Letters to the Editor

Massive money has spoiled politics

To the Editor:

“Welcome to the end of democracy. We are here to overthrow it completely,” Jack Posobiec said as the event began.

“We didn’t get all the way there on January 6, but we will endeavor to get rid of it and replace it with this, right here,” he said gesturing to the crowd and holding up his fist.

Posobiec’s comments, even delivered in a lighthearted tone, are a chilling reminder that Trump and his supporters are not speaking rhetorically. They mean everything they say.

The words written above are the exact words published by NBC News on February 22. The speaker, Posobiec, is addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor, Maryland. If you think Posobiec is merely joking, consider this fact that supports the idea of destroying democracy: Citizens United legislation was passed to allow wealthy donors and corporations to contribute massive amounts of money to candidates who promise to promote their interests. This injection of money into elections minimizes the effect that average citizens can exert on their own interests. Believe it or not, democracy has already been badly bent by Citizens United while many Americans were attentive to other activities in their lives.

Legendary country singer/songwriter Merle Haggard sang,” When you’re runnin’ down my country, hoss, you’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.” By enacting Citizens United, did Congress walk on your “fightin’ side”? Let’s face the truth, America!

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Dave Waldrop


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