Bernie Sanders has come out swinging with another reason for him to get your vote, and this one is also a heavily bipartisan one many Conservatives agree with.
No nominee of mine to the United States Supreme Court will get that job unless he or she is loud and clear that one of their first orders of business will be to overturn citizens United.
You are not looking at democracy, you are looking at oligarchy — and we have got to change that.
I do not exaggerate when I tell you that the foundations of American democracy are being undermined. American democracy is not supposed to be about billionaires buying elections.
Make no mistake. Citizens United is one of the biggest threats to American democracy in history. When democracy and government for the people are up for sale to the highest bidder, we cease being a nation and become a corporation.
Our SCOTUS does have the frightening potential for a lot of changes in the next presidential cycle. With 4 justices already in their late 70s and RBG in her 80s, the idea of a 4 vacancy court could be a reality in the next coming presidential term. 2 are Liberal and 2 are Conservative. A 4 seat shakeup could give us either a very Liberal, or very Conservative court based on who wins the presidential election.
Bernie has been one of the foremost critics of the Citizens United ruling by the United States Supreme Court, even in the days before it happened while the case was still pending. This is the SCOTUS case that allowed for virtually unlimited dark corporate money to be funneled into elections by anonymous donors, to set a legislative agenda that was not representative of the people.
In particular, Bernie targeted the Koch brothers — who plan to spend more than 900 million dollars in the coming 2016 cycle by way of their fundraising network. This money, which essentially buys candidates completely and ensures they are enslaved to their donors, also gives the donors full influence over the legislators as well. They will cast any vote their corporate controllers instruct them to while completely disregarding the will of the people they are supposed to be representing.
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