In his opening remarks for the “Party for the People” event in Rochester, NY marking the third anniversary of the Citizens
United decision, Move to Amend coordinator, Sam Fedele conveys an essential unifying theme. He welcomes people from all parties, not matter what their ideological orientation.
Listen to his comments and bear them in mind when you discuss the movement to amend the Constitution with your friends and family members who do not line up with your beliefs regarding political economy.
Via MTA Rochester’s YouTube account:
What does it mean to be trans-ideological? The idea of abolishing corporate constitutional rights is not simply progressive, radical, conservative or reactionary. It is actually, a little bit of each. The Buckley decision of 1976 and Citizens United were both examples of judicial activism, something that conservatives typically oppose. There are several reasons why a conservative would want to support the abolition of corporate constitutional rights.
The abolition of corporate constitutional rights gets to the crux of one of the lines of legal principles used by Kennedy in the majority opinion of Citizens United. In that sense, the abolition of those rights is radical, getting to the root of the matter rather than narrowly overturning Citizens United and limiting just corporate 1st Amendment rights. The abolition of corporate rights would return corporations to their 19th Century status. In that regard, the abolition of those rights is reactionary.
Many progressive people are embracing this movement to amend the Constitution to curb corporate influence in American elections and in Washington (policy making). Curbing corporate power and influence in American society is a progressive tradition dating back to the administration of Republican Theodore Roosevelt.
Who supports the Citizens United decision and corporate constitutional rights? The arch-typical “1%” do. The plutocrats, corporatists and their propagandists certainly will fight like hell against any attempt to curb corporate power and/or influence. We have been taking on amendment critics from the beginning of this Gazette, and we have only begun to fight. The real battle will begin when the US Chamber of Commerce, the voice of the corporate elites, begins to take the amendment movement seriously.