So says Buddy Roemer. Who is Buddy Roemer? He's the Republican presidential candidate getting a 100%, complete media black out and is denied a seat in the GOP Presidential debates. Why? Probably because he's challenging the bought and paid for pre-ordained corporate select fest called elections.
Pretty astounding isn't it? Here's a qualified candidate running for President and you won't even hear his named mentioned on CNN, FOX, from all of those other blathering political pundits rambling on about the latest non-event political news.
To wit, Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a constitutional amendment to get corporate money out of politics. It's called Save Our Democracy and Sanders has put up a petition for you to sign and try to get this passed.
Sanders' Saving American Democracy Amendment would make clear that corporations are not entitled to the same constitutional rights as people and that corporations may be regulated by Congress and state legislatures. It also would preserve the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of the press. It would incorporate a century-old ban on corporate campaign donations to candidates, and establish broad authority for Congress and states to regulate spending in elections.
Sanders proposal in the Senate is a companion measure to a constitutional amendment introduced in the House by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.). "The dominance of corporations in Washington has imperiled the economic security of the American people and left our citizens profoundly disenchanted with our democracy," the congressman said. "I look forward to working with Sen. Sanders to save American democracy by banning all corporate spending in our elections and cracking down on secret front groups using anonymous corporate cash to undermine the public interest."
Sanders amendment is actually a key critical agenda. It ends corporate personhood. Assigning human rights to a corporation is an oxymoron. Corporations are simply business entities from which to maximize profits, or in real human terms, sociopaths. They have no loyalty, no sense of nationality, and especially no morality and ethics. Clearly corporations are not human beings and therefore should not be afforded the rights of human beings. Corporations also have way more money and power than single individuals for the most part.
Dylan Ratigan has also been on the soapbox to get money out of politics and also has a constitutional amendment to ban corporate money from elections. Senator Sanders is a bit more subtle, in that it tackles that Supreme court 1819 bad decision giving corporations rights as if they were natural persons.
Constitutional amendments are tough to pass, but once they are, except for prohibition, have not been undone, which is why we're seeing constitutional amendments instead of regular legislative bills appear in Congress. They know, corporate lobbyists will undo anything but a constitutional amendment. It does take a Populist ground swell to get a constitutional amendment passed and ratified by the States.
Notice when it comes to anyone or anything which challenges corporate power, you....never hear about it? That's how powerful corporations have become, they literally can black out candidates and news from most media.