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Equal Political Speech
Joint Resolution to seek Ratification
of a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution will
be proposed in the new Congress.
Section 3 below provides natural persons the exclusive right to political speech
under the law. Other proposed 28th Amendments do not create a right to "equal
political speech" that expands the Bill of Rights under the U.S. Constitution.
Creating a new right to "equal political
speech" under the law is the Common Sense II difference. Share this
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Proposed: Natural persons who are eligible to vote are given the exclusive right to support political campaigns with contributions and expenditures. Legal entities and natural persons who are not eligible to vote or do not live in a district shall have no rights to make campaign contributions or expenditures to influence elections or to support political campaigns of any kind in any election. Only natural persons who are eligible to vote and who physically reside within an electoral district will supply 100% of financial support to win all elections held within every voting district. Section 1 and Section 2 respectively end corporate personhood and allow the regulation of money used as political speech in political campaigns. This amendment is intended to give all eligible voters the exclusive and equal right to give money that influences the outcome of all local, state and federal elections that appear on their local ballots. Each voter will have "equal political speech" on a level basis with every other citizen regardless of wealth. The voters who live within any district will have their one vote and exclusive voice to decide the outcome of every election. The 1st amendment will no longer protect political influence for any legal entity other than a natural person. The intention is to establish government "of the people, by the people, and for the people." For the first time in our history those words of Abraham Lincoln will be true in our political system. In the words of Martin Luther King, all of our people will finally be "free at last, free at last, ... free at last."
This proposed amendment will effectively overturn both the 2010 "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission" decision and the 1976 "Buckley v. Valeo" decision that equated money with speech under the 1st Amendment. It will overturn all decisions made based on those two Supreme Court decisions. Money will no longer be equated to political speech. Only voters will have the right to use money as political speech, and only in elections held where they legally reside.
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History: Freedom of speech guaranteed in the 1st Amendment does not, has not, assured equality in political campaign speech. Voters currently have a very weak voice in political campaigns or in the choice of candidates or issues to appear on both Primary and General Election ballots. The Buckley v. Valejo decision in 1976 made money equal to political speech under the U.S. Constitution. Case law since 1976 has firmly established the legal doctrine that money is equal to speech under the 1st Amendment. Money talks for all the special interests who finance political campaigns. Voters, natural persons, you and I, need a constitutional amendment that ends the unlimited use of money as political speech in political campaigns at the local, state and federal level.
Section 3, would provide a needed expansion of the Bill of Rights and an expanded guarantee of equal protection under the law as contemplated by the 14th Amendment. Without Section 3 in this proposed 28th amendment money will continue to win 99% of elections for the corrupt incumbent establishment. Without equal political speech in election campaigns voters can have no actual political representation. Equal Political Speech
Acrobat PDF File: cs2_28thAmendText.pdf
Joint Resolution to seek Ratification, 114th Congress, PDF
Move to Amend (MTA) ~ Petition A national group working to amend the Constitution so all natural citizens can have an equal voice in political campaigns. Proposed the "We the People" amendment. You can support their efforts by signing their petition. Common Sense II Political Reforms learned a lot in support of the MTA. Their proposed amendment does not support the above Section 3, Equal Political Speech through exclusive voter rights. Please support their efforts also. And sign their petition.
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