I truly believe the last thing America needed was for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions. While the court said it was constitutional, I wish the country would have chosen not to participate in the process. The last thing we need is to select our political leaders by how much money is spent on their political campaigns.
Unfortunately, we are not the kind of people who can say no to the proposition of spending our money to buy what we want. If we can spend money to buy power, then let it be. The fact that we have worked hard to keep big money out of politics for so long no longer matters. Now we have been told that it is OK to buy our government, so we’ll do it.
Although I believe this is a bad thing for our country, I understand that because it has been declared constitutional, some people feel we should act on it. I hope the time will come soon when those in power will decide to limit this right. One of the things we learn growing from little children to grown-ups is that everything that is good to us is not good for us.
Some of those who have a lot of money are foaming at the mouth, waiting for the opportunity to see how much power they can buy. Undoubtedly, in the coming years, we’ll look back to remember when anybody with the desire could run for public office. We’ll realize with sadness that now, only the rich can afford to do it. Perhaps I’m wrong, but I don’t really believe we are the kind of people who want that kind of government.
For the time being, no one is speaking out against the way money is being spent in this presidential campaign. But with our unemployment rate as it is, people have big worries on their minds. I believe that once things settle down and people examine the package they have, they will willingly turn away from it.
As it is, we probably won't have to look forward to election day much longer. Making a choice between rich people we don’t even know probably won’t be worth making the trip to the polls.
The Supreme Court rulings are the law of the land. And as much as I disagree with this ruling, I suppose I’ll have to learn to live with it. And honestly, I suppose we have been traveling in this direction for a long time. Money was beginning to govern our lives, so I guess we have no choice but to surrender to its power.
And those who welcome this new ruling are, I’m certain, loaded with money. It won’t be long before they will be in control of the government, and the rest of us will be at their mercy. Maybe the country’s founders meant it to be that way. And perhaps it is up to us to manage how we keep this a government of the people, by the people and for the people while the country drowns in money. In any case, it will be interesting for us to try.
Something tells me dealing with climate change will be a lot easier. Personally, I dread the thought.