On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Citizens United v Federal Election Commission allowed for corporations and capitalist enterprises to be treated as individuals during an election period. This ruling allows corporations to spend or give an unlimited amount of money in contributions to their party or candidate of choice in any given election. With the loss of corporate financial regulations, our entire political system runs the risk of being corrupted by corporations whose sole objective is to satisfy its share-holders. This ruling affects all Americans their "life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness." President Barack Obama had this to say about the ruling:
"The Supreme Court has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics. It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans....while undermining the influence of average Americans who make small contributions to support their preferred candidates."(Obama, "Statement from the President on Today's Supreme Court Decision.")
President Obama's quote explains how the endless amount of corporate funding that is now allowed will drown out the voices of campaign donaters and volunteers. An electoral candidate is reliant on funding in order to run a successful campaing. In the past, funding was provided largely by individual citizens whose financial influence is used to pressure politicians into making decisions that will benefit their employment, living standards, and safety among other essential elements to a persons happiness. With corporations bein...
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... not vote in their own country. The outrage of the American people forced this amendment to become the fastest in U.S. History to become ratified in just 107 days. The 26th Amendment should speak to us as an example of the power we have as citizens, to unite and to show our concern of the court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC and the repercussions that it will have on ourselves and future generations to come.
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