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Helicopter lands on White House lawn, 4.15.15

“We’re heading full-throttle toward a breakdown,” Hughes told the paper of the Citizens United case. “There’s no question that we need government, but we don’t have to accept that it’s a corrupt government that sells out to the highest bidder. We can have a government that works for the people, that answers to the people, that can only take money from the people in small amounts.”

The pilot, Doug Hughes, wants Citizen’s United overturned and the corruption addressed. Hey, what a radical idea?

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PSA From the 1%

Posted: May 17, 2013 in -
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Corruption, bribery, conflicts of interest, plutocracy, Lesterland, money in politics…

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I debated for this same solution in journalism class and was met with blank stares and knee jerk rejectionism.

They said: “We have to get money out of politics, not in!  That’s absurd.”

Me: “We have to get people’s influence INTO politics to offset the influence of what that money is buying.”

The solution is as easy as a one line box on the 1040 Income Tax form.  Give everyone a piece of political money to play in the game.  It doesn’t have to be a lot, just enough to empower the voices who represent common people.  This is the obvious solution to empower regular people to compete in the political arena while still being fair to the entrenched upper class.  Right now the elites monopolize the political funding system and control the candidates and high officials.  The only sensible response is to empower the rest of us, whom they are currently fucking over, so that our voices are heard too (as they are attached to campaign contributions).

 

 

A Pennsylvania judge rules corporations have no right to privacy (and fuck them too).  Unseals records of secret $750,000 payouts to families harmed by their water supplies being poisoned with fracking chemicals.  Bodes well for going after these corporate thugs.  Expect the corrupt feds to try and overturn it somehow.

Corporate personhood on the chopping block:

“Nothing in that jurisprudence indicates that that right [of privacy] is available to business entities.”

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“There are no men or woman defendants in the instant case; they are various business entities,” it wrote, saying business entities are created by the state and subject to laws, unlike people with natural rights. “In the absence of state law, business entities are nothing.” If businesses had natural rights like people, “the chattel would become the co-equal to its owners, the servant on par with its masters, the agent the peer of its principles, and the legal fabrication superior to the law that created and sustains it.”

The judge said the U.S. Constitution’s 14 th Amendment “use of the word “person’ that makes its protections applicable to business entities” does not apply to Pennsylvania’s constitution. “The exact opposite is derived from plan language of Article X of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

“Not only did our framers know how to employ the names of business entities when and where they wanted them” they used those words to subjugate business entities to the constitution,” the Court held. “The framers permitted the Commonwealth to revoke, amend, and repeal “[a]ll charters of private corporations’ and any “powers, duties or liabilities’ of corpoeations”

Pennsylvania Court Deals Blow to Fracking Industry: Corporations Not The Same As Persons With Privacy Rights

 

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“Citizens United” decision challenged. Corporate personhood should be outlawed if this bill becomes law. I’m not a lawyer, and the complexity of affecting these changes may not be so readily apparent.  Here is the petition.

House Joint Resolution 29 introduced February 14, 2013

Section 1. [Artificial Entities Such as Corporations 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 and expenditures be publicly disclosed.

The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.