to Amend” Fights Corporate Personhood, Mary Lindsay
– When EXXON “speaks” Politicians Listen!|
By Mary Lindsay, KCMoveToAmend.org
of the 100 largest economies in the world are not countries; they’re
corporations, including Exxon. With the 2010 Citizens United v.
FEC ruling, a starkly split U.S. Supreme Court freed corporations
to spend unlimited money to campaign for or against candidates in
elections. The financial and political dominance of corporations
literally imperils Planet Earth.
In 2000, the
Sierra Club’s Corporate Accountability Committee wrote that
the Club “...focused more on the environmental and public
health EFFECTS of corporate power, while focusing less on the INSTITUTIONS
AND RULES enabling corporations to apply that power to harm the
Earth and its inhabitants.” The committee recognized that
the tactic of challenging one regulation or one corporation at a
time could not rein in the environmentally degrading forces wrought
political clout corporations wielded in 2000 grew exponentially
into a chokehold on our government since Citizens United.
officials cannot help us, since in the unlikely event that Congress
enacts laws to limit corporate electioneering, the Supreme Court
can simply overrule the legislation. With Citizens United the Court
gutted McCain-Feingold (aka the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of
In order to
stop the destruction of the environment and our nation, we must
reverse the two nonsensical precedents upon which Citizens United
1.) A corporation
is a person (with constitutional rights).
2.) Money is
“free speech” (so it can’t be regulated in politics).
People” must use the prerogative granted to us by the US Constitution
and amend the Constitution, affirming that corporations are NOT
persons and that money is NOT speech.Only by such bold action can
we overrule the Supreme Court.
overreach of corporations through the Court has prompted strong
dissent throughout the country. In August, over 1000 citizens attended
the first-ever Democracy Convention in Madison, Wisconsin. Not only
political activists, but ordinary Americans (when informed) comprehend
what we face as illegitimate “free speech” of corporate
“persons” drowns out the voices of real people.