Wed Aug 15, 2012, 01:56 PM
sonias (18,063 posts)
Texans United to Amend (United against Citizens United)
Act to Save our Democracy
The United States Supreme Court decided in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case that corporations, unions and other similar entities have many of the same constitutional rights as people. In practical terms, this has allowed them to spend unlimited money anonymously to promote or attack candidates, thus influencing elections. Because this unlimited spending is drowning out the voices of "We the People," Americans across all political parties are alarmed and joining this movement to save our democracy.
The Citizens United ruling equated "money" with "speech" and declared that any attempt to regulate money-in-politics will be deemed unconstitutional. Without a constitutional amendment that specifically states that "money is not speech" and that "corporations are not people” and can be regulated, no law can be passed to regulate flood of money inundating our election process today.
People are uniting to pass local resolutions in each community in Texas as a crucial first step toward restoring free and fair elections to the American people both locally and nationally. They are driven by real concerns about the health of our democracy and the impact the Citizens United decision has on every citizen and community in Texas.
It's time to stop the unlimited flow of money into our elections. It corrupts our political system. We call upon our local governments to pass a resolution in favor of a constitutional amendment to reverse the Citizens United decision and declare that money is not speech and only human beings are entitled to rights under our constitution.
By signing your name on this petition, you are showing support for our democracy and asking that your local government do so, too.
I urge my local government to pass a resolution that seeks an amendment of the U.S. Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that only human beings, not corporations, unions, or similar entities, are entitled to constitutional rights.
Add your signature.
Do it Texans! It's a start.
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Thu Oct 18, 2012, 11:12 AM
rochelle (1 post)
5. Texans United to Amend
WOW. I'm a member of Texans United to Amend. Nice surprise to find our petition is being promoted by fellow Texans. There are 17 Resolution groups around the state all working to get resolutions passed by local governing bodies. Your signatures on this petition will help leverage them into supporting a constitutional amendment to get money out of politics. This is going to be a tough fight and we need all the support we can get. So please sign and then find the group in your area and get out and help them raise awareness and canvass local officials.
Money in politics is the single most important issue of our time. It is the problem behind every other problem our nation is facing. When powerful corporations and wealthy individuals put so much money behind a candidate it is to further their own self interest. We can't get our legislators to act in our best interest if he's being paid to serve the wealthy and powerful. Laws are being written behind the closed doors of groups like ALEC, where corporate lobbyists meet with state representatives. We have got to get the money out.