An #EndCitizensUnited Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

“WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR SALE.”

Politicians were once defined
By their conscience, their heart, and their mind.
But then the Corporate Till
Replaced The People’s Will
And now it’s by turning an eye that’s gone blind.

Make America Great Again. An interesting catch phrase, one that begs the question “When did America stop being great?”

The moment that began can be pinned to January 21, 2010 when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United.

Citizens United Explained | Brennan Center for Justice

“January 21, 2020 will mark a decade since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a controversial decision that reversed century-old campaign finance restrictions and enabled corporations and other outside groups to spend unlimited funds on elections.

While wealthy donors, corporations, and special interest groups have long had an outsized influence in elections, that sway has dramatically expanded since the Citizens United decision, with negative repercussions for American democracy and the fight against political corruption.”

 

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