Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Supreme Court Got it Wrong...Again!

What should we be feeling after the horrendous McCutcheon Decision? I know I feel many emotions - outrage, frustration, sadness among them. 

The decision is abominable, of course, but after Citizens United, I suppose it was not unexpected.  I find it a slap in the face to ordinary citizens and a solidifying of the power of the wealthy elite - what the top 1% - the top .1% ? - those who have been chief campaign contributors and will now be able to control politics even more.  Here is a great graphic that explains brilliantly what the decision means, monetarily.

My thoughts, which I alluded to above, are aligned with those so cogently expressed by Robert Weissman, the President of Public Citizen, in their statement which can be read here.

There is a glimmer of hope, though, however faint.  There are several grass roots groups that are protesting and seeking to get a Constitutional Amendment passed to get the big money out of politics.  I know that so many folks have day to day challenges that make reforming campaign finance seem relatively unimportant.  But as with the surveillance state revelations, these are extremely important issues.  We must stand up for the society we want to become.  It will not be easy.  However, we must get some outrage going and channel it into productive action to transform our present mess into something more responsive to ordinary citizens.  You know - the people our government is supposed to be of, by, and for.

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