We the People, Not We the Corporations

 

On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions.

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule.

We Move to Amend.

". . . corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their 'personhood' often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of “We the People” by whom and for whom our Constitution was established."

             ~Supreme Court Justice Stevens, January 2010

 

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Apparently the Supreme Court thinks you're stupid...

April 24, 2014

Justice Kennedy said in Citizens United, “Ingratiation and access, in any event, are not corruption. . . . The appearance of influence or access, furthermore, will not cause the electorate to lose faith in our democracy.” 

Chief Justice Roberts quoted Kennedy in the McCutcheon decision,  “Ingratiation and access . . . are not corruption. They embody a central feature of democracy—that constituents support candidates who share their beliefs and interests, and candidates who are elected can be expected to be responsive to those concerns.”

How much proof does the Court need that money is corrupting elected officials, the two major parties, and their candidates for office? 

Intern with Move to Amend - Applications Due April 25

April 18, 2014

Move to Amend is the the national campaign to Abolish Corporate Personhood and Defend Democracy. We are mobilizing a movement to amend the US Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and that financial contributions to political campaigns are not free speech.

We are seeking bright, energetic folks to join our team as interns. Interns can either work out of the office of Democracy Unlimited in Eureka, CA - one of our Move to Amend founding organizations, or telecommute from anywhere in the United States.

 

Democracy and Taxes

April 15, 2014

If you need evidence of the damaging effects of corporate personhood on our democracy (and our wallets), then look no further than the US tax code. Tax rates have been declining for all taxpayers for decades, but the largest decreases have been distributed to corporations and the wealthiest 1%.

The Bitter Truth About Money and Politics In Your Daily Life

April 11, 2014

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — By now only five people seem to believe that money doesn't buy influence in politics. Or, more accurately, they just don't care. Recently the Supreme Court addressed the issue of campaign contributions in deciding McCutcheon vs. FEC. In the SCOTUS opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts and four colleagues held that money in politics corrupts, or appears to corrupt, only in cases of quid pro quo bribery.

In other words, you can have a politician on retainer just so long as he never itemizes the bill. For everyone to whom that looks wrong, it turns out you actually think it's fine. You must have been looking at some other country where corporations get the same rights as citizens.

Of course everyone knows better. The voters know it, the politicians know it, people spending this money know it. And, whether they protest too much or not, the Justices know it. Politics matter, and when massive amounts of money roll around the system, it affects all of our lives in very real ways. Such as...