Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 10:35 AM
I cried the night that the Supreme Court ruled that corporations and unions were legally people and could spend unlimited funds on election advertisements in their Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling. I reacted so strongly because I felt that the 5-4 majority ruling dealt a severe blow to the democratic principles of the country that I love.
I knew in my heart that elections would now be bought and sold by corporate entities.I also strongly agreed with the dissent of Justice Stevens in that fateful ruling, when he said, "The Court's ruling [Citizens United...] threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the Nation." The majority of Americans agree that the Citizens United ruling is bad for the country and corrosive to our Democracy. We should all join "Move to Amend" in pushing for a Constitutional amendment that spells out, in no uncertain terms, that corporations are not people and that they can and should be regulated. Only then, can we begin to restore, and improve, this nation's commitment to free and fair Democracy.
Salt Lake City
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