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As the general election of 2012 approaches, it is becoming more and more important that the Supreme Court’s political decision giving corporations, labor unions and other organizations the right to contribute to the campaigns of candidates through so-called Super PAC’s is going to have a major role in the outcome of this election.
Because this was an official opinion of the Supreme Court, there can be no reversal except though the enactment of a constitutional amendment, which of course would take years, if possible at all.
Meanwhile, a huge percentage of American citizens believe that the opinion disenfranchises many voters who cannot by any means match the influence of the billion of dollars being spent by the affluential partisans on one side of the ballot.
Already, we have seen signs of where the heavy influx of money has influenced some primary and some recall elections. It seems that this trend will continue this November.
So what is the only defense of the other side, the ordinary voters whose votes are supposed to carry the same weight as that of every other voter? These folks must use every effort to expose the use of heavy funding to attack candidates who do not agree with the super-heavy contributors such as the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelsen of Las Vegas and other disciples of Karl Rove, Grover Norquist and other manipulators of the robot candidates who have freely signed pledges to vote one way or another.
I hope that all voters will be wise enough to recognize the influence of big money and try to vote on the merit of the candidates and the issues.