Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is a disaster in the making and a threat to Democracy itself. The Supreme Court ruled that corporations are now “persons” and entitled by the U.S. Constitution, for all intents and purposes, to pour unlimited amounts of cash into the political process to buy elections and run our government. They are free to pour their profits into ads and back any political candidate they choose, and to advertise against any they oppose.
Think about that. ANY CORPORATION CAN NOW BUY ELECTIONS. The coming 2010 elections? Bought and sold. Presidential election in 2012? Just use your imagination. If anyone thinks this is no cause for alarm, they’re wrong. Think about what’s been happening over the last few administrations. Think back to the last eight years of the Bush Administration. Look at the aftermath of 9/11 and the war in Iraq and go from there. Civil liberties, regulations and the rule of law have been chipped away little by little and now with this ruling, all bets are off.
You’ve probably heard a lot over the past 24 hours how this decision is about free speech, and it’s good for “the people to have a voice in the electoral process.” But the “free speech” and “the people” they are speaking of are not you or me. It’s the big corporations, the banks, the insurance companies, big oil. You name it, the list goes on and on.
The majority of those saying this is a good thing are those on the right. The GOP are cheering, and that alone on a good day would be suspect. But what they’re not yet beginning to grasp is the big picture. They’re either thinking about the near future and what this means for them, especially if they’re beholden to one of those corporations with billions in profits. Salivating would probably not be an exaggeration. But they’re either blinded by the almighty buck, or they are woefully ignorant of what happened yesterday. Because they don’t realize that they are just as vulnerable to this as any of the rest of us are. Their rights and so-called “job security” by way of legal bribery will mean nothing more than anyone else’s when this “hostile corporate takeover” of our democracy plays out and swallows them whole. Someone else will always be there to sell the last one out to the highest bidder. Those bidders will have deep pockets, and (spoiler alert) they won’t just be from this country. No, no, foreign corporations will be able to cash in on America as well. The Supreme Court Of The United States (thanks to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, and their appointed, so-called “conservative justices”) has now officially and legally made it possible to “outsource” our Democracy.
To learn more about the decision and find out what you can do and how to take action, I’ve put together a few links below. It’s a somewhat short list because this is the first chance I’ve had to actually sit down and start writing and put it together. Over the next few days I’ll have more and I’ll put them up as I go along. But in the meantime, educate yourself as much as you can and spread the word, because as usual the media (with a few exceptions, like Rachel Maddow, and Countdown) aren’t covering this like they should, and there is a LOT of misinformation coming out both intentionally and otherwise. We need to fight back on this, or we all lose.
Read the entire decision: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
Move To Amend a project of the Campaign To Legalize Democracy, Resources and to sign the Motion To Amend
Use OpenSecrets to Monitor Any Increased Appetites for Independent Expenditures in the Wake of the Supreme Court Ruling
To learn more about the legislation introduced by Alan Grayson (D-FL).
To send a letter asking your members of Congress to take action to ensure fair elections.