On September 27th, Rachel Maddow had former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on as a guest on her program. Listen to this clip where Pelosi describes her way forward out of the plutocratic mess unleashed by the Citizens United decision. Via MSNBC:
There are three points to make about this clip: 1) Pelosi understands that the need to amend and reform the system is not a partisan issue. It doesn’t matter “if they’re Republicans or Democrats or whatever.” It does not matter what Party your Congressperson or challenger belongs to. Ask them if they support an amendment to the Constitution and vote for the one who explicitly states so.
2) She also understands that Congress is not going to pass any worthwhile campaign finance reform until the Constitution is amended. E-DARE could be rearranged to accomplish an acronym that would convey what she is trying to communicate, but she does understand that until the Court decision, Citizens United v FEC is overturned by the people with an amendment to the Constitution, we will not have campaign finance reform that will make our Republic democratic. Whether former Speaker Pelosi shares our commitment to address the two major legal frameworks that underlie Citizens United or not is not clear. (Those two legal frameworks are corporate constitutional rights and the doctrine that money is speech. Both are addressed in the Human Rights Amendment defended here.)
3) E-DARE. We must elect reformers to get the changes we need to move forward. Our conservative Constitution requires
that 2/3rds of the House and 2/3rds of the Senate must pass an amendment before it goes to the states for ratification. Disclosure of who is contributing to elections campaigns is important, and perhaps it will become the first useful reform to come out of Congress. Maybe it will be the last; we can’t confidently predict the timing for this one piece of legislation that will do little to actually reform the campaign system in the U.S. Assuming that is comes first, that the DISCLOSE Act could remain the first letter of an acronym that describes what needs to be done to take this country from the plutocrats for We the People, the acronym can start with a “D.” However, she changes the acronym to E-DARE instead of just changing the arrangement needed to get reformers elected to office.
Instead of just adding another “E” in front of her acronym, Speaker Pelosi could just start using a better acronym. DEAR: Disclose, Elect, Amend and Reform. DEAR voter; make sure that you’re registered to vote and on election day, support those reformers from any Party who will help us attain a genuine government of the people, by the people and for the people. DEAR voter, we need you to support Congressional candidates who explicitly state that they will pass the DISCLOSE Act, pass an amendment to the Constitution and pass the kind of campaign finance reforms that will truly make the United States a democratic Republic, as opposed to the plutocracy that the Roberts Court has put in place. Just as an amendment to the Constitution must precede effective campaign finance laws, electing reformers must precede passing an amendment.