Thursday, December 8, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Goes Mainstream

Ken O'Brien

On Tuesday night the Los Angeles City Council went on record as the first major city passing a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment declaring that corporations are not persons and that money is not speech.

The Examiner.com reported, "Thanks to ground work by the U.S. Green Party, the wave of Occupy Wall Street empowerment and Human Rights Alert, today, Los Angeles became the first major U.S. city to vote against corporate personhood and call for a Constitutional Amendment asserting corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights and that money is not free speech. The vote was unanimous."

In my opinion this is not merely the first major manifestation of increased public activism and awareness fomented by the Occupy Wall Street movement.

It also strikes at the very heart of the fundamental distortion of American democracy that has exploded over the last thirty years. The ever increasing dominance of moneyed interests has worked its will in supplanting the concept of democracy with the reality of plutocracy. This trend reached its apex in the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case.

Occupy Wall Street was, and remains, a truly grassroots movement. It is unlike the Tea Party movement which may have had a grassroots beginning but which quickly became "astroturfed" through cooptation by the unholy triumvirate of Dick Armey, the Koch brothers and Fox News.

Those who would like to take part in this effort to restore "Power To The People" should visit:
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Amendment | Move to Amend

People's Rights Resolution

WHEREAS, We the people adopted and ratified the United States Constitution to protect the free speech and other rights of people, not corporations;

WHEREAS, Corporations are not people but instead are entities created by the law of states and nations;

WHEREAS, for the past three decades, a divided United States Supreme Court has erroneously transformed the First Amendment into a powerful tool for corporations seeking to evade and invalidate the people’s laws;

WHEREAS, this corporate misuse of the First Amendment and Constitution has reached an extreme conclusion in the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission;

WHEREAS, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission overturned longstanding precedent prohibiting corporations from spending corporate general treasury funds in our elections;

WHEREAS, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission unleashes a torrent of corporate money in our political process unmatched by any campaign expenditure totals in United States history;

WHEREAS, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission purports to invalidate state laws and even state Constitutional provisions separating corporate money from elections;

WHEREAS, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission presents a serious and direct threat to our republican democracy;

WHEREAS, Article V of the United States Constitution empowers and obligates the people and states of the United States of America to use the constitutional amendment process to correct those egregiously wrong decisions of the United States Supreme Court that go to the heart of our democracy and republican self-government; and

WHEREAS, the people and states of the United States of America have strengthened the nation and preserved liberty and equality for all by using the amendment process throughout our history, including in seven of the ten decades of the 20th Century, and including to reverse seven erroneous Supreme Court decisions.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT WE CALL UPON THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO PASS AND SEND TO THE STATES FOR RATIFICATION A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO REVERSE CITIZEN UNITED V. FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION AND TO RESTORE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND FAIR ELECTIONS TO THE PEOPLE.


4 comments:

  1. If you like Citizens United, you'll love this:

    http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/behind-closed-doors-congress-trying-force-indefinite-detention-bill-americans

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  2. Jon Stewart did quite a number about that last night.

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  3. You can view Jon Stewart's comment at:
    http://www.hulu.com/watch/308227/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-wed-dec-7-2011#s-p1-so-i0

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  4. One step that you can take is to sign the petition opposing this provision at:
    http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/498/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8895

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