Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hit the Ground Running

Today was the midterm election and I have to say I am relieved it is over, regardless of the results. As I, and just about every progressive predicted, there was an avalanche of money and an overwhelming number of television and radio ads. The money on the Republican side came from corporations, both American and foreign owned, as well as a huge chunk of anonymous money whose names people like the United States Chamber of Commerce refused to divulge. It is known that at least part of the Chamber of Commerce money came from foreign countries and businesses that advertise that they specialize in taking American jobs. Fox news gave over two million in donations, where the second biggest share holder in that company is Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud of Saudi Arabia.

We have seen the rise of the Tea Party, an alleged grass roots movement who's members shout that they want their country back. However, taking their country back consists of tax cuts for the richest citizens and deregulation of business, where we are living through a Great Recession caused by deregulation. You never hear Tea Party people demanding fair trade with China and repeal of NAFTA or the World Trade Organization, things that would actually bring back jobs to the United States. Why is that? Because the Tea Party was started and financed by the oil billionaire Koch brothers, capitalizing on the anger of people who are mad about the mess created by Bush, but who have no one else to yell at but Obama. Not that there are not valid reasons to be angry. But they are being steered in the wrong direction by the money paying for their rallies, buses and conventions.

Now that we have seen the effects of corporate person-hood and unlimited money in the election system it is time we work towards reversing this selling out of our county to multinational corporations. We need to cut off foreign investment in our elections so that our representatives are doing what is best for the people, not what is best for Saudi Arabia or India or China. We need a Constitutional Amendment that states that corporations and other non-natural entities, such as unions, are not persons and shall not enjoy Constitution protections.

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