COLUMBIA — Money makes a difference.
Since the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United, I have had a hard time dealing with this year’s election. Usually, I make my mind up early as to how I’m going to vote and after that I pay attention to the news to confirm my choice.
This year has been different. I have to not only watch the candidates' performances, but I also have to keep up with the states changing their voting rules. I have been very disappointed with state officials who are making new voting rules in an attempt to change the vote. The truth is that the Republican Party has chosen not to solicit minority participation and therefore they are changing voting rules to discourage minorities from voting.
Because I believe everyone should exercise their right to vote, regardless of how they vote, I’m opposed to states that adopt these new rules in order to change the vote. Nevertheless, I realize those who have the money can influence politics and people such as me cannot. Therefore, I have to keep abreast of what is going on.
I’m someone who believes in obeying the rules, even when they are not in my favor. I really don’t believe the country will remain a democratic republic if those who have money control the government. While I realize there is nothing I can do to stop it, I intend to stand strong in my belief that the American people will see what is happening and decide to take control of their government.
I firmly believe these strong-arm tactics will not work. Either fortunately or unfortunately, these money- and power-grabbing politicians have not kept watch at the gate. They have been so busy trying to take over the government that they have not been watching the neo-Nazis, the white supremacists and the dozen or so other out-of-control groups that have been listening to their own propaganda and amassing arms to seize the government. So I would imagine at some point all these violent, crazed people will run into each other head to head.
I would imagine that when all these enemies of the government are brought under martial law and peace is ultimately declared, the people will have the country back. We can then start all over again, striving for the mark of having a country of the people, by the people and for the people.
In the meantime, the rest of us can only watch, wait and follow the laws to the best of our abilities. Those who do not wish to have laws that govern their actions and those who want their money to allow them to buy anything they want can simply move to another country.
I have come to the conclusion that all of us simply cannot have our way. If we cannot reach an agreement, then we have to have majority rule and live as equals. Some of us will never agree to allow those with money to have different rules.
That’s why we fought a revolution and created a new country. That’s why our founders wrote a Constitution and that’s why we had the Civil War to preserve the union. If you want to buy a president, you will probably never be able to do that in the United States. The people will probably object.
People have fought wars and died for this country. I would suggest you give it up and get a new plan. One that everybody in the United States of America can agree to live with.
That’s the road to peace.