Posted 10 years ago on Dec. 13, 2011, 11:29 a.m. EST by Americant
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Hello, I have been following politics very closely for last 2 years, listening and watching media from sources not bought by corporations, and to both parties that are mostly center.
From what I have learned over the years there are two laws passed that (I feel) are the at the base of the problem.
Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976), where the US Supreme court said money is free speech and Candidates should be allowed to accept campaign money. (While I do feel that if I want to donate to something that I should be able to, in politics when major corporations are allowed to do so then we have what we have today not a congress and government calling the shots but corporations because greed is the root of all evil). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckley_v._Valeo
Wikipedia puts it nicely and sums up why campaign contributions should be limited in spending and receiving. It will keep the wealthy from drowning out the less fortunate's voice and allow government to do it's real job of listening to the country on the whole and not a few. EX: less corrupt.
Corporations as people. We need to amend the fourteenth amendment so that corporations can't exploit the 99% of the population and seize control of government. If corporations are people then like the individual they will be allowed to make contributions with money the same way an individual will. I do think that corporations do take on a huge risk employing so many people and should have some securities but not to the extent that they get to play to both sides of the same coin, culprit and victim, manipulating the law so they are always on top.
I think we should focus on getting government to amend these two laws. I truly feel that if we are to make any kind of change we first have to return government to the hands of the people, making it damn near impossible for corporations to have any influence. If we took these actions first then getting the government to start paying attention to corporate corruption and other issues might be easier. I feel that because of these laws we will be at a stand still and great disadvantage since corporations have one on one meeting with congress and the little man gets the auditorium.
If you agree with me, how do we get government to start amending these laws? Realistically any law put into place should be simple and not 100's of pages long.