November 10, 2013 in Letters, Opinion

Democracy debased

 

Running for office is extremely expensive. Big-money interests now choose our lawmakers by funding massively those who cater to their needs, denying funds to those who do not and running endless (often misleading) negative ad campaigns against opponents. Big money from outsiders flooded into our state to influence/buy local elections.

The landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision of 2010 has made matters far worse. It allowed corporations and others to spend unlimited funds on elections. This decision opened the floodgates for dirty, money-bought elections run by outsiders.

Similarly, our forefathers were ruled by a rich powerful elite an ocean away that appointed their governors. Our forefathers, however, had the insight, courage and conviction to act. They wrote a Declaration of Independence and a democratic Constitution.

For the next 200 years, the United States became a place of individual liberty and economic opportunity. Now, this liberty and opportunity are threatened by forces more powerful than any foreign body. We need a constitutional amendment to correct this unjust decision before this land degrades from a democracy where our future is decided by the voters to a “de-mon-a-tra-cy (future term)” where legislation is controlled for a wealthy elite.

Justin Bell

Spokane


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