Throughout our nation’s history, politics has always been a divisive topic. It’s like they say, two topics people should never discuss in public are religion and politics. And while I don’t necessarily agree with that, I get the premise behind the saying that they’re two topics that usually divides people and can lead to hostile debate.
But when it comes to money in politics, I always believed that was the one thing on which both sides could agree.
Honestly, who believes more money in politics is a good thing? Well, besides the politicians being bought off by that money and the people spending that money to buy off those politicians.
But now Republicans are clinging to this ridiculous notion (thanks to a Supreme Court that continues to prove itself to be nothing more than a shill for corporate America) that money equates to speech.
Speech is speech – period.
Our Founding Fathers never meant for money or wealth to equate to speech. That wouldn’t even make sense. To believe that money is speech means you instantly create a system where you advocate that how much money someone has is how much speech someone is given.
Well, the recent rulings by the conservatives on the Supreme Court to sell this nation out to corporate America have prompted some Democrats to push for a constitutional amendment aimed at reducing money in politics.
Again, why wouldn’t we want less money in politics? Money is what corrupts our politicians, which in turn corrupts our government.
And I’ve always said, if you want to really see who are the most corrupt people in Washington, see which politicians are fierce advocates against of any sort of campaign finance reform. You can pretty much guarantee that those politicians are being bought and sold by whomever gives them the most money.
So when Ted Cruz spoke out against Democrats for suggesting a constitutional amendment aimed at reducing money in politics, by suggesting that they’re trying to repeal the First Amendment, it shouldn’t shock anyone considering he’s by far one of the sleaziest politicians in Washington.
Cruz said, “The United States Senate is going to be voting on a constitutional amendment to repeal the First Amendment. I’m telling you, I’m not making this up – Senator Chuck Schumer has announced the Senate Democrats are scheduling a vote on a constitutional amendment to give Congress the plenary power, the unlimited authority to regulate political speech. Because elected officials have decided they don’t like it when the citizenry has the temerity to criticize what they’ve done.”
No, what Democrats are trying to do is remove this ridiculous notion that money is speech.
But it doesn’t surprise me that in the fight to keep money out of politics, it’s Republicans who are siding with those who believe that money equals speech. After all, this is the political party which loves to continuously prove that they’re nothing more than defenders of the rich and big corporate interests.
Within our First Amendment, our Founding Fathers gave us the right to say almost anything we want without fear of criminal prosecution. They didn’t give us the right to buy whatever politicians we could afford.
Because if you’re someone who believes money is speech, then you’re admitting that those with the most money are given the loudest voices. And anyone who believes that’s what our Founding Fathers meant when they wrote our Constitution is either trying to buy our government, a politician hoping to sell themselves out to the highest bidder or an absolute fool.
Watch Cruz’s statements below, via Right Wing Watch: