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Amend the U.S. Constitution: Overturn “Citizens United”

July 5, 2012. From , Calvin Sloan, Field Organizer: “We’re celebrating America’s independence from British rule, but right now Americans are faced with the need to declare our independence from corporate and special interest dominance of our elections.  Sloan:

“The nationwide grassroots movement to get unlimited corporate money out of elections, restore the voice of the voter and take back our democracy for the People is growing every day. And on July 17, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on efforts in Congress to the Constitution to undo the harm of 2010’s Citizens United Supreme Court decision and restore Government By the People.

July 17 can be a historic day in helping to energize our movement. Please be a part of it by submitting short video testimony about how Citizens United and unlimited corporate influence in elections impact our democracy and you as a voter. Find out more at PeoplesTestimony.com.”

Have you heard of Citizens United?  It’s the shortened name for Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission (FEC). In the 2010 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court opened a Pandora’s Box of troubles for the ordinary citizen—that’s you, the voter. Are you tired of the negative ads from both large political parties in the U.S.?  Did you know that all that advertising costs billions of dollars?  Well, because of the ruling, so many large super-pacs can advertise over and above what you and I could donate to a candidate’s campaign. Does that sound fair?  I didn’t think so either.

What do you think those advertisers and supporters are asking for in exchange for all that money?  I would say they want the ability to write the next legislation concerning any number of issues: the presence of labor unions in companies, pension rules, civil rights for any group of Americans, or immigrants, (which may not be unusual), women’s right to choose, and the recent ruling by the Supreme Court that the Affordable Health Care Act is CONSTITUTIONAL!  Whether you agree or not with that decision it is the law of the land.

However, it is wrong for dollars to flow to legislators for the sole purpose of influencing his or her vote in the Congress—in both the House and the Senate—AND to the presidential candidates’ campaigns.

Check out the group People For the American Way and then the link to PeoplesTestimony.com.

Amending the Constitution is not to be taken lightly. This is not an easy thing to do, but there is a procedure.  And it will take a while to formulate the proposed amendment and to get it through the Congress and send it to the states.  However, we MUST amend this ruling!  WHY?

Do we want an oligarchy, which is a small group of people or a small organization controlling a government?  For America it could be the corporations in a bloc which could very easily control our Congress and Executive branch. Or it could be a wing of a major political party which controls us.

OR—do we want to preserve our democratic republic—with each of us having one vote, and each of us having the ability to petition our government, speak our opinions in writing and out loud—known as free speech; and to worship God in any way or NOT at all? These civil rights are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, namely in the First Amendment.

WE MUST protect our nation and ourselves by amending the Constitution and overturning Citizens United vs. FEC.   Check out those websites!  Get involved in the election process—don’t complain after November 6, 2012 if you do not vote!

 

 

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