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Speaking of restoration, and democracy, and the Supreme Court, it is terribly important that American democracy be returned to its former healthy state, by undoing the Court's noisome Citizens United decision. The decision said, more or less straight-facedly, that corporations are people, possessing the same First Amendment rights as living, breathing Americans. (The decision prompted an apt T-shirt slogan: "I'll believe that corporations are people when Texas executes one.") The Court's ruling allows corporations to spend limitless amounts of money to influence elections; they spent a billion or so in 2012. If the Citizens United ruling stands, huge sums will be spent in Arkansas alone next year, to defeat Mark Pryor and other Democratic office-holders and candidates.

There's a movement under way for adoption of a constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United. More than 100 members of Congress have endorsed such an amendment. So have President Obama, and numerous good-government organizations. Two-thirds of the members of Congress are needed to pass a constitutional amendment through Congress and on to the states for ratification. Difficult, yes; not impossible. Individuals should ask their senators and representatives to endorse the amendment. (So far, none from Arkansas have.) Public Citizen, a prominent public-interest group, is raising money for the fight.

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