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.
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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.
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.
Politicians were never supposed to have the kind of stranglehold on their offices they hold today. The American public is passively condoning this ineffective system by not demanding better. We need to be able to recall leaders who do not live up to their campaign promises. A lot of damage can be done in a two year term in the House of Representatives, and even more with four years in the White House or six years in the Senate.
Knowing the harm too much influence in the hands of one group or one individual could have, our Founding Fathers designed a system of government to split up the power so no one faction would have too much authority. At the founding of our nation we established our Constitution as the supreme law of the land and the Founders designed it to strengthen and unify our country while ensuring that individual liberties would be secured.