Monday, February 22, 2010

Why We Need a Constitutional Amendment

On Thursday, January 22, 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled that corporations had the right to spend as much money as they want on elections in the United States. The opinion in Citizens United v Federal Elections Commission is based on the free speech rights of the person - corporation. This overturned over 100 years of the SCOTUS rulings which limited commercial speech in regards to elections. Prior to this decision corporations had a limit on what they could directly spend or donate to any election, or they could use lobbyists to influence laws and lawmakers.

For much of 2009, the health care industry spent $1.4 million a day on lobbying to defeat health care reform. We have seen the result of that in the defeat of a public option, which 77% of the American people want. What if the oil industry wanted to pass a law exempting them from paying any profit or royalties for oil pumped from public land? Exon alone has made $11.68 Billion in three months. Imagine how much the entire industry could spend to get candidates elected and laws passed.

And anyone can own stock in a corporation. American laws and policy can now be controlled by foreign interests. Our energy policy can be dictated by companies own by Saudi Arabia. Our trade policy can be determined by Chinese corporations. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito can mouth "not true" all he wants. It is true. Unless we stop this and do it now, it may just be the end of democracy. And since this was a Supreme Court ruling the only way to truly stop this is through a Constitution Amendment.

The first thing we have to do is make people aware of this Supreme Court decision and what it means to our country. Please, cut and past this message, and send it to at least 5 people, and encourage them to send it to five more people. With the mainstream media owned by the corporations we have to become our own media on this. By passing this message on you won't win a thousand dollars in 48 hours. But you may just help to save democracy in the United States.