We the People. No, Really.

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Abby Zimet


Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) has introduced to Congress a proposed People’s Rights Amendment, another step in a growing movement for a constitututional amendment to undo the Supreme Court's appalling Citizens United decision that declared corporations - somehow, but how can it be? - people. 15 senators have already proposed a similar amendment. The grassroots Free Speech for People also has a petition campaign. Robert Reich explains why corporations are in fact not people - though it they were, he notes, it's sure as hell time for them to start acting vaguely patriotic.

"The Citizens United ruling marks the most extreme extension of a corporate rights doctrine which has eroded our First Amendment and our Constitution.  Now is the time for a 28th Amendment that lifts up the promise of American self-government: of, for, and by the people."

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