Petition Update

Citizens united against Citizens United decision

John Watts
Nashville, TN

Aug 12, 2012 —  Imagine you discover that our nation is being taken over by alien super-beings. These beings are immortal, there is no limit on how wealthy they can be, and their sole purpose is to make money. Imagine further that you discover that one of the branches of our federal government has said to these beings: “Help yourselves. This nation is yours.”

Would you be alarmed? Would you think that we ought to defend ourselves?

I am speaking of corporations and unions and the frightening power to corrupt our political process that was handed to them by the radical decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC. The effects of this case are now rippling — no, that's too mild a word; let's say tsunami-ing — through our political system.

Not everyone is worried. Here's what candidate Mitt Romney has to say about these super-beings: “Corporations are people, my friend. … Of course, they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes?