The real divide in most of the world is up down, not left right. Although there are certainly differences of opinion between people who self-identify as “left” or “right” wing, the truth is that we have more shared interests than we do differences. That’s why the Gazette is clear about including corporations — both for-profit and non-profit — incorporated unions and all other legal fictions in the same Constitutional category in the Human Rights Amendment. This video, from boilingfrogspost.com, does a very good job explaining the difference between the artificial horizontal divide and the very real vertical divide in human societies.
Both the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street were born out of the same frustration with government acting as the servant of powerful financial interests instead of the people who live, work, build wealth (mostly for their paymasters), vote and wind up footing the bill for the government and the financially powerful special interests that dominate government. Those who believe government is to blame are correct. Those who believe banks and corporations are to blame are also correct. These are our institutions — government and chartered corporations — all of them of our making. We brought the government into this world and our government brought all those artificial persons into this world. We have the power to see to it that all politicians, bureaucrats, corporate executives and union bosses serve the public interest, instead of their own individual selfish interests at the expense of our liberty and well-being, financial and otherwise.
Ours is and must be a non-partisan movement to restore the power of the people over the institutions of our creation. To be sure, there are some groups in the amendment movement who are advancing a traditionally “left wing” agenda but we need to recognize that the main reason liberals are first out of the gate is because Citizens United was decided along ideological grounds with the majority being those Justices traditionally viewed as conservative. But take a look at the case of Kelo v. New London, a pro-corporate decision handed down by the Justices traditionally identified as liberal and you can see that the corporations still get what they want either way, no matter which group of Justices forms the majority.
We need to stop engaging in the left right fraud long enough to get our country back under control. Then we can go back to pretending that gun ownership and climate change are partisan issues. Until we get the massive private institutional treasure chests out of our politics and policies, we won’t any meaningful headway in solving any of the other problems in our world.