This is a strange topic for this holiday season, I know. Well, maybe not. I’m grateful and happy in my solitude on this day. However, it brings me to deep thinking; world at peace and happy and compasionate humans. We, after all, are the ‘intellegent’ species. We’re in control of not only our destiny, but apparently the world as we know it. If you were to give our species a grade, what would it be?
What’s Citizens United got to do with this? Why does it always seem to be bubbling around my mind? Would you happen to know what Citizens United is for? It is a limitation to our choices. It makes it possible for a few to control the masses! Oh, you already know this right? What the heck can we do about it? If you think this is fine and I’ve already turned you off for bringing the topic up on this day, don’t read any further.
Bringing up this topic has caused some to pay the ultimate price. Guess something could go wrong with my Social Security, Medicare, little things like that. Why would they bother? Me, I’m just a tiny fish in the pond.
This is HUGE! In 2010 a Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United vs. FEC case effectively blocked the ability to enact limits on campaign spending and opened the floodgates to the billions of dollars pouring into the election system. Enabling those with access to concentrated wealth to have vastly more influence over our political system than the average American.
Personally, I don’t consider myself to be an ‘average’ American; extraordinary, brilliant, and strong, come to mind. How about you?
My thought, those qualifying for government roles should have equal access to platforms; media. Currently, as most of you know, only those with massive amounts of money can be seen and heard. You do see how that might set limitations? How about this, setting legislation providing a sensible answer that levels the field.
I’m not the only human who thinks that every qualified individual seeking a government office (not sure if qualifications need to be amended) has equal funding and exposure. How does this work? Well, the money for this would come from the people of the United States and corporate tax (taxed according to levels of income) dollars.
Everyone has an equal state in this kind of policy. The media would be required to donate a certain amount of air time to each candidate, with tax dollars paying a portion.
We’re all in this together…not just the corporations filling the pockets of politicians!
We can not have a just society as long as the floodgates are open to billions of dollars enabling those with access to concentrated wealth to have vastly more influence over our political system than the rest of us.
Americans already bow to consumerism over our air, water, land and wildlife. In the 21st Century, how much more can we sacrifice? Find candidates that support getting rid of Citizens United. A scary monster ruling the world!
Leaving on a positive note. I Pledge allegiance to Earth. Promising to educate others so they may become caretakers of our water, air, land, wildlife, and the unseen life all around and beneath our feet.