Is Reversing Citizens United a Priority?

When we launched the Amend 2012 campaign–in fact, since the day of the Citizens United ruling in January 2010–Common Cause has maintained that this grievous decision by the Supreme Court poses an incredible threat to our democracy and should be among the highest priorities of active citizens. The hundreds of thousands of voters across the country–who have signed petitions, created local activist groups, and committed their energy to getting a constitutional amendment to say that corporations are not people and money is not speech–seem to agree.

But some voters don’t think reversing Citizens United is a big priority. In fact, they see it as a distraction from the real issues facing the country. In a letter to the editor of the Arizona Daily Sun, a reader/citizen from Flagstaff, Ariz., suggests that this effort is a frivolous waste of time:

“This is one of the most important issues to come before the city council, and I think it is our deep responsibility to weigh in,” [Vice Mayor Celia Barotz]┬ásaid.

Wow! Flagstaff leaders’ priorities aren’t public safety, public health, housing, sanitation, recreation facilities, convenient and reliable transportation, school support, tourism, job acquisition and other local issues? Our priorities are corporate political contributions and amending the U.S. constitution.

She continued, “If this passes, it will be one of the most memorable moments of my time on the City Council.”

No kidding? One has to wonder why she is wasting her time on the Council when there is a presidential election coming up this year. If this, another in a string of frivolous, meaningless Council resolutions, is the high point of her time on the Council, it’s time to schedule a recall vote and put Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey on the ballot.

What do you think? Is reclaiming our democracy from corporate big money on par with the economy, education, and public safety issues? Can we really address these individual issues without considering how the idea of corporate personhood will ultimately affect every issue?

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18 Responses to “Is Reversing Citizens United a Priority?”

  1. Bettina Lynn-Mulle May 18, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Some people think that putting band-aids on abrasions is more important than stopping the beatings that cause them.

    If you spend your time and energy trying to fix the results you never get rid of the real problems.

  2. Bettina Lynn-Mulle May 18, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Some people think that putting band-aids on abrasions is more important than stopping the beatings that cause them.

    If you spend your time and energy trying to fix the results you never get rid of the real problems.

  3. Bettina Lynn-Mulle May 18, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Some people think that putting band-aids on abrasions is more important than stopping the beatings that cause them.

    If you spend your time and energy trying to fix the results you never get rid of the real problems.

  4. This is possibly the most important issue because Citizen’s United limited our ability to influence the government on any issue we might be concerned about. Overturning Citizen’s United would strengthen our ability to successfully influence the government on these other issues. To say that it isn’t as important as the other issues is to ignore the influence of money in politics.

  5. This is possibly the most important issue because Citizen’s United limited our ability to influence the government on any issue we might be concerned about. Overturning Citizen’s United would strengthen our ability to successfully influence the government on these other issues. To say that it isn’t as important as the other issues is to ignore the influence of money in politics.

  6. This is possibly the most important issue because Citizen’s United limited our ability to influence the government on any issue we might be concerned about. Overturning Citizen’s United would strengthen our ability to successfully influence the government on these other issues. To say that it isn’t as important as the other issues is to ignore the influence of money in politics.

  7. Richard Jansen May 18, 2012 at 10:53 am

    The country was founded by and belongs to people. The Constitution does not say that corporations have the Right to Free Speech. The US Constitution doesn’t apply to state corporations. Corporations are creatures of state law and are a legal myth. States can abolish corporations because they created them. Citizens United is a travesty and the worst case judicial activism in history. I think it goes so far over the line that the Supreme Court Justices who voted for it should be impeached and removed from the court.

  8. Richard Jansen May 18, 2012 at 10:53 am

    The country was founded by and belongs to people. The Constitution does not say that corporations have the Right to Free Speech. The US Constitution doesn’t apply to state corporations. Corporations are creatures of state law and are a legal myth. States can abolish corporations because they created them. Citizens United is a travesty and the worst case judicial activism in history. I think it goes so far over the line that the Supreme Court Justices who voted for it should be impeached and removed from the court.

  9. Richard Jansen May 18, 2012 at 10:53 am

    The country was founded by and belongs to people. The Constitution does not say that corporations have the Right to Free Speech. The US Constitution doesn’t apply to state corporations. Corporations are creatures of state law and are a legal myth. States can abolish corporations because they created them. Citizens United is a travesty and the worst case judicial activism in history. I think it goes so far over the line that the Supreme Court Justices who voted for it should be impeached and removed from the court.

  10. I for one am sick of the Corporations running our country. Politicians seem to forget that they are supposed to be there for ” WE THE PEOPLE ” Overturn Citizens United and give our Country back to us .

  11. I for one am sick of the Corporations running our country. Politicians seem to forget that they are supposed to be there for ” WE THE PEOPLE ” Overturn Citizens United and give our Country back to us .

  12. I for one am sick of the Corporations running our country. Politicians seem to forget that they are supposed to be there for ” WE THE PEOPLE ” Overturn Citizens United and give our Country back to us .

  13. I fully echo and endorse what Kenny Madden had to say above. Reversing Citizens United is fundamental to a truly representative government.

  14. I fully echo and endorse what Kenny Madden had to say above. Reversing Citizens United is fundamental to a truly representative government.

  15. I fully echo and endorse what Kenny Madden had to say above. Reversing Citizens United is fundamental to a truly representative government.

  16. Absolutely! Overturning Citizens Unites is THE most important issue in the country right now. As long as it’s in place we can’t have fair anything. No fair elections, no fair taxation, nothing. When giant corporations and their money have equal rights to actual flesh and blood citizens we are at a frightening disadvantage and the country is in grave danger.

  17. Absolutely! Overturning Citizens Unites is THE most important issue in the country right now. As long as it’s in place we can’t have fair anything. No fair elections, no fair taxation, nothing. When giant corporations and their money have equal rights to actual flesh and blood citizens we are at a frightening disadvantage and the country is in grave danger.

  18. Absolutely! Overturning Citizens Unites is THE most important issue in the country right now. As long as it’s in place we can’t have fair anything. No fair elections, no fair taxation, nothing. When giant corporations and their money have equal rights to actual flesh and blood citizens we are at a frightening disadvantage and the country is in grave danger.