By accepting Super PAC money, Obama is all but guaranteeing that the special interests of the richest 0.01% will dominate the interests of the 99% and his second term will accomplish little to right the balance.
If the critics of Citizens United want to be taken seriously, they must move beyond superficial slogans and focus on the real issue at stake: When should the government be allowed to regulate political contributions and expenditures -- even if they are speech?
I support passing a constitutional amendment to restore accountability and transparency to federal and state elections -- ensuring that when you see a political ad on TV, you know exactly who's responsible for it.
Simply overturning Citizens United won't provide us with a campaign system that provides fair results. We were doing poorly before Citizens United, too. We need a far more aggressive change than just overturning that one ruling.
In the wake of Citizens United, Americans have a choice: sit back and watch our democracy erode, or work to undo the decision and restore individual rights in the face of the false notion of "corporate personhood."
It is laughable that candidates who claim to advocate "small government" and "less regulation" want to intrude on the private lives of American citizens, but what interests me more is whether or not such a constitutional amendment is even possible.
It's time for a revolution. Not a physical one, but a political one. A revolution that turns over the establishment's apple cart, challenges this corrupt system and brings back our democracy. Get ready for 2012.
The rich use their money to legally bribe politicians to support policies that favor themselves over the middle class in the auction that we call elections. And the policies they support are different from those supported by the majority of middle class Americans voters.
While many supporters of the Occupy demonstrators are agitated over public officials' growing demands that the Occupy settlers move off the occupied grounds, how might the Occupy movement move forward?
Money has taken over our political system in a way that is simply horrifying. Special interest groups, in particular corporations, unions, Wall Streeters and bankers, dominate our politics. But we are not helpless.