Many years ago, Thomas Paine spoke of winter soldiers and sunshine patriots. Today’s Supreme Court Decision in, McCutcheon V. Federal Election Commission, should scream out to all citizens and patriots the need to be winter soldiers and summer patriots for democracy, once again, as we watch our democracy disappear before our very eyes.
Like the Citizens United decision before it and the Buckley decision before that, we are increasingly going to be ruled by those among us who have the most money to contribute to candidates. We have a new aristocracy, the wealthy, and like our forebears, we, citizens, are going to be the slaves to the oligarchs.
Some among us champion the decision, claiming it is good news for democracy and free speech. Who are they kidding? There is nothing free about speech when 93% of elections are won by the candidate with the most money. How can it be good for democracy when we, the people, can not be heard over the din and influence of big money? The majority of the Supreme Court profess to be worried about the corrupting influence of money, but instead blindly give the keys to the city and to our highest offices to those who are the richest among us.
It is becoming, the class society that our founders worried about. It has become a nation of the haves and the have-nots, with fewer haves and an increasing amount of have-nots. The haves want it all and they see contributions to candidates and lobbying as the means to that end, the end being an increasing amount of power and influence. We have our Lords and Masters, the very wealthy and the large Corporations, just like our ancestors had their Lords and Masters in England depriving their fellow Englishmen of their rights as Englishmen.
Money is not speech, it is property. It is a travesty and a joke to assume that somehow, out of the goodness of their hearts, the wealthy will somehow know what is best for the rest of us. Money is corrupting and a lot of money is absolutely corrupting. Regarding the question of what will be the aggregate limit on contributions in a 2 year period as a result of this decision, is unknown. Some think that the limit will be $ 6 million dollars or it could be that there will be no limit.
My fellow countrymen and women, this is the time to come to the aid of your country. It is not the time to be a sunshine patriot. It is not good enough to be a patriot when it is easy to be so. We need to be like that winter soldier, slogging through the snow, to fight for our liberty and independence. We need a Constitutional Amendment to end our dependence on our new masters, the plutocrats and the oligarchs. It is time to ring the bell of liberty and stand up for equality and natural rights. It is time to throw off the yoke of oppression in the name of all of those who came before us, and who died to make this land free, with opportunity for all.