This week I'd like to discuss the second grievance listed by the Occupy Wall Street Movement.
2. Rejection of the Citizens United Case: The immediate abrogation, even if it requires a Constitutional Amendment, of the outrageous and anti-democratic holding in the "Citizens United" case proclaimed by the United States Supreme Court. This heinous decision equates the payment of money by corporations, wealthy individuals and unions to politicians with the exercise of protected free speech. We, the People, demand that this institutional bribery and corruption never again be deemed protected free speech.
Campaign contributions by corporations, unions and lobbyist groups have always been questionable to me. As with point one when these large groups "donate" large sums of money towards a campaign I honestly doubt it's out of the goodness of their hearts. They are buying favors from the person that promises them the most. As for donations from wealthy individuals to me this is a little iffy because if a wealthy person wants to donate all their cash to a particular candidate well it is there money and who am I to tell them what to do with it.
However, corporation/union/lobbyist groups are not a person. A person is defined as a human being, whether man, woman, or child. Last I checked, the groups listed above are neither man, woman or child, they are a legal entity that represents the interests of men, women and children but not one themselves.
Each individual has their own beliefs/values and should donate accordingly. Personally I would not want money that could be used for a better than a 2.5 percent raise every two years, going to a candidate that I probably don't even share the same same views with.
What are your thoughts?