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I started this diary back in January.  Since then I have been very busy.  I pick it up now and look at it and it still resonates.  

After looking at all the proposed amendments (in congress) to supposedly "fix" the problems created by the Supreme Court Citizens United ruling I have come to the conclusion that it is the usual TwoParty Elephant and Donkey show.  I will spend no more time on analysis because these amendments have been analysed to death by every left wing outfit in the USA and they all are deemed wanting because they don't do EVERYTHING the left want done.  The sad truth is that what the left wants done is not what the 99% want done and the left is incapable of dealing with that FACT.  The propriety of public campaign finance is highly questionable while the current government that would manage the system is as corrupt and dysfunctional as it is.  Even without public finance just about every supposed attempt at amendment empowers the totally dysfunctional US congress.  At least 30% of the voting public are smart enough to understand that we do not want to ensconce and/or add to the power of the TwoParty train wreck that we have.  And there is another 20% of the public that have a religious aversion to any government control over what people can do with their own money as regards elections.

So while the left pines away for more, and more, left, left, left, stuff in any amendment, every drop of left erodes the support for an amendment that would address the primary problem.  That problem is, of course, the ability of entities  NOT contending for federal office office to employ paid political advertising to slander/libel candidates that ARE running for office.  The reason that such activity must be outlawed is that the only truly accountable source of political electioneering speech are the actual candidates competing for the various federal offices.  They will all be held accountable for what they say by competing candidates and by the voters, and ultimately perhaps by the court system itself.  

And at this point I refer you to my own website where I have placed the current version of my REAL "occupy" amendment according to yours truly.  I am very hopeful that Occupy will adopt this sort of approach as opposed to pleading with the two-party and its nimrods to please, please, please, pretty please, do something.

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  •  Why Don't You Include It Here? nt (2+ / 0-)
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    Mother Shipper, Musial

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 07:09:10 PM PDT

  •  Two things I'd like (1+ / 0-)
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    1---Only people eligible to vote for a candidate can have any part in that candidates campaign, including donations and "issue" items.

    2---No state or local election official can have any part in any campaign other than their own.

  •  1. Put it here. 2. I don't see how it's better (1+ / 0-)
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    compared to all the others.

  •  TruthM - post it here (1+ / 0-)
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    Using a diary as a tease to pimp your own blog is against the the rules.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 08:03:27 PM PDT

  •  the conversation has moved past CU somewhat (0+ / 0-)

    as American Tradition revealed the federal court's vulnerability to an eleventh amendment challenge raised in the amicus briefs. Montana failed to raise this in the cert argument as explained at The Eleventh Amendment Movement's website. Congress has several options, referring an amendment requiring 2/3 and 3/4 supermajorities, and a friendly Roberts Court; passing the Eleventh Amendment Enabling Act making state anti-corruption statutes unreviewable on private challenges;or the omnibus Granny Haddock Act that uses the exceptions clause, a Madisonian check against the court, believed overly harsh by the Court's defenders. At the end of the day any new amendment will need implementing legislation, which is where the public will come on board. It is possible to pass the legislation both in the states and in Congress without amending the Constitution. has researched the options under consideration.

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