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Corporations already have so much power. But what happens to our democracy when ExxonMobil, the oil baron Koch brothers, Bank of America, and all of Wall Street can spend unlimited amounts to influence a presidential election?
We’re about to find out in our first presidential election year since Citizens United. And because the limitless spending has been protected by the Supreme Court, the only way we can stop it is by amending the Constitution to reverse Citizens United and get big money out of politics for good.
Passing an amendment isn’t easy—we need to get overwhelming support at both the state and federal levels. But we have a powerful opportunity right now, in an election year, to flex our political muscle as MoveOn members. We can use the election to help convince politicians up and down the ballot to get on board if they want to earn our votes.
So we’re starting today by launching a new petition asking every state legislator, governor, and member of Congress who hasn’t yet declared their support for a constitutional amendment to undo Citizens United and permanently get big money out of politics.
Will you add your name?
The plan is to deliver the petitions to state capitols and governors’ mansions in all 50 states and to the local offices of every member of Congress who hasn’t yet joined the call for an amendment.
And we aren’t, by any means, starting from scratch. MoveOn members and our allies have been working hard ever since Citizens United to build a movement for an amendment—and there’s already a lot of grassroots momentum.
President Obama is on board, along with more than 25 U.S. senators, at least 80 members of the U.S. House, and hundreds of state-level lawmakers.1
It’s an impressive start, and this year, we have the opportunity to help massively increase those numbers. Polling shows that Americans are fed up with the 1% flooding our political system with cash and getting get lax regulation, rollbacks of workers’ rights, huge bailouts, and tax giveaways in return.2
Nearly all of the economic impacts that the 99% movement has mobilized around are tied to the overwhelming influence of big money in our democracy. So once we know who’s with us, we’re going make the issue personal, confront politicians who won’t take a stand with stories of the real-world consequences of a system run by corporations and the 1%, and demand that every last one of them chooses a side.
When President Obama announced his support for marriage equality last week, we all saw how powerful it can be when our political leaders stand behind an idea that—just a short time ago—seemed “unrealistic” or “politically impossible.”
It’s time, again, to change what’s “politically possible” in America.
Will you sign the petition and ask every one of your state and federal lawmakers who isn’t on board yet to declare their support for a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and get big money out of our democracy?
Click here to sign: http://pol.moveon.org/amend/?id=41692-8568606-Cs6ZNkx&t=4
Thanks for all you do.
–Robin, Elena, Victoria, Emily, and the rest of the team
1. “Endorsing Public Officials” list, United for the People, accessed May 17, 2012
2. “Survey: Money in Politics Can Drive Voters to Polls,” National Journal, May 9, 2012
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FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker is leaving the FCC to become a lobbyist for Comcast – just four months after she voted to approve the Comcast-NBC merger.1
This is just the latest – but perhaps most blatant — example of so-called “public servants” cashing in on companies they are supposed to be regulating. But Baker’s jump to Comcast is particularly egregious. As recently as March, the commissioner was giving speeches complaining that the Comcast-NBC deal “took too long.”
And you wonder why the American people are disgusted with Washington.
Congress is already concerned about how the FCC conducts itself. Rep. Darrell Issa, chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has been making a lot of noise recently about alleged ethical violations at the agency. By signing this letter to Congressman Issa, you’re urging him to launch an investigation of Commissioner Baker’s seemingly blatant conflict of interest.
Outside of Washington, people of every political stripe have expressed near unanimous contempt for a system of government that favors powerful corporations at the expense of the many. Sadly, the complete capture of government by industry barely raises an eyebrow inside the Beltway anymore. That’s why Congress needs to hear from you.
The revolving door at the FCC erodes any prospect for common-sense public policy — such as strong Net Neutrality rules or a rigorous review of mega-deals like AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile.
Unless we speak out now and demand an investigation, business as usual in Washington will undermine our media system and endanger our democracy.
Thank you for taking action,
President and CEO
Free Press Action Fund
Over the past 15 years now, I have warned about America becoming too dependent on Communist China. I have warned that one day it would bite us in the ass. Well, I hate to say “I told you so”; but that’s exactly whats happened now.
