I write to urge the Macon County Commissioners to follow the lead of the Franklin Town Board and place on their agenda the requested Resolution to Amend the Constitution. This action would put them in the company of county and town boards across the state and country—toward the goal of reversing the 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United decision. That ruling granted rights of “Personhood” to corporations and bestowed to their money the advantage of unlimited “free speech.” It effectively has robbed human citizens of our vote. The proposed 28 amendment would nullify that ruling and re-create—for the 99percent—a level playing field.
—Corporations now control not only our economy, but our elections.
—Beyond elections, corporate lobbyists control the votes of the very representatives whose elections they engineered.
—Yet, Congress is the very body we elect to keep the corporations in check!
To me, this circle of dominance is a cruel JOKE—on “we the people.”
Make no mistake: this is a local issue. Corporations not only wield negative power over our air and water, but plunder our underground resources—most immediately, they own our economy. At March’s end, Macon County’s unemployment was at13.3 percent. A local CEO told me that his institution is overwhelmed by Dodd –Frank requirements, for which “TARP-rescued banks have not been prosecuted. Each year change becomes more difficult for our children and grandchildren’s future.
Leaders of Macon County, exert the leadership invested in you by your constituents —place this resolution on your agenda, and vote ‘YES’ to send this resolution to the N.C. General Assembly.
Lucy Christopher — Cashiers, NC