Two years ago, in a case called Citizens United, five justices on the Supreme Court out-voted the other four and overturned a century's worth of laws that had restricted the influence of big money in our elections. Thanks to the Citizens United decision, individuals and corporations can now flood the election process with unlimited amounts of cash.
We like to believe that in America, all men and women are created equal. If that phrase has any meaning, it would require that every citizen has roughly equal influence on the political process. But thanks to Citizens United, we now have individuals, such as Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino owner and one of the richest men in America, dashing off a check for $5 million to pay for the TV ads of his favorite candidate.
Donations on that scale inevitably create a sense of entitlement for the donor, a sense of obligation for the recipient and a sense of disenfranchisement for everybody else.
Alas, donations on that scale now usually determine who gets to run for office, who gets elected and how officeholders vote once they are in office. That's not a democracy; it's a plutocracy.
To restore our democracy, we need to reverse the Citizens United decision. A campaign for that purpose has already begun, and you can find out how to join in at movetoamend.org.Or you can sit by and watch our politics deteriorate into a government of, by and for the big money interests.