Posted 8 years ago on Feb. 29, 2012, 1:58 p.m. EST by pewestlake
from Brooklyn, NY
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Human Rights Amendment http://www.change.org/petitions/pass-the-human-rights-amendment
Section 1 In all instances wherein the words "person," persons," and "people" appear in this constitution, such words shall be construed to define living human beings only.
Section 2 "Money" is defined only as legal tender for the purpose of settling all debts, public and private. Congress shall make no law recognizing the free flow of money as an expression of speech of any kind, or as an expression of any of the rights enumerated in this constitution.
Section 3 Congress shall have power to enforce this article and to regulate federal elections by appropriate legislation.
Notes: Section 1 ends corporate and union personhood by removing the foundation for the Supreme Court ruling in Citizen's United v FEC, namely that use of the word "person" in the 14th amendment applies to legal fictions (like corporations, unions, NGOs, etc), automatically triggering 1st amendment rights. (see First Nat. Bank of Boston v. Bellotti)
Section 2 places money back in its proper place -- a form of currency, not a form of speech. (see Buckley v. Valeo)
Section 3 uses standard constitutional language to reaffirm Congress' supremacy over the judiciary in the roles of creating law and regulating elections, putting some rein on activist courts.
This is non-partisan, process-oriented language that isn't an attempt to legislate via amendment. Most of the amendment language created by people like Senator Sanders and groups like Move to Amend does too much and too little -- too much legislating and attempting to codify campaign finance rules in the constitution and too little to actually rein-in corporations and the influence of money on the electorate. Process-oriented language is more effective in removing the impediments created by the Supreme Court, less damaging to centuries of corporate contract law, and, ultimately, is more likely to be adopted than legislation masquerading as a constitutional amendment.
This language was generated by the group "Abolish Corporate Personhood Now," which began on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/groups/185690088170660/). If you agree with this approach, please click the link (top) and sign the petition. We probably won't get more than one shot at this -- we need to get it right the first time. Thank you.