December 22, 2011

Saving American Democracy

I'm not sure if you are aware of this, but evidently corporations are people too.

That's what the Supreme Court ruled recently, which means that they get a slew of ugly powers that "real" people cannot contend with.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is trying to introduce a Constitutional Amendment to fix things.  His Saving American Democracy Amendment is amazingly short and straight-forward.

I really think this is important legislation and if you think about the implications I think you will too.

The meat of the amendment is this:

  • Corporations are not persons with constitutional rights equal to real people.
  • Corporations are subject to regulation by the people.
  • Corporations may not make campaign contributions or expenditures.
  • Congress and states have the power to regulate campaign finances.
He has some great quotes from quite a few influential people, including President Obama, but I really liked the one from the founders of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream:
"I'm Ben, I'm a person. I'm Jerry, I'm a person. Ben & Jerry's ice cream? Not a person.

If you get the opportunity, please read the Amendment (it's not much longer than this blog post) and sign the petition.

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