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Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senate candidate, Rick Weiland (D. SD), regarding the Supreme Court's most recent ruling:
FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, Rick Weiland, the lone Democratic candidate for the South Dakota U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Tim Johnson is seen in Sioux Falls, S.D. On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, Secretary of State Jason Gant approved the petitions of Weiland, five Republicans and one Independent to appear on the ballot. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers, File)
"Today's decision of the United States Supreme Court to strike down any real limit on the purchase of our democracy by big money may be the worst decision made by any Supreme Court since the Dred Scott case reaffirmed slavery in 1857."

That is what I had to say about today's Supreme Court ruling that destroyed the free speech rights of every American who cannot contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to politicians.

Contribute today and stand up to big money who is trying to buy our government.

In Dred Scott, the Court said people with money had the constitutional right to purchase and enslave other human beings.  In its line of "money has the right to free speech" decisions, including today's McCutcheon decision, the Court is saying that people with unheard of amounts of money have the constitutional right to enslave our democracy.

As we speak the inevitable result of this Court's willingness to grant great riches unlimited power is playing out in Las Vegas.   Leading candidates for the Presidency of the United States have been summoned there by a billionaire who has made his money preying on the gambling addiction of millions of Americans and they are being made to grovel for his ill-gotten billions courtesy of the United States Supreme Court's decision that money has the right to buy anything it wants, including our democracy.  

Today the Supreme Court said that any as yet unconvicted mafia Don or druglord, literally any citizen with enough money, can contribute $5,200 a head directly to every one of the 468 Republicans or Democrats running for Congress every year.  That is $2,433,600 from one person directly to every single Federal candidate of a political party, plus more to as many party committees as they can find.  

So, if you are an ordinary South Dakotan wishing to have your voice heard in our democracy, your ten dollar opinion will be competing with the $2,433,600 voices of the handful of billionaires who are buying our democracy.  

Who do you think will be heard by politicians needing money for their campaigns?

Help me stand up to the billionaires by donating today.

Today I am as proud as I have ever been of the proposed constitutional amendment I have printed on the back of every business card I have handed to the thousands of South Dakotans I have met in the 338 towns I have campaigned in since May of last year.  It reads, "So that the votes of all, rather than the wealth of the few, shall direct the course of this Republic, Congress shall have the power to limit the raising and spending of money with respect to federal elections..."

If I am elected, despite the additional millions todays McCutcheon decision means can be raised and spent by Mike Rounds against me, I reaffirm that my first act in the Senate will be to introduce this amendment to end big money purchase of our country and return it to its rightful owners, the people.


Rick Weiland

Click here if you want to donate to Weiland's campaign:

Originally posted to pdc on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 02:36 PM PDT.

Also republished by South Dakota Kos and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  It strikes at a fundamental principle of democracy (10+ / 0-)

    Democracy is defined by people electing representatives.  The ability to massively misinform people in order to get them to vote the way you will vote, is the same as casting those votes yourself.

    This, along with gerrymandering and giving the states the ability to suppress the votes of some people, is a far bigger threat to our democracy than any terrorist organization can ever muster.

    If the Republicans are given the opportunity, they will do everything they can to manipulate the election system in such a way as to prevent Democrats from ever regaining power again.  The threat is real and the conservatives on the Supreme Court proved it today.

  •  Look I hate today's decision too. (3+ / 0-)
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    akicks, TLS66, nextstep

    But was it really worse than Plessy v. Ferguson?

    Was it worse than Korematsu v. US?

    Bowers v. Hardwick?

    Bush v. Gore?

    Lochner v. New York?

    Adkins v. Children's Hospital?

    How about Citizens United?

    It was, no doubt, a terrible decision. But the worse since Dred Scot? Sorry, Mr.Weiland, but no.

    Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

    by journeyman on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 03:35:34 PM PDT

    •  Totally agree (2+ / 0-)
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      nextstep, journeyman

      This is along the lines of Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies (playing the Hitler card). If you compare something to Hitler's actions or Nazism, you've lost the argument. Unless you are talking about genocide on a scale of 10s of millions, it doesn't compare. In the same way, unless you are talking about actual slavery on an institutional level, any new Supreme Court decision doesn't compare to Dred Scott. Stuff like this makes it harder to talk about just how bad this ruling is.

      •  Are you helping to elect Dems, or nitpicking? (0+ / 0-)

        'Cuz that game can be played ad infinitum, e.g.:

        "Unless you are talking about genocide on a scale of 10s of millions, it doesn't compare."
        The Nazi genocide on a scale of millions is bad enough. I haven't heard of genocide on a scale of tens of millions, when and where did that occur?

        Look, people sometimes exaggerate to make their point -- as you demonstrate.

        Candidates sometimes engage in hyperbole to attract an audience, and to get media-coverage in an era when that takes considerable effort. Any of us might do the same -- run for office and find out!

        I agree with the legal analysis that arguably there have been worse decisions. But is this really worth pointing out in the 2nd and 3rd comments in a diary, hijacking it and directly contradicting the diarist and the candidate, rather than offering a positive solution?

        How about leading by example and phrasing it in a more supportive and subtle way, that helps to elect Weiland and maintain a Democratic Senate, e.g.:

        McCutcheon further opens the floodgates to legalized corruption, going well beyond Buckley v Valeo and Citizens United. It impacts so many aspects of American politics, for the worse. Depending on whom one asks, it could well rank among the worst dozen or so Supreme Court decisions, especially in this century.
        This phrasing is also factually correct. But quite a different emphasis.

        Which side are you on?

    •  Roberts-Taney '16 ! (1+ / 0-)
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      Sharon Wraight

      Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

      by dadadata on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 06:48:27 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Help the group "99 Rise" disrupt the Supreme Court (0+ / 0-)

    They've already done it once. Maybe you saw the live video of the court that they recorded.

    Let's show the court that the American people no longer regard it as legitimate.

  •  One man, one vote :: (2+ / 0-)

    One millionaire, one million.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 06:46:59 PM PDT

  •  SCOTUS doesn't matter, don't vote for president (0+ / 0-)

    nope, doesn't matter who chooses the replacement when one of the justices croaks

    "See? I'm not a racist! I have a black friend!"

    by TheHalfrican on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 04:20:25 AM PDT

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