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Who’s On First?

September 13, 2010

In a loose interpretation of the First Amendment, the Supreme Court decided with a 5-to-4 ruling that the U.S. Constitution protects and grants corporations the same rights as individuals when it comes to political spending and financially endorsing political candidates. Basically, the decision equates political spending with free speech, and has overruled previous decisions that had restricted the amount of money that corporations and unions could spend on endorsing political campaigns and candidates. While before there was a cap on corporate political spending, now there isn’t. What can we do to advocate against this and create a difference?

While it may be true that the average person has little influence, or better yet, little money when compared to how much major corporations spend on financially supporting political campaigns, I believe we can collectively create a platform from which we can be heard. “We the People” have the freedom and ability to impose our own opinions and influences. That is our first amendment as originally stated in the Constitution. It is unfortunate to think that the money we spend as consumers directly benefit and keep these corporations in business. Essentially, we are responsible for supporting the hidden agendas of these corporations thus creating a vicious cycle.

We need to put our money where our mouth is, and truly think about where we spend our money as consumers. As citizens of this country, we need to stay informed of where corporations stand on different issues that affect all of us as a community.

It just seems silly to think of a corporation as an individual. I believe we can create change, but only if we change the way we think and where we spend our American dollars.


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