Five of the nine people who work in this building have decided that big interests in oil, Wall Street, insurance, unions and other powerful conglomerates can marshal their resources to drown out the voices of everyday Americans.
Until yesterday, corporations and unions were barred from spending their treasury funds on ads or billboards that urge either the election or defeat of a federal candidate. This dated back to President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907 who also included national banks and railroads. Congress extended that ban to labor unions after W.W. ll. In 2002, the McCain-Feingold Act added an extra limit on broadcast ads in the month before an election. All that is gone.
We have spent billions on a "war" that was for oil interests. Wall Street has put people out of work and on the streets, while profits pour in from using cheap foreign labor. Insurance companies have left millions uninsured due to high premiums, loss of a job or preexisting conditions. Unions have handled Detroit so well, it's on it's knees, begging for money. These are the people who want to decide your future.
The electoral process is so diminished by this as to be a joke. Here's why. It's all about money. It hasn't been about the American people in years. Your rights have been eroded - because you can't be heard over the shouting of the big money interests and idiotic talk shows. It is not about intelligent discourse. Its about ratings and money. We can't afford to be heard!
If we want to know the truth about anything, we are going to have to do some work. The truth is out there, all around us. And we can start right here, on this wonderful tool called the internet. Look everything up - question everything. Our votes are the wedge we have against this kind of tyranny. Here are two places to start.
We can't let money make the decisions for us.