In the beginning…
There are many organizations that have decided to put their energy and resources into passing an amendment to the US Constitution that somehow limits corporate power in influencing the democracy. Some strategies have a plan to organize locally and then at the state level to call for a Constitutional Convention of 38 required states.
There are also many in the nonprofit world who have chosen legislative paths to, at least, temporarily limit the impact of money in politics, aside from the underlying Supreme Court doctrine of “corporate personhood” and its accompanying rights.
At National Intervention, we hope to assist both the idea that ours can be a society free from the corrupting influence of money in politics and also free from the underlying premise that corporations are no longer only property controlled by people, but are “people” with rights in a constitution that never mentions the word “corporation” once.
Before It’s Too Late
Studies suggest that power, as a substance, can be as addictive in the human brain as cocaine, if not more. Called into Congress after architecting and executing the financial collapse, financial industry leaders testified that the government cannot expect them to stop themselves, adding that they cannot stop themselves, the government must act to intervene in order to stop them. Yet, may of the reforms since do far too little to stop those addicted to wealth and power from mass destruction in pursuit of the next fix.
We invite elected officials to prove they are not controlled by an addiction to corporate power and money in politics. We recognize that it is unlikely to happen in time to use a sober democracy for urgent legislation on the economy and the environment before it’s too late. Nonetheless, we want to give those who may be addicted in elected office a chance to quit on their own.
We simultaneously work for the support of those in the federal government in passing the federal ratification of the amendment language. This amplifies national attention to the state process, but it also invites those in Congress to decide that they and our institutions of governance will no longer be bought. We recognize that there is far too little time, especially with regard to the fragile state of the ecology that sustains our species, to only take the states-only route when the demands on the federal process could only expedite the state process. Lastly, but most importantly, the chances that addicts with such a difficult and powerful addiction can overcome their disease and find the strength to reclaim their lives and our democracy in full sobriety any time soon before they have even hit rock bottom are very slim. So, if it fails, then what?
A Deadline on All Amendment Remedies – By 2016…
Once an elected official takes office, National Intervention invites her or him to adopt the proposal to ratify the amendment at the federal level. If they choose to “kick the habit” when it comes to their addiction to corporate power, then we will have somehow succeeded in winning them back from the brink of the disease and establishing a level playing field. If they, like many long-term addicts, cannot stop themselves without a serious intervention, then National Intervention calls for a 30-day warning before declaring that we will no longer allow them access to the substance of their addiction: our wealth. As all wealth comes from labor and consumption, National Intervention will call on those ready to end their toxic relationship to the corporate addiction system to walk out of school and walk off the job for one simple, unavoidable reason: We can no longer feed their addiction. Will we stop generating the wealth that creates the power to which they are addicted. We will have no other choice but to sever the relationship until a new commitment to a level playing field or new social contract, a New New Deal, is reached.