"We, the undersigned, believe that democracy is not for sale. We believe that corporations are not people. And we hereby pledge our support to a Constitutional Amendment designed to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United."
With the corrupt culture that has grown within DC, I can envision that this statement is so very true. It also means that it won't be changed easily and sets up a huge battle between the monied interests that want to control government and the masses. That is if the masses get off their asses!
FDR once met with a group of activists who sought his support for bold legislation. He listened to their arguments for some time and then said, "You've convinced me. Now go out and make me do it." He understood that the more effectively people created a sense of urgency and crisis, the easier it would be for him to push for needed legislation.
Having a president who inspires people to act collectively on their own behalf can make a difference. It gives people hope and courage to defy obstacles. It's something our country has lacked for a long, long time.
This isn't quite so simple. The decision is based on the First Amendment, something I'd rather not mess with.
If businesses can't spend money to support or oppose candidates, then what about media organizations?
- Newspapers regularly endorse candidates and spend the company's money publicizing this view
- Newspapers and television stations regularly criticize politicians and express viewpoints on public policy debates, again spending the media company's money to do so.
- What about this website? A company's money went into creating this forum. The founders publish their own viewpoints on positions. Would you want that to be illegal?
There's no way to reliably distinguish a "real" media organization from a "shadowy group." The only way to "fix" Citizens United is to demand disclosure and give greater rights to shareholders to restrict the political activities of corporations.
- no press could ever mention politics
- cnn, fox, msnbc could not legally exist
- you wouldnt be able to publicly stump or address your grievances about your government