At the DNC it is time once again for the Democratic Party to tell you how much they hate money in politics. How much the evil one percent is at, as Elizabeth Warren puts it, “rigging the system” against the little guy. Of course, their actions show they do exactly the opposite.
First let’s once again take a look at the Democratic Party Platform. The anti-free speech party again wants to overturn the rights of people and organizations in the political process by overturning Citizens United, the 2010 ruling that placed limits on political donations. Of course they never tell you that Citizens United was at its core a case about allowing a film maker to make a film. Here’s what the platform says:
Fixing Our Broken Campaign Finance System Democrats believe we must fight to preserve the essence of the longest standing democracy in the world: a government that represents the American people, not just a handful of powerful and wealthy special interests. We will fight for real campaign finance reform now. Big money is drowning out the voices of everyday Americans, and we must have the necessary tools to fight back and safeguard our electoral and political integrity.
Democrats support a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United and Buckley v. Valeo. We need to end secret, unaccountable money in politics by requiring, through executive order or legislation, significantly more disclosure and transparency—by outside groups, federal contractors, and public corporations to their shareholders. We need to amplify the voices of the American people through a small donor matching public financing system. We need to overhaul and strengthen the Federal Election Commission so that there is real enforcement of campaign finance laws. And we need to fight to eliminate super PACs and outside spending abuses.
Our vision for American democracy is a nation in which all people, regardless of their income, can participate in the political process and can run for office without needing to depend on large contributions from the wealthy and the powerful.
Of course by outside groups, Democrats mean outside groups that disagree with them, because the Left has long used its network of non-profits to engage in political activity. There is even a book outlining how they put their “Colorado model” into practice. It’s called The Blueprint: How the Democrats won Colorado and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care. The book outlines how a group of progressive non-profits tried to fundamentally change the political landscape in Colorado, and were successful for a short period of time.
The Left has no problem with big money in politics, as long as it supports them.
This was proven once again just this week. In the Wikileaks DNC email dump documents outline how the Democratic Party used high level fundraising to sell access to President Barack Obama and his administration. ABC News reported.
It isn’t only fundraisers to the Democratic Party who get rewarded. The very people that spend unlimited amounts of outside money to help Democrats get elected are also featured speakers at the convention.
Just this week, high profile progressives who run outside groups that fund advertising sympathetic to Democrats were featured at the convention. Richard Trumka, the $272k per year head of the AFL-CIO spoke on Monday. Cecile Richards, the head of Planned Parenthood, whose Planned Parenthood Action PAC runs millions in ads each cycle, spoke Tuesday. Tonight the heads of NARAL, and EMILY’s list are speaking. EMILY’s list itself is a major player in elections up and down the ballot.
This all goes to show, it isn’t big money that the Democrats hate. It’s big money that is spent against their interests. That’s the biggest sin of all.
(via: Conservative Review)