The First Amendment protects people -- not moneyBy Mike DielCOLUMBIA, Mo 12/9/13 (Op Ed) -- Move to Amend MidMO is calling for an amendment to the US Constitution that unequivocally states inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment.
Like most people, I don't have enough time to take on anything, but this seemed to touch every issue I care about.Amending the Constitution is a hard thing to do -- as it should be. Move to Amend has a ten year plan. It starts off with a grass roots ground swell. Over 320,000 people have signed the petition so far. Kansas City passed a resolution calling for the amendment. Sixteen states have passed similar resolutions.Move to Amend MidMO has approached the Columbia City Council about a resolution, which we will formally request at the Council meeting January 4th, and hopefully finalize at the meeting on January 18th.We need help to get in touch with the citizens of Columbia. This is an important issue, and yet the mainstream media is mute about it. Corporate "personhood" and money always poll high negatives in elections, but if people don't know the Council is considering a nonbinding resolution to call for this 28th amendment, they won't contact their Council members to ask for it.Move to Amend MidMO is meeting at the Daniel Boone Library at 2:00 on Saturday December 14th.Contact Mike Diel at conservemissouri at gmail.com