On Oct. 12, more than 60 Fox Cities residents attended "Get Money Out," a non-partisan, informational forum, which wasn't reported in The Post-Crescent. The well-informed speakers showed how much money is being spent on politics in this country, how much the amount has grown in recent years, and the damage the flood of money has done to our democracy.
The speakers said that many people feel that their representatives don't really represent them and added that those people are right. Their voices are being drowned in the flood of money that allows a few people to take control of political discussions in our country.
This flood of money has been made possible by Supreme Court decisions that ruled that (1) a corporation is a person entitled to the rights of a person under the constitution, (2) political spending is a form of speech and of association and therefore cannot be limited and (3) corporations, as persons, are entitled to unlimited political spending.
However, the flood of money has damaged our democracy so much that, now, groups all over the country are working to amend the Constitution to say that "(1) Only human beings - not corporations, unions, nonprofit organizations or similar associations - are endowed with constitutional rights, and (2) money is not speech, and therefore limiting political contributions is not equivalent to restricting political speech."
These ideas are not partisan, and most people can see the sense in them. One of the speakers explained that Wisconsin's "Move to Amend" organization has been successful in getting communities all over the state to pass resolutions in support of the proposed amendment, and the organizers of this informational forum plan to make a similar effort in northeast Wisconsin. Please join them and help to return our democracy to the people.