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April 06, 2012

Corporations in politics

Corporations are artificial creations of governments with no consciences, beliefs, feelings, thoughts or desires beyond maximizing shareholder profits.

The many special powers and privileges the government grants corporations, such as limited liability and perpetual lifespan, make limiting their political power essential.

Thus, corporations should be subject to democratic control and not enabled to control democracy. While our Constitution’s authors were alive, corporations were completely subordinate to democracy. They could not make any political contributions, and corporate lobbying was prohibited.

No human being’s First Amendment rights will be infringed by preventing corporations, especially transnational ones, from engaging in electoral advocacy because they aren’t themselves members of “we, the people,” by whom and for whom our Constitution was established.

Everyone, including corporate executives, remains free to spend unlimited amounts of his/her own money to advocate for or against a political candidate or party (only direct investments to a candidate’s campaign fund are limited by law).

Therefore, with the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United creating corporate personhood and the resulting billions of undisclosed contributions buying political favors this election, nothing short of a constitutional amendment will stop the unbridled fire sale of our treasured republic.

Brenda Deckman

Kansas City


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/04/05/3538797/letters-friday-april-6.html#storylink=cpy

Comments

Craig Clevidence

In the 2nd section of the RDA, the proposed outline for a constitutional amendment we advocate
"The right to contribute to political campaigns and political parties is held solely by individual citizens."
This powerful statement would eliminate contributions from all groups organizations and associations. No corporate money, and no union money. No money from the Chamber of Commerce, MoveOn.org, the National Rifle Association or the Sierra Club. It would also end the economic control over our legislators influenced by the political parties. This is a far broader and more powerful concept than any that are advocated currently. The full proposal would end self-financing by wealthy politicians, would eliminate the electoral college, would end concerns about "corporate personage" in a much more powerful way than is currently advocated by amendments that simply state "corporations are not people". It would provide for a constitutional basis for campaign finance laws regulating PACs and soft money, and would provide a federal guarantee of the right to vote in all pertinent elections. Learn more, sign on and tell everyone what you will do for our democracy
http://www.renewdemocracy.org/support/

renfro

Back Scratching???
Does Ms. Deckman’s “The many special powers and privileges the government grants corporations, such as limited liability and perpetual lifespan, make limiting their political power essential” -- sound familiar?

Her disdain of "corporations" is asking for one corporation to constitutionally control another – those we elect after a single term are pensioned for life, enact social, healthcare even some civil law for the masses from which they are exempt. Egotistically many are interested only in perpetuating a career unavailable to the rest of us. ----- Government is the more dangerous of the “TWO” corporations in a free society Ms. Deckman!

 
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