Your citizen activism is needed now more than ever....

corporate personhood imagesSupreme Court Justice Sam Alito may not want to have heard about it at the State Of The Union address, but a new  bipartisan poll, by Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg and Republican strategist Mark McKinnons, shows that most Americans agree with President Obama's take on the Citizens United ruling that allows corporations to carpet bomb politicians with money. More than 60 percent of those polled say it's a bad idea. Opposition was found in both parties, and independents. Average Americans know what the Republican Five on the Supreme Court are ignoring - when corporations finally, completely take over America, it won't be America anymore.  A corporate-run state, where the money powers own the government and the politicians - what the Republican Five on the Supreme Court have put us on the road to - has historically been known as feudalism or fascism.  Think the East India Company in 1776 England, or Mussolini replacing the members of parliament with corporate representatives in the early 1930s.  If we don't do something fast - probably amending the constitution to deny corporations personhood - this country, and the world, could become very authoritarian and very ugly very quickly.  Your citizen activism is needed now more than ever.

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Nick (not verified) 10 years 32 weeks ago
#1

Ok Thom... here it goes. I would really like to know what you think of this video I created to hopefully get some people aware and perhaps maybe even motivated to do something. There are several people that I think were particularly inspirational in getting me to create this video including you Mr. Hartmann, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Stephanie Miller, President Obama and Randy Rhodes. You are the people in particular that got me interested in politics and motivated towards taking our democracy back. Here's the link to the video and please read the info associated with the video which explains how we may be able to get a movement going...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uSoVz5irsI

Thank you!

Timothy (not verified) 10 years 32 weeks ago
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‘March to Overrule the Court’ Set for Feb. 16 in Madison, WI

The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken. Now it's our turn.

A coalition of democracy reform groups is organizing a public protest of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on election financing for Tuesday, February 16, starting at noon with a rally at the State Capitol followed by a march to the nearby federal courthouse.

Citizens United Against Citizens United Groups involved in organizing the March to Overrule the Court include the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Center for Media and Democracy, Liberty Tree Foundation, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, and the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group, in coordination with MovetoAmend.org.

In its January 21 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the sharply divided court overturned two key Supreme Court precedents and invalidated longstanding laws governing how elections are financed, sweeping away virtually all restrictions on campaign spending by corporations. The court majority reached this decision on the basis of the supposed constitutional rights of corporations, as persons, to speak and influence elections.

The demonstration's aim is to build momentum for the adoption of constitutional amendments overruling the court and legislative remedies to the effects of the ruling.

Bernice Lemley (not verified) 10 years 32 weeks ago
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The Supreme Court ruling a bad idea? It's not just a bad idea. It is the most serious attack on a healthly functioning democracy we have encountered in my lifetime (and perhaps since our founding).. The decision has catapulted to the top of my "surveys" list in issues of most concern to the average American public. My most important question: What constitutional principle on the books exists which governs correction of the actions of the body to which we as a people have granted absolute final authority over our rule of law, if they do not, when in error, have the grace to correct it themselves?

Trump has told us how he and the Republicans plan to steal this election: can we stop him and save our republic?

Thom plus logo Donald Trump became president by exploiting a loophole called the Electoral College. The majority of Americans did not want him or vote for him as president, but he's there anyway.

Now he's planning on using a different loophole, the 12th Amendment, to hang onto power.
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