The grassroots movement to amend the Constitution to declare that money is not speech and corporations are not people continues to gain momentum. Cenk Uygur reports on recent goings-on in Connecticut:
It’s nice to see that Uygur isn’t deterred in the least by the recent controversy in Maryland involving vocal progressive critics of the push for an Article V convention to amend the Constitution. Yes, as those critics note, there are risks to an Article V convention. However, those risks are outweighed by the greater risk of allowing legalized bribery to continue unchecked in this country.
As the New York Times noted last week, 158 wealthy, mostly right-wing families are attempting to seize full and irreversible control of our political system in what can only be described as a de facto coup. The only way to stop this heist of our democracy is through an Article V convention to amend the Constitution so that it officially recognizes the separation of billionaire and state.
This is an emergency situation, which is why the critics of the Article V convention effort are wrong. It’s a self-evident truth that Congress is too dysfunctional to commence the process of amending our Constitution to fix our broken democracy. The Article V path is not a detour; it is the main path to ensure that the voices of the people, not the powerful, matter in this country. If we don’t take that path, we’ll end up in a ditch–and be ignored forever by the right-wing rich.
We don’t have time to waste. We don’t have the luxury of fretting about a “runaway convention.” Our democracy has run away—and an Article V convention is the only way to find it and bring it back home.
UPDATE: More from Chris Hayes.