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Originally posted by whatukno
Government lobby groups should be banned from any state or federal building. They should be banned from talking to, discussing with, or interacting with any federal employee or elected official.
Any group, firm, PAC, or cause found guilty of lobbying members of the government should be tried under RICO and have all assets seized.
Any elected official to have any dealings with lobby groups should be found to have committed a first degree felony punishable by life in prison without possibility of parole.
The Original Thirteenth Article of Amendment
To The Constitution For The United States
"If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive, or retain any title of nobility or honour, or shall without the consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office, or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince, or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them." [Journal of the Senate]
This Article of Amendment is intimately connected to questions of loyalty, honesty, war and national defense. It is designed to combat internal subversion and discord sowed by people who are adhering to powers foreign to the Congress of the United States without stepping across the bold Constitutional line of treason. The authors of the TONA wrote it after some additional experience with how the British Empire, as well as other European nations, actually conduct their affairs. It is a corrective and supplemental measure to go along with Constitutional treason.
Originally posted by Kaytagg
reply to post by daddio
from any emperor, king, prince, or foreign power
Lobbyists are not emperors, kings, princes, or foreign powers..
So I fail to see how this is suppose to fix anything.
Originally posted by Aggie Man
I like this idea....hell, I think that ALL government officials should be "sequestered" for their entire term...sounds outlandish to have such a hope....but those that TRULY want to serve the public (as opposed to their pocketbook) should not have a problem with it.
Originally posted by Carseller4
reply to post by DoomsdayRex
You beat me to it!
Freedom of speech for all, or freedom of speech for none.
A law banning lobbyists, is a law banning free speech.
Originally posted by DoomsdayRex
How can you serve the public interest if you are isolated from that same public?
Originally posted by burlysoft
Do you believe this true if the lobbyist isn't expressing there own voice, but a paid for opinion that is formed by a corporation? Isn't the problem with the free speech aurgument that corporations are treated with the same standing as a person?