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Constitutional sections discussed in Section 1:
Article I, sections: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (Commerce clause), 9 (Statements and Accounts clause, Emoluments clause) Article IV, section 4
Section 1 does not amend any text.
This proposal has shown that the only section of this amendment that establishes an entirely new provision in the Constitution consists with all relevant provisions.
Amendment XXVIII, (proposed), Section 1:
"[T]he United States will fund and certify self-governance [...]
A citizen may conduct such self-governance and an inhabitant may donate labor,
but no tax, credit or obligation will be affected for self-governance."
“For” doesn’t mean “by”: self-governance information may of course be used to protest taxes.
What this clause means is that no tax deduction, exemption or credit will cover any expense in the creation or presentation
of campaign speech or conduct. Only volunteering may be donated.
Once we're paying by budget allocation, we don't need to pay by exemption. Why pay twice?
The public sacrifices the pleasure of making small contributions but no system relying on limiting size of
contributions or expenditures can keep giants from finding ways around it. Even if the public debate were not an inherently public function, removing it from private control would be worth doing because nothing less will ever resolve this problem.
Any sacrifice involving an inalienable right such as speech must be seriously considered.
This requirement only acts in ways that the Constitution has already been found to allow.