Letter to the Editor: 

You don’t matter, neither do I. We are the “real people,” with rights originally protected by the Constitution, but the people who matter now are not you and me. They are, in fact, the artificial entities of corporations, unions and super political action committees deemed “people” by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision of 2010.

The latest Supreme Court nod to corporate “personhood” gave corporations the same rights we have; those of free speech and privacy, allowing unlimited spending on political campaigns and limited disclosure. 

Ordinary citizens don’t often make big money contributions and corporations don’t share our concern for family, friends, jobs, local economic and environment. They only have to be concerned with their corporate profit and shareholder interests. These two realities are at odds and our voices are drowned out.

As George Penn from Wisconsin United to Amend explained to a packed room Jan. 16 at the Minocqua library “How can politicians represent you when they are given millions in their campaigns to represent someone else?” It’s not a surprise that when all the rules are changed to favor wealthy elites that we have legal bribery of politicians and those politicians are beholden to the agenda of those donors, not us. This is common sense.

Both political parties are affected by this flood of money into campaigns, political action committees and negative ads. Seventy-two percent of this money would have been prohibited prior to the Citizens United decision and 79% of voters in both parties favor the reversal of that decision.

Across the United States, more than 5 million people have signed petitions, more than 750 communities have passed resolutions, including 144 in Wisconsin, and 19 state Legislatures have called for an amendment to the Constitution (36 are needed), according to Wisconsin United to Amend.

To find out more and to get involved in your community effort, contact Wisconsin United to Amend at wisconsin@unitedtoamend.org or call (608) 316-1792. 

Per Wisconsin United to Amend, “There are lots of issues that need to be addressed to get America back on track, but until ‘we the people’ regain control of our republic, nothing will get fixed.” 

Amen to that.

Judith Maloney

St. Germain