The fifth anniversary of Citizens United v. FEC descends upon us on January 21, so CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to pass a Constitutional amendment allowing our state and federal governments to regulate campaign finance vigorously again. When I wrote my state's junior Senator (I won't say his name, but his initials are Pat Toomey) about this matter in 2011, he replied that amending the Constitution is a very serious thing and should be considered very, very carefully; three years later, when I wrote him again, he replied with a litany of ooga-booga: "Congress could ban challengers from running any ads during an election," he wrote, "while allowing incumbents to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money. The government could ban books that criticize that government or seek to expose corrupt officials." None of which happened under McCain-Feingold, of course, and none of which would survive its first court challenge. But to get a right-wing Senator to move from being vague about a proposal to launching absurd attacks against it? It may not seem like it, but that's progress. And more agitation will lead to more progress.
Meanwhile, Republicans are wasting no time with their newfound dominance of both House and Senate, with Great and Glorious American Super-President Mitch McConnell promising a vote on a bill that would ban abortions more than 20 weeks into the pregnancy. Why? Because, supposedly, the fetus feels pain at that time -- though scientists instruct us that a fetus doesn't develop the ability to feel pain for at least four more weeks. But, you know, why would science ever inform any of our decisions? Furthermore, nearly 99% of all abortions happen before the 20-week mark -- meaning that this particular abortion ban would do absolutely nothing about the vast majority of abortions in America these days, and then would ban mostly medically-necessary abortions. A bill that does harm and lets Republicans pretend they're better than everyone else? What is this, 2002? If we want to reduce abortions in America, and we do, we had better support birth control a lot more vigorously. But guess what else Republicans won't do? But CREDO helps you oppose the 20-week abortion ban.