One small development that was largely eclipsed by the various Trump scandals and ethical lapses last week came courtesy of Congressman Adam Schiff who introduced a Constitutional amendment to effectively overturn the perverse and ridiculous Citizens United Supreme Court Decision. Coverage here from CNN:
It’s not the first time a Rep has introduced a bill to undo Citizens United, but Schiff is a high profile Democratic politician and may be able to get some traction where others failed. Citizens United is a broadly unpopular ruling and many politicians on both sides of the aisle have condemned it, but only the Democrats have taken action to address it. Until it’s overturned, large corporations and hyper-wealthy plutocrats will have an extremely outsized voice and influence over our politics, and corporatism is surely at the root of many of our problems.
Some Democrats are in the pocket of big business, but ALL of the Republicans are handmaids to moneyed corporate interests. Many of the Democratic presidential contenders reject corporate PAC and lobbying money, while Republicans often embrace dark money and the embrace of big business. The GOP has sold its soul to corporate cash, and they no longer care if the planet burns, or if sick people die, or if students are enslaved to debt for the rest of their lives. As long as a rich white guy somewhere can remain rich and maybe get wealthier, the rest of the world can go to hell. And that’s been the story of conservative America since the 1980’s and Ronald Reagan.
Ronald Reagan correctly noted that our government doesn’t serve or help the average citizen. But with help from wealthy corporations and plutocrats like Rupert Murdoch and the Koch Brothers, Reagan misidentified the problem. The story they wove was that government itself was evil–even though our government is US. In fact, government can be used for good or evil depending on who we elect. Certain politicians are evil, and in many cases it’s because they embrace an agenda determined by the giant corporations or plutocrats who fund their campaigns. Many of our problems can be solved by government, but only if good people are elected, and only if citizens remain engaged and active. Otherwise, the constant eroding power of corporate greed takes over and bends the government toward its will, which has been the situation for many years, especially within the Republican party.
Only when we get big money out of politics will our government stand a chance of truly serving the needs of the average citizen. As activists, supporting efforts to overturn Citizens United should be near the top of our list. And it’s essential that we criticize and punish Republicans who stand in our way. If bills like the one Schiff introduced make it to a vote it will provide Democrats with an opportunity to shine a light on the Republicans who vote against it and side with corporate greed.
Keep resisting and working to “vote his ass out of office.”