Eliminate corporate personhood

The last U.S. presidential election was the most expensive in history primarily because unlimited corporate contributions to PACs and super PACs has been allowed by the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling. Due to the persuasive power of media, in effect, this ruling makes our public representatives answerable to corporate money instead of to a well-informed citizen electorate.

In my opinion, the most essential action any American concerned with a better future can take is to focus on reducing corporate influence on politicians and our political process. This will not be easy, since the Supreme Court interpretations over the last two decades incorrectly give corporations Constitutional rights intended for human beings, not for the profit-motivated legal fictions which they are. Therefore, only a Constitutional Amendment can stop corporations from buying our elections and destroying our representative democracy.

Move to Amend is a national grassroots organization bringing people together to get such an amendment passed. At movetoamend.org, you can sign a petition in support of an amendment to the constitution so that corporations are no longer interpreted as persons and money is not equated with free speech.

If interested, you can also hear David Cobb of Move to Amend at Pack Library’s Lord Auditorium Tuesday, July 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cobb will discuss steps necessary to undoing the damage which corporate money has inflicted on our formerly “one person, one vote” democracy.

— Kernel Green

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