Voting Pros And Cons

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When George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and the other Founding Fathers of the United States came together in the late 1700s to form a new government, they had equality in mind. As stated in the Constitution, they wanted a government that was for the people, by the people. Centuries later, many now believe a more accurate description would be a government for the people, by large corporations. Elections, as well as government in general, are being swayed by money. Corporations are now able to not only support any candidate they want, but also endorse them through advertisements, billboards, and other promotional items. This may not seem like a big deal until one thinks about the implications. Now, when a candidate wins questions…show more content…
Citizens United is a Political Action Committee (PAC) founded by Floyd Brown in 1988 that “promotes corporate interests, socially conservative causes, and candidates who advance their goals.” Their website claims that their mission is to “reassert traditional American values such as limited government, freedom of enterprise, strong families, and national sovereignty and security,” as well as “restore the founding fathers’ vision of a free nation, guided by the honesty, common sense, and good will of its citizens.” Citizens United gained national attention in 2009 when they filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court. Citizens United sued the FEC because they are in charge of campaign finance laws and Citizens United wanted to fight some of the…show more content…
The general sense was that this legal dispute was a freedom of speech case and the FEC was the party in the wrong. Most of the Supreme Court Justices in the majority cited the First Amendment as their basis for their vote; however, as pointed out by Justice Stevens, who voted in the minority, the First Amendment technically only protects the free speech of individuals, not those of a group or association.
After the Citizens United Supreme Court case, which became known as simply “Citizens United,” the election process was changed dramatically. Companies and unions were now given a stronger voice in politics with the added free reign on their political and campaign spending, and they took advantage of it. Independent political expenditures soared from about $144 million in the 2008 presidential election to around $1 billion in 2012, the first election after Citizens United; that’s a 594% increase.
While Citizens United had good intentions, the flood of campaign spending has done more harm than good when it comes to protecting the voice of American citizens. The amount of money that corporations have is substantially higher than that of the average American. Consequently, the average person’s contribution to a political candidate gets drowned out by those of big
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