As shameful as the Citizens United decision is, we must confront the sobering reality that it is only the tip of the iceberg. A small ruling elite (often succinctly described as the 1%) have stolen control of the country, and they are ruling over us.
There’s a misconception spreading that Citizens United is an extension of corporate personhood. It’s not. While it’s true that Citizens United strengthened 1st amendment protections for corporations, the basis for that protection isn’t personhood. Rather, the court’s decision rests on something else.
Thanks to an insider leaking the 2012 agreement between the Rs and Ds, we again see the degree to which the candidates control nearly every detail in the debates to avoid any hint of spontaneity or unpredictability. Some of the dictates, such as describing camera angles and details of stools, seem like harmless obsessions. But read closely…
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) may sound official, but it’s a private non-profit corporation, owned and controlled by Republican and Democratic party operatives, with most financial support coming from for-profit corporations. The CPD undermines the interests of Americans in several ways.