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Wonderment
02-03-2010, 12:28 AM
Here's the video of Donna Edwards (http://freespeechforpeople.org/edwardsvideo) discussing the seriousness of the amendment. Sign the petition in support here (http://freespeechforpeople.org/petition).

Twelve days ago, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling striking at the heart of our democracy. The Court disregarded more than a century of precedent and ruled that our Constitution prevents the American people from regulating corporate money in our elections and politics. Thatís wrong and we donít buy it.

And twelve days ago, we stood up to fight back. Thousands of you joined us in our call for a constitutional amendment to defend our democracy and to restore the First Amendment to its intended purpose: to protect people, not corporations.

And now Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland has introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn the Courtís ruling. Joined by Congressman John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, the Edwards amendment will ensure that Congress and the states may prohibit corporations from spending their funds for political activity.

The Framers of the Constitution intended the First Amendment to protect the rights of citizens, everyday people, not corporations. Corporations are not people. They are artificial entities created by the state with state-based advantages. In fact, the recent ruling will certainly drown out the voices of the very citizens the First Amendment was meant to protect.

We as a nation have amended the United States Constitution before. Twenty-seven times. That history includes amendments in response to US Supreme Court rulings directly threatening the democratic process. The Courtís ruling in Citizens United v. FEC demands a similar constitutional amendment response.

Lyle
02-03-2010, 05:26 PM
I don't agree with this petition... so I won't be signing it. Here's a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUdFaIYzNwU) from a guy who won't be signing this petition either.

AemJeff
02-03-2010, 05:32 PM
Here's the video of Donna Edwards (http://freespeechforpeople.org/edwardsvideo) discussing the seriousness of the amendment. Sign the petition in support here (http://freespeechforpeople.org/petition).

I applaud the idea (and I signed it.) Bit, I wish the language (http://www.freespeechforpeople.org/the-solution) (e.g.)

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WHEREAS, this corporate takeover of the First Amendment...
was somewhat more modest. This reads too much like a partisan screed, and I really think the language should have been limited to a simple declarative formula.