Letter to the Editor: Amend the constitution to limit corporate use of money, influence on political system

April 12, 2016
Keith Wilson

The insurgent campaigns of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders reflect a growing dissatisfaction with the level of corruption in American politics.

Unfortunately, even if elected president, neither Trump nor Sanders would have the power to do much about the problem because of the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which makes it unconstitutional to fully address the amount of money flowing through our political system.

To truly address America's corruption problem, we need a constitutional amendment saying that corporations are not people and that money is not speech.

Since the president does not have the power to pass an amendment, we must take matters into our own hands.

A nationwide grassroots effort called "Move to Amend" is underway, and activists in Cleveland, Shaker Heights, and South Euclid are already working to help their cities join the hundreds of others across the nation that have passed an initiative pressuring their representatives to support a constitutional amendment.

I'd like to encourage readers who care about this problem to seek out and join these local efforts.

Keith Wilson,

Shaker Heights

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