Jan. 21, 2010, will go down as a dark day in the history of U.S. democracy. It was then that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government may not ban corporations from any amount of political spending on elections. This, I believe, is a decision that deeply affects government policy, both domestic and foreign. It is nothing less than a ‘corporate coup’ of the U.S. political system.
The Supreme Court of the United States just handed over even greater power to a smaller fraction of 1% of the population that dominates the economy. Corporate executives can in effect buy elections from the American public. I believe the Court decision strikes at the very core of what democracy is and will pave the way for corporations to use their vast monies and resources to overwhelm the election process and coerce elected officials to do their will.
Spending money is not speech. Let me be clear, spending money is not speech. I must say that by granting the free unaccounted spending of unlimited money to campaigns essentially says let’s forget any pretense of democracy. Most American citizens know the government is run by the money of a few. 70% of American are ‘under or unrepresented’ by their elected officials. This I believe is a pathological problem of society. It is not a secret that corporate contributions, marketed in complex ways, can change the balance in elections, thus creating policy. Now, the Roberts decision gives corporate America even greater scope.
Finally, I believe this decision is a threat to the freedom of individuals, and to the strength and stability of the American state. The breach between public opinion and corporate policy menaces a larger divide, and the cost to American democracy cannot be overrated. We must change this, and if elected I will do all I can.