Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission shreds the fabric of our already weakened democracy by allowing corporations to more completely dominate our corrupted electoral process. It is outrageous that corporations already attempt to influence or bribe our political candidates through their political action committees (PACs), which solicit employees and shareholders for donations. With this decision, corporations can now also draw on their corporate treasuries and pour vast amounts of corporate money, through independent expenditures, into the electoral swamp already flooded with corporate campaign PAC contribution dollars.
This corporatist, anti-voter decision is so extreme that it should galvanize a grassroots effort to enact a Constitutional Amendment to once and for all end corporate personhood and curtail the corrosive impact of big money on politics....
Umerm, Ralph, do you now think there might have been a major difference between Al Gore and George W. Bush back in the year 2000?
In October 2000, at the largest Super Rally of his campaign, held in New York City's Madison Square Garden, 15,000 people paid $20 each to hear Mr. Nader speak. Nader's campaign rejected both parties as institutions dominated by corporate interests, stating that Al Gore and George W. Bush were "Tweedledee and Tweedledum." A long list of notable celebs spoke and performed at the event including Susan Sarandon, Ani DeFranco, Ben Harper, Tim Robbins, Michael Moore, Eddie Vedder and Patti Smith. The campaign also had some prominent union help: The California Nurses Association and the United Electrical Workers endorsed his candidacy and campaigned for him.
What do you think now, Ralph?
Do you think elections have consequences?
Hmmm, President Al Gore.
Would we have had Iraq?
Naw! I don't think so.
Just think, no Iraq, no Abu Ghraib, no massive spending on a stupid war, hmmm, do you think the events of September 11 would have happened with Gore as president?
Do you thinkg Al Gore would have taken so many vacations?
Um, what about Katrina, Ralph? That was pretty awful, wasn't it?
Just think, what if September 11, 2001 had not happened?
What if, Ralph?