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Sanders proposes amendment to the Constitution to counter Citizen’s United

According to a story in The Hill, Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has proposed an amendment to the Constitution to exclude corporations from First Amendment rights to spend money on political campaigns.

The proposed amendment’s a reaction to the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, wherein the conservative majority Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the government cannot put limits on election advertisements funded by corporations, unions or other groups. Democrats have charged that the decision essentially treats corporations as people who can enjoy First Amendment rights.

“Make no mistake, the Citizens United ruling has radically changed the nature of our democracy, further tilting the balance of power toward the rich and the powerful at a time when already the wealthiest people in this country have never had it so good,” Sanders said.”In my view, history will record that the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision is one of the worst decisions ever made by a Supreme Court in the history of our country.”

S.J.Res. 33, would state corporations don’t have the same constitutional rights as persons, that corporations are subject to regulation, that corporations may not make campaign contributions and that Congress has the power to regulate campaign finance.

While the Citizens United case affected corporations, unions and other entities, the Sanders amendment focuses only on “for-profit corporations, limited liability companies or other private entities established for business purposes or to promote business interests.”

The Hill reports that Sanders said he’s never proposed an amendment to the Constitution before, but said he sees no other alternative to reversing the Citizens United decision.

“In my view, corporations should not be able to go into their treasuries and spend millions and millions of dollars on a campaign in order to buy elections,” he said. “I do not believe that is what American democracy is supposed to be about.”

This past summer, Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential bridesmaid candidate Mittens Romney mewed “corporations are people my friend,” when fielding a question about whether taxes should be raised in order to increase federal revenues, which drew sharp reactions from Democrats.

The Sanders amendment is co-sponsored by Democratic Senator Mark Begich of Alaska, and a similar amendment has been proposed in the House by Democratic Representative Ted Deutch of Florida.

While it’s true these proposals don’t have a snow ball’s chance of moving forward in the House and Senate, as each would need the support of two-thirds of both chambers to pass, Sanders, Begich and Deutch should all be thanked by liberty loving people everywhere; Citizens United is one of the most infamous Supreme Court decisions since Dred Scott and make no mistake it will one day be overturned.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2011 in Constitution

 

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Walsh Most Corrupt Congressman?

Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Congressman Joe Walsh has received the coveted distinction of being named among Congress’s thirteen “most corrupt” representatives by the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

CREW alleges the freshman Congressman’s ethics issues “stem from his failure to pay child support and accurately disclose income and liabilities on his personal financial disclosure forms, and his campaign committee’s inaccurate reporting of interest payment on his loans to his campaigns.” These issues, according to the report, represent Walsh “acting in a manner that does not reflect creditably on the House.”

The seventh annual ranking, based on news reports, Federal Election Commission reports, court documents and financial disclosure forms, also included one senator – GOTP favorite David Vitter — and five additional House members who received “dishonorable mentions.” Altogether, the group includes seven Democrats and twelve Republicans.

Walsh spokesman Justin Roth responded to the ranking by describing CREW as having “a history of being a very left partisan group that tends to trash conservative leaders in Washington,” according to NBC Chicago.

“Joe Walsh has not done a single thing that’s corrupt and will continue to be a strong voice on conservative issues,” Roth continued.

Spit-take, clean off key board, excuse me? “Walsh has not done a single thing that’s corrupt”? Well, gee, how about Mr Family Values lying about his income, failing to pay child support and allowing his children to do without? A wise man once said, “No other success can compensate for failure in the home.” Walsh is clearly a failure in the home, and what makes it worse is he was dishonest about it. How about some good old conservative take care of your debts talk?

Walsh is accused of owing more than $100,000 in back child support to his ex-wife Laura — allegations he has dismissed as “wildly inaccurate,” even though a judge ordered Walsh to provide the court with proof that he is not a deadbeat dad.

In his ex-wife’s filing, last December, she claimed that Walsh said he could not afford to make the payments for their three children while, at the same time, he loaned his own campaign $35,000 and took vacations abroad.

“I’m sorry dear, I just don’t have any money to take care of family responsibilities, I’m too busy loaning my money to my election campaign,” his Brain Captain said.

Alas, back child support allegations aren’t the only questionable financial practice allegations against Walsh. He’s also been accused of stiffing his former campaign field director Richard Cape of $20,000 in pay. Two other staffers allegedly quit after they accused him of not properly disclosing a 2008 home disclosure and traffic citations to the public.

Walsh is just another “don’t do what I do, do what I say” Tea Party crack pot, who will likely only serve one term and then he’ll be a foot note in congressional history. If you’re party claims it stands for “family values”, “duty”, “country”, “honor”, “mom’s apple pie” etc., then you better make darned sure your candidates stand for those things, or is this just normal Republican Tea Party hypocrisy in action?

 

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2011 in Tea Party

 

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