Saturday, February 2, 2013

A letter to my new Congressman...

I have absolutely zero faith that this will do any good whatsoever.

But I have a new congressman now- Steve Stockman. Yes, that Steve Stockman. I've tried putting this in as conservative and freedom-loving a way as I can, so we'll see if this gets any response.

Feel free to write your own Congressperson, who may be more inclined to the anti-corporate point of view.

The Honorable Representative Mr. Steve Stockman

326 Cannon Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Sir;

I write to you today urging your support for House Joint Resolutions 20 and 21, two proposed amendments to the Constitution of the United States to provide for proper regulation of campaign finance and corporate speech.

By the laws and traditions which we live under, I have one vote, just like any other citizen of the United States of the age of eighteen or older. Likewise George Soros, Bill Gates, Sheldon Adelson, Art Pope, and other billionaires each have one vote, the same as you or I. Likewise, under the First Amendment, we are each guaranteed full freedom of conscience- to believe, to say, to print and to make public what we believe without fear of persecution under the law.

Yet thanks to Supreme Court rulings made over the past forty years, and especially in the past five years, any one of the billionaires I just mentioned has a vastly greater control over government than people like myself. In any given year I can afford to donate to political causes no more than perhaps $100. The billionaires, on the other hand, can donate a million dollars, or ten million dollars, or (in Adelson’s case) over one hundred million dollars. This money is spent to influence not just the voters, but also the candidates who are being voted for, making it appear that those candidates, to be blunt, are bought and paid for by the billionaires.

The use of corporations and anonymous donations to political action committees is even more egregious. When I say something, or when I donate to a candidate, it is perforce a public act, and my name and identity are associated with my speech. Corporations and political action committees allow the speakers to remain anonymous. This enables them to advance false and misleading arguments which, if the names of the actual people involved were revealed, would disgrace and shame those people. This anonymity violates the basic principle that rights have responsibilities; just as, as a gun owner, I have the responsibility to use my gun responsibly and with due caution for the safety of others, just so does must a speaker take responsibility for his or her speech.

Corporate abuse of anonymous speech is even more outrageous when one considers the origin of corporations. Corporations were originally instituted by government for the purpose of accomplishing great tasks for the universal good of the people. They were given limited liability under the law in exchange for the social benefits they provided. That purpose has been lost. Today corporations exist for the sole purpose of bringing profit to their shareholders and executives, with no concern for the good of the people; and yet they retain all of the rights and powers of people, with none of the responsibility.

For these reasons I ask you to support the proposed constitutional amendments proposed by the Hon. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts. HJ Res 20 would, if ratified, grant Congress the power to regulate campaign spending, thus ensuring a greater equality of political influence among all Americans. HJ Res 21 would draw clear and distinct differences between the rights of individual human beings (which remain sacrosanct) and corporations (which are creations of the government and not actual people), and grant Congress the power to regulate the rights of corporations to restrict the chronic abuse of their power.

By supporting HJ Res 20 and HJ Res 21 you would take a stand for the freedom and equality of all Americans, rich and poor alike. You would severely reduce the corruption currently endemic in our political system. You would preserve the rights of the individual from abuse by the wealthy few who, under the present system, can buy immunity from their responsibility as American citizens. For these reasons I ask you to lend these amendments your support.

                                                                        Sincerely yours,
                                                                        Kristan Overstreet

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