When did telling employees how to vote become a byproduct of Citizens United? If this interpretation stands up, then things in this country have crossed a line far beyond simply drowning out the power of the individual voter by means of unlimited donations. If Romney was to win, he won’t have been democratically elected in any real sense – not that he or any of the power brokers care how he gets there. Not only is this trend unlikely to be reversed if it continues much longer, but the next step will be the Gingrich plan to reduce the power of the courts.
Think about what this means. If corporations can spell out what you should do in the presidential election, why stop there? You’ll be getting direction on any number of policies that you need to support. More accurately, you will be told that you need to just accept certain things, because your support and your vote won’t actually be needed any more. Certain things will be frowned upon and if you want to get anywhere, don’t expect it to happen fast (or at all), if you are not a practicing, card carrying, party member. That’s where this is headed.
As it is today, “western democracy” is probably becoming limited to Canada. Going forward, when anyone claims we need a bigger stronger military to help foster the growth of democracy abroad, we need to set the record straight. We need to use any power we have left to demand that the first priority is to restore democracy here at home. Until that happens, we have no credibility to stay in Afghanistan and we certainly have no business getting involved in an Arab spring in Syria, Iran, or anywhere else. There is no reason for us as citizens to pay for such an undertaking – and we won’t rise for any corporate anthem.
Mitt Romney Encouraged Business Owners To Advise Employees How To Vote –