posted on Jan, 21 2010 @ 03:17 PM
OK, now for an extremely unpopular opinion...
The United States was not built on restrictions on freedom of speech. Neither was it built on corporate involvement in politics. What this is about is
not tenets of freedom, but pragmatism. Every person in the USA has an inherent, God-given, constitutional right to state their preference in any
political race, and to use such statement to attempt to influence others. Thus, any limit on that ability for individuals is unconstitutional, and
that includes limits on how much one can spend on advertising their viewpoints.
Corporations should not have such rights to become involved in political free speech. However, from a pragmatic viewpoint, a corporation can funnel
money through executive officers (who are, after all, individuals), and it is nigh impossible to stop this loophole in the process from being
exploited. So any restriction on corporate spending for campaigns is essentially either a useless attempt to stop the unstoppable, or a restriction on
personal free speech.
It is a sad fact that it is not the fault of any corporations or lobbyists that we are in the sad state of affairs we are in. It is the fault of every
one of us. If one wishes to change the way things are done, one must do whatever is necessary to influence as many people as possible. Even, better,
if one wishes the country to return to its roots of individual responsibility, equality, and freedom, one must strive to convince as many people as
possible that they should vote for leaders who promote such.
Corporations do not vote. Lobbys do not vote. PACs do not vote. They have absolutely no say-so in who is elected. What they can do is give money...
huge sums of money, which can then be used for advertising to promote a candidate. In order for this to be successful, people who do vote must be
willing to listen to the loudest message, as opposed to the most sensible message. And that is exactly where we have failed. We the people, the real
true power in the country, have abrogated our responsibility to vote for sensible government on favor of a devil-may-care adherence to whatever
message is repeated the most on our favorite MSM station. That is the problem, not the source of the money used.
But not only do we have the ultimate power in political decisions based on our individual ability to vote, we also have the ultimate power over
corporations themselves by our economic votes. Where do you think that money comes from that is being used to skew political activism away from the
public desires? It comes from me and you. Every time we buy a product, some of that money we spent goes to corporate profits, which can then be
funneled through donations into campaigns we may or may not agree with. Thus, if we limit our spending to those corporations that do not spend money
against our wishes, we cut the funding off at the source. The court decision that prompted this thread is then moot.
Oh, but we can't do that, you say? Really? I can. I have the ability to choose what I buy and who I buy it from. I can walk into a store and see a
product I really want, but refuse to buy it because it is made by someone I have identified as being prone to lobby for agendas I oppose. Sure, it is
inconvenient at times, but we can't have it both ways. We can't abrogate our responsibility to be responsible for our actions while complaining that
someone else is pressing an agenda we disagree with with money we gave them out.
So I say the following:
Liberals, quit crying about conservatives stopping your agendas. If they are so wonderful, convince the people how wonderful they are, and you won't
be hindered by political maneuvering.
Conservatives, quit trying to outspend your opponents. If you have the best solutions, tell the people about them. You will save a lot of money and
Both sides, we the people are fed up, and it is time to read the writing on the wall. Either show us, the people you serve, the average working men
and women who are simply trying to survive, why you are the best, and if you succeed, the fight will be moot.
And finally, to those who (rightly) distrust both sides of the political aisle, quit listening to the commercials. Research things yourself and find
out what is really happening. Then cast your vote for whoever you can find who will run things the way you want, get involved in nominating someone if
you can;t find them already on your ballot, or even run yourself if need be. Ignore the commercials and signposts. That makes them worthless.
But everyone quit crying because someone else has some advantage... they don't. The power belongs to the people. It belongs to you. Just use it.
Having a shovel does not dig a ditch. You have to use the shovel.