Cold Turkey Amendment
The Cold Turkey Amendment or the "Civic Rights Amendment"
Model Language Supported by National Intervention for Ending the Addiction System at Once:
(Special thanks to nonpartisan groups Move to Amend, Free Speech for People, and Root Strikers for contributing competing ideas for the best outcome to this language).
[NOTE: National Intervention uses the amendment language below as a simple "test of sobriety" on addiction to corporate power and money in politics. National Intervention does not do the important work that so many others have already begun to pass amendment language into the US Constitution. Go here to learn why, the background of our approach to amendment remedies, and other information on the circumstances surrounding 28th amendment concepts and some of their differences.
Section 1 [A corporation is not a person, but is property, and can be regulated]
The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.
Artificial entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities, established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.
The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.
Section 2 [Money, goods and services are not "speech"]
The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money, goods or services to influence elections or the political process to be speech under the First Amendment.
Section 3 [Establishment of the inalienable civic right to only publicly financed elections]
Federal, State and local government shall maximize protection from corruption of the democratic process with the guarantee of an unabridged and inalienable Civic Right to only publicly financed, citizen-owned elections, wherein no political or electoral process is influenced by money or moneyed interests. Each enfranchised citizen throughout the entire Republic shall enjoy this right as inalienable. No branch or aspect of government at any level will infringe upon this right.
Federal, State and local government shall prohibit expenditures and contributions in the form of money, goods, services and/or any in-kind contribution whatsoever, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures in any form whatsoever, for the purpose of influencing in any way any ballot measure or the election of any candidate for public office.
The judiciary shall not, nor shall any level of the People’s government within the Republic, construe the spending of money, goods or services to influence the electorate or elections to be speech under the First Amendment.
Section 4 [Maintaining Freedom of the Press]
Nothing contained in this amendment shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press.