Resolution in favor of Amending the U.S. Constitution to Reserve Constitutional Rights for People, not Corporations
Whereas the US Constitution, as amended, describes the rights and freedoms granted to people, and makes no mention of corporations; and
Whereas legal entities such as corporations are neither born nor naturalized in the US, and are therefore not entitled to the privileges or immunities of US citizens; and
Whereas the First Amendment is designed to protect free speech rights of human beings, not corporations; and
Whereas there is a profound difference between human beings with an inalienable right to self-expression and what a human being may possess, such as money or property; and
Whereas multi-national corporations may be owned, in whole or in part, by foreign interests that should have no influence on elections in the US; and
Whereas over the last 3 decades, a divided United States Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that money equals speech, transforming the First Amendment into a powerful tool for corporations seeking to evade and invalidate democratically enacted reforms; and
Whereas the corporate takeover of the right to free speech reached its extreme conclusion in the US Supreme Court ruling Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission; and
Whereas the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. F.E.C. overturned longstanding precedents prohibiting corporations from spending their general treasury funds in our elections; and
Whereas the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. F.E.C. has unleashed a torrent of corporate money into our political process unmatched by any campaign expenditure totals in US history; and
Whereas this decision fundamentally threatens the integrity of our democratic process;
Whereas the people of the United States have previously used the constitutional amendment process to correct those egregiously wrong decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court that go to the heart of our democracy and self-government;
Now, therefore, be it resolved that ____________________________ hereby calls on the Washington State Legislature to pass a joint resolution urging the US Congress to pass and send to the states for ratification a constitutional amendment to establish that a corporation shall not be considered a person eligible for rights accorded to human beings under this Constitution, as amended, and the use of money to influence elections or the acts of public officials shall not be considered a protected form of speech.
Now, therefore, be it finally resolved that________________________hereby call upon Democrats of the Washington State Congressional Delegation to seek a constitutional amendment establishing as law that a corporation shall not be considered a person eligible for rights accorded human beings and the use of money to influence elections or the acts of public officials shall not be considered a protected form of speech.
Submitted to 2012 precinct caucuses by ___________________