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Flag Progressives Push For Constitutional Amendment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Libertarians are occasionally able to bridge the gap between the tea party and progressives as we look to find common ground with any individual or group who will help us promote maximum freedom. For example, I was recently singing the praises of the Flagstaff City Council and their 2002 resolution to nullify the Patriot Act in Flagstaff. We have also worked together to protest the wars and end DADT.

In the spirit of finding common ground, I was recently contacted by a Flagstaff City Council member asking if I would be interested in supporting a resolution opposing Corporate Personhood.  Since many libertarians think the Fourteenth Amendment has been completely twisted from it’s original intent, I was interested in finding out what the resolution was about.

I fully expected a symbolic statement condemning Corporate Personhood but instead received a rough draft pushing for a constitutional amendment that not only attacks corporations but also says “money is not speech” and should not be protected by the First Amendment.  Talk about putting up a red flag. I’m not a big fan of constitutional amendments in the first place and I certainly don’t like thinking of how the courts could twist the “money is not free speech” line in their attempt to destroy the First Amendment. We all know the Fourteenth Amendment was warped by the courts and this new amendment could have just as many unintended consequences.

I’m not the only one with First Amendment concerns when it comes to campaign finance laws. The ACLU recently sided with many libertarians in our opposition to the DISCLOSE Act. I personally spent a lot of time fighting the DISCLOSE Act because of the huge negative impact it would have on groups like Campaign For Liberty, etc.

As I read the rough draft of the Flagstaff resolution, it soon became apparent that I had been completely out of the progressive loop. A little research uncovered a ton of articles and petitions showing that there is a national movement promoting a constitutional amendment that would attempt to nullify the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Flagstaff is simply jumping on the bandwagon.

In an attempt to better understand exactly what my progressive friends in Flagstaff were thinking, I asked several questions on their Facebook page:

Since Citizens United v. FEC also allows unions to donate to political campaigns, would they support banning unions from funding campaigns?  Are they really furious about money being given to campaigns or are they just upset at money going to the campaigns of candidates they don’t like? Should the “money is not speech” line also apply to unions?

To my surprise, I was given very honest answers. Union money should be protected at all costs and corporate money should be banned.  I was told by several people that this is about leveling the playing field. It’s about making things “fair”.

To me, it’s clearly about partisan politics. Let me sum up the progressive argument for you:

Unions only spend 1/3 what corporations spend on elections. We need to make it fair. We need to get rid of the corporate money and keep the union money. That’s fair to us.

In the coming months, we should be hearing about a resolution before the Flagstaff City Council calling for a constitutional amendment that would change campaign finance laws. This resolution will be advertised as a principled stand against the big money of special interest groups. Don’t fall for the deceptive rhetoric. This is a partisan game and I will have no part in it. Libertarians stand for principle and truth…not partisan politics.

For more on progressive hypocrisy when it comes to special interest money, please check out the following article:

The Kochs vs. Soros: Free Markets vs. State Coercion

Me and some of my progressive friends at a recent candlelight vigil. I will happily work with progressives on issues we can agree on but I refuse to play partisan politics.

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  1. October 10, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    What we need is the Ministry of Campaign Finance, headed up by the Baders.. That’ll fix everything.

  2. October 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    LOL, gotta keep that union money pouring into progressive campaigns.

  3. joyiris
    April 17, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for this article Elisha. I was not aware of this happening here. You are 100% right that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. If corporations cannot fund campaigns neither can Unions!

  1. October 8, 2011 at 6:54 am
  2. April 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm

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