I’ve lost faith and trust in any candidate running for office. They [the candidates] aren’t fighting for me any more. They were bought and paid for by huge moneyed interests who write their own legislation and hand it to our elected representatives. Corporate billionaires and wealthy unionists representatives buy up our airwaves during campaigns, drowning out the voices of the rest of us ordinary citizens.
How many of us have voiced these concerns over the last few years or have heard or read them?
A recent poll shows that 97 percent of Americans are very concerned about the corruption in Congress and want something done about it. How and when did things get this bad? I only know that it’s been several years since I’ve been able to sleep soundly and wake up in the morning knowing that I’m one of the fortunate — living in a great democracy by the people, of the people, for the people — where all our big problems are resolved using the discerning scales of justice after reasoned and researched information is conscientiously considered. Laws and acts were put into place to keep our water and air clean, our kids safe and our small businesses thriving on a level playing field with big business — all businesses paid their fair share of taxes to the U.S. government. Now, it’s nearly impossible for locally-owned small businesses to compete with huge multi-nationals for legislative consideration by their own elected officials?
Yes, and it’s been several years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5 to 4 Citizens United decision of 2010 gave “personhood” to corporations, unions and other artificial entities and extended “free speech” rights to their money!
A poll recently taken by the American Sustainable Business Council found that 66 percent of small business leaders said that the Citizens United decision has hurt them; 88 percent said that money has a negative role in politics. Do we want to continue living in what used to be a democracy? In a country were those with the most money take ownership of our most precious resources and their use?
This April 7 there will be a referendum on the Watertown ballot. Voting “YES,” in favor of a U.S. Constitutional Amendment to reverse the effects of the Citizens United decision will unite each Watertown resident with the 2.4 million people (41 percent of Wisconsinites) who live in jurisdictions calling for the amendment thus far and growing.
This is a nonpartisan, grassroots way to tell lawmakers that we want them to stand with us, the real United States citizens so that they can get off the fundraising treadmill and back on the track of doing the conscientious work all of elect them to do.
Letter by Joan Warsinski,
Town of Watertown