April 3, 2014

Citizens United: Don't Blame The Supreme Court

If you are in the middle class or lower you are screwed when it comes to elections. The constitution needs amending as it relates to campaign finance and overturning Citizens United (CU). Political campaigns have become big business and those involved in the business are spread far and wide in our society and are not about to give up their power and money making machine easily.


Don't blame the Supreme Court. Blame voters for not amending the constitution and blame the founding fathers for making it so difficult. The Court is doing their job; interpreting the constitution. It is up to congress and the voters to take steps to amend our founding document. Amending the constitution is not an easy task as described by the steps below.

"Article V of the Constitution prescribes how an amendment can become a part of the Constitution. While there are two ways, only one has ever been used. All 27 Amendments have been ratified after two-thirds of the House and Senate approve of the proposal and send it to the states for a vote. Then, three-fourths of the states must affirm the proposed Amendment.
The other method of passing an amendment requires a Constitutional Convention to be called by two-thirds of the legislatures of the States. That Convention can propose as many amendments as it deems necessary. Those amendments must be approved by three-fourths of the states." LexisNexis.com

In other words, those who benefit from Citizens United must vote to overturn it.

The beneficiaries of campaign money are everywhere including the wealthy and the oligarchs who control many of our industries. Instead of being a country where the motto is "one man, one vote" we have evolved to "one dollar, one vote". Those who often support CU also claim to support the constitution that brought about the concept of one man one vote.

Our elected officials and regulators are not keen on amending the constitution because they are receiving the benefits bestowed by the wealthy. Also there is the cadre of pollsters, speech writers and political consultants that are barring much of the fruit.

Let's not forget the attorneys, accountants, video production professionals and speech writers increasing their wealth as a result of CU. Most of all let us not forget the media.

"... the biggest industry beneficiary of campaign spending is any business that works with broadcast media," said David M. Mason, a former FEC chair who now helps mostly Republican-related campaigns .... "It's always been advertising for as long as we've really had good data on election spending." CNN, The Billion Dollar Election: Who Got Paid November 9, 2012.
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