Why We Must Pass A Constitutional Amendment
The solution to getting big money out of politics must include passing a constitutional amendment that undoes the damage done by Citizens United and paves the way for additional campaign finance reforms. No constitutional amendment can make every change we want on its own, but we cannot get big money out of politics without a constitutional amendment.
Highly unpopular and poorly reasoned Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United are the primary reason big money has flooded our political system at unprecedented levels. Because the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of our campaign finance laws, we cannot pass new laws to change their decisions. And we cannot sit idly by and wait for the Supreme Court to change its mind because that may take years, and even if it does happen, there is no assurance that the Court won’t change its mind again later.
Fortunately our Founding Fathers gave us a tool we can use to overturn problematic Supreme Court decisions and enshrine important values in our Constitution–the constitutional amendment! By passing a constitutional amendment we can effectively overturn Citizens United for good and lay the groundwork for even greater campaign finance reforms. Though passing a constitutional amendment may sound like an almost unprecedented step, nearly every generation of Americans except ours has done it! We are the only ones who haven’t used this valuable tool.
The fate of our democracy is too important to leave in limbo. That’s why Citizens Take Action proudly presents the Restore Democracy Amendment!
Why We Must Pass The Restore Democracy Amendment
The Restore Democracy Amendment was carefully crafted to do two things that are absolutely necessary in order to get big money out of politics. First, the amendment will push corporate and union money to the sidelines by overturning Citizens United once and for all. Second, the amendment will shift the balance of power from the Supreme Court back to We The People so that we can enact additional campaign finance reforms as we see fit. You can read the full text of the amendment along with a detailed explanation here so you understand exactly what the amendment will accomplish and why we believe it is the best amendment proposal.
Other amendment proposals, while written with the best of intentions, raise serious concerns regarding their impact or viability. Some amendments propose such sweeping changes that we don’t know what their impact would be. Others are so limited that they would not make enough of an impact. And calls for a constitutional convention that lack a specific amendment proposal do not provide any guarantee of meaningful reform. The Restore Democracy Amendment does not suffer from those problems. It is clear, powerful, and passable. As a result, if we truly want to get big money out of politics, the Restore Democracy Amendment is our best bet. So how do we pass it?
How We Can Pass The Restore Democracy Amendment
There are two ways to pass a constitutional amendment:
1) An amendment may be proposed by Congress and ratified by three fourths of the states (38 states) or…
2) An amendment may be proposed at a constitutional convention called by two thirds of the states (34 states) and ratified by three fourths of the states (38 states).
Citizens Take Action is pursuing the first path, which is how every previous amendment in history has been added to the constitution. But we are also trying to work with other organizations that are pursuing the second path in order to maximize our chances of success. By working to pass the Restore Democracy Amendment in Congress and building support at the local and state level, we can create the coordinated campaign necessary to succeed!
Why We Need Your Help
But whether or not we succeed depends entirely on us. That’s why we need your help. The only chance we have to pass the Restore Democracy Amendment is for citizens like YOU, yes YOU reading this right now, to get actively involved in our campaign. It’s easier than you think. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Ready To Volunteer and one of our team members will be in touch within 48 hours to get you started.
Don’t sit on the sidelines. Take action and help us restore government of, by, and for the people!