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Robert Reich Explains Why Citizens United Needs To Go [Video]

Robert Reich Explains Why Citizens United Needs To Go [Video]

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling did more than just grant corporations the same rights of speech and privacy as individuals: it gave those corporations and their billionaire owners license to use obscene amounts of money to drown out our voices in elections and take over our government.

But thanks to brave public servants like Sen. Bernie Sanders and Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock, we the people are fighting back against this corporate takeover of the federal government. In the past year, seven Democratic Senators, including Illinois’ Dick Durbin, Tom Udall, New Mexico, introduced a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Citizens United decision. And just last week 50 organizations presented letters to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees requesting hearings on the need to overturn Citizens United.

If you’re not sure why it’s so important to fight for this amendment, the below video from Robert Reich and Common Cause will explain why 2012 needs to be the year Citizens United goes away for good.

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9:36AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

Sean C.

Cheney may be watching, but Obama is a dangerous stalker with authority to kidnap you at his discretion, again without DUE PROCESS or legal representation... indefinitely.

The Patriot Act, (which after railing against Obama now supports since he is in control and loves the power) is "mild" in comparison to the powers granted in the NDAA.

Be wary of what is coming next!!!

7:20AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

How simple, yet how far reaching, "Does America Have the Guts To Take Back The Lunch Money Stolen By the Schoolyard Bully?" It really comes down to that, doesn't it, every child's fear, "If I protest the Bully will Beat me up and it will HURT!" So be it! What happened when the bully was surrounded by 20 kids who all identified his BULLINESS? He slinked away because inside every bully is a true coward, who picks on what he perceives are weak and unable to stand up for themselves, never people his own size! We need to stand up to this BULLY as Americans! While we are at it we need to focus next on the Misnamed ""Patriot"" Act, which is clandestinely and ubiquitously monitoring the activities of American Citizens, without DUE PROCESS of Law or Representation! Big Brother! Thanks, Dick Cheney is watching!

3:07AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

Democracy in the USA??? Don't think so.

8:19PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Never happen unless President Obama is able to replace a few more corporate-loving supremes appointed by the Bush regime. Heaven knows we need changes asap.

8:18PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Corporations are NOT people.

Fight the Right! Amend the Constitution!

We are the 99%.

4:49PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

It is nice to know that there are so many 'enlightened' people who seem not to understand the critical distinction that a constitutional republic is a form of LIMITED government, as opposed to democracy in its pure form, closer to which we slide all the time, is UNLIMITED government. My observation is that those who promote the blurring of this line are generally those who stand to gain from removing the restraints from government, too many of which have in practice been removed already.

Who is buying air time is not really a significant issue if we sacrifice the foundation out from under the nation before the arguing begins. That is what morphing a republic into a democracy is all about.

4:19PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

It's good that someone finally made a nice vid summary of what Citizens United is and does. It's in the news a lot lately, but I'm not sure if most of us understand the ramifications.

3:05PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

We MUST have a Constitutional Admendment to rid us of this stupid ruling by SCOTUS. Those that voted for it should be impeached.

2:25PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

There's a big difference between unions and multi-national corporations. Corporations have all the money in the world, and they use it to buy politicians who pass laws favoring corporations over workers. Everything is stacked in their favor. Unions are the only clear, united voice for working people, and the voice of unions must be protected. That's why the right always tries so hard to give unions a bad name.

2:00PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

To me this corporate lobbying is what is fundamentally wrong with our government. Financial lobbying should not even be allowed. Lobbying should be people speaking their side of an argument, not outright bribery.

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