The 5th anniversary of the Citizens United decision is a call to action.

On January 21st I will be at Lafayette Park in Washington DC across the street from the US Chamber of Commerce. Many people representing many American walks of life will be there, and together we hope to bring LIGHT to the issue of DARK money.

I am a spark in the dark

We live in a time when a powerful few, using money as speech and hiding behind corporations as people, are influencing our elected and our judiciary to support a financial agenda in pursuit of unlimited wealth. They leave a wake of social and economic injustice that, with our without intent, cripples our nation as it tears her People apart, and threatens our very existence with indifference to consequences of their actions.

Standing up for The People is a job from which we cannot be laid-off or fired. It is, however, a job we can quit. I will never quit. The fate of this republic’s democracy is in my hands as it is in yours. If you have quit, tear up your resignation. If you have not quit, take heart. WE see the truth hidden by the smoke and mirrors of mindless media and disguised by overly clever use of the language of the law. WE are the spark that will light the fire that will create “liberty and justice for ALL”.

BE a spark in the dark

 The Chamber of Commerce is the country’s leader in dark money politics, having laundered over $31Million in the recent mid term elections to support candidates that become beholden to the wealth builder agenda. We need to let them know the time for dark money is over. Join us in Washington, DC. Or, join us by making a statement in your community. Be a spark in the dark.

Hoody for Trayvon, Orange for Women

Today my avatar sports a hoody for Trayvon and is colored orange for women. These two issues are VERY related.

As a woman I know that if a stranger stalked me in his SUV, got out and approached me (with or without a gun) I would run. If he caught me I would fight with everything I had. And, if he shot and killed me he would be innocent in Florida. Yet not so long ago a Florida woman fired a warning shot at her abusive husband and got 20 years. This is not a good example of justice but it is the law.

The law is just whatever the lawmakers make it.

As citizens we need to make the connection between things like gerrymandering, big campaign funders, and the fact that the monied elite draft, distribute, and lobby for law that supports their business strategies.

“Shoot first ask questions later” laws were brought to state legislatures in 2005 by ALEC and its benefactors. In this case, the NRA and its benefactors.

Manipulating the law to sell weapons and ammo is no different than manipulating the law to sell ambulatory surgical center services. Both came from the same place, as did voter suppression strategies. It may not make sense on the surface, it may not even be ethical or moral, but it is legal and it is profitable.

One giant leap for plutocracy… for now. We will #FreeTheElected from the control of big business campaign funders and stop this fashionable trend of law for profit.

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Real Citizens Must Act Now

Land of the free and home of the brave. When did it become America’s job to make multi national corporations safe and profitable?

The general welfare, another patriotic catch all, is about citizens. Twist it however you want, the Citizens United decision strengthened corporate personhood, but did not make them citizens. Technically, it made them super citizens, allowing for rights of speech and politics far beyond that of mortal man, or should I say,  mortal citizen.

Making prosperity exclusive, then linking citizen rights to prosperity, is very clever. But by now most of us have seen through this magical illusion and must admit that corporations do not represent us, they represent cash.

American ingenuity, the American worker, the American culture (including the right to vote), in general, the American dream, define us and are ideals for real citizens to nurture and defend in this republic’s democracy.

Until recently, prosperity has been a byproduct of these things, not their creator.

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Those we elect to office will not remember this until we put a stop to the corrupt system of influence that comes hand in hand with super citizen campaign contributions and it’s companion, second hand speech (dark money).

#FreeTheElected with publicly funded campaigns. America still has a chance.

Send the Supreme Court a Post Card Before the January 21st Citizens United 3rd Anniversary.

I am still shell shocked after the media mud throwing fest we called an election, funded in large part by mischief money.

Join me: send a postcard to the Supreme Court and let them know that it is time to reconsider the source of the $6Billion assault on civil discourse: the Citizens United Decision. Send one to the Chief Justice or one to each of the nine. You can buy the blank postcard at the post office for the cost of the postage only! (The Court cannot be reached by email.)

It’s easy – here’s all you do!

[Address Side]

Justice (or Chief Justice) (Justice’s Full Name)
Supreme Court of the United States
One First Street N.E.
Washington, DC 20543

[Message Side]

Dear Chief Justice John G Roberts Jr:

I believe the $6B election we all just endured is proof enough that the Citizens United Decision was a mistake. Only the Supreme Court can make this right. Please reverse this ruling.

Respectfully,
(Your Name)

PS: I’m going to draw a black border around mine! The names (and bios) of the Members of the Court for your postcard address http://usgovinfo.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.supremecourtus.gov/

SCOTUS on notice

If advertising and marketing didn’t make a difference in sales, American business wouldn’t spend hundreds of billions of dollars on it every year.

By making money “speech”, by extending business (even global business) personhood to virtual citizenship and right to free speech, then going one further and giving these “special” business/persons/citizens unlimited money/speech rights (when “ordinary” citizens are limited in their money/speech rights), the Supreme Court has shown its colors.

Either the SCOTUS does not know the power of advertising and marketing in determining an outcome, or it has intentionally decided to unleash that power in the political arena in way that insures the scales tip to business.

Ignorant or biased? It does not matter to me.

Scott Walker and Corporate Citizenship

“Dark Money” is the Seal Team 6 of the Citizens United Decision, the new wild card in our American Political Theatre.

It is bad enough that the party that claims to champion State’s rights has garnered 57% out-of-state funds to save their Wisconsin governor facing popular recall. But then, enter the corporate money hiding behind the skirts of PACs and SUPER PACs, and the interests of foreign investors now enter the political dialog as to who should govern in this democratic republic of ours.

I agree we should revisit the long road we traveled to this level of corporate personhood, however,  I do not buy the notion that personhood guarantees citizenship despite the clever name of the infamous case. Too many investor birth certificates (or should I say, passports) may make for global corporate persons: citizens of the world perhaps, but not America, let alone Wisconsin.

I think we can all agree that non-citizens should stay out of our politics, right, Florida? Arizona? North Carolina? ETC.