To the editor,

People are frustrated with the current political system. Big money is corrupting the election system. We the people are not being represented. There is a long list of issues we are facing today – health care reform, tax reform, education, etc. None of them are going to get fixed until our representatives represent us. Right now, the control is in the hands of special interests.

These frustrations are fueling a movement in Wisconsin and across the nation. It’s the movement to get big money out of politics. The Supreme Court has given constitutional rights meant only for individuals to artificial entities such as corporations and has ruled that money spent to influence the political process cannot be limited. Thus, our government today serves powerful special interests instead of the American people. Our founders had a healthy distrust of big corporations and moneyed interests. We are not going to fix this mess until we get back to that.We ended slavery. Women can now vote. We can fix this. too, and we are already making tremendous progress. It has been less than seven years since the disastrous Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. Since then, 18 states have called for an amendment to overturn that decision. Wisconsin is not yet one of those states.

Wisconsin United to Amend is a nonpartisan, all-volunteer group that helps guide local citizens, such as Monona United to Amend, through the referendum process. In the fall election, 18 more communities had amendment referenda on their ballot – all over the state, and they passed with approvals averaging 85 percent. An amazing support. That brings the total to 96 communities in Wisconsin and over 700 nationwide. Monona is not yet one of those communities.

Thank you if you were one of over 1,200 Monona citizens who took the first step by signing a petition last fall. It led to the ballot referendum in the upcoming election. Thanks also to the many volunteers who helped getting the message out. Now let us all take the next step: Vote yes on April 4.

Waltraud Brinkmann


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