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US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Cenk Kadir Uygur, Get the Money out of politics, Democracy Gone, USA, Young Turks, Supreme Court, McClutcheon )

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Cenk Kadir Uygur offers a wonderful explanation onto the most recent Supreme Court ruling known as McClutcheon. Not only does he offer that but he also offers a solution. Please watch and let others know of this. The People Must Be United.


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Sheryl G (360)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 6:29 am
Link to Wolf Pac. The plan, to join, petition.
Wolf Pac

Birgit W (160)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 9:22 am
Thanks Dandelion. This problem is going on all over our world, and has to be stopped.

Sue H (7)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 9:42 am
"You Gotta Get UP"!!!! We've got to fight back! Petition signed, thanks for this powerful video.

Lady Suki (446)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 10:23 am
That idiot thinks he's a major player. Mr. Engineer may be able to donate more than me, the broke college student, but he is not in Aldeson and the Koch brothers leagues. Generations from now, his descendents will be ashamed to be related to the man that made it easier to buy multiple politicians.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 10:29 am
Thank you

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 11:58 am
you took action on December 20, 2013

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 11:59 am
Signed & Noted, Thank you

Sorry didn't clear my memory

Deb E (63)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 12:49 pm
And in the meantime, we have to vote to survive because we can't vote to win. So choose which party will do the MOST damage to us and vote for the other party. We can ONLY win against this corruption with this amendment. It is the only way to get our democracy back. But if we allow more Republicans to get elected, we won't survive until the amendment gets passed.

From Move To Amend: (which, by the way, has been trying to get this amendment done since Citizens United came into being)

"“Citizens United set a dangerous precedent by opening the floodgates for special interest money in our elections,” said Emma Boorboor, Democracy Associate, U.S. PIRG. “Yet, as a nation we overwhelmingly value the idea that the size of your wallet should not determine the volume of your voice in our democracy. The fact that we are already a third of the way to passing a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics clearly demonstrates the building momentum and the desire of Americans to stand up for our democratic values.”

Sixteen states have formally called for an amendment by ballot measure, resolutions passed by the legislature, or official letters signed by a majority of state legislators:

New Jersey
New Mexico
Rhode Island
West Virginia

In addition, nearly 500 cities, towns, and counties, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia have called for an amendment, and more than 2,000 elected officials nationwide are on record supporting one."

We need 22 more states to do what these 16 have done. If you do not live in one of the listed states above, you have a lot of work to do to get your state on board.

If you want to know more about Move to Amend, here is their website

Thanks for the link to this video, Sheryl

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 1:29 pm
Thank you for posting the States that are already on board and the Move To Amend of which I've done and had passed out earlier onto C2 News. This can be done, we have no choice but to keep on keeping on. You are very welcome Deb.

Gene J (290)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 3:17 pm
Life is a pendulum. It just is. It has always been so, the universe was designed so. Almost nothing is ever in perfect balance for a very long time. This is duality. We cannot know here if there does not exist. Nor hot if cold does not exist. We define ourselves by where we place ourselves on the continuum between two opposites. That pendulum is always swinging between them, each era, each decade, century and millennium has its challenges. Only now in the age sentience are there beings on this planet who can understand this. It is this polarity that is at the heart of the current political debate going on the world over. Here, well, I think the pendulum has swung as far right as it can, I believe beginning, perhaps in 2014, but certainly in 2016, the swing back to progressive thinking will very dramatically in evidence. The world, our country, is changing demographically and politically. Yes, the voices on the right are loud and well funded, but that can't defeat humanity, human decency, love. Their shouts are not loving, they are not kind and they contribute nothing to the silence. They are soon to be left in one of history's dustbins, it will happen. Because of people like those here who are just like us but not here on this site, they are still legion, and a time of reason and love is coming. I know it, I believe and I live it. So do we all. Silence is deemed consent, well, be not silent in the face of that which we believe evil, raise our voices gently but persistently, elevate the discourse, because no one but us can, no one but us will. Their money is not living, it will not comfort them as they leave the stage of life. They will have an opportunity to reflect on what they have wrought, but undoing it, that is our job. And I think we are doing that better every day. Here and around the world. Truth, love always win out. That is my faith. And I believe it with all of me, as do so many, many others. They may have money, but we have numbers and in the end, our numbers will overwhelm their money. I know it.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 4:12 pm
Thx Sheryl. Since he also mentioned Prof. Lessig, I did listen to his latest presentation about a week ago, a must hear I would say.

Lawerence Lessig’s Newest Presentation is Fantastic. Watch it Here.

I was thinking of posting this but need a break with submissions. If i remember correctly, Lessig also pointed out that democracy in the US has been gone for a long time already.
Best of luck with MoveToAmend, it has been around for long enough by now to finally get some success and much more needed.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 4:30 pm
Noted w/thanks, Dandelion. And a big thanks to Deb E. for posting all the info on I attended a meeting they had here several months ago and continue to get their mailings. They are a very active group and are always in need of volunteers. I also loved Gene's comment and agree with his "pendulum" is certainly past time for it to swing a bit the other way....towards "the people." I'm already a member of the Wolf-Pac, and receiving their mailings.

