, Salem, MA

April 7, 2014

Letter: Democracy isn' t just for the rich

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

As you’ve no doubt heard, the Supreme Court has once again equated “freedom of speech” with “freedom to spend.” By siding with the plaintiff in this case, the court has now overturned aggregate contribution limits — the total that an individual could donate to federal candidates, a national party committee and non-party political committees. As U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, of New Mexico, said last week: “Campaigns should be about the best ideas, not about the biggest checkbooks.”

“Democracy,” the word that we have fought and died for since the beginning of our country. It means government by the people. Where are we today? Plutocracy, a society or a system ruled and dominated by the small minority of the wealthiest citizens?

What Americans want is for our voices and our votes to count. Everyone’s voice should be sacred in our democracy, no matter our age, race or the number of zeros on our paycheck. There is growing momentum across the country for pro-democracy reforms. Sixteen states and more than 500 towns and cities have gone on record in support of amending the Constitution (support H.J. Resolution 29) to ensure our elections and democracy remain in the hands of the people. Massachusetts and many of our towns and cities are in that count. May we succeed.

Kathy Lique


North Shore Move to Amend