March 4, 2011- If you were the member of a board that could stop time and adjust the winds of fate, what would you do? According to Matt Damon, progressive activist and Oscar-winning star of the new film The Adjustment Bureau , he would change the Citizens United v. FEC ruling by the Supreme Court that protected corporations as “persons” under the first amendment, permitting for corporate buy out of democracy as we know it.
Disgust with the Supreme Court’s ruling has grown even more in recent months as reports have surfaced pointing to numerous reasons why two of the key decision-makers in the ruling, Justice Anthony Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas, should have never been allowed to hear the case. UC Berkley professor of public policy, former Clinton Secretary of Labor and NPR Marketplace contributor Robert Reich just revisited the issues surrounding the justices and the ruling,
"When Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia go to secret political strategy sessions with Republican partisans they jeopardize everything the Supreme Court stands for. They make a mockery of the common sense of Americans . . . While American democracy is imperfect, few outside the majority of this Court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in politics."
At the end of his blog post Reich concludes, “Citizens United is an illegitimate decision, arrived at by at least two justices who should never have participated in it.”