Posted April 5, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
After 400 posts on this blog it seems proper to make #401 about overturning Citizens United. Perhaps no issue in recent American history – in all of American history – has been so close to unanimously agreed upon by the people in the United States. Polls have consistently shown that 70-80% of Americans oppose Citizens United and want it to go away. When enough state legislatures agree that a constitutional convention to remove the highly controversial Supreme Court ruling is needed, the U.S. Congress has no choice but to allow it to happen.
At that time, the people’s demands will come forward, a sufficient number of states will approve of what the people have demanded, and Citizens United will find itself on the ash heap of history’s errors.
Other democratic nations around the world are far ahead of the United States with regard to taking money out of political campaigns and allowing their people to move closer to true democracy. Allowing money to determine winners and losers places America in an unenviable position in the league of nations.
“In our day, certain economic proofs have been accepted as self-evident. The second Bill of Rights, under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all regardless of station, race, or creed. Among these are the rights to a useful and remunerative job, the right to earn enough for adequate food, clothing, and recreation. The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living. The right of every businessman both large and small to trade in an atmosphere of freedom – freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies home and abroad.”
“The right of every family to a decent home. The right to adequate medical care and an opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health. A right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, debt, and unemployment. The right to a good education. All of these rights spell security and, after this war is won, we must be prepared to move forward in the implementation of these rights, goals of happiness, and well-being. For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.”
– President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Overturning Citizens United is all about a whole new way of practicing democracy – in America and around the world. Americans agree that something about our political system is not right and – that it doesn’t have to be this way.
(Thank you to Move to Amend at YouTube)
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