In 2010 the Supreme Court of the United States literally gave corporations and unions a right only to be held by natural person. In this ruling of Citizens United v. FEC, corporations can spend as much money as they want on so-called independent expenditures. This means a corporation or union can flood our airwaves with commercials on talk radio, the Internet, and television with a message of support or opposition to candidate for public office as long as there are no direct contributions to the candidate or campaign. Ruling that corporations and unions have free speech equates them to people, natural people, with God given rights. A corporation is created by the State through corporate charters, not by God. You can read the entire historical background in “Unequal Protection” How corporations became people – by Thom Hartmann.
Now after this ruling, small towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are fighting back. A total of 8 towns have adopted resolutions calling for a Constitutional amendment to negate this heinous ruling. A town on Cape Cod, near the late Senator Edward Kennedy’s home, Provincetown led the charge on April 4th, 2011 to take our elections back. This action was followed by Truro and Wellfleet on April 26th, 2011. All three towns called for the same thing,
“A constitutional amendment to restore the First Amendment and fair elections to the people.”
Copies of these resolutions will be heading to the State Capitol in Boston for Governor Deval Patrick, state representatives, and state senators representing these towns as well as U.S. Representatives, and Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown. A copy of the resolutions will also be sent to President Barack Obama.
Other towns that voted and passed similar resolutions were Great Barrington (May 2), Brewster and Dennis (May 3), Chatham and Orleans (May 9), and Williamstown will vote on May 17th.
Free Speech For People has helped to spur these town meeting resolutions. Free Speech For People is a national non-partisan campaign, launched on the day of the Citizens United ruling, which is pressing for a 28th Amendment to the Constitution to restore democracy to the people and to ensure that people, not corporations, govern in America.
A poll released by Free Speech For People, by Hart Research Associates found that 82% of American voters believe Congress should take action to limit corporate spending in elections, and 79% of voters would support an amendment denying corporations equal rights to natural persons under the Constitution. Furthermore the survey revealed that support for an amendment transcends party lines, with large majorities of Democrats (87%), Independents (82%), and Republicans (68%) supporting its passage.
You can also implement this resolution in your town! You can implement this resolution also! You can use Free Speech For People’s model HERE, you need to be part of your democracy and fight back.