Citizens United! The Supreme Court Says It Is Okay To Corporatize America! But Which Corporation Will Own Us?

Will It Be Koch Industries? Do They Really Want To Own Us? Yes!

The Supreme Court, in its questionable wisdom, has changed U.S. politics and elections forever! The Citizens United decision was handed down on January 21, 2010. It overturned the provision of McCain-Feingold that barred corporations from paying for political ads made independently of candidate campaigns. It is the decision that allows corporations to buy American political elections. It allows much more! It paves the way for the corporatization of America. When glitzy campaign ads, produced and financed by billionaires tell lies, they are believed by all but the most knowledgable of voters. These billionaires, with their unlimited funding, know that a lie, once told and believed, is almost impossible to fight. It is called brainwashing. The Citizens United decision not only allows unlimited funding, the sources of the funding don't have to be disclosed. Unless we can find out who has paid for the advertising, we won't know which corporations have purchased our candidates and their elections.

Every commercial promotes a product. Commercials tell the advantages (real or imagined) of a certain product. This toilet paper is softer, this cleaning solution will remove all stains, this make-up will make you look ten years younger. Appeal to the consumer's wants and needs, even if the claims are untrue, and sales of the product will increase. Even though your wrinkles are still there, you believe that using the product has made you look younger. Consumers are such fools! You are still old. You are still wrinkled. Hard to face, but it is reality! The same psychology holds true with political ads. But political ads deal with voters. It is much more serious and the effects of lies told and believed in the political arena have more far-reaching consequences.

The Citizens United Decision: The Cartoon Version!

A Lay Person's Explanation of the Citizens United Decision

During the 2008 Presidential election, Citizens United, a non-profit conservative organization, wanted to promote and air its 90 minute film, Hillary, the Movie. The film is a documentary that portrays Hillary Clinton in a negative light. The organization intended to promote and sell the movie by buying air time and then use video-on-demand technology, among other venues. A lower court blocked the efforts ruling that Citizens United was in violation of McCain-Feingold or the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.

The case made its way to the Supreme Court. According to the Brennan Center for Justice the ruling said two things: (1) No distinction can be drawn between the First Amendment rights of individuals and corporations in the electoral context, and that
(2) Independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.

That decision has opened the flood gates. Any corporation can now spend millions, even billions to promote or villify candidates at every level. The right of freedom of speech is no longer limited to people. Now corporations have that right.

How Much Money Will It Take To Buy Your Vote?

One man, one vote. That is what this all boils down to! Corporations do not yet have the power to vote, but they do have the ability and the money to buy your vote and to buy the candidates. Of course they will support candidates who are willing to sell out to the highest bidder. There is never a shortage of corrupt or corruptible politicians. If it was difficult prior to this new law, it is going to be far more difficult in future elections. Which one is telling the truth? Which one has a hidden agenda? How are you going to know which person to vote for? Who will represent your interests, or promote their own? Who is lying? Who is telling the truth?

Ultimately, your voting decisions will now become much more difficult than before. You have now become a voting consumer and must now realize that you are being sold a product. You will have to do some research. You are going to have to look in the mirror and be honest with yourself. Does this product really take away my wrinkles, or is the product that is being sold to me nothing more than a scam? If your vote is important to you, you will do some actual research and then tell yourself the truth.

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When You Purchase A Product At The Polls, A Corporation May Have Already Purchased It!

When you purchase a television, it comes with a guarantee of some sort. A political candidate does not. You do not get a refund or a quick exchange. The next time you vote, find out where the candidate's campaign money comes from. By determining the funding source, you can get a fairly good idea of where your candidate will stand on the issues important to you. Do some digging. What does the contributing corporation stand to gain if their chosen candidate is elected? If you believe that corporate money is donated with no expectation of favors, you are naive.

If the research work involved is too much for you, don't vote. A careless vote affects everyone, especially now that corporations can donate as much money as they desire to influence you and purchase your chosen candidates.

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Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Kudos to you for this excellent hub. I think the Citizen's United decision is among the worse decisions the Supreme Court has ever made. It also serves to show how partisan the Court has become. You have tackled this complex issue and simplified it so that anyone can understand. The video is instructive as well. Excellent!

Voted way up/awesome


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Thank you, Fay!

Had to make this easy, because I did not even really understand the history behind it. I think we have so many things flying around in our brains that unless everything is broken down into the simplest of terms, we lose the meaning.

I understand it now! I agree that this decision has far-reaching consequences. We just have to be diligent and for me, it is getting harder. Everyone seems to have ulterior motives, everyone says one thing and means another. It is exhausting!

I am so glad you enjoyed this! Thank you for your kind words.


HSchneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Great Hub Jillian. The Koch brothers planned this movie going to the Supreme Court and knew what this ruling would be. I am just finishing a Hub on this whole conspiracy. I should have it published later today. Scalia and Thomas have attended their bi-annual conclaves. Citizens United ties into what is going on in Wisconsin, Michigan, and New Hampshire. It is an assault on our democracy.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear HSchneider,

I cannot wait to read what you are writing! I know that Scalia and Thomas are connected to the Koch brothers, but cannot figure out why this country is not in more of a collective uproar about it. I don't ever remember a time that Supreme Court justices have brought that type of shame to our highest court. Sure, rulings have been criticized in the past, but the perception of impropriety, well, you know what I mean...

