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Citizens United! The Supreme Court Says It Is Okay To Corporatize America! But Which Corporation Will Own Us?
Playing Monopoly, The Koch Brothers' Way!
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.
The Charts And Graphs of Election Spending! No Expenses Spared!
- Outside Spending | OpenSecrets
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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.