Goshen News, Goshen, IN

October 5, 2012

This election will have big impact on Supreme Court


— How important is your vote in assuring the integrity of our government? Could it dramatically lessen corporate and lobbyist influence on the election process of our country?

We are now witnessing the tangible results of the recent Supreme Court decision (Citizens United), which allows corporations, acting as individuals, to pour millions of dollars via super-PACs (political action committees) toward favored candidates. These contributions are funneled into the election process on an unidentified basis and are a means for corporations, in effect, to buy political offices and influence political votes at all levels of our government. Proposed legislation, such as the Disclosure Act, was defeated by just one vote. This law would have forced all corporations to disclose all political expenditures that go directly to candidates or front groups.

We urgently need “equal justice for all” as prescribed in our Constitution.

This election carries even greater importance when we realize that the next president of the United States will likely appoint one or more Supreme Court justices, since several justices may consider retiring (those over age 70 years). The current 5-4 conservative majority could be reversed by the next president’s appointments.

The Supreme Court will soon render decisions on such major social issues as affirmative action and voting rights, which have been long decided by prior courts. Re-electing President Obama will be an important step in assuring that such hard-won victories will not go down the drain — and in restoring financial sanity to U.S. elections by overturning the Citizens United decision.

Your vote in this election on Nov. 6 takes on even more critical importance when you consider how the election of the next president will have more far-reaching effects on our personal daily lives and the future of our beloved country.

— Jim Pyles

Elkhart