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What it ain’t

Former Arcata City Councilman Dave Meserve submitted a Notice of Intention to Circulate an Initiative Petition to Arcata City Hall this week. Signature gatherers will be coming soon to a parking lot near you. Below is the wording of the proposed ordinance. See more at Corps-Aint-Peeps on Facebook.

The People of Arcata Ordain as Follows:

We hold these truths to be self evident:

Corporations are not people.

Money is not speech.

Be it therefore ordained that:

To the full extent possible under federal and state law, and with the goal of changing any federal or state laws that may oppose this ordinance,

Within the City of Arcata, CA, corporations shall not have the rights of “Persons” or “The People,” as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment. Only living, breathing human beings shall have such rights, and

Within the City of Arcata, CA, money shall not be considered to be speech, as protected under the First Amendment.

Be it further resolved that:

The people of the City of Arcata, CA support amending the U.S. Constitution to establish that:

1. Corporations are not natural persons, and the rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.

2. Money is not speech, and the spending of money to influence elections is not protected speech.

  1. February 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Bravo!!! I love Arcata!

  2. Anonymous
    February 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I don’t always agree with him, in fact, rarely so but, I like Dave. Above all I think that what I like most is his honesty, unlike most progressives and conservatives in office or running for one when you ask Dave his opinion what you get is his actual unadulterated opinion.

    Dave, thank you for being there! Even when you’re wrong.

  3. Harold Knight
    February 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    We can expect Heraldo’s provocateurs to offer the same “meaningful and specific” explanations why Dave is wrong, as we got from those who think Bohn is right….without a clue about his actual stance on a single important county issue.

    “Bohn nice guy, Meserve from Arcata…uggg…”

  4. February 1, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    “…yet from this tiny acorn a might oak is born.”
    Let’s do this and more.
    Like making bribery illegal again.

  5. What Now
    February 2, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Good man, Dave!
    May you and THAT cause succeed mightily.

  6. Just Watchin
    February 2, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Another example of how stoners spend their all of their free time

  7. Decline To State
    February 2, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Is there someplace I can go to sign that document? Even though I live in Eureka I’d like to add my name to it.

  8. anoni-peep
    February 2, 2012 at 7:32 am

    A great line:

    “I’ll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one.”

    Go Dave Go!!!!!!!

  9. S. Spielberg
    February 2, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Yeah, because Arcata has money to piss away fighting the federal government. I get the impression Dave dreams every night of arguing a case before the Supreme Court as the sweeping movie music rises and a hundred thousand people chant “Dave! Dave! Dave!” on the steps outside.

  10. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 8:00 am


  11. Plain Jane
    February 2, 2012 at 8:02 am

    If you aren’t a gazillionaire you don’t matter.

    Resistance is futile! All your base are belong to us!

  12. David Boyd
    February 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

    As a nation we have been largely unable to address any of our most pressing social and environmental needs due to gridlock in a dysfunctional political system. The massive accumulation of wealth by the top 1% in the last 30 years, followed by the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, has resulted in a government unable to do much except that which benefits the very wealthy.

    We must get money out of politics, and ballot initiatives like this are a good and necessary first step.

    I am proud to be a supporter of this initiative, and a resident of Arcata.

  13. High Finance
    February 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Some people have wwaaaayyyyy too much time on their hands.

  14. S. Spielberg
    February 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Thank God Dave lives in Arcata and not my city… one less person dreaming up new ways to give lawyers my tax money.

  15. Thorstein Veblen
    February 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    While we are at it, making corporations not be people and making bribes illegal, how about we bring back usury too?

    Gotta give Dave credit, he talks but he also does stuff like this to back up his talk.

  16. Plain Jane
    February 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Yeah! Anyone who has time to circulate a petition should be working more and thinking less, especially if it is in opposition to corporate control of our country.

  17. February 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Dave and David are my kinda guys. And Spielberg 7:49, you must not know Dave.

  18. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Arcata got a good taste of Dave when he was on the city council. Try as he may; he has not been able to get elected again.

    He has a lot of good ideas, just the wrong way to go about doing things.

  19. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Gotta give Dave credit, he talks but he also does stuff like this to back up his talk.

    *facepalm* If he was backing up his talk, in this case he’d be fundraising to fully pay for the legal challenge to his proposal. Instead, he’s taking his talk to the extreme where it will likely case measurable harm to the city in the form of money lost spent defending the lawsuit.

  20. Thorstein Veblen
    February 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Well, he does more than just post on a blog, which is about as far as I tend to get.

    As for cost, seems like a cart before horse kind of thing to me, worrying about the cost of litigation for something that a) is a long ways from being adopted, and b) hasn’t been challenged yet. And if the will of the people of Arcata is to adopt something like this, then why should Dave M. alone fund a defense?

  21. Dave
    February 5, 2012 at 11:45 am

    2. Money is not speech, and the spending of money to influence elections is not protected speech.

    I wonder if Dave Meserve knows that trade unions are corporate entities.

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