Far worse, however, is that the United States will cease to be the country that we have loved for its freedoms and opportunities.
There are two options to save our country. First, Congress, by a vote of two thirds of both houses, may propose a constitutional
amendment to expel corporate influence in elections and to prohibit corporate lobbying . After ratification of the proposal by three-fourths of
the state legislatures, the amendment is adopted. Such an amendment might take the following form:
Section 1. Corporations and other artificial “persons” are not entitled to any rights, privileges or immunities granted to natural persons by
the Constitution or any amendment thereof.
Section 2. No corporation or other artificial “person,” or agent thereof, shall lobby any member of the Legislative, Executive, or Judicial
Branch of the National Government.
Section 3. No natural person shall lobby any member of the Legislative, Executive, or Judicial Branch of the National Government on behalf
of anyone other than himself.
Section 4. No corporation or other artificial “person” shall, directly or indirectly, contribute any money, services, or thing of
value to any candidate for elected office of the National Government.
But why would a corporate-controlled Congress or state legislature propose such an amendment? Only if voters become sufficiently
concerned to elect legislators willing to support such an amendment.
The other option is almost unthinkable -- a "revolution." The words of our treasured Declaration of Independence say it well:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are
instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes
destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such
principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and
accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by
abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object
evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new
Guards for their future security."