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Sun Jun 8, 2014, 08:16 AM

A Crisis to Address: Why the Senate's Discussing a Democracy Amendment

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A Crisis to Address: Why the Senate's Discussing a Democracy Amendment
By John Nichols
OpEdNews Op Eds 6/6/2014 at 17:12:52

The political crisis of confidence created by an activist Supreme Court's decisions in cases such as Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FCC is beginning -- finally -- to garner appropriate consideration from the US Senate. That's important. What's even more important is that it is focused on the proper response to the crisis: amending the US Constitution in order to restore the right of citizens and their elected representatives to organize elections where the vote matters more than the dollar.

On Tuesday, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the chamber's assistant majority leader, chaired what Public Citizen identifies as "the first-ever hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee on the need to amend the Constitution to overturn egregious US Supreme Court rulings like Citizens United and McCutcheon, which gave corporations and the ultra-wealthy the green light to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections."

Durbin was an engaged chair of the hearing by the Constitution Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, having already declared, "It's increasingly clear that the only way to really reform our system is to pass a constitutional amendment to regulate how we finance our elections."

The senator is right. And the American people are supportive of his position; 16 states and more than 500 communities have formally asked Congress to back an amendment to clarify that, despite what the Supreme Court might imagine, corporations are not people and money is not speech. Still, the significance of this hearing, which comes as Senate Democratic leaders are talking about scheduling an amendment vote, ought not be underestimated. Nor should the fact that the number of senators supporting a constitiutional amendment is rapidly approaching a majority.

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unhappycamper Jun 2014 OP
Kip Humphrey Jun 2014 #1
Wounded Bear Jun 2014 #2
sueh Jun 2014 #3
Pantagruelsmember Jun 2014 #5
btrflykng9 Jun 2014 #6
Indydem Jun 2014 #4

Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sun Jun 8, 2014, 10:11 AM

1. RULE #1: One may contribute only to campaigns for which one is eligible to cast a vote

eliminates outside influences
eliminates business sourced campaign contributions (business cannot cast a vote)
requires contributors be registered to vote (keyword: eligible)

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Response to Kip Humphrey (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 8, 2014, 10:22 AM

2. Good start...

I like it.

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Response to Kip Humphrey (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 8, 2014, 10:55 AM

3. +1.

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Response to Kip Humphrey (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 8, 2014, 11:45 AM

5. Tough to regulate election spending

But how do you prevent deep pockets from funneling cash thru "eligible" donors ?

What's needed are strict limits on campaign spending which will be opposed by every media outlet since they are the ultimate beneficiaries of the obscene amounts spent on annoying campaign ads.
Also useful would be independent fact checking boards who could levy immediate, substantial fines against truth distorted ads.

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Response to Pantagruelsmember (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 12, 2014, 06:42 PM

6. Agreed

It would be great to have some repercussions for the exorbitant lies put out there.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sun Jun 8, 2014, 11:22 AM

4. Wasted political grandstanding

 

Do we have a 2/3 majority in the house AND senate?

Do we control 3/4 of the state legislatures?

No?

Then quit wasting the time on this horseshit.

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