No one who follows the American Political system would say that it’s under control now. 80% of Americans think the United States’ political system is out of control. One of the biggest reasons they cite for this lack of control is the amount of big money in politics. Critics of the power of the lobbyists and how elections are run point to European nations. Many European nations do not allow corporations or private individuals to contribute funds to politicians. The campaign funds used come entirely from the government. Unsurprisingly, corporations have a much smaller role in politics in these countries than they do in the United States.
The Citizens United Decision remains immensely unpopular whenever it is brought up. Even though the supreme court ruled in favor of maintaining the status quo, there are many people who oppose the decision. Attempting to get legislators to overturn the supreme court decision has been problematic. No legislator, large or small, wants to give up a significant portion of their personal income. Local, state and national politicians seem unconcerned about the continued poisoning of the well.
Few people plan to let the status quo remain as it is. End Citizens United, a grass roots political movement, wants to see governments act to render the United States’ Supreme Court decision null and void. At the moment, they are working on gathering enough signatures for a petition. Signatories must be Massachusetts citizens. 65,000 people are needed to bring the petition to the ballot in 2018. If they can get the necessary number of people to sign the petition, they can overturn the unpopular measure in one state at least.
If the ballot drive in Massachusetts succeeds, it may pave the way for similar measures in other states. The people are ultimately supposed to be an additional check and balance under the constitution. End Citizens United hopes people in other states will follow their lead. It may only be a small step in getting money out of politics, but as the author of the Dao De Jing said, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
End Citizens United may very well be the beginning of true representation of the American people in politics. More and more we are seeing the rise of grassroots activism being taken to a serious level that forces the stagnant establishment key holders to take notice. The Justice Democrats, Draft Bernie, and End Citizens United are all tied together by an overlapping theme…no more corporate money, no more big donors, or otherwise known as dark money.
An article posted by MSNBC on August 20th, 2016 lays out the basic strategy of End Citizens United. The group is named after their ultimate goal, which is to reverse one of the more controversial Supreme Court rulings in history.The Citizens United ruling in 2010 further stacked the deck in the favor of the super wealthy. Millions of Americans from all walks of life feel as if they have no say in their government because of being poor or middle class. But those same people that work minimum wage jobs are fighting back with small donations ranging from $14 to $27 dollars much like the Bernie Sanders campaign. According to this source over two million dollars have been raised from small donors alone.
Another source documenting the activities of End Citizens United is an article posted by USA Today on April 4th, 2017. The populist PAC is projecting to have $35 million dollars available in 2018 for the midterm elections. These funds will be used for television ads, internet campaigns, mailers and so on. The Goal is to get candidates in place in the Senate, the House of Representatives and Congress that will not only support legislature with a more populist agenda but also push aggressively for a constitutional amendment that reverses the Supreme Courts decision. We have not had an Amendment passed since 1992. Establishment politicians and political analyst have scoffed at the idea of getting a constitutional amendment passed due to the overwhelming support it would need.Which would consist of two-thirds support from the senate, house of representatives and three-fourths of the states.
I think it’s easy to be cynical about fighting big business and incumbent politicians in bed with Wall Street. But if we look at history, at one point someone said women would never be able to vote and at one point there were African slaves in this country; In more recent history the LGBT community was shut out of marriage rights due to Christian Fundamentalism ruling with an iron fist, in a country founded on Secularism. There is a populist tsunami on the rise and it’s threatening to spread from sea to shining sea.
George Soros is known to be one of the most influential people in the entire world. He has influenced political scenarios in numerous countries and has helped countless lives all over. He is also one of the richest individuals in the world, who uses his wealth for good. Soros amassed his fortune when he started working on Wall Street. It was during this time that he landed his first hedge fund, and he only went upwards from there. Today, Soros is known to be one of the biggest hedge fund owners in the world, with a vast empire. He has been listed numerous times in different magazines like Forbes.com for being the top in his field.
Soros grew up in a part of Hungary that was still under the Nazi rule at the time. He grew up in a Jewish family who was subjected to a lot of social injustice. Seeing what his family was facing and seeing what it did to the society around them was what made Soros decide from a very early age that he wanted to change the world and make it, so the wrong party or political leader is never put into power again. He knew that if he wanted to make a difference on the scale that he envisioned for himself, he needed a lot of money. Therefore, to put that plan into motion, Soros went to the London School of Economics to understand the nuances of finance. He then moved to the United States, and thus his journey with Wall Street began. Learn more on Discover the Networks about George Soros.
To put his plans into fruition, George Soros has been working alongside the political parties that he sees fit to be in power. Soros has been a long time supporter of the Democratic Party and has made efforts to put the party into power. In the 2004 elections, Soros is said to have spent a total of $27million USD towards the party and the numerous organizations that they support. In 2016 again, he once again emerged on the American political scene and contributed a total of $25million towards the party. Even though the Democratic Party did not win the elections, he is still a staunch supporter and is working to bring about change in the existing American system of governance.
He has also made tremendous efforts to help people who have been affected by dangerous political situations. He set up a fund that gave monetary aid to refugees and individuals from war-torn countries. The funds were given to them so that they could start their lives anew in their new homes. By doing this, he has helped numerous people get back on their feet and live comfortable lives once again.