Don’t let the Supreme Court destroy our democracy
by Georgeo57, Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 01:59:34 PM EST
I just learned from an article by Doug Kendall for Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/doug-kendall/why-courts-matter-a-2010_b_418461.html that the Supreme Court may rule on Citizens United vs. FEC as soon as tomorrow. If they allow corporations unlimited money on elections, they will give them too much power for citizens to ever again overcome.
To see the significance of this, consider that in his historic run to the presidency, Barack Obama broke every political fundraising record, raising nearly $750 million from more than a million contributors in 2007 and 2008. This sounds impressive until you consider that during 2008 alone, ExxonMobil Corporation generated profits of $45 billion. With a diversion of even 2 percent of these profits to the political process, Exxon could have far outspent the Obama campaign and fundamentally changed the dynamic of the 2008 election, perhaps even the result.
If the Supreme Court decides on behalf of corporations, our American democracy is over. To my understanding, if they decide that treasonous route, President Obama has only one way to fight back; create two new Supreme Court positions, and then fill them with moderates who will uphold corporate bans on election donations.
Surely, the Republicans will claim that Obama is “packing the courts” like FDR threatened in the 1930s, however, after the Supreme Court stole the election for George W. Bush in 2000, Americans will completely understand, and side with, Obama’s decision.
I urge you to appeal to President Obama, and ask him to threaten the Supreme Court that if they choose to hand our democracy to rich corporations he will take whatever steps he needs to in order to stop them, including increasing the number of Supreme Court justices from the current nine to eleven.
The time to act on this is now. Please side with the American People against a corporate takover of our democracy by urging President Obama to immediately throw down the gauntlet against our treasonous Supreme Court.