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Petitioning Anonymous Constitutionally Ban Citizens United in Tennessee

The TN State Senate: Pass A Constitutional Amendment To Ban Citizens United In Tennessee

Citizens United is a Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations and unions to donate unchecked and undisclosed amounts of money to politicians, political candidates, and political campaigns in the United States which allows those corporations to influence how our government operates giving them an unfair advantage to sway votes and elections for their own financial benefit.

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010)

In short, the ruling states that corporations are people (corporate personhood) and therefore have the same constitutional rights as every other American citizen like you or me.

The Citizens United ruling is a direct threat to our democracy, to our rights, and to our freedoms. Our votes do not matter when politicians can be bought and traded like stock. Our voices are not heard by ears that are plugged with corporate handouts. The will of ‘We The People’ is ignored so that the will of the few can be freely inflicted on the public. That is NOT what democracy looks like.

There are currently proposals going before the Senate and House of Representatives to adopt constitutional amendments that would put an end to Citizens United federally.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.J.RES.29:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.J.RES.88:

While this is encouraging news and I highly recommend supporting the above proposals, individual states do not always do what the federal government says. Hence one of the reasons we have two constitutions.

The Constitution of The United States of America, and the Constitution of The State of Tennessee.

This petition seeks to ensure that our elected officials here in the state of Tennessee do not have an opportunity to exploit legal loops holes or hide behind our state constitution as an excuse for not abiding by a federal ruling in the form of an amendment to the constitution of the state of Tennessee.

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‘We The People of The State of Tennessee, by way of signed petition, hereby demand that the Tennessee Senate and House adopt the following amendment to the Constitution of The State of Tennessee either by direct action or by way of the Constitutional Convention’*

`Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Tennessee to clarify the authority of Congress and the State to regulate corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate entities established by the laws of the state of Tennessee, the United States, or any foreign state.

It is hereby proposed by the citizens of the state of Tennessee (by way of an open public petition) That the following article is adopted as an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Tennessee which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee when ratified by the legislature:

`Article--

`Section 1. We the people who ordain and establish this Constitution of the State of Tennessee intend the rights protected by this Constitution of the State of Tennessee to be the rights of natural persons, scientifically classified as Homo-Sapiens, also racially classified as Human Beings.

`Section 2. The words people, person, or citizen as used in this Constitution of the State of Tennessee do not and shall not at any time for any reason include corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate and/or business entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state, and such corporate entities are subject to such regulation as the people, through their elected State and Federal representatives, deem reasonable and are otherwise consistent with the powers of Congress and the State under this Constitution of the State of Tennessee.

`Section 3. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the peoples rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, freedom of association and all such other rights of the people, which rights are inalienable.

`Section 4. The citizens of the state of Tennessee, through their elected State and Federal representatives, shall have power to regulate the raising and spending of money and in kind equivalents with respect to State and Federal elections, including through setting limits on--

`(1) the amount of contributions to candidates for nomination for election to, or for election to, State or Federal office; and

`(2) the amount of expenditures that may be made by, in support of, or in opposition to such candidates.

`Section 5. The citizens of the state of Tennessee, through their elected State and Federal representatives, shall have power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation.’

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*The proposed amendment should be seen as a living document. A public discussion space is being sought so that the citizens of Tennessee can openly discuss this amendment and propose changes to improve it.

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Anonymous Constitutionally Ban Citizens United in Tennessee
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Tennessee State Senate & House.


Adopt A Constitutional Amendment To Constitutionally Ban Citizens United In Tennessee

Citizens United is a Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations and unions to donate unchecked and undisclosed amounts of money to politicians, political candidates, and political campaigns in the United States which allows those corporations to influence how our government operates giving them an unfair advantage to sway votes and elections for their own financial benefit.

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010)

In short, the ruling states that corporations are people (corporate personhood) and therefore have the same constitutional rights as every other American citizen like you or me.

The Citizens United ruling is a direct threat to our democracy, to our rights, and to our freedoms. Our votes do not matter when politicians can be bought and traded like stock. Our voices are not heard by ears that are plugged with corporate handouts. The will of ‘We The People’ is ignored so that the will of the few can be freely inflicted on the public. That is NOT what democracy looks like.

There are currently proposals going before the Senate and House of Representatives to adopt constitutional amendments that would put an end to Citizens United federally.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.J.RES.29:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.J.RES.88:

While this is encouraging news and I highly recommend supporting the above proposals, individual states do not always do what the federal government says. Hence one of the reasons we have two constitutions.

The Constitution of The United States of America, and the Constitution of The State of Tennessee.

This petition seeks to ensure that our elected officials here in the state of Tennessee do not have an opportunity to exploit legal loops holes or hide behind our state constitution as an excuse for not abiding by a federal ruling in the form of an amendment to the constitution of the state of Tennessee.

‘We The People of The State of Tennessee, by way of signed petition, hereby demand that the Tennessee Senate and House adopt the following amendment to the Constitution of The State of Tennessee either by direct action or by way of the Constitutional Convention’*

`Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Tennessee to clarify the authority of Congress and the State to regulate corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate entities established by the laws of the state of Tennessee, the United States, or any foreign state.

It is hereby proposed by the citizens of the state of Tennessee (by way of an open public petition) That the following article is adopted as an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Tennessee which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee when ratified by the legislature:

`Article--

`Section 1. We the people who ordain and establish this Constitution of the State of Tennessee intend the rights protected by this Constitution of the State of Tennessee to be the rights of natural persons, scientifically classified as Homo-Sapiens, also racially classified as Human Beings.

`Section 2. The words people, person, or citizen as used in this Constitution of the State of Tennessee do not and shall not at any time for any reason include corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate and/or business entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state, and such corporate entities are subject to such regulation as the people, through their elected State and Federal representatives, deem reasonable and are otherwise consistent with the powers of Congress and the State under this Constitution of the State of Tennessee.

`Section 3. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the peoples rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, freedom of association and all such other rights of the people, which rights are inalienable.

`Section 4. The citizens of the state of Tennessee, through their elected State and Federal representatives, shall have power to regulate the raising and spending of money and in kind equivalents with respect to State and Federal elections, including through setting limits on--

`(1) the amount of contributions to candidates for nomination for election to, or for election to, State or Federal office; and

`(2) the amount of expenditures that may be made by, in support of, or in opposition to such candidates.

`Section 5. The citizens of the state of Tennessee, through their elected State and Federal representatives, shall have power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation.’

*The proposed amendment should be seen as a living document. A public discussion space is being sought so that the citizens of Tennessee can openly discuss this amendment and propose changes to improve it.

Sincerely,