By Jim Carey
On Monday, March 3, at 1:15pm in the Quinta Loreto Hotel TV room, Loreto 15, Occupy San Miguel presents a film and discussion: Legalize Democracy.Film Occupy San Miguel presents: Legalize Democracy Mon, Mar 3, 1:15pm Quinta Loreto Hotel TV room Loreto 15
In the 2010 US election, a group of 47 billionaires and 1,000 millionaires managed to swamp local and federal elections with their money. North Carolina is the most blatant example of this. The US Supreme Court has legitimized money as free speech and tossed out all attempts by congress to regulate big money in our elections.
Join us as we begin to look at amendments to the Constitution which can bring our elections, our government and our democracy back to the people, by the people and for the people.
This week we look at one proposed by movetoamend.org: we the people amendment.
Section 1. [Artificial entities do not have constitutional rights.]
The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.
Artificial entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state, shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People through Federal, State, or local law.
The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.
Section 2. [Money is not free speech.]
Federal, state and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process, and that no person gains, as a result of their money, substantially more access or ability to influence in any way, the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure.
Federal, State and local government shall require that any permissible contributions be publicly disclosed.
The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.