Where’s the Tea Party now?

Twenty-two other states and John McCain recently joined Montana to defend its 1912 law against unfettered corporate campaign contributions, which had been passed because legislators were controlled by corporate money. In an extension of its 2010 Citizens United decision, the U.S. Supreme Court just went further to say that states cannot have laws that contradict it.

Besides the obvious perils of anonymous, unlimited, corporate money flooding American politics, there are two things here that really bother me. The first is that labor unions — even in their heyday — had only a fraction of the money of corporate America, and Republicans are out to eliminate them — as evidenced by the 10-1 spending in Wisconsin’s recall election, which was prompted by Gov. [Scott] Walker’s attempt to weaken and eventually kill the unions.

Second, the big-government-hating Tea Party is deafeningly silent about the Supreme Court’s obvious trampling on Montana’s (et al) state’s rights. They seem outraged by big government only when it suits them — like trumping up bogus fears over imaginary plans to take away their guns.

I doubt if we’ll hear a peep out of Robert Schilling, since he had already received $6,000 from the Koch brothers in January. But Cheri Bustos values the integrity of our votes. She has said she will fully support campaign finance reform. Let’s give her a chance to do that next November. This may be the signature issue of our time.

Caryn Unsicker
Silvis, Ill.

From the July 11-17, 2012, issue

2 thoughts on “Where’s the Tea Party now?

  • July 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    The Tea Party is silent about the Supreme Court’s “obvious trampling on Montana’s state’s rights” because the Supreme Court didn’t trample on the State’s rights.
    The Court maintained the Bill of Rights that Montana does not have the right to restrict free speech.
    Also, I don’t exactly understand that you are bothered that corporate America has more money than labor unions. Why…?

  • July 13, 2012 at 7:00 am

    I am bothered that unions and corporations can control our Government through “contributions”. As far as I am concerned,it is wrong that any entity other than registered voters can contribute to politicians. I have proposed (many times) that only voters should be allowed to contribute, and only to a maximum of $1,000 per candidate.

    Our Government would operate as the founders intended were that the case.

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