Maybe money runs the show because I let it – that was my thought after working unceasingly on the Ohio Together campaign after graduating in May.
So instead of committing my life to debating with strangers on Facebook about the Trump Administration and Hillary’s emails, I proudly took my political science degree and the V.A.L.U.E.S I learned in undergrad to Boston to work on something that was bigger than Trump and Hillary: Corporations having human rights and money being considered free speech.
American Promise, a cross-partisan organization, along with several organizations are working to overturn the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court Ruling and to pass a 28th Amendment.
A 28th Amendment would put the power back into the hands of the people, requiring Federal, State, and local governments to regulate, limit or prohibit contributions, placing reasonable limits on campaign spending. It would also establish that the rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.
To the everyday student, this may seem like a lost cause but let me state a fact: Americans are more divided on gay marriage, health care, and abortion than campaign finance.
According to a Bloomberg National Poll, 78 percent agreed that the Citizens United ruling should be overturned, compared to the 17 percent who called it a good decision.
That 5-4 Supreme Court Ruling is essentially allowing money to choose who your elected officials will be. These are the same elected officials who raised your tuition in 2015. These are the same elected officials who cut deeply into the Pell Grant budget in 2015. These are the same elected officials who were in favor of concealed guns on campus and were disappointed in Governor Deal’s veto in 2016.
So I say all that to say that these elections are what you make it, these marches can’t happen alone, and if you are not in the fight in some way, I ask you today fellow eagle, why are you on the sidelines?
The power was yours to begin with