On MSNBC today, Sen. Bernie Sanders announced that 140,000 people have signed a petition in support of his proposed constitutional amendment to void Citizens United.
Here is the video from MSNBC:
Sen. Sanders described what the corporate money has done to our system, “Let’s be very clear. What we had before was certainly quite bad, and everybody understands that time after time legislation that comes to the floor of the House or the Senate is literally bought and paid for by wealthy corporate interests. It was bad before. Right now it is much, much worse. Who in America believes that a group of corporate leaders should be able to sit around a table and say 50 million into California, 30 million into Ohio and elect or unelect the candidates they want. That’s not democracy.”
He then announced that 140,000 people have signed the petition in support of in constitutional amendment, “We have introduced the constitutional amendment. I’ve got to tell you, in five days, we have 140,000 signatures on a petition supporting our effort at sanders.senate.gov. There is widespread support not only from Democrats, Republicans and Independents who are saying enough is enough. We cannot allow corporate big money to dominate the political process.”
Chris Jansing asked Sen. Sanders if this was an exercise in futility, and he answered, “It is not. You expect this constitutional amendment to be passed tomorrow or this year? I do not, but you’ve got to start somewhere. Women didn’t get the right to vote after three weeks of political effort. It took years and years to rally the American people to say enough is enough. That’s what we’re in the process of doing. There’s profound disgust at a political process today, which says that people who have the money can have enormous influence and power in electing or unelecting candidates. The American people are not happy with that. I think that we’ve got to start someplace…I think we’re off to a good start, and I hope as many people as possible can join us, sign the petition and work with us.”
The Saving American Democracy amendment is about starting somewhere. The fact that in less than a week 140,000 people have signed a petition in support of what is essentially a campaign finance reform issue is amazing. Campaign finance reform is not a sexy issue. It doesn’t get the blood boiling in the electorate. When someone speaks out and urges that we get the money out of our politics, too many Americans treat the idea as an impossible dream.
What Bernie Sanders and the supporters of his proposed constitutional amendment are achieving is historic. This could be the first potential fragile young roots of real change in our political system. Success or failure shouldn’t be determined based on how far the Saving American Democracy amendment gets. At this stage, it is important to make people aware of the issue, and to get them talking.
Of course, the idea of a long term political movement to bring about real change is completely lost on the mainstream media. There is nothing futile about trying to restore power back to the people. The interests that have infiltrated and hijacked our representative democracy have spent decades entrenching themselves, so We The People must be willing fight the long term battle if we are to prevail.
Make your voice heard by signing the petition.