Political news website The Hill is reporting that Obama allegedly told a group at a fundraiser that he might be in a “strong position” to amend the Constitution. The supposed aim? To undo the damage done to democracy by the odious and (to the minds of more an just me) manifestly unconstitutional Citizens United ruling. According to an an excerpt from Big Money by journalist Ken Vogel, originally obtained by Mother Jones, he made the comments at a closed-door, high-dollar 2012 fundraiser in Seattle.
“Now, I taught constitutional law. I don’t tinker with the Constitution lightly. But I think this is important enough that citizens have to get mobilized around this issue, and this will probably be a multiyear effort. [. . .] After my reelection, my sense is that I may be in a very strong position to do it.”
Later that year, the president publicly endorsed a constitutional amendment that would overturn the controversial Citizens United decision that allowed unlimited political spending by outside groups.
President Obama, at this point, your track record for keeping manifest promises let alone speculation is not very good. Some would say dismal. In fact, I know more than one lawyer of the opinion that despite teaching Constitutional Law, you don’t seem to understand or respect it very well in action. Actions speak louder than words, Mr. President. Will you stand up for the legal principle that rights are inherent to people and not legal fictions or will you continue to ignore the lie in principle that underpins Citizens United and helps undermine democracy? Time will tell, but that clock? She is a tickin’.
Could this be something substantive? Some have speculated he’s planning a big move second term to secure his legacy. Is this it? Or have the corporatist/fascists (whom he has a record of siding with on other matters) already won? Me? I’ll believe it when it’s up for ratification.
What do you think?