

But really, why in the world would an already discredited Supreme Court majority further besmirch itself with yet another in a long line of obvious power grabs for the fat cats, and a quite evidently loony billionaire whine about his entirely imaginary powerlessness on the same day? Because they can; for the moment.

You see, the feigned ignorance about how money works in politics voiced by Chief Justice (!) John Roberts, and the sincere, if addled, persecution fantasies of Charles Koch are two sides of the same coin. These people know that they acquired their power by illegitimate means, and used it, ruthlessly, for the opposite of the public good, and if they can’t escape the judgement of history, they certainly don’t want a lot of backtalk about it in the here and now. It hurts their feelings, understandably.

So, rather than tone things down a bit, after already harming so many with their misanthropic, claptrap ideology, they must shout down and shut up the critics, in equal measure, to get their beauty rest at night.

But these folks are utterly incapable of such moderation; like drunks at last call, they know a dreadful hangover is coming, but they have to have another double regardless. Panicky and sweaty, they show the same lack of impulse control they so often lament in others.

Happily, such desperation reveals that the plutocracy is feeling less comfortable than ever about its ill-gotten gains, material and political, than it has in many decades; sadly, they still have the power to stave off those lightning bolts, and they’re not a bit shy about using it.

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