In his famous speech at Gettysburg during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln talked about America as a country “of the people, by the people and for the people.” Today, as a result of Citizens United, we are rapidly moving toward a nation of the rich, by the rich and for the rich. Despite having the most unequal distribution of wealth and income of any major country on earth, millionaires and billionaires want more, more and more.
In recent weeks, multi-billionaires such as the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson have made it clear that, as a result of the Citizens United decision, they intend to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to buy this election for candidates who support the super-wealthy.
As a former business manager who has experience with managing manufacturing operations over a thirty year period I am familiar with the real world impacts of the political process and I have seen the negative effect that governmental policies have had on American manufacturing over the past three decades. Policies that have been clearly focused on improving the ROI for the top 1% have decimated the middle-class wage earners ability to make a living wage in this country. These same policies have also clearly undermined the continuing reinvestment in American infrastructure that is now showing the clear signs of deterioration to third-world standards and promise to weaken further our ability to compete globally in the future.
We must overturn Citizens United if we are serious about maintaining the foundations of American democracy, and we need to pass the DISCLOSE Act if we want to at least diminish the decision’s horrendous impacts.