By now most of you have probably heard about yesterday’s Supreme Court decision striking down the limit on the amount of money wealthy donors can contribute to candidates and political committees. This follows the Citizens United ruling a few years ago which essentially said “corporations are people.”
Seeing this trend of the conservative judges on the Supreme Court favoring the side of the rich and powerful to have no barriers for their desires to essentially buy our government is extremely alarming.
If this country ever does collapse, it’s going to be because we allowed a system to be created that favored the rich and powerful over everybody else. And that’s what these Supreme Court rulings that are basically stripping away any law that limits the rich and powerful from literally buying our government are doing. Even with these laws the rich and powerful have an inordinate amount of power. These rulings are only going to make that problem much worse.
And this shouldn’t be a “liberal issue” or “conservative issue.” No matter which side you’re on, more money in politics should be the last thing any average American wants.
Even with some of these laws that have prevented unlimited donations and influence by the most powerful among us, they’ve still managed to essentially buy our government. How much worse is that going to get with even fewer restrictions over how much they can give?
If you want to see this country collapse, then by all means keep supporting these rulings that strip away all limitations on the rich and big business to contribute to political campaigns. Because that’s what will eventually happen.
In 2012, following the Citizens United ruling, we saw more money in politics than at any other time in our history. This recent ruling is only going to make that worse. And I promise you, it won’t be the last time these conservative judges in the Supreme Court sell out the country for the interests of the most rich and powerful among us.
Getting money out of politics should be a goal of voters on both sides. Liberals and conservatives alike can complain all they want about the inefficiencies and corruption of government, but at the root of all of that inefficiency and corruption is money.
And anyone who supports policies which allow more money into our political system is insane. Our goal as a nation, both liberals and conservatives, should be to get money out of politics – not allow more money in.
But as long as these conservative Supreme Court justices continue selling out the United States for the interests of the rich and powerful, we’re going to continue to see the floodgates of corrupt money rushing right into the campaigns of every politician in this country.
Which is a reality that should terrify every American, no matter which political party they align with.