OccupyWNC, an affiliate of MovetoAmend.com, along with groups all across the United States, has worked diligently to bring resolutions to the attention of local governments. The resolutions propose, in part, that an amendment should be brought before Congress to negate the Supreme Courts “Citizen United” case which is interpreted to declare that corporations are “People.”
The towns of Franklin, Bryson City, Webster and Highlands have passed resolutions and other towns are pending. Macon County has yet to put us on their agenda (soon we hope). We have been turned down by one. We will not be deterred. Resolutions have been presented to both the State of N.C. House and Senate by some forward thinking representatives but they did not get to a vote this session.
Bill Moyers summed up this issue very well. He declared, “Our elections have replaced horse racing as the ‘Sport of Kings.’ These kings are multibillionaires, corporate moguls who by divine right – not of God, but of the Supreme Courts Citizens United decision – are now buying politicians like so much pricey horseflesh.” These justices gave the wealthiest Americans the power to further control our government. The 0.01 percent are using their financial power to make sure their core agenda in government would be theirs alone. Their number one priority is to protect the wealth and power of the privileged class and in the process, this election cycle, to make sure our president does not serve a second term.
We can fight back. Be involved! Work locally to make sure everyone is aware of the Movement to Amend. Attend as many candidate events and forums as you can. Let them know how you feel. Pay attention and help expose the identity of who is funding TV and slick flyer attack ads.
The one percent know that “Restore our Future” is code meaning their future, not yours and mine. The direction of private purchase must be stopped if America is ever again to be of, by and for the people. Public financing of our elections is the alternative. Social change is not easy. You have to be involved. To learn more about OccupyWNC go to http://www.occupywnc.com/.
Joan Palmroos — Otto, N.C.