Saturday, September 18, 2010

The President's Weekly Address: The Republican Corporate Power Grab

From the White House blog:

The President explains how the most dire warnings about the Citizens United case have been proven valid as Republicans in Congress have blocked legislation to fix it.

The last paragraph says why this is so important.

But more than that, you can make sure that the tens of millions of dollars spent on misleading ads do not drown out your voice. Because no matter how many ads they run – no matter how many elections they try to buy – the power to determine the fate of this country doesn’t lie in their hands. It lies in yours. It’s up to all of us to defend that most basic American principle of a government of, by, and for the people. What’s at stake is not just an election. It’s our democracy itself.

Again... What's at stake is not just an election. It's our democracy itself. I think this is the most important line. If we don't stand up and get out the vote, we are going to be letting these corporations run our country. Is that what you want.

I don't, I don't want some CEO telling me what I can and can't do, what I can and can't buy. Where I can go. Believe me this isn't paranoia speaking, this is what will happen more than it has ever happened before, if we allow this election and subsequent ones to be stolen by these no name no face big money ad buyers. They are setting the tone for this election.

I am sure you have seen some of them, I know I have. The names sound wonderful in some cases, Americans for American Values for one.. Doesn't that sound good... but if you look they are nothing but a front group for some big corporation, such as Koch Industries.

So please, no matter how you feel about the candidate in your state, get out and vote. Don't let these shadow corporations and unknown entities buy this election, or any other. You still have the power to stop it by your vote.


Sue said...

I don't pay attention to political ads, not for either party. I think the majority of Americans are smarter then those ad makers think we are. Some of the ones I've seen are hideously stupid.

This years election is so important tho and I hope the people start to get excited. We can talk and talk til we are blue in the face, it's all up to the voters now. They see what can happen if they don't come out. Can we afford Christine O'Donnell and her kind in our Congress?? NO!!

Annette said...

You are exactly right Sue, it is all up to the voters.. but if we don't tell them what is happening some will never know. That's why it is so important.

mommapolitico said...

Hi Annette,
So glad you've covered The President's speech on the CU debacle and the attempts to provide clarity for folks like you and me. I am amazed (although I guess I shouldn't be by now...)at how far the GOP will stoop to take back their power and forward the corporate greed upon which they've built their party. Makes me crazy that it isn't covered the way it should be. Keep fighting the good fight, Girlfriend. You're right: our democracy itself is at stake here. Great post - your voice as a writer is strong and clear. Glad you're on our side! ;)

Annette said...

Thanks MP.. I try.. not sure about my writing though.. I just say what I feel and it comes from my heart.