HIGHTOWER: 8 Ways We're Making America a Better Place

January 2, 2011
Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower has included Move To Amend in his list, "8 Ways We're Making America a Better Place -- in Spite of the Disasters Coming out of Washington."

Describing the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case as a "constitutional coup," Hightower goes on to celebrate the efforts of "Ordinary people, who usually pay little attention to arcane court decisions, [who] grasped the import of this one from the moment it was issued, and 80 percent oppose it (including 76 percent of Republicans)." He describes Move To Amend, along with efforts to win public financing of campaigns,  as "two important, though little reported, uprisings across the country."

You can read the full list here...

7. Amend the Constitution.

Amending is not easy to do, though it's hardly impossible (twelve amendments were added in the past century), and it is the definitive way to halt the Court's enthronement of corporate money. Also, the very attempt to amend can be a big positive, for the process educates and enlists people in a historic democratic cause that is worthy of them.

Several pro-amendment coalitions have come together to work on this important issue. FreeSpeechForPeople.org includes Public Citizen, Voter Action, the Center for Corporate Policy, and the American Independent Business Alliance. The MovetoAmend.org coalition includes such groups as the Program on Corporations and Law in Democracy (POCLAD), the Alliance for Democracy, Family Farm Defenders, Reclaim Democracy, the National Lawyers Guild, the Center for Media and Democracy, and the Liberty Tree Foundation. The coalitions press for a broader approach that would eliminate the fiction of 'corporate personhood,' explicitly stating that only humans are persons with constitutional rights. MoveOn.org, Common Cause, People for the American Way, and other groups are also working on this issue.