Words from Robert Reich on Citizens United

January 21, 2014


Robert Reich — teacher, author, and President Clinton’s Secretary of Labor — shared the following on Facebook.  No other explanation is needed:

Robert ReichFour years ago today, on January 21, 2010, the five Republican appointees on the Supreme Court — either oblivious to the concentration of income and wealth at the top of America or conspiring with it — declared that the First Amendment protects corporations because corporations are “people,” and that the government therefore may not keep corporations from spending money to support or denounce individual candidates in elections. And as “Citizen’s United versus Federal Election Commission” has been interpreted by lower courts, it has opened the floodgates of money from billionaires and multimillionaires as well.

“Citizens United vs. FEC” is right up there with “Bush vs. Gore” and “Dred Scott vs. Sanford” as the most shameful decisions in Supreme Court history.

Nothing is more important than restoring our democracy and getting big money out of politics. We must rededicate ourselves to (1) ensuring that, when one of the five Republican appointees responsible for this abomination retires or expires, he is replaced by a Justice who will reverse Citizens United, (2) get behind a constitutional amendment to reverse it, (3) pressure Congress to require full disclosure of all corporations and people financing political advertising, and (4) move to full public financing of elections. Have I left anything out? How do we make these happen?

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About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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