Share good ideas and conversation.   Login, Join Us, or Take a Tour!
thenewgreen  ·  1320 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: When the Supreme Court is this wrong, it's time to overrule them

    Surveys show that a large majority of American citizens across the political spectrum oppose the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that opened the door to unlimited political spending by global corporations and powerful unions. Yet when asked about the prospect of passing a constitutional amendment to reverse the decision, too many people argue that it would be “too hard,” even “impossible.”
I think this is a direct result of the sort of deification that has occurred in regard to our nations founders. There's no doubt that the men that forged our constitution came up with a fantastic framework for the fundamental laws that govern our nation, but they're not gods. Moreover, the document that they created was MEANT to be amended. Thomas Jefferson wrote to James Madion the following, "I set out on this ground which I suppose to be self evident, "that the earth belongs in usufruct to the living;" that the dead have neither powers nor rights over it." -He thought it was self evident that such things should be left to "the living." Yet for some reason we don't see such things as self evident.

The process to make such amendments shouldn't be overtly easy. In fact, I would suggest that when there is some friction to making such changes, the changes themselves benefit from it. It should take some large consensus and extreme thoughtfulness to make such changes.

But yeah, Citizens United NEEDS TO GO. What a disastrous decision by the court. Biggest blow to their credibility in modern times imo.