United to Amend would impact politics

To the editor:

Politics today have left many perplexed and just plain baffled. For me, the disarray is uncomfortable, but how to soften its effect? Practical and unsentimental action always feels good, and the initiative that many, many communities have adopted, United to Amend, may fill the bill.

United to Amend brings back the days of McCain/Feingold — non-partisan, campaign finance reform legislation. How ironic and fitting. Sen. John McCain is struggling with his health while writing a memoir to set the record straight. Surely his days of reaching successfully across the aisle is part of his proud legacy.

United to Amend asserts that little can be done about the problems in the country without campaign finance reform. Problems cannot be solved while representatives we send to Washington are compromised by contributions that they accept.

United to Amend:

Be it resolved that “We the People” of the City of Shawano, Wisconsin, call for reclaiming democracy from the expansion of corporate personhood rights and continuing influence of unregulated political contributions and spending. Let us stand with the communities across the country supporting the Move to Amend campaign, which calls for an amendment to the United States Constitution stating:

1. Only human beings — not corporations, unions, nonprofit organizations or similar associations — are endowed with constitutional rights, and

2. Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.

Mary Podzilni,

Town of Wescott