My Thoughts On Bernie Sanders: Big Money In Politics

11536758_712636382175096_4893183289779387090_nPart two is a several part series that I don’t see ending really quickly. In this post, I’ll be talking about Sanders and his positions on money in politics, which I know is going to be fun.

Let’s begin with his points from Getting Big Money Out of Politics:


#1. Overturning Citizens United

Introduced the Democracy Is for People constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

Any standard leftist is against the Citizen’s United decision handed down by the Supreme Court, but I don’t recall any others in recent history that have gotten them so fueled up.

To start, this seems odd. The sentiment around Citizen’s United is misplaced, and what it’s intentions are are also lied about. To move forward, we need to understand a few things.

The first thing is that Citizen’s United hasn’t reversed, as the President put it, a century of law. It’s been claimed that the decision overturned the Tillman Act, which bans corporations from donating to campaigns. It’s been on the books for almost 110 years, and no, it’s not been overturned. What was overturned? A 1990’s decision by the Supreme Court. That’s what it has done.

Second, it is true that donations from corporations has gone up from Citizen’s United. Question for you though, and I’d love a SERIOUS answer, not some sort of regurgitation of talking points: Why are corporations so interesting in investing in politicians?

To say it as lightly as I can, the people have abdicated their power to the political class and government. They have thrown off responsibility after responsibility in the name of “free (insert thing here)” and “feeling safer”. The abdication of power has left a power vacuum. People don’t care about politics now, and the corporate class, which is protected by the government (see definition), see’s opportunity to take control of such a powerful organization.

You, the Sander’s supporter, are only furthering the madness of this problem too! Think about it: you want the government to have more control over resources, healthcare, and so on. People don’t care about politics, but corporate controllers do, and they only see what more power they can gain. You, and other power hungry authoritarian scumbags have demanded more power to the central authority, but then complain about who controls it and uses it? Really? It’s this way because you took the power away from the people and gave it to the government.

Do you want corporate donations to go down? STOP GIVING GOVERNMENT CONTROL OVER PEOPLE’S LIVES. IT’S LITERALLY THAT SIMPLE. Better yet, return the power back to the people, and I don’t mean in the form of a license or a legalization. I mean throw out the laws saying I can’t do x, y, or z. I mean scrap the books. If you’re not going to support that, you support the system as it sits, and there IS NOT GETTING AROUND THIS.

“What if we just change campaign finance laws!” Changing campaign finance laws gave you Citizen’s United in the first place. The corporations you so despise will not stop trying to gain power. You cannot be serious and say that more regulations against corporate donations is what we need right now. What this country needs is deregulation EVERYWHERE, both in personal lives and business.

#2. Lighting Up Dark Money

Voted for the DISCLOSE Act to shine a light on the exorbitant amounts of dark money in our politics.

I don’t think I said this earlier, but I’ll say it now, and I’ll be completely honest: this is like putting a band-aid on a broken bone. You’re not fixing the problem with this. This is only trying to mend a side-effect of bigger government. This wouldn’t be necessary if people, like Sanders, weren’t trying to expand the government left and right. This hasn’t gotten anywhere, and chances are, it’s not going to at all. Nice try though.

#3. Anti-Citizens United Supreme Court Candidate

Promised that any Sanders Administration Supreme Court nominee will commit to overturning the disastrous Citizens United decision.

What will this do though? Do you honestly believe that the decision is going to be overturned, and arrive in the Supreme Court? Do you think this? If you do, then I have some bad news for you.

Ginsberg seems to be coming around to retirement, and I will say that the next President will be selecting a new Supreme Court Nominee. They still have to make it through the Senate, and you know, Republicans and Democrats make up that body. It’s not just one party here. Don’t expect a full-on leftist SC Nominee to make it past a hearing.


I’m doing a series on Bernie Sanders, and all of those posts can be found at this link here, which will be updated every time I finish a new part of the series.

You can find that page here: [LINK]

 

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