The U.S. Supreme Court has issued another ruling that allows huge corporations to spend as much money as they want in their efforts to take over our democracy. In summarily striking down a Montana law that limited corporate electioneering in Big Sky Country, the Supreme Court doubled down on its assertion in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations have a right to distort our elections by spending without limit for the sake of securing the allegiance of politicians and policy makers.
It’s very clear that the make-up of the current Supreme Court will not overturn Citizens United. That is why people have to overturn the Court. That’s where Public Citizen – and its hundreds of thousands of supporters across the country – comes in. Public Citizen called for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United shortly after the High Court handed down the opinion in January, 2010. Despite the Supreme Court’s denial of reality when it comes to the impact of independent spending on elections, the work Public Citizen is doing has taken the idea of a constitutional amendment from “doubtful” to “doable.” Momentum around the country appears to be growing daily. The more folks find out about the effect Citizens United has had on the political scene, the more they dislike what’s happening.
The fight to preserve democracy is being spearheaded by Public Citizen activists around the country. While passage of the amendment in both the House and Senate is still considered an uphill fight, I believe Public Citizen and the American people will prevail. Defending our nation from a hostile corporate takeover is too important and I don’t believe the American people will let this effort fail. Unfortunately, there are still too many folks in this country who don’t even know about Citizens United. Fortunately, the word is getting out and those folks are waking up.
When one reads about the billions of dollars being raised by the SuperPACs in an effort by the super rich to buy a President, the seriousness of the battle is put in perspective. I believe the American people love their democracy too much to let it be bought or even leased by Corporate America or by the super rich who currently control the GOP. We will find out if I am correct when the voters elect a President and members of the U.S. House and Senate in November. The decisions made then will be the most important is a very long time and will determine whether the middle-class will survive in our country.
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