Citizens United: Tester amendment much needed

2013-07-22T09:45:00Z Citizens United: Tester amendment much needed missoulian.com
July 22, 2013 9:45 am

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., has introduced a much-needed amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I applaud him for his leadership. His amendment will reverse the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling.

Citizens United said corporations, like all of us, have the same First Amendment rights as natural persons. This gives corporations a trump card, enabling them to throw out various laws that get in the way of their profits. We’ve already seen the results: our elections have turned into auctions, and laws protecting public health, the environment, and financial transparency are being jettisoned.

We give corporations great privileges: perpetual life, limited liability and the ability to aggregate vast wealth. We must also maintain our power to regulate them, as the Framers intended. Tester is doing the right thing, leading the way, and I thank him for it.

You can read Tester’s amendment for yourself at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113sjres18is/pdf/BILLS-113sjres18is.pdf.

Jennifer Ryan, Stevensville

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  1. Run - A- Mook
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    Run - A- Mook - July 23, 2013 8:39 pm
    Hey Jennifer
    Could you send me a copy of tester's talking points,
    what you used to write your letter. I send jon an e-mail
    asking fir then. At this late date he has not sent one to me.
    Or better yet, just post them here, so we all can read them.
  2. lightninsam
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    lightninsam - July 23, 2013 10:30 am
    "How are evil corporations able to throw out laws jen?"----What???

    "Let me know when you are ready to" explain why you support the Citizens United" decision, this is the third time I've asked..
  3. Bones
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    Bones - July 22, 2013 10:54 pm
    "This gives corporations a trump card, enabling them to throw out various laws that get in the way of their profits. We’ve already seen the results: our elections have turned into auctions, and laws protecting public health, the environment, and financial transparency are being jettisoned."

    What...Name a law the corporations threw out. If you can (please, I'm looking forward to it) then tell us how Citizens United so empowered them.

    As for elections becoming auctions....the number one characteristic in determining a winner in an election was and is....Charisma! Ask all the rich candidates who lost because people didn't like them despite having vast resources relative to the opposition.

    "...and laws protecting public health, the environment, and financial transparency are being jettisoned." ...because of Citizens United, or because of an influx of arch-conservatives taking over the House?
  4. Run - A- Mook
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    Run - A- Mook - July 22, 2013 4:49 pm
    Jennifer;
    Another way to put it is,
    There is a new Prince in England.
    Chances are he will be named ______ Henry - William - Harry
    before little jon's amendment is law.

    The full name is Buck Henry - William - Harry.
  5. jus wundrin
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    jus wundrin - July 22, 2013 1:27 pm
    How are evil corporations able to throw out laws jen? It seems that they would need help from a judge or politician.

    Let me know when you are ready to hold the politicians/judges accountable and Ill sign up. Perhaps term limits would be a good start. This legislation is just smoke and mirrors to make folks feel warm and fuzzy all over. It will have a snowballs chance in hell of passing. Then tester, because he knows this, will tell the apathetic emotional voters "well shucks! I tried didnt I? So you will vote for me again, wont you? Because I really care!!!!"

    Dont be fooled jen.
  6. Run - A- Mook
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    Run - A- Mook - July 22, 2013 12:45 pm
    Jennifer, Question.
    What makes you think that little jon's amendment
    will go any were. It takes a 2/3 vote in the Senate, then
    a 2/3 vote in the House. If for some reason it gets
    by the Senate & House, it takes a 2/3 vote of the
    States. I don't know how old you are, but from your
    post I would say 20nes. Look to be a great, great
    grandmother before the amendment is approved
    if ever. I will give 1,000 to 1 odds it will never see
    the light of day. In the meantime take on a project
    that will do you some good.
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