Citizens United Decision Blown to Bits

Seldom in politics does perception and reality merge, but when it does it can be spectacular. It has always been a political axiom that victory and money go hand in hand with office seekers. So of course when the Supreme Court rendered it's ridiculously undemocratic decision that money equals speech, virtually ending campaign contribution limitations, true believers in democracy were outraged.

But, wow, it would seem so has the general public become outraged. There are many critical political issues that are counterintuitive to causal voters, allowing demagogues an opening to mislead the public on behalf of special interests.

As it turns out, however, everyone understands that giving a free hand for billionaires to buy up the government is not a good thing. Yet ironically for the fat cats, before the Citizens United case came along folks weren’t giving it all that much thought.

In effect what the Supreme Court ruling did was to rub a political atrocity, which had been sailing along with little real opposition, in the public’s face. Now all Mr. Trump or Senator Sanders has to say is that they don’t accept (true or not) a dime of super pack money and it obliterates all who do — funny thing about unintended consequences, right?

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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