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.
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