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Letter: Vote to remove money from state high court

5:22 PM, Mar. 20, 2013  |  Comments
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Voting. It is a rite of passage in our democracy.

Who would argue that the right to vote was paramount to the drafters of our U.S. Constitution? They recognized, just having gained their freedom from a tyrannical government, that the individual right to cast one's ballot was essential to assure a free and functional democracy.

Some citizens, those being slaves and women, were not recognized as part of the voting citizenry at the Constitutional Congress. Our ancestors recognized the error of their omission and amended the Constitution to right this wrong, thereby expanding the vote to all adult citizens.

Jump ahead to 2013. There are those in our far-right leaning Wisconsin legislature that would have us believe that our Constitution and the founders of our country got it wrong. Their recent voting legislation seems to indicate that our forefathers didn't intend for all citizens to have free and open elections, only those that could jump through the hoops and get around the roadblocks that they have legislated to assure their supporters the results for which they have paid.

Our forefathers provided for a judicial system that was non-political to weigh the merits of laws based on the Constitution and provide a check and balance system for government. In the current Wisconsin Supreme Court, the balance has tipped in favor of moneyed interests, thereby, skewing the decisions. Add to that the inability of the Court justices to work together and Wisconsin currently has a dysfunctional government. Ed Fallone, a Constitutional law professor understands this check and balance system. Fallone will work to give access to justice for working families and decide cases based on the Constitution.

On April 2, we, the voting public, have an obligation to send a clear message to the obstructionists in the state capitol in Madison. If we become complacent and allow outside interests to influence our legislature and our judiciary, eventually more and more of us will not have a say in how our state is managed. Voting - It's our privilege. It's our duty. It's our right. It's our responsibility.

Trudy Pederson

Town of Hull

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