The Color of Money

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.

D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.