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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Citizens United is a Fast and Furious Way to Get Your Name in the News

Congress has a horrible reputation right now, but many elected to serve are making it worse by fixating on dysfunctional politics.  Rather than fixing our economy, many in Congress are fast and furiously bowing to special interests. Congressman Issa of California, for example, worked hard to finally get his name in the newspaper. Who ever heard of him before the Fast and Furious debacle?  

Fast and Furious is rapidly attracting "tangential ideation",  a term mental health professionals use for people with certain mental illnesses. In other words, since many Americans know nothing about the Fast and Furious international incident with Mexico, the Congress can attach its NASCAR type name to nearly any special interest of the day. Some are associating Fast and Furious with second amendment gun rights and even abortion.  Fast and Furious could quickly ignite a buzz phrase for almost anything.

How can this happen?  

Because, Issa and other ego minded in Congress don't need to please the people they're elected to serve anymore. That's the old fashioned way it used to be, but not since the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling. This court ruling allows corporations the power to control public officials through unregulated campaign contributions to political action committees (PACs). These PACs spend money to influence public opinion towards preferred candidates.  Ideas won't matter anymore. Rather, Congress will fixate on whatever corporations or special interests want, what's in their own best interest. 

The National Rifle Association and Right to Life Groups contribute to right wing PACs, so second amendment rights and women's access to abortion are now fast and furiously part of the Fast and Furious debate.

Although our US government is supposed to be fixated on improving our economy, finding ways to create jobs for the unemployed and working to get something done in Washington DC, the Congress is now wasting time on a witch hunt about Fast and Furious. They'd rather lynch Attorney General Holder for an incident gone bad, that he wasn't even responsible for, than do something productive to fix our economy.

It's certainly possible Fast and Furious deserves the investigation it's receiving from Congressman Issa's committee, because the scheme resulted in guns winding up in the hands of Mexican cartel terrorists who then murdered an American Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agent.  

But, Fast and Furious has no business, whatsoever, wasting America's time associating its tangential ideation with second amendment rights to bear arms or, believe it or not, even abortion (at least one person in Congress wants to attach an anti abortion amendment to a potential Congressional contempt directive against Holder)!

It seems like some in Congress, who seldom see their names in the media, are looking to Fast and Furious as a way to grow their name recognition.

In an inverse correlation, as Congress represents corporate interests over the people served, they loose credibility.  Today, the very mention of  Congress creates instant disdain. 

Is there a Fast and Furious way to reverse this inverse correlation? Perhaps, by reversing the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, the US Congress might be directed to do the work of voters, to focus on the needs of the country, rather than using tangential ideation to get their names in the news.



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