That’s not a typo! The election campaigns, the Presidential, House and Senate cost $6 billion, mostly spent on “attack” ads. Just plain obscene! How many hungry families in this country could we have fed, even housed, or put to work with 6 billion dollars? The election system in this country has become totally skewed. A system based on how much money a candidate can garner to even be considered a candidate, which has automatically precluded other viable candidates for so long. Other viable candidates are automatically ignored and have little, if any, visibility whatsoever.
We desperately need to reverse Citizens United by Amendment or whatever means possible -- an imperative. There is, in fact, an Amendment pending and you can sign onto the Petition for an Amendment to Citizens United at www.movetoamend.org. In addition, election reform is a MUST. Our election system is a sham! We need to get the money out of the election process, set dollar limits for Presidential races, House and Senate, as well as set limits of air time. And, apparently, Dylan Ratigan, formerly of MSNBC TV, has already thought about it and come up with “Get the Money Out” http://getmoneyout.com Go there and sign up.
This is all without mention of the redistricting (gerrymandering) and all the illegal attempts to suppress voting using inordinate measures to do so. We need to press for laws to be enacted to prevent the kind of suppression attempts we’ve seen in this past election. No citizens should have to have such experiences, as it is their inherent right to vote, period.
B. E. Murphy
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