As we approach the 2016 State and national elections, Alaskans again want to know which candidates truly support the U.S. constitution and its amendments. Given the ever-increasing influence of money into politics and election campaigns, the question of whether our democracy can survive Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United (CU) has never been more commanding of our attention. Alaskans cannot directly decide the outcome of the national debate on “corporate personhood” – whether corporations should be afforded the inalienable rights of natural human beings – but we can have a huge influence on how such legal constructs are addressed here at home. That’s why We the People Alaska is committed to informing voters over the next two months whether the candidates in their local and Statewide races support our Alaska Constitution Pledge and will act whenever possible to reverse the misguided notion that “corporations are people too.”
We the People Alaska believes our State constitution intended for people to run Alaska and not “artificial persons” or entities, such as corporations, unions and other associations.
Article 1 Section 2 Source of Government:
“All political power is inherent in the people. All government originates with the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the people as a whole.”
Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on CU in 2010, polls showed ~80% of Americans: Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Greens, Libertarians and politically unaffiliated citizens believed the Supreme Court got it wrong. In September 2015, a Bloomberg Politics poll found that 78% of Americans still held that belief. Efforts continue on the national front to overturn CU, and while we believe we will eventually prevail, that fight will not end soon enough. Here in Alaska we can minimize the influence of the CU decision by electing people who believe that “real people” should be controlling society, and not “artificial people.”
We the People Alaska will not be endorsing candidates or parties; our mission is to inform the public on this one, core issue that is literally at the foundation of our democracy. The Alaska Constitution Pledge provides an opportunity for elected officials and candidates for public office to publicly affirm their belief that the Alaska constitution guaranteed rights to individual people and not artificial people.
If we are to be successful in returning political power in Alaska to the people of Alaska, we will need support from all corners of the State, geographic and political. There are eight weeks to go before the election. Please call your local candidates, regardless of their party affiliation, and tell them you support the Alaska constitution’s guarantee of rights for individual people and not for state-chartered property such as corporations and unions, and ask them to contact We the People Alaska so we can list them on the website for all voters in their districts to see.