In Chicago and nine other townships in the state of Illinois, voters will find a proposal to amend the United States Constitution on their ballots today.
The proposal, also known as “Move to Amend,” was initiated by left-wing senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Tom Udall (D-NM) to essentially reverse the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC. In July, the Chicago City Council passed a resolution to include a referendum concerning the proposed amendment on the Election Day ballot, one day after Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) got behind it. Durbin has since lobbied Illinois voters with a heavy email campaign to join his cause.
While the outcome of this issue on the November 6th ballot won't actually amend the U.S. Constitution, it is important to understand the reason this issue is on the ballot to begin with: creating a narrative.
In a highly democratic city where voters typically will blindly go along with anything their corrupt elected officials say or do, an outcome in favor of the amendment is likely. A victory will embolden those pushing it to claim the outcome as a mandate to bring the amendment proposal to the national level.
The process to amend the U.S. Constitution is long and arduous, but Democrats see this ballot issue as a starting point to undermine the decision in Citizens United v. FEC. Slip a little item on the ballot most people know nothing about, then after it passes, they can use the outcome to convey the perception that the measure has far more support than it really does.
Where’s the mainstream media on this issue? Apparently they're too busy to be concerned with little issues like amending the U.S. Constitution. They’ve got “pot” and “same-sex marriage” to talk about. ABC 7 Chicago, NBC 5, and WGN Chicago have all spent more time covering California’s pro-marijuana ballot items than Chicago’s own ballot item to amend the U.S. Constitution. Don't worry, these same outlets will be sure to breathlessly report on this measure once it actually passes.
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