Remember during the 2010 State Of The Union Address when Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito shook his head in dissent when Barack Obama commented on how the Citizen’s United decision would greatly affect elections (Or when Alito and the other conservative Justices didn’t attend the 2011 State of the Union Address)?
I wonder what Alito thinks now.
The Young Turks break down the impact of the Citizen’s United v. Federal Election Commission in the form of a phenomenon newly prevalent in this election: the billionaire sugar-daddy.
I believe that this is the number one problem we face in our country today. Sure, there are more severe issues surrounding war and poverty, life and death stuff. There’s corruption and greed, too.
But in the end, it all flows back to Citizen’s United, wherein the activist Supreme Court decided that money represents free speech.
Thus, corporations and special interest groups pumping billions of dollars into elections with minimal identification standards and no standards for honesty or truth-telling, is simply an expression of free speech.
“What’s that you say? The electorate has been so turned around by all this heavily funded misinformation and outright lying that they don’t know which way is up? Whoops! Pure happenstance–hey, is that Glee playing on the t.v.? That looks like a hoot!”
Never mind that China–or any foreign government or group–could theoretically be footing the bill. Those interests would simply be exercising their freedom of speech. Here. In America’s political system.
Citizen’s United is the reason why we have privatized prisons and crappy public schools and stagnant wages and and humorous financial reform law and even more (or less) humorous health care reform and record breaking corporate profits and record-breaking executive bonuses and draconian online piracy bills and all the other situations that occur when financing elections adds to the profit margin.
We all have a voice, some voices are louder or farther reaching, but essentially, it’s an equivalent right. When we talk about dollars, it’s not equal. And that’s the point of capitalism. If it was all equal it would be communism. So by definition, the Citizen’s United decision gives those that have lots of money even more rights than the rest of us. Supreme Court activism at its worst.
You know what? I could care less what Alito thinks. I could care less what any politician thinks. It is imperative that we get money out of politics. The future of our nation depends on it.
(Constitution correction image from: http://www.laprogressive.com/citizens-united-corporate-power/. Citizen’s united logo from: http://www.opensecrets.org/news/reports/citizens_united.php. Pledge Allegiance Cartoon from: http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2011/12/30/citizens-united-loses-in-montana-supreme-court-upholds-state-ban-on-corporate-spending/.)