Abigail Field | Occupy the Constitution: Get Money Out of Politics, Part 1

Occupy the Constitution: Get Money Out of Politics, Part 1

Dear Occupy and all the members of the 99%:

As you know and daily experience, our government’s priorities and policies are shaped by the 1% via corporate lobbyists, PACs, and direct campaign contributions. If you have any doubt, listen to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff break it down for 60 Minutes or read former staffer-turned-lobbyist Jimmy Williams explain his crisis of conscience. I realize you don’t really need those links, you know the money in our political system is corrupting it, but still it’s enlightening to hear how it works from former masters of the system.

You also know that our Supreme Court has made reform from within our current system impossible, even if members of Congress could soar above their narrow self-interest and pass transformative legislation. The infamous Citizens United decision really wasn’t all that dramatic, given the Court’s earlier definition of spending money to affect elections as political speech, the most protected form of speech under our Constitution.

As the Supreme Court opinions I discuss in part 2 lay out, history is repeating itself: the 1% are using their stranglehold on wealth to control our election outcomes and thus our policies. But like all bad dynamics allowed to continue to build destructive momentum, the corruption of our politics is worse this time. What was once criminal has been totally legitimized. Legislation, thanks to the Supreme Court, can’t put the 1%’s overreach in check. Now the only way to reverse the flow of power from massively wealthy corporations and individuals to the 99% is a constitutional amendment.

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6 Responses to “Abigail Field | Occupy the Constitution: Get Money Out of Politics, Part 1”
  1. DyingTruth says:

    Such an Amendment was proposed and ratified, but unlawfully removed once all who’d remember it slowly began to fade away.

    Here is the original 13th amendment to the United States Constitution that was ratified in 1819. Then attorneys caused it to disappear in order to establish their claim of superiority with Titles of Nobility over the people. The total ramifications of this earlier 13th Amendment being unlawfully removed are very serious.

    Article 13, ratified in 1819, reads as follows:

    “If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive or retain and title of nobility or honour, or shall, without the consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them.”

    The following states and/or territories have published the Titles of Nobility 13th Amendment in their official publications as a ratified amendment to the Constitution of the United States in the following years:

    Colorado ——- 1861, 1862, 1864, 1865, 1866, 1967, 1868
    Connecticut — 1821, 1824, 1835, 1839
    Dakota ———- 1862, 1863, 1867
    Florida ———- 1823, 1825, 1838
    Georgia ——— 1819, 1822, 1837, 1846
    Illinois ———— 1823, 1825, 1827, 1833, 1839, dis. 1845
    Indiana ———– 1824, 1831, 1838
    Iowa ————— 1839, 1842, 1843
    Kansas ———– 1855, 1861, 1862, 1868
    Kentucky ——– 1822
    Louisiana ——– 1825, 1838/1838 [two separate publications]
    Maine ————- 1825, 1831
    Massachusetts -1823
    Michigan ——– 1827, 1833
    Mississippi —— 1823, 1824, 1839
    Missouri ———- 1825, 1835, 1840, 1841, 1845*
    Nebraska ——— 1855, 1856, 1857, 1858, 1859, 1860, 1861, 1862, 1873
    North Carolina – 1819, 1828
    Northwestern Territories — 1833
    Ohio ————— 1819, 1824, 1831, 1833, 1835, 1848
    Pennsylvania — 1818, 1824, 1831
    Rhode Island —- 1822
    Virginia ———- 1819 (ratification by 13th State)
    Wyoming ——– 1869, 1876

    Totals: 24 States in 78 separate official government publications.

  2. Ron Moss says:

    Rob McKenna can touch his Contributors, Bank of America. Wells Fargo. WAMU. etc

  3. lvent says:

    I am going to post the link to Yves PBS interview about why no bank execs have been jailed for their financial crimes..

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