George Soros Involvement in the Political Realm

With the just concluded US elections, many people took to the street protesting the victory of the President-elect Donald Trump. Many people associated him to disrespect for women and took to the streets of the central cities. Many people associated the protests to George Soros who has been supporting the liberal activities. George Soros is a billionaire who believes in liberal democracy and has been funding the progressive movements for a long time. He fights for the rights of the oppressed in the society by ensuring every person enjoys the privileges of freedom of association and speech. For two decades, George Soros has been associated to control the global economy and politics through his support for liberal beliefs. He is a financial guru who has benefited across the globe with the most notable success being when he bet against the British pound and made over $1 billion within a night in 1990. This was the beginning point of the journey of riches as he took advantage of the Asian Financial Crisis. This did not go down well with some leaders who accused George Soros of undermining the currency of his country by 15%.

George Soros began his political journey in the early 1990s in the United States of America. Due to his financial position, he was able to spearhead the development of many political movements that sought to bring change in the US. In 2004, he came into the limelight when he funded groups that tried to stop the re-election of the then US President George W. Bush. He also disagreed with the Iraq War when he chose to differ in public on how it was being handled. He has continued to contribute significant sums of money to organizations that fight for democratic reforms in the US and around the world. George Soros believes that the government should be elected by the people and for the individuals and not by wealthy people who wish to control power and neglect the ordinary citizen. He has found a parallel relationship with the Koch brothers who have also invested in the political and philanthropic nature. Read more about George at The New York Times.

George Soros was born in Budapest Hungary in 1930. His family suffered due to dictatorship from the Nazi invasion of Hungary. At some point, he had to forge identification documents to survive in the oppressing regime. The Nazi invasion led to the death of over 500,000 Hungary Jews from 1944 to 1945. George Soros helped many other people escape the wrath of the oppressed regime by forging for them identification documents. As such, he survived with his family and later moved to England in 1947 to undertake studies at the London School of Economics. George Soros has been at the center stage in the fight for liberal democracy across many countries in the world. Know more on cnbc.com about George Soros.

Bringing Back Democracy: Citizens United

After the candidates had been finally presented, it was not hard to realize that it was going to be a different election campaign in the United States.

 

On January 20, the Supreme Court issued the judgment in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a case of freedom of expression, interpretation of the first amendment. What the US Constitution says – in what matters to us – is that Congress cannot enact laws that restrict freedom of expression or printing. Adopted in December 1791, the First Amendment is one of the fundamental pieces of American Constitutional Law. From the less than fifty words contained in it, the Supreme Court of the United States has known how to construct a doctrine that guarantees fundamental civil liberties, especially religious freedoms, the press, association, and expression.

 

The open texture of the First Amendment of the American Constitution is evident in the abstract nature of its tenor. Like the most important constitutional provisions, it guarantees the “right” to freedom of expression but does not specify the dimensions of it. It is, therefore, necessary to resort to constitutional interpretation to determine their scope.

 

By The People, For The People

 

In Citizens, the US Supreme Court offers an absolutist view of the First Amendment of the Constitution that allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money independently to support or oppose candidates for office. In

 

Which claims to be a firm defense of the “freedom of expression” enshrined in the First Amendment, the Supreme Court gives carte blanche to the deregulation of election campaign financing, allowing opaque contributions from companies, without limitation no type.

 

The model of financing of the electoral campaigns in the United States has two characteristics that particularize it. The first is that the rules that regulate it apply mainly to the candidates and not to the political parties to which they belong, and the second, that although there are sources of public and private funding, the latter are the main source of the candidates’ income.

 

Getting in line

 

Citizens United, argues that Americans deserve to be sure that large corporations in their country are not using foreign shareholders’ money to influence the country’s elections. It also calls on state and federal lawmakers to ensure that large corporations are not being used as a front to allow foreign money to filter into US elections. The FEC is the state control body that has the task of ensuring that the elections are fair but is paralyzed as the three Democratic members and the three Republicans are in a partisan clash.

 

With a clear mission to combat big money in Politics, End Citizens United aims to trigger the reforms that will make the United States the synonym of freedom once again.