Yes, I know that probably sounds alarmist. But consider the following:
1- The Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court gave corporations the free speech rights of individuals. The effect is to make them super-citizens allowing them to inject tens of millions of dollars into our political campaigns with virtually no oversight. This, of course, greatly benefits the Republican Party which represents the interests of large corporations.
2- Ohio, Wisconsin and other states which are now controlled by Republican governors and Republican-led legislatures have attacked labor unions in order to limit their bargaining rights. Of course, it’s only coincidence that labor unions are the last remaining large contributors to Democratic Party election campaigns.
3- Republicans at all levels of government are pushing legislation that would de-fund Planned Parenthood, another traditional contributor to Democratic campaigns.
4- Republicans are pushing to de-fund Public Broadcasting which they see as liberal-leaning media that ask too many difficult questions.
5- Finally, many of the states controlled by Republican governors and Republican legislatures are now pushing legislation that would require state-issued IDs in order to vote. While seemingly innocuous, these IDs would prevent many college students and minorities from voting in their states. Again, it’s merely coincidence that college students and minorities most often vote for Democratic candidates.The impact of all of this is to greatly increase campaign funds for Republican candidates and to decrease available funding for Democratic candidates. These tactics would also serve to disenfranchise Democratic-leaning voters and to quiet independent media that refuse to adhere to Republican talking points.
This is a serious threat, folks! We can’t allow Republicans and their corporate masters to continue to stack the deck against working citizens. Speak up! Ask your Republican friends why, if their political ideas are so great, do they have to resort to trickery and bullying tactics in order to push them on ordinary people?