Get Money Out of Politics

Occupy Seattle’s “Get Money Out of Politics” working group has placed amending the U.S. Constitution as its first priority. On January 21st, 2010, in the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission decision, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that “money” counts as “free speech.” In doing so, the court declared many existing campaign finance regulation laws unconstitutional, and placed severe limits on what we as a people can do about the toxic relationship between moneyed interests and our elected officials.

On either January 20th or January 21st, Occupy Seattle’s GMOP working group is planning to “celebrate” the second anniversary of the Citizens United decision. The purpose of this “celebration” will be a) to raise awareness about the Citizens United decision and its terrible effects on our democracy, and b) to mark the beginning of a sustained campaign to amend the U.S. Constitution.

On November 30th, Occupy Seattle’s GMOP working group is organizing a conference to present a long-term campaign strategy to amend the U.S. Constitution, and to explain how an enormous turnout for our day of “celebration” on January 20th/21st is critical to this strategy.

The location will be in the University of Washington School of Social Work, Room 305. The address is 4101 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA. The meeting is scheduled to
run from 7-9 P.M.

We encourage any interested organizations to send representatives to this conference. As capacity may be an issue, please RSVP so we may know how many to expect. Reply to getmoneyoutofpoliticsos@gmail.com

If you have any questions regarding this event, you can contact any of following organizers:

Craig Salins
(206) 949-3285
craigsalins47@comcast.net

Chris Natale
(724) 713-2130
cnatale@gmail.com

Jonathon Tong
(425) 361-8761
tongjm@comcast.net

Nat Latos
(206) 293-2777
platypuses@gmail.com

Karrsen Brannon-Young
(206) 972-8446
kbrannonyoung@gmail.com

2 Responses to Get Money Out of Politics

  • John Ellis says:

    FACTS
    A. Upper half of society has all the wealth, while the lower half has all the debt. Surely, only tax payer funded elections will establish equal access to power.

    B. The 51% most educated and wealthy is the voting majority, that is why they own all the wealth and always vote in a way that best enslaves the lower half of society.

    C. We the lower half of society did not vote in Obama’s election, as we never vote in any election. For we who hard labor generate all of society’s wealth, we are not so stupid as to waste time voting for our next set of dictators.

    D. Republican Party represents 10% rich ruling class, Democrat Party represents the 40% Educated Middle-class. So, the lower half of society has zero access to power.

    SOLUTION
    (1) Finish our Revolution. For only in that way could we have an honest Congress that would vote for tax payer funded elections.

    (2) Laws must prevent the 51% most wealthy from being a voting majority that plunders 100% of the power. Therefore, the 30% most wealth must not be allowed to vote or have any input in politics. This would give the lower half of society 60% of all the power, and prevent the rich ruling class from hoarding 80% of the wealth.

    (3) Abolish all political parties, for they are monopolies, just power combines and destroy honest government.

  • John Ellis says:

    For as every college freshmen will tell you who has finished Psychology 101, happiness is to “self-actualize, Be All You Can Be,” own all you can own and be a dictator over all who are on land that you own.

    But to get at the root cause of it, way back to fifth grade we must go and reflect on the state church religion and fake morality embodied in a religious document taught to us called, The Declaration of Independence, to wit,

    “All men are created equal (in ability to achieve wealth),
    that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…
    the pursuit of Happiness(wealth).”

    But surely it is not permanent happiness, but quick temporary pleasure and an addiction that has every man, women and child striving to enrich themselves upon the misery of anyone less educated.