Restoring Democracy - A New Bill of Rights
Our democracy is in such crisis that we need several Constitutional amendments, a new Bill of Rights if you will.
There is a mounting outcry to pass a 28th amendment to clarify that corporations are not people and money is not speech. Justice Stevens who dissented in the 2010 Citizens United decision now supports this Constitutional amendment. I will make passing and ratifying this amendment a priority.
I will work with representatives on both sides to obtain the required 2/3 majority in both the House and the Senate to amend the Constitution. I will author and support any legislation that limits the power and influence of corporations and other special interests on the electoral and legislative processes and strengthens the voice of individual citizens. California and Vermont have already called for a constitutional convention to repeal Citizens United and I will speak publicly and encourage the legislators of other states to do the same.
The issue of money in politics is no�t a partisan issue - conservative, liberal, libertarian, it doesn't matter, all of our voices are diminished when those elected to represent us are beholden to the interests of their campaign donors. Americans are supporting and arguing on behalf of parties in which we have no allies.
And we need several more changes to ensure a government by the people.
An amendment to institute term limits for Congress.
An amendment to make it treason to pass legislation that flagrantly violates the Constitution.
An amendment to require that legislation be limited to subject matter described by its title and that legislators pass a detailed comprehension test to demonstrate that they truly understand the laws which they pass. Legislators voting must sign an affidavit that they have read and understand the bill.
Swift and dramatic action is necessary to restore the promise of America which I have enjoyed and which we must preserve for future generations.