By Alden L. Benton
In the 1960s cartoon show, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, the opening showed Bullwinkle attempting to pull a rabbit out of a hat to which Rocky always, and correctly, replies, “That trick never works.”
And it never did.
Last week the president failed in his latest attempt at a magic trick — to feign concern that too much money is corrupting American politics.
Last Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times, reported that the president in a “rambling conversation on Reddit,” proposed a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission 558 U.S. 50 (2010).
According to the Times,
“Obama suggested that an effort to amend the U.S. Constitution would “shine a spotlight” on the after-effects of the decision, which paved the way for today’s unlimited political expenditures by political action committees.
Asked by a member of the Reddit community what he would do to end the influence of money in politics, Obama wrote that, “Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United (assuming the Supreme Court doesn’t revisit it).”
“Even if the amendment process falls short,” he said, “it can shine a spotlight of [sic] the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change.”
Super PACs are required to disclose their donors, but nonprofit advocacy groups that have dominated the 2012 race do not have to.”
For once, the president is correct, to a point. I do feel that large sums of anonymous money corrupt politics. However, I disagree with his solution, and, more importantly, his motives. The president’s suggestion of a Constitutional amendment is, at best, disingenuous.
First, he has exhibited absolutely no regard to the Constitution he swore an oath to uphold, and when the tenants of that document impede is plans, he simply ignores it.
Second, the president is a prime recipient of extraordinary sums of campaign donations. Can you spell hypocrite? I knew you could.
Finally, the president, an alleged Constitutional lawyer, knows full well, that amending the Constitution is a difficult process that could take decades, and thus would have no effect on him or his cronies.
This is the magic trick. It is a distracting sleight of hand. He moans about the impact of money, yet out of view, he stuffs his campaign war chest with it.
Once again, the Democrats are trying to distract us with a hat trick. However, while it is a distraction, it illuminates the corruption and deceit of the president and the Democratic Party.
On November 6, remember the words of Rocket J. Squirrel:
“That trick never works.”
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