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I'll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one

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    As a direct result of the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court on January 21,2010, campaign spending has exploded to the point that we no longer have elections - we have auctions. Arizona's experience mirrors other states in that the people who had the most money spent on their behalf were the winners in the election, in spite of the fact that NONE of them were the best qualified for the job. The most glaring example is the election of Diane Douglas as the Superintendent of Public Instruction, which columnists for the Arizona Republic have called "the least qualified candidate that they have ever met."

    The Senate tried to cure the problem 2 months ago, but their amendment failed to pass due to the fact that the Republicans who benefit from the status quo all voted against it.

    I received another petition this morning to overturn Citizens United, but it (like the Senate attempt 2 months ago) will fail to do any good due to the fact that it also is a partisan approach.

    I was privileged last night to hear a representative from speak at a location in downtown Flagstaff. The organization's approach is different in that it's approach can be embraced by BOTH parties. A link to their website can be found below, but the crux of their approach is to pass the Constitutional amendment shown below:


    House Joint Resolution 29 introduced February 14, 2013

    Section 1. [Artificial Entities Such as Corporations Do Not Have Constitutional Rights]

    The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.

    Artificial 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.

    The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.

    Section 2. [Money is Not Free Speech]

    Federal, State, and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate's own contributions and expenditures, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process, and that no person gains, as a result of their money, substantially more access or ability to influence 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.


    The other approach to amending the constitution is a constitutional convention, which the group is not pursuing because it opens up a discussion of the entire constitution, which would likely lead to even crazier interpretations of the 2nd amendment and other amendments.

    Believe it or not, Citizens United was not the first time that corporations were treated as people, since there have been numerous cases over the years. The very first case, surprisingly, happened way back in 1886. Courts have ruled in favor of corporations instead of citizens using either the 1st, 4th, or 14th amendments of the Constitution.

    FDR succinctly summed up our present political situation when he said this more than 70 years ago:

    "The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of a private power to the point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in essence, is fascism."
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    I'd love it if someone who was "Filthy Rich" was also comfortable with the Liberal tag as well. Imagine if Bill Gates said "Those Koch boys think that they have money ? Watch this........... " A good investment because we need to have a grip on the Supreme Court. That's a legacy that shapes a country.