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View Diary: Should we amend the US Constitution? Justice Stevens thinks so, incl. 2nd Amendment (new book) (321 comments)

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  •  "Corporations are people, too, my friend." (9+ / 0-)

    I don't think that inserting "the people" would stop Citizens United type cases. The CU case had to do with an anti-Hillary Clinton video released too close to an election under a state law. The extension of "free speech" rights to corporations results from the fact  that the individuals who showed the video were joined together in a corporate structure. And, per previous SCOTUS decisions, money = speech.
       A better change would be to impose constitutional limits on campaign spending and treat corporations or similar organizations as exactly the same as individuals - IOW, if there is a $5000 limit on individual contributions, a corporation also has a $5000 limit.

    •  Right now the limit on campaign contributions to (0+ / 0-)

      a Federal candidate by a corporation is $0.  This has been the case for over 100 years.  Are you proposing that they have this increased to $5000?

      The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

      by nextstep on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 02:31:53 PM PST

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    •  Amending the First Amendment (2+ / 0-)
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      Old Sailor, Sharon Wraight

      would do no good as long as we had Supreme Court Justices who don't care what the Constitution says, because they know better what the Founders meant because God or money or Real Americans or something.

      The clearest case of this in US history is the claim by the Confederacy that the Confederate Constitution was the actual Original Intent of the (slave-owning) Founders. Whenever you hear the phrase Original Intent, think of Jefferson Davis.

      Also, when you hear about the line-item veto, which was in the Confederate Constitution, and about keeping the Federal government out of infrastructure spending (ditto), and especially about this being a Christian country (ditto ditto).

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 04:12:40 PM PST

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