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Dennis Kucinich @ Truman Dinner

At the Boulder County Democrats’ Truman Dinner on September 24th I heard from one of my two or three favorite politicians. One of the things that make Dennis Kucinich so special is his willingness to speak the truth regardless of the political consequences.

In this day and age when to be successful in politics you need to play along to get along, he is exceptionally different. He is considered too extreme by many in his own party. How he has been able to survive in this political world of money and patronage is somewhat of a mystery.

He is obviously a very polished and experienced politician, but the power brokers in Congress also realize he is just a side show that has no real chance of upsetting the apple cart. His truth telling makes the legislators feel good about their pretended moral compass, although they have no intention of actually supporting his unconventional ideas. Amen, but don’t forget to pass the hat.

He is someone who actually advocates for the rights of the people, who believes in the power of truth, who really believes that democracy is about the survival of an educated, engaged and informed citizenry.

He wants to change the structure of some of our basic institutions to benefit the public, move the central bank into the treasury, reform the fractional reserve system, install meaningful regulations on too big to fail banks. He understands that you can’t have social justice without economic justice. It is my opinion that neither major party wants to change the system, only continue their struggle for control of the system. It is this us against them attitude, this war between ideologues with no real regard for the welfare of the citizens that has gotten us to the point we are today!

Be it resolved!

Stop Corporate Takeover

“Resolved, the People of the City of Boulder, Colorado, call for reclaiming democracy from the corrupting effects of undue corporate and monetary influence by amending the United States Constitution to:

1. abolish corporate personhood and prohibit the granting of Constitutional rights to any entity other than a human being; and to

2. clarify that the expenditure of money is not Constitutionally protected free speech so that money spent to influence elections can be subject to reasonable regulation to promote equal protection under the law for all human citizens.”

Tuesday night (July 19th) the Boulder City Council will discuss whether to put the above referendum to the vote of the citizens of Boulder. The referendum is sponsored by the Boulder County Democrats.

According to the Daily Camera, the city has received many calls in support of the referendum, but none opposed.

The effort, spearheaded by the national organization Move to Amend, is seeking to begin the long and difficult process to convince the U.S. House and Senate to pass (by two thirds majority) an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that removes “corporate personhood” and “money as speech” as has been authenticated by activist justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, most recently in the Citizens United decision. Once passed by Congress, a constitutional amendment must be ratified by three-fourths of the states.

The cities of Berkeley, California, and Madison, Wisconsin, as well as Dane County in Wisconsin have been the initial communities to express their support of a constitutional amendment.

Longmont’s Judy Lubow is a member of Move to Amend as well as co-chair of the Boulder County Democrats grassroots action team.

The Boulder County Dems are sponsoring a rally at the Boulder Municipal Building to support the adoption of the ballot referendum. The rally starts at 4:30 PM at Canyon and Broadway on Tuesday. The Council meeting begins at 6:00 PM.