To the editor:
Historically in the U.S., corporations were forbidden from participating in politics for good reason: the correctly anticipated power of highly concentrated corporate wealth to severely undermine an otherwise increasingly representative and pluralistic democracy in the U.S. With a major break from tradition in interpreting constitutional law, the highly biased 2010 Supreme Court judicial-overreach decision regarding “Citizens United” has severely damaged our country’s democracy. We now have the “best democracy that corporate money and the wealthy can buy.”
It is time to overturn this horrendous decision, preferably with a congressional bill, which would meet less resistance than a constitutional amendment. Corporations, with inanimate charters and regulations, are not “people” as this very damaging, compromised-court decision would somehow have us believe. Global warming is approaching an irreversible “tipping-point” and, when combined with inadequate U.S. support of greater “fossil-fuel-threatening” energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and measures, the result may very well be global ecosystem collapses.
The ongoing policies of U.S. perpetual war-making — often for resources and profits — are taking us to the possible insane brink of nuclear war. We need our democracy back for many reasons — and we need it soon.