Monday, January 16, 2012

MLK Day 2012: Move to Amend

Today is the US national holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and I can't imagine a better way to honor his memory than to pass the proposed 28th Amendment to the US Constitution and settle, once and for all, that corporations are not people and money is not speech.

Over at Move to Amend you can see ways you can get involved and ways you can help to bring about this necessary law to repair our political system.

The proposed amendment is pretty simple:

Move to Amend 28th Amendment
Section 1 [A corporation is not a person and can be regulated]
The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.
Artificial entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, and other 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 speech and can be regulated]
Federal, State and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures, for the purpose of influencing 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.
Section 3
Nothing contained in this amendment shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press.
And that's it. Seems pretty reasonable to me.

Check out their website and find the nearest place where you can Occupy the Courts this Friday, January 20th. Maybe I'll see you there...