Over the past year, often I feel it has been proven that there are inherent problems within the American political system. Problems that have now pit our countrymen against one another, though partially due to the two-party system which to quote John Adams,
“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
I believe are primarily caused by a legal form of corruption in our government, the ability for corporations to donate an unlimited amount of money to a politician’s campaign. The name of this corruption is called “Corporate Personhood”. Politicians on both ends of the spectrum are legally bought by corporations through these donations, leaving them indebted to their corporate interests. The argument for Corporate Personhood is that corporations are made-up of people, thus they are a person, and under the first amendment money is a form of speech.
The problem with money being considered speech, is that corporations have more “speech” than the average american leaving politicians beholden to corporations.
This began in January of 2010 with the court ruling of Citizens United vs FEC, and since the passage of this ruling our government officials have been bought, both Left-wing and Right-wing. You can see this in donations to a politician’s campaign, that then go hand-in-hand with their voting habits. On the right, you will see as an example, politicians will receive funding from the big Oil and Telecommunication lobbies, and then not only will they vote in favor of less environmental regulation but will push misinformation to deter their base of voters into voting outside of their own self-interest.
Until we repeal the ruling of Citizens United vs. FEC we will never truly have control of our own country in my opinion. If money is speech, then both left and right wing’s do not have as much speech as big corporations in turn we have less freedom.