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BY H.L. Parker
Corporations are not people. Unfortunately we may now be facing the enormous effort and expense of having to pass a constitutional amendment making that seemingly obvious concept the law of the land. Nothing less than the democracy is at stake. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders recently appeared on The Colbert Report calling on Americans to support his proposed Saving American Democracy (SAD) Amendment and help overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United vs. FEC. Says Sanders, “We can not have a handful of large entities spending hundreds of millions of dollars electing the candidates who will represent their interests.”
Click here for more on the proposed constitutional amendment and to sign the Sanders petition. His book The Speech: a Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class is the complete text of his eight-and-a-half-hour filibuster decrying the President’s plan to preserve the Bush tax cuts, and all it symbolized: the bankrupting of the middle class, corporate greed, and the impotence and corruption of today’s Congress. (NYT 12.11.10)
Lawrence Lessig writes on the same topic in Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — and a Plan to Stop It, excerpted last October in Rolling Stone magazine.