WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE, TRYING TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION? So easy an answer: WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK! We are so extremely upset that the land where "all are created equal" that there are some who are "more equal" than others. Our Constitution has been Amended 27 times in the past with proposed Amendments passing between a timeframe of months to years.
A Billionaire/Millionaire can contribute money to a political campaign that buys air-time with people believing what they hear. We see three issues to address: 1- Amendment, Corporations/like entities are property, not a person, artificial or otherwise. 2- Amendment, Corporations/like entities are excluded from any involvement in our electoral/political system, including financial. 3- Only a well-informed electorate can take control of their own government. The only answer to #3 is to educate the U.S. electorate. Do you not find it strange, that children in other countries are taught and learn more about the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence than our own children?
The Founding Fathers intended for the electorate to expect all they hear from the government, and representatives to be a lie! INTEGRITY is, and always has been, the TOP, #1, issue of ALL ELECTIONS! All other important issues at the time are a reflection of how Honest & Ethical candidates address the issues to the electorate (as I have been saying since the time I was knocking-on-doors for a candidate, on the campaign manager staff, to my little involvement now).
How do we know what the Founding Fathers intended on the issue of "WHY ARE WE HERE"? The ideal that "WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK"! Since the first major step is an Amendment to the Constitution, we all need to become a knowledgeable and active electorate.
Our first Vice President, second President of these United States, member of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, wrote to James Madison in 1817 (considered the author of our Constitution) [paraphrased] asking James Madison if the Constitutional Convention delegates might have made a mistake not including strict regulation upon corporations in the Constitution? James Madison responded, who could possibly misunderstand "We the People""? (Source: Letters and Life of James Madison).
We were all told the most important issue that brought us into a Revolutionary War with, then called, Great Britain, was not "taxation without representation" but rather the influence of corporations upon the Colonies that later became the United States. Royalty, and aristocracy, invested into corporations like the East India Company and adjusted laws, such as the Tea Act, so that their personal investment would prosper in comparison to any competition. (Sources: Minutes of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Unequal Protection, Lies My Teacher Told Me.)
The Founding Fathers had centuries of abuse due to a government via an aristocracy. Included in Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution is the exclusion of any nobility recognized within the citizenry.
"Government is a necessary evil of society." (Source: Common Sense, by Thomas Paine, one of our Founding Fathers). Government can become too big, too tyrannical. The best way to address these faults of government is to give it to the people. (Source: Minutes of the Constitutional Convention of 1787).
In two short years, the issue of corporate influence upon these United States increased to the point of the release of another letter from James Madison in 1819, also the fourth President of these United States:
"There is an evil which ought to be guarded against in the indefinite accumulation of property from the capacity of holding it in perpetuity by...corporations. The power of all corporations ought to be limited in this respect. The growing wealth acquired by them never fails to be a source of abuses." --James Madison (Source: Famous quotes of U.S. Presidents)
Throughout the history of these United States, Presidents widely respected have commented upon the abuse, tyranny that would come-about as the accumulation of wealth and spread of corporate influence:
"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action." ---President and General George Washington, attributed, Upton Sinclair's The Cry for Justice
"The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government." ---President General George Washington
"The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments." ---George Washington
"A people contending for life and liberty are seldom disposed to look with a favorable eye upon either men or measures whose passions, interests or consequences will clash with those inestimable objects." ---General George Washington, letter to General Thomas, July 23, 1775