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Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 1:00 a.m.
Supreme Court

The day democracy died

The Supreme Court with their decision in McCutcheons vs. FEC, to strike down limits on how much one individual can pour into political campaigns, has killed our cherished democracy. An earlier decision in Citizens United, which allowed corporations unlimited campaign expenditures, was the first salvo against democracy and now it will allow the wealthy few to give even more money directly to candidates running for federal office. A government ruled by the wealthy few is not the way democracy was intended to be. Our founding fathers said, “By the people, for the people”; not, by the wealthy for the wealthy.
Now is the time to take back our government from the takeover of the oligarchs (see Russian government) and bring forth a constitutional amendment to overturn the court and reclaim our democracy. And while we are at it, it is time to impeach those on the court, with their rulings, who are subverting our democracy.
This is not a right-left, conservative-liberal issue, this is our democracy that is in danger and affects all of us. It will be interesting to see how the libertarians and conservatives respond to this ruling, those who claim to defend our constitution and rights for all.
Stuart Clift
Lake Stevens
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