Evelyn Z (300)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 5:46 pm
Noted & Signed. Thanks Dandelion & Suzeanne for fwd.

SuSanne P (193)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 7:03 pm
Thank you Dandelion. I just wrote an hour and lost everything so as I am off to bed I now, I definitely will share my views first thing in the morn. Good night all.

SusanAWAY A (219)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 8:49 pm
Noted and shared. It is so important that we all do everything we can to get the word out to others. I continue to be surprised at the number of people I run into, usually hardworking people in stressful jobs, who just don't seem to have any idea what's going on around them politically. They are progressives and will vote democratic, certainly not teapublican, but still if they don't get it on the national news, they're just not getting it. As much as I know that amending the Constitution is what we need to do and have signed the petition and will certainly do what I can in my state, I still believe that if we don't do something to take back the news media somehow, things will continue to spiral downhill in this country. Thanks for posting the video Sheryl!

Sheila D (194)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 9:20 pm
Can't currently send Dandelion another star...even though you deserve it. Thanks.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday April 11, 2014, 5:41 am
I very much agree with you on the media. CNN has had wall to wall coverage for weeks on end of this plane crash while Rome burns; that is only one example.

There was a petition on asking the Corporate Media to at least expose the TPP. It is Corporate, so they are in bed with the rest of the Big Money.
Tell the Media It is Time to Expose the TPP

P A (117)
Friday April 11, 2014, 5:47 am
Thanks Dandelion - excellent video from excellent people. Terrifying facts and figures depicting what is happening today - I do hope Gene is correct in saying that the pendulum has swung as far to the Right as it can - because beyond there is fascism and it worries me.

As others have said - how are so many so blind and deaf to what is happening?


Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday April 11, 2014, 6:56 am
"There is something rotten in the Republic of USA" - It would take a lot of work and money to reclaim your lost democracy.
Thanks Sheryl

Sheryl G (360)
Friday April 11, 2014, 10:31 am
Good video that Angelika left on the thread......yup, the Democracy is are correct there Arild and the ones who study such things, the so called "experts" also agree that it's gone. I'm not sure in my lifetime if I'll ever see it back. It's going to take a LOT of doing.....but most people haven't a clue.....if they have no clue they are not going to do anything; but grumble.

Mary T (178)
Friday April 11, 2014, 11:53 am
Thanks Dandelion I have already signed and shared all petitions and also joined the the Wolf Pac I am suppose to get a call from Bloomington IN tomorrow about a protest there I will surely be there we must take back our country before it is to late and I for one are ready for the fight.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday April 11, 2014, 12:12 pm
Good for you Mary, I'd send you a thousand stars if I could. That you took the next step and are joining in with others tomorrow is TERRIFIC! We might not be able to go to every rally, demonstration or protest but we can try our best to make as many as possible. People see people outside, they inquire, they become educated from us. Then they join us. As citizens we have a duty to add our voices and our bodies, this is something that the troops can not do for us. We have to take a stand and muster courage as well. Even my little granddaughter of age 6 has gone to rallies and such since she was age 2. She has her slogan "We are the 99%" down pat! I've made her a small sign just for her.

Devon Leonard (54)
Friday April 11, 2014, 10:37 pm
I was horrified with the ruling. And am happy to share the video far and wide..... And am happy to hear so many States have proposed amendments already, and that mine is one of them. Thank you Dandelion for shinning the light in these dark places......

cynthia l (207)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 9:54 am
thanks for posting
I agree and agree with Gene
where there is dark there is light

Athena F (131)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 5:57 pm
Thank you for this!

Susanne R (236)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 11:30 pm
Have joined WolfPac and have signed their petition and all others included in this post. Thank you to everyone who provided links to petitions.

Thank you, Dandelion, for posting this very important information. I believe, as Susan Allen does, that our citizens are simply unaware of what's going on. Not everyone is interested in politics or has the time (or takes the time) to keep up with what's going on in our government. We need to get people informed and motivated! If they understood the ramifications of the Citizens United and the McCutcheon rulings, I think most of them would be as mad as hell. Do we really want Sheldon Adelson and his dirty gambling empire money to decide who will be representing us? Do we really want the Koch brothers and their polluting fossil fuel empire to influence laws governing our environment? And the list goes on. Let's fight for an amendment to overturn the Citizens United and McCutcheon rulings. Let's get out and vote for representatives who represent us, and not large corporations. We are the majority --but we're only effective if we come together and present a united front.

Diane K (134)
Sunday April 13, 2014, 10:52 am
It is sad this country is corrupted by corporations & money. Petition signed. thanks

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Monday April 14, 2014, 1:24 am
Noted ty
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