With election year 2014 upon us, it is time to expose the reality of the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission which granted corporations and people equal status in the political system.
Citizens United exemplifies what the Republican Party stands for right now and how they view each one of us. Equating corporations to people does not make them equal. Corporation wealth and power clearly puts people in a much lower standing. The Republicans' excitement with Citizens United exposes the core beliefs that the Republican Party embraces now and what you will be voting for if you vote Republican in the 2014 election.
When you live with someone, you learn to know them well. I worked in the federal government for nearly 40 years, living with both Democratic and Republican administrations. Before it was decided, I saw the soul of the Citizens United decision take over the Republican Party during the Reagan years, working in high gear during the Bush years.
The present day Republican Party hides behind the word "values". Values are really opinions and today's Republican Party uses them not to lift others up but to knock others down. The Citizens United decision fought for by the Republicans epitomizes the low value they put on people.
Here are a few brief examples of these "values" that I experienced first hand. The government employees rating system implemented during the Reagan years assumed government workers were lazy so supervisors had to spend their time counting every task the employees did rather then innovate and improve. During the Bush years a gag order was enacted which said anytime a government employee had contact with citizens, such as speeches or talks with the Rotary Club, every word had to be pre-approved and could not be expanded upon in any way. As the understanding of climate change increased, the official facts were minimized. The message was clear. People only need to be told what will keep them dumbed down and satisfied with the corporations and power above.
Another example of how the "values" behind Citizens United equate people as less is Republican trickle down economics. This is designed to push the top higher, not to pull people up.
The Democratic administrations had a different take on things. They focused their efforts on a universal moral truth. People are prized above all. With people regarded first, the Clinton years changed the rating system to one which assumed government workers were hard working Americans. Their brains and talents were sought under the reinventing government program to improve the functioning and service of government. While you can question the method by which health care is open to all Americans, the essence of the Affordable Care Act is that all people are held equally and in the highest regard.
Starting in earnest during the Reagan years, I saw the Republicans turn out an assortment of "values", a varied set of sheep's clothing if you will, to try to attract single issue, "value" voters that could not, or did not want, to look inside the clothing. As this year progresses, do not be misdirected by a "value" lie from the gun industry, a "value" statement about the definition of a word such as marriage, or a "value" lie about pushing corporations up to solve the national debt.
Our country can both put people first and be on a strong financial footing, contrary to what the current Republican Party believes. Only the voting booth this election year will bring the Republican Party to understand that.Rezek, of St. Albans, is a retired meteorologist.