Corporate speech

Dear editor:

“We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that…government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Forgive us President Lincoln, but that government is all but buried! We now have government of the rich, by their lobbyists and for the powerful corporations. When Supreme Court Justices Thomas, Alito, Kennedy, Scalia and Roberts decreed that Corporations are people, that clearly indicated those very justices were bought and paid for as soon will be, the Senate, Congress and representatives from all levels of government. In January 2010 when these five corporate shills rendered their infamous Koch brothers funded Citizens United decision, the floodgates for special interest money in our elections opened.

The Citizens United decision held that corporations have the same rights as people and can spend unlimited corporate money to influence elections. These five right-wing ideologues reversed a century of campaign finance law that maintained basic limits on special-interest money in politics. They made a travesty and mockery of “freedom of speech” by creating the concept that money equals free speech. They demonstrated their contempt for democracy by elevating the status of any corporate entity to a much higher level than to any one of us who doesn’t have access to millions of dollars to spend on campaigns.

The only way to cleanse our political system from this increasingly corrupting influence is to get money out of politics wherein a rich and powerful elite runs our government. We must support an amendment to the United States Constitution prohibiting all corporations from making any contribution in any national election and to limit “Big Donor” influence. Please support People For The American Way (pfaw.org/) and their efforts to make this amendment a reality.”

Bill Brown

Erie