Before I continue I think a history lesson is in order. In 1911 the Emperor of China was overthrown by a democratic regime. After thousands of years of tyrannical rule by emperors, the people of China finally had a democratic republic. It was known as the “Republic of China” (ROC).
After some years, a group of rag tag communists, led by rebel Mao ZeDong, began to set the stage to overthrow the democratic ROC. To make a long story short, the USA was not in the mood to engage in any more military conflicts after WWII. So it did not intervene to aide the ROC fight off the Communist rebels (we did in Korea, however).
About 1947 the Communist rebels had strengthened in numbers and the tide of the civil war was in their favor. Many of the military and the government of the ROC retreated to an island then named Formosa. From then until 1971, the world recognized Formosa as the seat of government for the ROC and China. Indeed, the ROC was one of the founding members of the United Nations. However, in 1979 the UN voted to recognize The People’s Republic of China (Communist mainland China) as the UN representative of China. Not The ROC. This included the US severing formal diplomatic relations with the ROC in Formosa.
In return for this dirty deed, the US passed a law in Congress known as the Taiwan Relations Act. The act, basically, says that the US will provide Taiwan with weapons and other measures to help defend itself from the mainland, Communist, People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Why do they need to defend themselves from the PRC? Because Communist China has pledged to take Taiwan, against it’s will and by force if necessary. Interestingly enough, the US official policy is that they believe in a “One China”. Presumably, that means a reconciliation of Taiwan and Communist China.
Why on earth would any civilized government want a free and democratic nation to become a part of Communist China? Yet the USA, my government, continues to nudge Taiwan towards that end. Even though our government’s policy is that all people should enjoy a free and democratic government. Their policy certainly smells of hypocrisy. Check out this link which shows more hypocrisy on the part of our government…
China asserts they they own Taiwan. This is as far from the truth as one can get. Taiwan was legally ceded to Japan by the last Emperor of China. When the Japanese surrendered at the end of WWII, the US government appointed the ROC in Taiwan to host the signing of some of the surrender documents and to handle the surrendering Japanese soldiers who occupied Taiwan. Since Taiwan was actually legally owned by the Japanese, there was no disposition of Taiwan then or now. Under international law, the island of Taiwan is actually under the control of the US government. A fact that the US clearly doesn’t advertise nor enforce.
Communist China has over 900 missiles aimed at Taiwan. It has also made it clear that it will take Taiwan by force if necessary. The Taiwan Relations Act does state the following: hat section of the law concludes by saying that the United States will “maintain the capacity … to resist any resort to force or other forms of coercion that would jeopardize the security or the social or economic system of the people on Taiwan.” Let’s hope when the day comes that the US will keep that promise in the law.
In my opinion, the real reason that the US dropped recognition of the ROC in favor of the PRC was to satisfy US-based, multinational corporations who want to make a killing in China economically. This all happened shortly before Deng Xiaoping, Communist China’s No. 1 man, declared that capitalism was not bad. He met with then president Jimmy Carter in 1979. From that point to today, US multinational companies have closed their manufacturing plants in America with the loss of thousands of American jobs. They also began selling to China in a greed fest of unimaginable proportions. In my opinion, most multinational companies have no allegiance to their homeland. Only to the almighty buck.
So I leave you with the thought that the US government wants the Taiwan quagmire to just go away so they can continue to borrow Billions of dollars from Communist China. The multinational companies also want the problem to go away. So they just want 32 million free and independent Taiwanese quietly join the dictatorial, Communist mainland of China. If it were a Taiwan citizen, would you want that? I think not!
This web site is blocked in China by their state owned Internet firewall. Unlike the people of Communist China, your thoughts and comments are always welcome.
During the 2004 presidential primary, then Democratic candidate Joe Lieberman said:
“And one of the things we will do when we’re one nation is to end the moral outrage of 44 million people without health insurance in the richest country in the world, nine million children whose parents can’t take them to the doctor when they get sick ’cause they can’t pay the bill. I’m gonna do that, and also help the millions who have insurance that can’t pay it, by creating national health insurance pools like the ones members of Congress get our insurance from.
