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Be informed, take action. We The People 28th Amendment to the Constitution. Sign The WE THE PEOPLE AMENDMENT Petition! Disclosure. Wonderful News! On July 1, 2013, Oregon passed HJM6! Tracking in House & Senate. National MTA write up.
“The Legal Evolution of the Corporation” or “How the Corporation became a Person?”
By John Tyler and John limb
As part of the Osher Life-long Learning Institute Spring lecture Series John Tyler and John limb gave a series of four lectures entitled ““The Legal Evolution of the Corporation” or “How the Corporation became a Person?” The first lecture covered the period from colonial times until the infamous case in 1886 of Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railsoad. The second lecture covers the Progressive and Lochner periods, ending in 1937. The third lecture covers the modern era up to the Hobby Lobby case. And the fourth lecture addresses what can be done about the current situation.
The “slides” for the series may be viewed by clicking on the links below:
Hobby Lobby, the Company, is a person !!
The Supreme Court relied on this interpretation of the First Amendment to justify its decision that the company did not have to pay for birth control insurance for its employees.
When will the Supreme Court stop its relentless march toward fully equating corporations with living breathing persons?
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Move to Amend’s Proposed 28th Amendment to the Constitution
The solution: The proposed 28th Amendment to the Constitution Sign the Petition! Disclosure.
The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only. The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment. Summary HJR29 PDF Full Text HJR29
House Joint Resolution 29 introduced February 14, 2013
We’re fed up with the influence of Big Money in our political system. “If anything can unite Americans across party and ideological lines, it should be the arrogant and unprecedented Supreme Court ruling [Citizens United] that corporations [including unions, associations, and other entities] are “persons” with all the protections and rights of the Constitution. In a case trumped up by the court itself, five activist judges reversed 100 years of precedent to allow unlimited, special-interest money to be spent in our local, state and federal elections. Corporations [and other entities] are now free to spend unlimited money on behalf of a candidate they favor, or against one they wish to silence. No grassroots organization will ever be likely to raise enough money for their candidate to compete on a level playing field. Put simply in a New York Times headline, the story comes down to, “Lobbies’ New Power: Cross Us and Our Cash Will Bury You.” As moderate Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, Jr. wrote, “The only proper response to this distortion of our political system by ideologically driven justices is a popular revolt.”The choice is simple. Will government answer to the people, or serve special interests? Will elections be an opportunity for the people to speak powerfully to their government, or will elections become competitions among corporate powers, unions and giant foundations to serve their own interests? And what if corporate interests are tied to an unfriendly foreign power? It is difficult to imagine how our democracy would be strengthened by a large infusion of cash into our political process from such governments as Russia, China or Saudi Arabia. Most outrage at this attack on democracy focuses on national politics. However, the ruling also nullifies protections against corporate domination of elections in the 23 states, including Colorado, that model their laws on the federal Constitution.” from https://movetoamend.org/voters-both-parties-object-supreme-court-activism
Free online booklet explaining Citizens United.
One way to Amend the Constitution is to have 34 States demand it. Nine States already have, and we want Oregon to join them. For more information on state action, visit Oregonians for Restoring Constitutional Democracy.
We the People, not It the Money.
October 30, 2012, 9:14 pm ET: A former federal election commissioner, Trevor Potter is president and general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center. Potter told FRONTLINE that the Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United ruling has resulted in less transparency and the potential for more corruption in the nation’s campaign finance system. This is the edited transcript of an interview conducted on Aug. 7, 2012.
Why do we feel that it is important to amend the constitution? Simple, a series of Supreme Court decisions, ending with Citizens United has rendered illegal any attempt by Congress to limit or control the flow of money to our elected officials or to political campaigns. Amending the constitution is our only avenue for relief. Mission Statement. Corporations, Unions, and Non-profits are targeting billions to legislators and presidental candidates, as well as government agency heads of ‘both sides'; they are literally being bought. These entities are not natural persons as the Constitution intended when they used ‘person’ to mean you and I as living, breathing, feeling, thinking individuals. Our Democracy, our Constitutional rights are being usurped by these artificial ‘persons’ that the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled are now constitutionally recognized ‘persons’ with money being a constitutionally protected form of free speech. The PACs, though with these entities engage ‘business’ for buying elections through media advertising and other forms of funding, do not require DISCLOSURE of where the money comes from and allows UNLIMITED contributions by these entities and super mega wealthy billionaire giving individuals. Whether you are far right or far left or in between, you can see the problem – we no longer have a Democracy where the people rule the government, we have MONEY – huge, mega money, determining all aspects of government by literally buying the people to run it.