Most of the candidates running for office, at some point in time, will claim to be strong supporters of at least parts of the U.S. Constitution. But most don’t seem to understand that the document in recent years has been used primarily to benefit the rich and powerful in the U.S. I would suggest that all candidates, as well as current office holders, read the following:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Of course the above language is the Preamble to the United States Constitution. It’s obvious that the writers of the document intended for “the people” to benefit in the future by what they had done. I don’t believe any of the authors of the Constitution intended for the document and the initial set of amendments to benefit only the powerful super-rich and not the people as a whole. In fact, I view the constitution as a protector of the rights of all people. The infamous Koch Brothers, as well as other plutocratic forces, are feverishly attempting to undermine our democracy under cover of supposed constitutional rights afforded them by the misguided rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court and specifically rulings like Citizens United and McCutcheon.
The group Public Citizen is working for passage of a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and McCutcheon. It’s believed the U.S. Senate will likely vote on such an amendment later this term. Considering how folks around the U.S. questioned whether an amendment was even possible when Public Citizen first launched the campaign to win one just four years ago, this is a major milestone. Public Citizen says this is what it has to do in the weeks and months ahead:
The latest poll shows that eight out of 10 Americans oppose Citizens United. The American people want these anti-democratic Supreme Court rulings overturned. An opportunity exists in the U.S. Senate that hasn’t existed in a generation. If you agree that individual rights under the U.S. Constitution should override the power and influence of huge corporations and the super rich, join with Public Citizen in this fight. You can write the group at 1600 20th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009 or call them at 202-588-1000. Their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also tweet to @public_citizen.
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