Tag Archives: Politics
If you haven’t noticed yet, our mainstream media outlets are inundated with political ad campaigns. With this year being an election year, over 150,000 television spots have run thus far and this is only the beginning.
Next month our nation will find out if the disastrous Citizens United ruling will be overturned. Back in 2010, The Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case claimed that unlimited political expenditures were to be considered political speech and should be protected as expressions of free speech. Prior to the 2010 Court ruling, top executives were barred by federal law from using corporate funds to instruct, induce, intimidate or otherwise push workers to support particular candidates. Now, with backdoor spending through super PACs, unlimited funds can be spent as long as they do not directly endorse a particular candidate.
A plutocracy is a nation run by the rich for their own special interests. Once a republic, the United States has lost its way and the Supreme Court has played a key role in its demise. A recent study from Princeton University found that though the general thought has been that we have a democracy, in all reality the rich and powerful are the ones who are really in control now.