Friday, January 22, 2010
Subject: Stop the Hostile Takeover of the Constitution
Yesterday, by a single vote, the conservative majority in the Supreme Court staged a hostile takeover of American democracy on behalf of corporations.
Alternatives like public financing can help a little, but no matter how many tax payer dollars the government uses to try to offset corporate influence it will never be enough to compete with the bottomless coffers of corporations. For this reason and many more, we must amend the Constitution.
As you may know, People For the American Way has spent many years fighting against destructive amendments to the Constitution proposed by the Right Wing around issues like flag burning, school prayer and banning gay marriage, (you remember those) so our decision to support an amendment to the Constitution in this instance was not taken lightly. As you also know, People For the American Way has spent almost 30 years fighting hard for freedom of speech. But yesterday's decision is a perversion of the First Amendment and a departure from over 100 years of established legal precedent. The very foundation of our democracy could depend on our ability to overturn it.
Here's what you can do to help:
1. Help build the petition calling on congressional leaders to pass a Constitutional amendment: http://www.facebook.com/l/d13cd;bit.ly/6OC9aa
2. Become a "fan" of our effort on Facebook and tell your friends about it: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amending-the-Constitution-so-Corporations-Cant-Buy-Elections/257229177966
3. Donate to the campaign to overturn this radical decision: http://www.facebook.com/l/d13cd;bit.ly/4MFecY
Thank you for standing with us. Together we can stop corporations' hostile takeover of our democracy.
Michael B. Keegan, President