If you’re part of the minority which hasn’t already found a flaw in the concept of corporations as people, Montana State Representative Steve Lavin (R) has given us all one more logical conundrum to ponder: He has proposed to give voting rights to Corporations who own property in a local jurisdiction.
(Washington D.C.) - The movement for constitutional reforms that would end what organizers call “corporate rule” has arrived in the chambers of Congress. This morning, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives joined Move to Amend by announcing their sponsorship of the “We the People Amendment,” which clearly and unequivocally states that:
- Rights recognized under the Constitution belong to human beings only, and not to government-created artificial legal entities such as corporations and limited liability companies; and
- Political campaign spending is not a form of speech protected under the First Amendment.
In making the announcement, lead sponsor Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL-Minnesota), said: “It’s time to take the shaping and molding of public policy out of corporate boardrooms, away from the corporate lobbyists, and put it back in city halls – back with county boards and state legislatures – and back in the Congress where it belongs.”
Tomorrow, Move to Amend's WE THE PEOPLE AMENDMENT will be introduced in Congress!
The We the People Amendment is the only amendment that deals with both Supreme Court doctrines that grant constitutional rights to artificial entities and that define spending money as free speech.
There are still many steps along the way, but this is a major milestone for the movement to amend!
Last week, the nation celebrated the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. We at Move to Amend draw many useful lessons from the successful campaign led by King and other heroic patriots to fight for civil rights for all Americans.
They understood there are two ways to make change:
- Negotiate with power, or
- Build a grassroots movement to take on the power structure and force them to react to you
The Civil Rights leaders chose to build a movement for change. In fact, every amendment to expand human rights has required building a similar movement, and our growing democracy movement is no different.
It’s been three years since the Supreme Court issued its outrageous decision in Citizens United vs. FEC, overturning the flimsy campaign finance protections afforded under McCain-Feingold law. The case opened the floodgates to billions of dollars perverting our elections, much of it completely unreported, and some amount even coming from foreign corporations and governments. The Court literally legalized bribery, and wealthy individuals and special interests took full advantage of it.
As shameful as that decision is, we must confront the sobering reality that it is only the tip of the iceberg.
We are very excited about what lies ahead for us in the coming year. We built up a lot of momentum last year to carry us forward, and we hope you will join us in maximizing our potential in 2013. Check out our Take Action Webinar held last week to learn more.
Or tune in to our new internet radio program!
Move to Amend Reports hosted by National Leadership Team members Laura Bonham and Egberto Willies, will air every Thurs at 8:00 PM ET, 5:00 PM PT.
Out of the guts of the internet, we find an endless stream of misattributed quotes and made-up stories that end up in chain emails that you eventually receive from your loopy uncle in Texas who's trying to justify right-wing economics or anti-Obama conspiracy theories.
It's just one of the headaches of the Internet Age.
But, there's one quote in particular that's always attributed to an obscure Scottish historian, Sir Alexander Frasier Tytler (as if that gave it great credibility), and it seemed to both make sense and prophecy the end of the American Republic.
Tytler was supposed to have said: "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess of the public treasury. From that time on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the results that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship."
So is a corporation a person, or not? A California man (who was present at Move to Amend's founding meeting) has decided to see if the state really stands by the statute that defines a person in California’s Vehicle Code as a “natural person or corporation.”
For the Move to Amend coalition and our supporters, 2012 was a banner year. At a time in our nation’s history marked by economic and social stress, MTA stayed focused on our goal and met with success, thanks entirely to the investment—both physical and financial—of members like you.
We have big plans for 2013 and we want to share them with you and give you the opportunity to get involved in the year ahead.