Citizens United’s Confused Mission


The Citizens United vs FEC decision of the US Supreme Court joins Gore vs Bush as departures from the separation of the judiciary and politics.  In the latter case the Presidency of United States was given to the republican candidate by republican leaning members of the Court.  In the former the Court decided that corporations have the same rights as an individual citizen.  Citizens United, a “membership” and “grassroots” organization is responsible for unleashing billions of unregulated dollars from corporations for so-called conservative causes which seek to roll back hundreds years of American government history in an attempt to return the country to the days of the Founding Fathers.  I don’t believe the Founders envisioned a static government but created The Constitution as a living document that would change/grow with the passage of time and the evolution of politics in America.  This is antithetical to the stated mission of Citizens United:
Citizens United is an organization dedicated to restoring our government to citizens’ control. Through a combination of education, advocacy, and grass-roots organization, Citizens United seeks to reassert the traditional American values of limited government, freedom of enterprise,  will of its citizen, strong families, and national sovereignty and security. Citizens United’s goal is to restore the founding fathers’ vision of a free nation, guided by the honesty, common sense, and good will of its citizens.
Citizens United wants the government’s decisions to be made by citizens as individuals yet their court case ending up giving unlimited political power to corporations whose goal and mission and fiduciary responsibility is to maximize profits…not the welfare of the people.  How do they live with this incongruity?  It’s like living a lie. A year after the court decision, the leaders of Citizens write on their website:
Tomorrow, January 21, marks the one-year anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Citizens United v. FEC. The impact of the case has been to
level the playing field in American politics during the 2010 election cycle.

Level the playing field?  Who are we kidding? You and I have voices that been made feeble in the national discourse.  When we give our several $5 contributions to the candidate of our choice, how can we hope to be heard?  Big money talks! Our only recourse is to join this “grassroots organization” and change it from within.  Thankfully, membership fits our budget: $15.  This would be a version of the saying, “If you can’t beat ‘em,  join ‘em!” Yes, join them and be true to the real roots of America in the 21st century.  Are you game?  Can you spare $15 and a small amount of time? Of course you can. Be a part of the solution!

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