Are we anti Corporation? No! We believe that the role corporations play in a thriving economy is critical. Corporations have provided the fuel and ingenuity which hve brought great prosperity to our country. What we are against is corporations being considered "natural persons" and having the same rights as "We The People". We are also against the utilization of corporate designation to shield CEO's and Executive boards from legal liability when they actively pursue a course of profit at the expense of the common good of "We the People". (For example; Shipping jobs overseas, campaigning against Medicare, limiting workers rights to organize, polluting the environment in a manner which compromises the health of persons or communities, petroleum industry making record profits via influence of and protection by of our government.)
Are we against foreign countries or non US citizens contributing to political campaigns? Yes! We know that currently the Chamber of Commerce, whose sole purpose exists to lobby and influence our legislators, receives monies from foreign countries and non US Citizens. In addition there is no transparency, thus donors can donate anonymously. We believe that this practice is unconstitutional and should be discontinued immediately!
Are we anti banking industry? No! We are against a corrupt banking industry driving the US economy into the ground while making record profits and giving out record bonuses at the expense of We The People. We are against the banking industry knowingly giving home loans to millions of people whom they knew could not afford the payments, then packaged these loans a "Great Investment" and profiting off of them when sold on Wall Street. We are against the banking industry being with bailouts after collapsing of the housing market. We are against millions of Americans being foreclosed on and kicked out of their homes as a result of unethical behavior on the part of the banking industry!
Are we Anti-Wall Street? No! We are Pro-Wall Street when it functions in manner which benefits the common good of We the People! We are against individuals and corporations on Wall Street practicing in a manner which is unethical and serves only the greedy and power hungry at the expense of "Main Street"! We understand that capitalism only works when there is a level playing field. When insider trading is the norm and we the common investor are always the last to know and left picking up the scraps we feel that this is unethical. When large investment firms utilize techniques such as rapid sequence trading, where they electronically determining what the maximum price people will pay for an asset, and then sell based on that knowledge this gives them an unfair advantage. It is like going to purchase a car and the dealer knowing how much you have, and are willing, to spend before entering negotiations. We are against the revolving door of employment between Wall Street and Capitol Hill which fosters corruption of our government and promotes favoritism for Wall Street over Main Street.
Are we anti-government? No! We are pro government! As were our founding fathers we are pro government "By the People, For the People". We are for the government as established by our forefathers in the constitution of the United States. We are against the corruption by greed and outside influences by the wealthy. We are against unlimited spending by corporations to purchase favoritism for themselves. We are against of our government by the wealthy. We are against the revolving door of legislators-lobbying firms-and corporations which allows for corruption of our government with corporate interests.
I think Thomas Pain Answered this question for us over 200 years ago when in his famous document "Common Sense" he pushes for revolution he states:
"SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.
Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him, out of two evils to choose the least. Wherefore, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others. "
Are we socialist? No! Let us first define Socialism:
"An economic system in which the production and distribution of goods are controlled substantially by the government rather than by private enterprise, and in which cooperation rather than competition guides economic activity."
That being defined we do not believe that the production and distribution of goods should be controlled by the private sector and not the government. The role of the government is to promote the common good of the people protect those whom they were sent to Washington DC to represent from exploitation by the greedy and power hungry. In addition, we believe that in this global economy, cooperation and competition are needed to guide economic activity for ongoing economic prosperity of our country. .
Are we anti-rich? No! We believe that hard work should be rewarded and part of the American Dream is if you work hard you are rewarded. When people become wealthy due to hard work and ingenuity they deserve to amass a certain degree of wealth. When this wealth is gained by unfair advantage through the purchase of influence, corrupting legislation, directing supreme court decisions, unfair access to information, then we feel that this is criminal. In addition, when the amount of wealth that has been accumulated that it impacts the common good of society then this is unconstitutional. We are against the wealthy utilizing corporate structures and protection to siphon off prosperity from "We The People"!
Are we affiliated with any political party? No! We are reasonable persons from all political parties who have come together for the common good! We believe that although political parties are an important part of our success as a nation, when times are tough, we set aside our differences and come together for the common good as Americans. As did the forefathers of this country, above all else we stake claim to the brand of Americans and represent the common good!
Do we have a liberal or conservative bias? Yes! We are conservatively biased when it is beneficial to the common good and we are liberally biased when it is beneficial for the common good. Both conservative and liberal values and ideologies are important in advancing the causes of this great nation and both should be equally valued. The conservative ideology keeps us in touch with a set of core values on which our country was founded and at the same time liberal ideology allows us to move forward and advance the interest "We the People". We believe that these brands and they have been used to divide and exploit "We the People". As did the forefathers of this country, above all else we stake claim to the brand of Americans and represent the common good!
Are we affiliated with any religious group? No! We represent persons and are represented by persons of all religions! As did our forefathers, we believe in Freedom of Religion and that persons of all religions are of equal value in this great nation. As did the forefathers of this country, above all else we stake claim to the brand of Americans and represent the common good!
Who are we funded by? A database of all our donors and the amount or item that they donated are listed in our Naked Money section of our website under [Contribute Now!].
How did we begin? We were founded by a Republican, a Democrat and an Independent who set aside our differences and sat down and had a serious conversation about what we all had in common. We realized that the values, goals and dreams that we had were much greater than our differences. In addition when revisiting American History we realized that all that we had in common amounted to what our forefathers had deemed as the common good!
What is the goal of Amend Now? Our Goal is to take back the American Dream in a peaceful manner. The enemies being, not persons, but greed and power gluttony, and the method shall be ballots not bullets. The single goal of this popular movement to amend the U.S. Constitution with one or several amendments entitled the "Peoples Protection and Corporate Accountability Amendment(s)", which will address the following:
Take back the power of the people by addressing Supreme court decisions which have allowed:
The goals of this amendment are to:
Do we favor the Impeachment of the Supreme Court Members? If warranted, Yes! The supreme court is the only court in the U.S. which does not have a written code of ethics. If one were to review their recent and not recent history two truths would become evident. 1) There are many cases in which an evident conflict of interest exists and Justices have not appropriately recused themselves and more importantly 2) Over the last 100 years corporate lawyers have stolen prosperity from we the people and have handed it over to corporations giving both personhood and a big mouth!
We all have one voice, but we do not all have a million dollars to spend to telecast it!
How do we intend to fix the problem? AMEND NOW!