"I know that many of you are deeply concerned about the economy, health care, education, global warming and the environment, Social Security and Medicare, civil liberties, war and peace and the national debt. But here's an issue that's even more important because it encompasses all of these issues—and much more.
Will the United States survive, in any significant way, as a democracy in which ordinary people can control their future? Or, will "democracy" simply become another commodity owned and controlled by billionaires and corporations in order to serve their own purposes?
Today, as a result of the absurd Citizens United Supreme Court decision, corporations and billionaires can spend unlimited sums of money, without disclosure, in political campaigns. And that is exactly what they're doing.
Karl Rove's American Crossroads pledged to spend at least $240 million in the elections of 2012, and the extreme right-wing billionaire Koch brothers spent even more in 2012 [$889 million in the 2016 elections and $400 million in 2018]. And then there is Wall Street, the oil and coal corporations, the insurance and drug companies and the military-industrial-complex with all of their money.
The goal of the top 1 percent is simple. They will spend as much as it takes to elect candidates who support a right-wing corporate agenda. They will spend as much as it takes to defeat those candidates who are fighting for working families. And that's about it!
Our strategy must be equally simple. Short-term, we must do everything we can to support those progressive candidates in 2012 [and in 2020] who are fighting for the middle class and the values we believe in. Long-term, we must overturn Citizens United and fight for real campaign finance reform which limits the power of big money."
If this makes you feel even a little concerned, then please invest a little time to forward this link to your friends, post it on a blog, print it, hand it out, leave it at a cafe, or tack it on a kiosk. And please talk to people about voting for Progressives (key: they are funded with small donations from individual citizens, and they don't accept Big Money donars, individual or and corporate).
Take a stand and vote! Help decide the future of your America. VOTE on November 6th!