People! Not Corporations! How ’bout these apples:

By John Kusumi

What will the Free Speech for People Amendment say and what will it do?

The Free Speech for People Amendment will overrule the Citizens United v. FEC case and return the First Amendment to its longstanding purpose as a guarantee of the fullest rights of a free people and the press. The Free Speech for People Amendment will overrule the fabrication by activist judges of a “corporate rights doctrine” to defeat democratically enacted laws, and will restore the First Amendment to its meaning and intent for two centuries.  The Amendment will ensure that all people have the most robust freedom of conscience, speech and debate and that a vibrant, diverse press remains free and unfettered, thus strengthening, rather than weakening, democracy.

The Free Speech for People Amendment Campaign will work with others to develop specific language for the Free Speech for People Amendment. Here is one example of language for the Free Speech for People Amendment:

Amendment XXVIII

Section 1.  The sovereign right of the people to govern being essential to a free democracy, the First Amendment shall not be construed to limit the authority of Congress and the States to define, regulate, and restrict the spending and other activity of any corporation, limited liability entity, or other corporate entity created by state or federal law or the law of another nation.

Section 2.  Nothing contained in this Article shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press.

4 responses to “People! Not Corporations! How ’bout these apples:

  1. Peter Hutchings

    Great amendment. It needs to define person as a natural person only. This will remove the ambiguity in the fourteenth amendment that allowed the question of equality between natural and artificial person to exist in the first place.

  2. I don’t defend the Citizens United decision, but one problem with the proposed amendment is that I don’t think it is desirable to entirely deprive corporations of rights. For example, ACORN is presently challenging the Defund ACORN Act as an unconstitutional bill of attainder. Should they be deprived of their right of action? For another example, should the ACLU be subject to arbitrary interference by legislative action without any right to claim constitutional protection? So, when drafting an amendment, be very careful about which rights are being removed from which corporate entities.

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