McCutcheon Ruling Requires Americans to Reclaim Democracy

Douglas Jambard-Sweet, Toledo Move to Amend, Toledo@movetoamend.org

Move to Amend's Toledo affiliate is organizing a rally to protest this latest outrageous supreme court decision. The rally will take place in front of the Federal Courthouse, 1716 Spielbusch, Toledo, OH at 5:15 PM. Here is a link to the FB event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/539173762868590/
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Today, in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down limits on the aggregate amounts people can donate to candidates, political parties and political committees. Demonstrations are scheduled to take place throughout the country in response. For more information, visit http://qz.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?key=-1&url_num=1&url=http%3A%2F%2F... and http://qz.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?key=-1&url_num=2&url=http%3A%2F%2F....

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission strikes a devastating blow at the very foundation of our democracy.

This is truly a decision establishing plutocrat rights. The Supreme Court today holds that the purported right of a few hundred superrich individuals to spend outrageously large sums on campaign contributions outweighs the national interest in political equality and a government free of corruption.

In practical terms, the decision means that one individual can write a single check for $5.9 million to be spent by candidates, political parties and political committees.

Even after Citizens United, this case is absolutely stunning. It is sure to go down as one of the worst decisions in the history of American jurisprudence.

Until today, nobody could contribute more than $123,000 total in each two-year election cycle to political candidates and parties.

Citizens United allowed Big Business to spend literally as much as it wants – predominantly in undisclosed contributions filtered through the likes of Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – distorting our elections. But Citizens United money can go only to outside groups.

Now McCutcheon removes meaningful limits on the total amount an individual can directly contribute to candidates, political parties and political committees.

Yes, you and I now have the “right” to spend as much as we want, too.

But no regular person can compete with Charles and David Koch.

There are literally only a few hundred people who can and will take advantage of this horrendous ruling. But those are exactly the people our elected officials will now be answering to.

That is not democracy.

It is plutocracy.

Today’s reckless Supreme Court ruling threatens so many of the things we love about our country.

No matter what five Supreme Court justices say, the First Amendment was never intended to provide a giant megaphone for the wealthiest to use to shout down the rest of us.

Our only hope of overturning this McCutcheon travesty – along with Citizens United – is if millions of Americans band together in saying “Enough!” to plutocracy.

We couldn’t face a starker choice: Accept rule by the few, based on wealth. Or join together to protect and reclaim our democracy – the notion that We, the People decide.

Today, people across the nation will be responding with protests to this outrageous decision. We, the People insist that our government and our country remain of, by and for the people – all the people, not just those few who have amassed billions in wealth.

A vibrant movement for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and reclaim our democracy has emerged since the 2010 issuance of that fateful decision. The demonstrations today – unprecedented as a same-day response to a Supreme Court decision – are just the latest manifestation of how that movement is now exploding across the country.

We refuse to cede control of our country and our government to amoral multinationals and morally comprised plutocrats.

No votes yet

I support all who are there for the event. I am with you in spirit.

I'm counting on George Soros to more than offset the wicked Koch Bros. in the cash competition. And I'm confident the wonderfully wealthy in Hollywood likewise will aid candidates targeted by the Kochs.

Patience is a great virtue.

And today it was affirmed that that is the right that they all enjoy.

MikeyA

Speech, and dems don't like it

"DTOM" {1776} " We The People" {1791}

I love free speech. I just wish you and the other right-wing nutjobs would shut the hell up and that the rich and powerful movers and shakers would stop stirring you up to vote for them and against your own interests. A man can only take so much BENGHAZIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!! derp before getting tired of it.

Feel free to whine once again though about how I'm trying to silence you over your plagiarism that isn't plagiarism because you took a whole article and put quotes around it without source attribution. Between that and your horrible spelling, grammar, and punctuation, the value of your speech is approximately squat. You genuinely do not seem to understand the fact that all anyone sees of you on the Internet is what you write and how you write it, and being a plagiarizing thief with extremely poor English gets you a very very low ranking on anyone listening to you and taking you seriously -- unless they're already part of the right-wing echo chamber.

Absolutely.

Patience is a great virtue.

I find this troubling that you and I both posted this recent Supreme Court ruling and we get not much discussion on an issue that should trouble both liberal and conservative posters equally. It tells you of the mindset out their where media sources blast Benghazi, Obamacare, Forthood and IRS investigation scandal 24/7 and ignore the real threat of McCutcheon and Citizen's United.

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

I don't find free speech troubling.

MikeyA

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