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commented on 28th Amendment 2014-09-24 01:13:48 -0400 · Flag
Take away corporate rights and you don’t get conservative governments, or liberal governments; you get Constitutional Government: and it don’t walk into ANYone’s place of business without good cause, ie. the good of the People it represents. Political Parties would be the FIRST corporations I’d like to see shut down, but that would be for the States to decide; Constitutionally !
commented on 28th Amendment 2014-09-23 14:47:25 -0400 · Flag
There is a major flaw in your idea: You take away ALL constitutional rights, which includes search & seizure and due process. Without these rights, a conservative government could walk into ANY liberal organization (profit or non-profit), seize its assets, and then shut it down. And all without having to explain themselves or provide just compensation. You need to be very careful when you start messing with the Constitution because one wrong wording can change everything. Go back to the drawing board and re-write it.
followed Rules 2014-09-03 09:50:11 -0400
commented on 28th Amendment 2014-09-02 22:28:22 -0400 · Flag
Hi Matt and thanks for replying. I agree that your 7 recommended solutions are good ones, but wonder if they are too specific to be acceptable as text for a constitutional amendment. Does your solution need to be worded more broadly so it can’t be viewed as more suitable for legislation than for a constitutional amendment? Does an amendment need to be written in simple language that declares only the moral underpinnings of what any legislation that implements it must look like?
commented on 28th Amendment 2014-09-02 12:47:03 -0400 · Flag
To Paul. That is why I said “recommended solutions”.
commented on 28th Amendment 2014-09-01 15:39:31 -0400 · Flag
Jaimie, I agree totally that campaign spending & money-raising limits should not be left up to Congress. And that those limits should be specified in the 28th amendment to an amount equal to a week’s pay at the federal minimum wage.
commented on 28th Amendment 2014-09-01 13:03:49 -0400 · Flag
To William, Francis, Lipo and Matt: Given that Wolf-Pac’s declared intent is to NOT proposed amendment text at this stage, but only to GET an Article V convention on the subject of limiting the influence of money in the political process, and to trust that the Article V convention will produce the best amendment, I’m not sure I understand comments about how “this resolution” will not suffice. Which resolution are you referring to?

I’m certainly open to a free-form intermingling of ideas on the subject , which is where this conversation seems to be headed. And that’s fine with me.
commented on 28th Amendment 2014-08-27 19:25:49 -0400 · Flag
Dear WolfPAC, While the 28th Amendment is both necessary and a tremendous step forward in the fight for balance in our representative democracy, it falls short of addressing some of the very worst factors affecting the country. Below are my recommended solutions for consideration in the planned 28th Amendment: 1 – Make lobbying (i.e. bribing elected officials where value changes hands to vote a particular way or introduce particular legislation) illegal with a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison 2 – Require that all campaigns and political parties be financed from a single pool of money that is equally distributed to all candidates for a particular office 3 – Equal funding and laws for additional political parties 4 – Term limits of 2 terms for all elected officials but extending the terms to 5 years each. This also includes eliminating the lifetime appointments of Supreme Court Justices and making them appointed for 20 year maximum terms with no renewals. 5 – Elimination of the electoral college requiring that the majority vote be the only deciding factor in an election. 6 – Congressional Districts are calculated based on an equal-distant geometric division of an area based only on population density. 7 – Defining people and their associated rights as living human beings and not corporations. Sincerely, Hopeful Citizen
commented on 28th Amendment 2014-08-21 20:50:31 -0400 · Flag
I like the comment about let’s not go back to square one and re-debate the end goal that the 28th should codify in law that corporations are not people . Perhaps We will need to redefine what they are and which rights and privileges they do/do not enjoy. While the constitutional amendments so far address what the govt. can/ can’t do it is high time to enshrine rules regarding “free enterprise”. I believe that is the common belief that propels our endeavor. And I don’t believe it should necessarily be up to Congress to decide the campaign finance rules. Maybe that needs to be enshrined in the 28th as well, but in some way that allows for amounts to be determined by current. ..median income (good idea that) or some reasonable peg to any citizens abiliity to have equal influence on elections
commented on 28th Amendment 2014-08-21 12:38:35 -0400 · Flag
The proposed amendment would permit Congress and the state to regulate ALL political speech, whether from corporations or individuals. Goodbye freedom of speech.
commented on 28th Amendment 2014-08-20 14:20:36 -0400 · Flag
You know, This amendment is VERY easy to circumvent. Employment after the congressperson leaves office is still a good incentive. Imagine working at 10 jobs but have no need to show up for any one of them. If you have to restrict their employment de jure and by providing post-employment benefits so they don’t starve to death, you will run into all sorts of problems of their own.
followed Rules 2014-08-16 20:19:02 -0400
commented on 28th Amendment 2014-08-14 10:06:50 -0400 · Flag
Declaring that corporations are not people just doesn’t go nearly far enough:
commented on 28th Amendment 2014-08-01 22:57:48 -0400 · Flag
Zom Bee: Wolf-Pac’s resolution, in Vermont & Massachusetts at least, calls for an Article V Convention, but limits the subject of the convention. The following is an excerpt from VT Act 454, the Resolution passed by the VT state legislature: “Whereas, the State of Vermont believes that a convention called pursuant to Article V of the U.S. Constitution should be convened to consider amendments to that Constitution to limit the corrupting influence of money in our political system and desires that said convention should be so limited…”

Right, the text of the actual amendment will emerge from the convention, but the intent of the convention is stipulated and limited to this one subject from the start.
commented on 28th Amendment 2014-08-01 07:19:41 -0400 · Flag
Corporate personhood really doesn’t have that much to do with the money in politics issue. The 1st Amendment is a restriction on what Congress can do. If Congress could regulate speech by non-persons, they’re way more likely to use that massive power to target dissident groups or the media than to pass real campaign finance regulations.

(That said, I’m content to say call the Article V convention first, iron out the details of the text later.)
commented on 28th Amendment 2014-07-27 22:05:49 -0400 · Flag
I agree Kyle. Putting a level fundraising cap on every campaign would level the playing field, but unless it were very low, it would still allow politicians to raise more money than some of us can afford. Wouldn’t no private election funding be better?
commented on 28th Amendment 2014-07-27 15:04:22 -0400 · Flag
Wouldn’t limiting contributions from a single person allow the already rich to have an advantage? I feel like it would be better to limit the total amount a single campaign can raise rather than limit the amount a person could contribute.
commented on 28th Amendment 2014-07-23 18:14:04 -0400 · Flag
Carl, it’s not my intent to eliminate corporations entirely, just to clarify beyond any doubt that corporations and all legally organized groups of people are just that, organizations, and not the same thing as the people who comprise them. As such they should not have the same constitutional protections as living people have, but government may grant them privileges such as the ability to sue and be sued, etc. (and take those privileges away if it is deemed necessary).
commented on 28th Amendment 2014-07-23 18:05:38 -0400 · Flag
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