By Richardt Stormsgaard –
Some progressive politicians brag that they will run campaigns without accepting donations from Super-Pacs and major corporate donors. By doing this they buy into and accept the right-wing lie that Democrats are just as bad as Republicans because both receive campaign donations from very wealthy people. If these progressive candidates cannot draw a powerful distinction between very wealthy individuals donating money to progressive causes for the common good of all Americans and the Koch groups that are committed to destroying our social safety net, clean air and water regulations, and defunding our infrastructure purely for corporate gain, these candidates are on a wrong and a very dangerous track, in my opinion.
After the 2010 SCOTUS Citizens United decision, it is now an absolute fact corporations can give unlimited amounts of money. But changing that reality will mean Democrats need to become the dominant political party, and over time change the make-up of the Supreme Court. This is a process that will take many years because the SCOTUS judges are appointed for life. It took the Koch Brothers along with their allies a half century to pervert the political and judicial landscape enough to produce the Citizens United decision, and it may take just as much time to get corporate money out of politics, if ever.
Our unfortunate system of corporate donations to politicians is a scourge, but a reality nonetheless, and we will likely continue losing elections if our candidates fight with their hands tied behind their backs against conservatives with unlimited dark funding. Two more losses of state houses and Republicans can call for a Constitutional Convention. This is their stated agenda according to the 2016 Republican Party Platform:
- Ban Abortion
- Remove Birthright Citizenship
- Reverse Marriage Equality
- Restrict Voting Rights
- Unlimited Permanent Corporate funding
- Destroy Safety Net Programs
We cannot risk having our Constitution permanently redrawn to reflect right-wing values and must continue to warn our voters to be realistic about the threat we are under from the right wing. We should appreciate and thank progressive mega-donors like Warren Buffett, Tom Steyer and George Soros, just to name a few. George Soros began as a huge donor to Eastern European countries when they established their various democracies after the collapse of the Soviet Union, but in 2004 he began concentrating more on the US, realizing the current threat to our very democracy