“When you’re born, child in America, you get a membership card, and MediKids covers your insurance. Two, if you lose your job, you will not lose your health insurance. Three, underemployed, self-employed, small business, you can buy into this plan, it’ll cost you a lot less, and incidentally, you’ll get drug benefits with it. That’s the kind of centrist leadership that produces results, and that’s the kind of president America needs and I’ll be.”
Now he is against a public option. On his official web site he says:
“We can make these important changes and reforms this year if we work together. Unfortunately, rather than focusing on what works and fixing what doesn’t, Congress is getting bogged down in a divisive debate over whether to create a government-run health insurance company — the so-called public option.”
Is it possible that the health insurance lobbyists got to him? After all, the fact that his wife used to work for one of those lobbying firms probably has nothing to do with his drastic change in policy.
The fact that in his speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention, he endorsed John McCain for president makes one wonder if Joe Lieberman does what he has to do to better serve himself; not his constituents.
I see Bush and his cronies are now trying to bribe us with $800. Why not make it an even $1000? As usual Bush and his cronies have missed it. I’m sure they think that if they just throw some money at the ingrates that things will calm down. I don’t think so.
We must see a complete change of attitude in Washington. The Congress must really understand that this is a nation by the people and for the people. We don’t need anymore big business interests buying off our Congress or our President and Vice President.
Your comments are always welcome.
This week President Bush gave a speech at the UN. He declared that the world’s dictatorships should give their people freedom. He mentioned many countries. However, he never once mentioned Communist China.
Communist China is one of the most oppressive dictatorships in the world. It is, in fact, just as brutal and oppressive as Myanmar. If the people of China took to the streets in protest, as they did in Tiananmen Square in 1989, where 3000 civilians were killed by their own Communist Chinese army.
Why did Bush not list China? Because the big business interests in the US would not want you to know just how brutal China’s dictatorship is. Every time you buy something made in China, think about the people you are oppressing in that brutal dictatorship.
As always, your comments are welcome.
The other day I started thinking about the legacy of George W. Bush. I thought about the terrible loss of life in Iraq; over 600,000 Iraq civilians and over 3,000 US military personnel to-date since we toppled Saddam Hussein’s regime. And surely the horrendous unrest and turmoil that very well may continue long after our civilization is gone. Is this the Bush legacy?
The United States has been divided between Red states and Blue states and those who used to be for the Iraq war and those who never were. Our liberties have been eroded more than at any time since the founding of our nation. Secrecy has been developed into a perfect art form by Bush and his administration. Illegal entry into our country by Mexicans was allowed to continue unabated. New Orleans turned to Washington during a time of grave crises. The response from Bush was merely a photo op. The erosion of America’s middle class. Bush has spent over $500 Billion on the Iraq war to-date. Is this the Bush legacy?
As always, your comments are welcome.
There was a time, not too long ago, when there was a country called the Sweet Land of Liberty. In those days, before September 11, 2001, the name of the United States represented many wonderful things. Things like liberty and justice for all, “do not fire unless fired upon”, separation of powers, good will towards all nations and promoting “the general welfare.”
Since George Bush became President and especially after September 11, all of these things exist only in sentimental memory. In its place is another, dark United States. It is a country where its people live with a constant quiet fearfulness. It is a country where any one of us could be taken away by the police and locked away for years, without charges, without access to a lawyer, without a trial. We will have just disappeared, as people did in Argentina, El Salvador and Guatemala.
It is a country where any speech directly opposing the government’s policies is marked treasonous, and no one who disagrees with the President is allowed to see him in public. It is a country where all of us are under surveillance, and our privacy is almost gone. It is a country which commits acts of agression on its neighbors in the world, and defies any nation or group of nations to stop it.
It is a nation where its press,Chief Executive, Supreme Court and Congress are captive to its most powerful citizens, making all these institutions unresponsive to their own people. It is a nation where the richest citizens take from the poor, and run all government institutions for their own further enrichment.
In short, America is now more akin to one of those Banana Republics with its tinhorn dictator that we traditionally scorn.
Your comments are welcome.