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If Corporations are People, You Can Kiss Our Democracy Goodbye, My Friend…But Wait!

Jane Kagon
April, 2012

U.S. UncutIs that the cavalry coming to the rescue? Are citizens of America, as opposed to Citizens United, rallying around the flag to save Old Glory? Are we hearing a loudening hue and cry from our common sense citizenry and more enlightened legislators protesting the “money equals free speech” conclusion of the 2010 US Supreme Court’s majority ruling in the Citizens United vs the Federal Elections Commission case?

With the upcoming 2012 elections, the Tsunami of propaganda unleashed by Citizens United is gaining force. But there is a stirring from early adaptors committed to preserving our civil liberties. Several states, including California, Hawaii and New Mexico, have already come on line and have proposed or have passed resolutions to invalidate Citizens United. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has joined 10 other attorneys general in calling on Congress to reverse the Supreme Court's decision. And just this past week, the US Supreme Court has agreed to take a Montana case, Western Tradition Partnership v. Attorney General that Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer say will give it a chance to rethink its infamous Citizens United v. FEC decision. 

So now is the time for those of us who have been merely watching from the sidelines to fight for our civil liberties and join forces to support an amendment to the US Consitution which would provide that a corporation is not a person and that money is not speech and that both can be regulated.

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