Well, this was some most excellent news today ...
by Chris Morran, consumerist.com -- April 19, 2012
Today, Vermont's state legislature became the latest to call for an amendment to the Constitution that would overturn the controversial court ruling and declare that "money is not speech and corporations are not persons under the U.S. Constitution."
"This resolution is a reaffirmation of the belief, shared by many Vermont communities, that corporations should not be allowed to engage in unlimited spending to unduly influence elections," said Shap Smith, Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives, which passed the measure by a 92-40 vote. The state senate had already passed the measure last week by a vote of 26 to 3.
With today's announcement, Vermont joins Hawaii and New Mexico in the growing grassroots movement to upend the 2010 decision. Similar measures are have made it through at least one legislative chamber in California, Alaska and Iowa.
I guess ALEC doesn't own a corporate steamroller in these states, eh?
With today's continuing Take-Back-America news in Vermont,
'Move to Amend' may need to update their progress map ...
Resolutions & Ordinances
See below the map for a list of resolutions in progress and successfully passed. Please note that only resolutions that address corporate personhood are included. Move to Amend firmly believes that only an amendment that removes all corporate constitutional rights and money as speech will address the issues at hand [...]
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In writing the dissent for the court's decision [Citizens United], Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote:
“Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their "personhood" often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of "We the People" by whom and for whom our Constitution was established.”
Well said, John Paul ... spoken like a true Patriot.
193,126 total signers,We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
so far and counting ...