Act to Save our Democracy

The United States Supreme Court decided in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case that corporations, unions and other similar entities have many of the same constitutional rights as people. In practical terms, this has allowed them to spend unlimited money anonymously to promote or attack candidates, thus influencing elections. Because this unlimited spending is drowning out the voices of "We the People," Americans across all political parties are alarmed and joining this movement to save our democracy.

The Citizens United ruling equated "money" with "speech" and declared that any attempt to regulate money-in-politics will be deemed unconstitutional. Without a constitutional amendment that specifically states that "money is not speech" and that "corporations are not people” and can be regulated, no law can be passed to regulate flood of money inundating our election process today.

People are uniting to pass local resolutions in each community in Texas as a crucial first step toward restoring free and fair elections to the American people both locally and nationally. They are driven by real concerns about the health of our democracy and the impact the Citizens United decision has on every citizen and community in Texas.

The Texas Movement to Overturn Citizens United

The United States Supreme Court decided in the Citizens United v Federal Election Commission case that corporations, unions and other similar entities, have the same rights as people, thereby allowing unlimited spending by corporations and other special interest groups to influence elections. This unlimited spending threatens our democracy and drowns out the voices of "We the People."

It is time to stop the unlimited flow of money into our elections. It corrupts our political system. A large, diverse grassroots movement in Texas is working together to call on local governments across the state of Texas to pass resolutions supporting a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and declare that only human beings are entitled to rights under our constitution

In his eloquent dissent, Justice John Paul Stevens stated: "At bottom, the Court's opinion is thus a rejection of the common sense of the American people, who have recognized a need to prevent corporations from undermining self-government since the founding, and who have fought against the distinctive corrupting potential of corporate electioneering since the days of Theodore Roosevelt.”

Why is it important that we do this at the local level - isn’t this a federal issue?

Social change has always come from grassroots groups, with speeches and marches in the street. This has been true of both the direct election of Senators (17th Amendment) and Women’s Suffrage (19th Amendment). Social change has always come from the grassroots groups, and the movement for a constitutional amendment to remedy Citizens United is, at its core, a grassroots one. It is driven by real concerns about the health of our democracy that reverberate in each and every community in Texas.

Uniting to pass local resolutions in each community in Texas is a necessary first step toward restoring free and fair elections to the American people both locally and nationally.

Is this a partisan issue?

This is not a liberal or conservative issue; this is not a Democratic, Libertarian or Republican issue. This is a “We the People” issue” vital for all citizens.

In a survey conducted in April, 2012, the Opinion Research Corporation found that overall, 69% of Americans agreed that “new rules that let corporations, unions and people give unlimited money to Super PACs will lead to corruption.” Only 15% disagreed.

A similar poll conducted in January 2012 by the Pew Research Center indicated that independent voters were by far the largest group that felt the Citizens United ruling was negative, with more than two out of three (67%) stating that the ruling has a negative impact on political campaigns.

The Texas Movement Position:

We support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that only human beings, not corporations or similar entities, are entitled to constitutional rights.

Texans United To Amend
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Copyright 2012

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