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· The Prisoner's Dilemma

· Celts and Kings

· The Castlereagh Connection


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· Thanksgiving Day Dinner at Oliver Wight Tavern in Old Sturbridge Village

· Spanking Plato: Prologue - Chapter 3

· Sticking it to the Man

· Women in White: Parts 1-6

· Men In Black

· A Study and Discussion Guide to The Prisoner's Dilemma

· The Corporation Who Mistook Itself for a Person

· The Gymnast

· No Broccoli Tonight!!!

· The Prisoner's Dilemma (Authors note)


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· Stages in the development of Social Change

· But Who's Going To Clean The Toilets?

· George Will's Unanswered Questions

· The People's Fund

· Letter to World Leaders

· An Open Letter to Connecticut Transit

· Constitutional Amendment to end Corporate Personhood

· Is Reaganomics Dead?

· A Reasonable Teaching Philosophy?

· No Taxation Without Representation


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· The Battle Hymn of the Republic Updated" contributed

· Lament for Lost Liberties

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· Nobel Prize Nomination

· Are the predictions I made in The Prisoner’s Dilemma happening?

· Get The Prisoner's Dilemma free!

· Dust Cover Copy for The Prisoner's Dilemma

· New Review Re: Celts and Kings

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The First Crack in the Wall

3/2/2011 6:06:00 AM

by Mel Hathorn


Congresswoman Donna Edwards introduces Constitutional Amendment to undo corporate free speech.

The following is a proposed Constitutional amendment XXVIII which is similiar to the constitutional amendment proposed in The Prisoner's Dilemma. Although it does not address the issue of corporate personhood and does not go as far as I would like, it is a great start and is a first step toward restricting corporate power.

Amendment language:

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States permitting Congress and the States to regulate the expenditure of funds by corporations engaging in political speech.

(Introduced in House) HJ 74 IH 111th CONGRESS

2d Session

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States permitting Congress and the States to regulate the expenditure of funds by corporations engaging in political speech.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 2, 2010

Ms. EDWARDS of Maryland (for herself and Mr. CONYERS) introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

JOINT RESOLUTION:

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States permitting Congress and the States to regulate the expenditure of funds by corporations engaging in political speech.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:

`Article--
`Section 1. The sovereign right of the people to govern being essential to a free democracy, Congress and the States may regulate the expenditure of funds for political speech by any corporation, limited liability company, or other corporate entity.

`Section 2. Nothing contained in this Article shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press.'.

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland introduced today a constitutional amendment bill to overturn the US Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing unlimited corporate money in elections. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is a co-sponsor of the amendment bill.

A coalition of public interest organizations and independent business advocates praised the Congresswoman’s action. The groups, Voter Action, Public Citizen, the Center for Corporate Policy, and the American Independent Business Alliance, say the Court's ruling in Citizens United v. FEC poses a serious and direct threat to democracy.

Immediately following the Court's ruling on January 21, 2010, the groups launched a constitutional amendment campaign at http://www.freespeechforpeople.org/ to correct the judiciary's creation of corporate rights under the First Amendment over the past three decades.

"Free speech rights are for people, not corporations," says John Bonifaz, Voter Action's legal director and the director of http://www.freespeechforpeople.org/.

Bonifaz says, "Our history has included prior amendments to the US Constitution which were enacted to correct egregiously wrong decisions of the US Supreme Court directly impacting the democratic process.

"The Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC demands a similar constitutional amendment response. We applaud Congresswoman Edwards and Congressman Conyers for taking this critical step toward restoring the First Amendment to its original purpose."

"The Citizens United decision is wrong as a matter of law, history, and our republican principles of government," says Jeffrey Clements, general counsel to http://www.freespeechforpeople.org/ [3] . "The decision is devastating to our democracy, which is already dominated to a dangerous degree by corporate interest money.

Congresswoman Edwards and Congressman Conyers are showing the leadership we need in Congress at this hour."

"The First Amendment was never intended to protect the likes of ExxonMobil, Pfizer or Goldman Sachs, nor should it," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.

"Public Citizen thanks Representative Donna Edwards for her courage and leadership in responding to the Supreme Court majority's aggression with a proposal for a constitutional amendment to restore the First Amendment to its rightful purpose: guaranteeing the speech rights of real, live persons."

"An amendment allowing regulation of corporate spending in elections is not only necessary to correct the twisted logic of the Citizens United ruling," says Charlie Cray, director of the Center for Corporate Policy, "but will also go a long way towards rousing us as citizens to assert our authority over the now presumptively untouchable corporations."

"The American Independent Business Alliance is pleased to see Representatives Edwards and Conyers respond to public outrage over the Supreme Court's rewrite of our Constitution," says Jeff Milchen, co-founder of the American Independent Business Alliance.

"America's independent businesses are among those which recognize that we need to limit corporations to their appropriate role--doing business. Allowing giant corporations even more power over our elections and government would be as bad for business as it is for democracy."

In addition to the filing of Congresswoman Edwards’ amendment bill, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts joined the call today for a constitutional amendment.

In testimony before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, Senator Kerry said: "[W]e need a constitutional amendment to make it clear once and for all that corporations do not have the same free speech rights as individuals."

H.J.RES.74 Cosponsors are updated on Thomas.loc.gov here. Andre Carson, Yvette Clarke, John Conyers, Keith Ellison, Bob Filner, Alan Grayson, Raul Grijalva, John Hall, Martin Heinrich, Maurice Hinchey, Mazie Hirono, Jesse Jackson, Barbara Lee, Carolyn Maloney, Edward Markey, Jim McGovern, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Chellie Pingree, Nick Rahall, Tim Ryan, Louise McIntosh Slaughter, Betty Sutton, Peter Welch.


freespeechforpeople.org


More News by Mel Hathorn

· A New Business! - 5/30/2012 7:27:00 AM
· Spanking Plato - 3/2/2012 7:55:00 AM
· Nobel Prize Nomination - 1/6/2012 9:19:00 AM
· Are the predictions I made in The Prisoner’s Dilemma happening? - 3/24/2010 7:09:00 AM
· Get The Prisoner's Dilemma free! - 10/24/2009 3:56:00 AM
· Dust Cover Copy for The Prisoner's Dilemma - 2/3/2009 10:36:00 AM
· New Review Re: Celts and Kings - 10/30/2007 10:06:00 AM
· An Interview With Mel Hathorn about Celts and Kings - 9/13/2007 11:13:00 AM
· An Open Letter to Donald Trump - 11/14/2005 8:11:00 AM
· Cover Copy for Celts and Kings - 4/6/2005 7:23:00 AM
· Reaction to Celts and Kings so far - 5/31/2004 8:14:00 AM
· New novel!  - 3/28/2004 6:49:00 AM
· An Open Letter To Ted Turner, Rupert Murdock and Other Media Moguls - 5/29/2003 8:33:00 AM
· Excerpts from The Croesus Question - 3/19/2002 6:41:00 AM
· Excerpts from The Cable Connection - 3/19/2002 6:36:00 AM
· Excerpts from The Castlereagh Connection - 3/19/2002 6:32:00 AM
· Excerpts from The Journey: A Story For Those Who Blew It Or Are About To - 3/18/2002 12:21:00 PM

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The Prisoner's Dilemma

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