The Brave Tin Soldier: Hans Christian Anderson
There were once five and twenty Tin Soldiers, who were all brothers. For they had been made out of the same tin spoon. They shouldered arms and looked straight ahead, and wore a splendid uniform of red and blue.
The first thing in the world that they ever heard were the words, “Tin Soldiers!” uttered by a little boy. Who clapped his hands with delight when the lid of the box in which they lay was taken off. They were given to him as a birthday present.
He stood them up.They were exactly alike, excepting one, who had only one leg. He had been left to the last, and there was not enough of the tin to finish him. So they made him stand firmly on one leg, and that caused him to be very remarkable.
Well, the United States Supreme Court has struck again. This time they set aside a Vermont law that attempted to create a level playing field for candidates seeking political office. The Vermont law put strict limits on the spending of money. Therefore, allowing candidates without much money, but with good ideas, a chance to compete with big spenders.
Unlike Anderson’s fairy tale, this tale is made up of money and privilege. But there is commonality with the twenty fifth soldier. This elitist court, which has nothing in common with ordinary Americans, has in effect, put candidates without financial means, and clout at a serious and unconstitutional disadvantage. It means Americans must stand more firmly, and with great resolve in order to end elitism that controls this country. Like Anderson’s remarkable Tin Soldier this tale of money will indeed require some remarkable people to usher in change. Candidates for political office must be afforded an equal playing field.
The question as always-when are we the majority (poor and middle class) going to end this minority rule (rich upper class) by putting an end to money as speech?
Here is why this must be done. Federal law as it now exists prices out the political candidacy of people with good ideas but without money to promote their ideas.
The United States Supreme Court says money is speech. As speech it has, First Amendment protection of free speech and assembly. One suspects most Americans would disagree.
Which is erroneous because money is power and has no constitutional protection. Furthermore, money as power buys access and favoritism from political office holders. Consequently, we have a government of political inequality. With laws that favor the rich over the poor. It should, and must be the converse. It’s impossible to have fair political competition unless all candidates have equality in promoting their platforms. Money must not play a role in the political process
American elitism has always suppressed the majority view in favor of their own. Recall how hard elitism fought to contain the civil rights movement in this country. The right of women, and African Americans to have equality in voting. Safety in the work place. A work environment free of sexual harassment. They did this knowing that we would remake America in accordance with our needs and not theirs, The power of money! That is why they fear us! That is why they declare that money is speech. They know this will silence the power our remarkable person hood. Also, knowing that such struggles would have been a lot easier, if the political office holders represented working class Americans. For them, money as speech is good. For the majority of us, it must be declared power that buys access and privilege. Used against the interest, and needs of the majority of Americans. Enuf is enuf time for change, America!
The struggles that lie ahead which includes government sponsored health insurance, livable wage of at least $15. per hour, free higher education, affordable housing, complete revamping of the tax system, and more. In that the spending cap in Iraq is going beyond the billions to the trillions. Do not allow the elites to declare such programs as to costly. The war in Iraq is good for them and not us! They have the most to gain while we have the most lose. So say no to their war!
And of course the undoing of the many wrongs American elitism has reeked upon the world community. Putting American citizens at great risk for harm. We need to send these elite criminals to face a court of proper jurisdiction.
What is it going to be America? Do we collectively have the remarkableness of Anderson’s Tin Soldier. We’ll need it if we assume the task of change. For just as Anderson saw his twenty five soldier as brave. Bravery one might conclude will be a prerequisite for a campaign of change. If we can be as focused looking straight ahead as Anderson’s twenty five Tin Soldiers, and with the combination of bravery, and remarkableness, we can prevail. While Anderson’s Tin Soldiers looked alike except for one. We are all alike because we are human. In need of a government that serves our interest.
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