The ruling is an assault on our democracy, for sure. When corporations are given the right to participate in our elections by backing candidates and philosophies without limit, it may even be more than an assault. That, more than anything else, stands to destroy our democracy! I am firmly convinced that the Koch brothers singularly are behind Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and every state that is trying to destroy the unions. They have also orchestrated the assault on voter access taking place in countless states. 'One man, one vote' flies out the window when they are involved.

Thank you for reading this. I want everyone to understand the significance of the Citizens United ruling. The ruling will play the decisive role in every election in the future.


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cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

couldn't agree more.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Thank you, Doc! Always appreciate it when you take the time to read what I have written!


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arb 5 years ago from oregon

Beautiful write Jillian! I would say that things are unfolding just as corporate America scripted it. They are most proficient at turning our attention in other directions and we follow the bouncing ball with want to please the master!


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arb 5 years ago from oregon

Wonderful write Jillian! The corporations are completing their take over of this country and I am sure it is not to steal from the rich and give to the poor.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Arb,

One of the Hubbers I follow, Fay Paxton, calls it the reverse Robin Hood philosophy. Steal from the poor and give to the rich!

I am finding out that there are many others that understand it and are not going to accept it without a fight at the polls. We still have that which is most important: elections.


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

To think that a man the caliber of Clarence Thomas was involved in this handover of America to the wealthiest. He should have been tared and feathered for his behavior with Anita Hill . 2012 had better be a landslide giving super majorities so some real work can get done. We are at cliff's edge and the forces grow that want to push us over.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Terry,

Before I reply to comments, I read what other writers have to offer. This morning you offered me tears and memories of my Puff! Your writings are so moving and genuine!

Thank you for reading! We must all vote in 2012! You are right! We are at the tipping point!

Again, I am humbled by your magnificent writing! I am a fan!


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

Jillian,

I just stopped back before turning off my computer to get some house work done. Thank you so much for your very kind words. Perhaps you need to write about Puff.

But we digress from this hub. Voted UP and awesome!


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amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK

You got right to the crux of it Jillian. Have you noticed how the tobacco companies deny that their advertising sells more tobacco? They must be philanthropists, making ads for our free entertainment.

Don't let 'em grind ya' down.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Amillar,

I won't, just afraid that many people believe what they hear from all of these "philanthropists" (I have a different name for them!). I remember when our new Speaker of the House, John Boehner, handed out checks to members of our Congress. They were from the tobacco lobby.

Thank you for reading about our very strange Supreme Court decision!


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cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

the huffington post online just reported the results of a survey done by Public Citizen. Aides of congressional democrats report that they are afraid of eliciting the anger of a corporation because attack ads can materialize and no one even knows where they came from. the few republican aides who responded said their modus operandi has been unchanged since the Citizens United decision.

our legislative offices' hands are being tied by fear. is this really still a democracy?


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Wow, Doc!

That really says something that has to make us all stop and think. I don't know if this is still a democracy. I think that I said that I really didn't understand the decision at first, so had to figure out exactly what is was. Knowing that and now knowing what the Huffington post article says tells me what the implications are going to be.

We are going to have to start reading the fine print on all ads to see which PAC has paid for the ads. It won't give us all the info we need, but at least we can find some info.

If our legislators are afraid, I have a really sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. Thank you for alerting me to the article.

For anyone interested, the link is: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/11/democrats...


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY

I don't feel speech is drown out by corporations.The media is a corporation also and you wouldn't want the government controlling thier speech. The first admendment protects free speech who ever it is who is speaking, whether an individual or a group of individuals making up a corporation. The key here is that the "speech" is protected , the first admendment says nothing of the speaker.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

wba108@yahoo.com,

You are happily entitled to your opinion, but I respectfully disagree with your theory. We are not talking specifically about free speech here, but also corporate control of our campaigns and elections, and ultimately control of the country. Hope you realize that the Citizens United decision is about more than free speech. If you really believe that corporations are individuals, then sadly, you are looking at this issue with tunnel vision.


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peoplepower73 4 years ago from Placentia California

Hi Jillian: I really liked your hub on Citizens United. I absolutely loved the cartoon. I just published a hub page on Our Democracy in Jeopardy. It's about how corporations and lobbyists influence congress by funding thier re-elections. In my hub I make reference to Citizens United I was going to do one on Citizens United, but after viewing your hub, would it be O.K. if I just linked to your hub? You did such a great job, I don't see any need for me to create one.

Thanks for SHARING.


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peoplepower73 4 years ago from Placentia California

I checked with the forum about linking to this hub and they said it is O.K...so I made the link and I gave you credit in my hub on Democracy in Jeopardy.

Thank you.

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