Every American has the right to speak out, to express views, and to serve as an advocate for all manner of issues and prospective leaders. But having rights doesn't necessarily mean they're valuable, or even useful at all.
The DISCLOSE Act is good start at addressing the expected upsurge in independent political spending to influence elections, but may fall far short of addressing the source of the problem: direct special interest funding.
In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the US Supreme Court has presented the United States with an astonishing future of unlimited spending on campaigns by corporations. We are facing the possibility of a true failed state.
If the legislative efforts in Washington last year reveal anything, it's that politics and policymaking are corrupted overwhelmingly by perverse electoral incentives. Obama's goals depend on his leadership in fixing this.
America is up for sale. But don't blame the Supreme Court. The Justices didn't place us on the auction block when they opened the corporate floodgate last week, they just showed what's always been there.
Entitlement to constitutional rights and the legal status of personhood imply accountability. So, by extension, if corporations are entitled to First Amendment protection, then why can't they be arrested?
I wish this conservative Supreme Court that supposedly exercises judicial restraint and follows precedence had not flip-flopped for the second time in ten years by becoming the most activist court in recent history.
President Obama is right, the Citizens United decision will further weaken the quality and fairness of our politics, as well as hand already-overpowered lobbyists a nuclear weapon for influencing policy.