As anyone who has been following the news knows, last Thursday the supreme court ruled once again in favor of corruption also known as Citizens United. The ruling, on party lines basically said that unions had to ask their members if they wanted their dues to be used for political campaigns. That's not the part that really bothers me, (I'd be happy if the corporations had to do the same) No the part that is egregious is the fact that the court did NOT revisit citizens united. Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks, does a great job lambasting the supreme sellouts on the bench during his show.
As for the
unions, I was part of a union in my early 20's, best job I ever had,
decent pay, good benefits and I didn't kill myself at work every day.
This ruling by the Supreme koch, I mean court, will further weaken union
power in politics, which is already at historic lows. I could post
charts and graphs to corroborate these facts but my guess is that anyone
who reads this blog most likely has already seen the myriad of charts
showing how the decline of unions has led to the decline of the middle
class and the decline of the middle class is due to the decline of
actual progressives in office who stand for working people.
here we have the problem. The highest court in the land is being
dominated by ideologues. What do we do? Well there's the obvious choice,
vote Obama for another term and most likely he'll appoint a more
liberal justice. Sounds great, but how well can Obama do against the
tide of right wing money that is going to hit him like a surfer against a
tsunami? No one really knows. That's not to say Obama can't raise
money, his biggest strength is fundraising, which is sad because if he
was half as good at governing as he is fundraising maybe America would
be doing better. I know there are people who are going to say "now wait a
minute Mr. blogger man, but those tea partiers in the house and senate
wont let Obama do anything!" True, but he had a stretch of time
where he did have control of the house, sure the senate wasn't
filibuster proof but if he had fought, used the bully pulpit more,
explained his vision to the American people instead of always reaching
out to the republicans, maybe this whole tea party thing might not have
happened and we might have had real reform. If Obama even wanted reform
in the first place.
I voted for Obama in 2008, I will
most likely vote for him again in November, simply because, Romney would
be an absolute disaster for everyone who is not a millionaire, and
because he will be able to appoint a justice on the supreme court.
Presidents come and go and change at the most every 8 years, but it's
the court that is really at stake. If liberals can take back the court,
they could revisit citizens united. I may be too optimistic. The only
other option to get rid of this horrible auction of our government is to
support one of the many amendment proposals to get money out of
politics. There's Wolf-Pac http://www.wolf-pac.com/, there is Bernie
Sanders who proposed S.J. Res 33
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-sj33/show . There is Dylan Ratigans
get money out campaign. http://getmoneyout.com/ and hopefully many more