Nation cannot afford another Republican president
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 8:59 AM
In the five-to-four vote by the United States Supreme Court in its 2010 Citizens United (CU) case that, for the first time in our history, gave corporations the right to use money from their treasuries to support or oppose candidates running for Congress or the Presidency, all five of the majority were nominated by Republican presidents.
This Power of Money in our elections thwarts the effort of natural persons for democracy who, from the beginning of our country, have been struggling to establish an election process in which all natural person voters have equal votes and voices which would enable the majority to determine who wins elections and which laws are passed and would thus benefit the majority.
There is wide support among citizens for limiting, even denying, corporations the use of money from their treasuries to support or oppose candidates, especially once they understand close to 99 percent of corporations are small and have meager funds to spend to influence elections and laws that are passed, meaning it is only the mega corporations on Wall Street, Big Oil, Big Pharma and Big Weapon contractors, etc., that really benefit from CU making corporate money in elections legal.
This jet-powered boost of corporate money in politics threatens us with plutocratic control over our lives and fortunes. This threat of our subjugation to Money Power is something citizens for democracy must oppose at every level of government.
Move to Amend is leading a movement to amend the United States Constitution that will reverse CU. This is a movement by people who understand they have a constitutional right to rule -that is what democracy is. No ruling by the Supreme Court can legitimately change that.
Deeper than the single issues in the 2012 elections is how citizens can prevent corporate rule over what they believe should be a people's democracy. The only way is Move to Amend's proposed amendment that abolishes corporate personhood and declares money is not speech:
"Section 1: The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only. Artificial entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities, established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the people, through Federal, State or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.
"Section 2: Federal, State and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate's own contributions and expenditures, for the purpose of influencing in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure. Federal, State and local government shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed. The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.
"Section 3: Nothing in this amendment shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press."
Move to Amend encourages you to sign on to this amendment at www.movetoamend.org and to ask elected officials to boards, councils and legislatures to pass resolutions in support of this amendment.
At this moment in our experiment in self-government, citizens for democracy and majority rule believe we cannot afford the election of a Republican president who, based on past history, is likely to appoint judges who could give majority support to more cases that would continue, or even expand, corporate power. And since three-fourths of the state legislatures must approve an amendment to the constitution, citizens for democracy need to, at this juncture in our society, start electing more Democrats to state legislatures.
Robert K. Johnson,