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  •  True. (6+ / 0-)

    And in a way, corporate influence is an issue that effects and connects us on both sides of the virtual aisle, and might unite us for one glorious moment of unified action.

    Or not. But it might be worth a try. And who knows -- it might work.

    If there's one thing that the members of my small circle of conservative and progressive friends can agree on, it's that lobbyists -- and the corporations they represent -- are kind of evil. I don't speak to many (any) fundamentalists anymore, now that I've left home and, by default, left the Pentecostal Church, but this article outlines a reason for change that I think even they could get behind -- as long as they believe it's in the scripture. And it is. If I may:

    "No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."

    "Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless."

    "Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."

    "He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; He has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty."

    "As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing."

    I'm not religious, but I'm totally down with all of that. And because they've chained themselves to the scripture, they're down with it, too. If they want to use the so-called word of God to hate, let them hate the things that are truly destroying our society on so many levels -- corporate influence. And if corporate influence is doing good things for the "sodomites," then the battle lines are drawn.

    Here endeth the lesson. Go forth and overturn Citizens United.

    We don't see things as they are; we see things as we are.

    by EighteenCharacters on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 10:20:55 AM PST

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    •  This was a fact of life long before Citizens Unite (1+ / 0-)
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      d. In fact, Citizens United is a court ruling that exemplifies the problem, not the problem itself. Like a symptom for a disease, not the disease.

      "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

      by ranger995 on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 10:26:26 AM PST

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      •  It's true... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... that Citizens United isn't the entire issue, but I think calling it a symptom understates its influence on the larger problem of which you speak.

        It's one head of the beast (more grist for the religious mill), but one that currently has the best possibility of being cut from our culture. In other words, it's a start. We're not going to have publicly-funded elections before we eliminate Citizens United.

        We don't see things as they are; we see things as we are.

        by EighteenCharacters on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 10:34:43 AM PST

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