Letter: The critical question
I think we all agree, whether we are in the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street, that we want our voices heard in the political process.
We want elected officials to know our concerns. We do not want to be drowned out by huge amounts of money from either multinational corporations based in the United States or from foreign corporations that fund huge numbers of television and print ads in their interest. We want representatives who will represent us, and not just the billionaires who control the corporations.
So, the most important question we can ask any candidate is: “Will you support a constitutional amendment that says corporations are not people and do not have a right to make political contributions, or to spend money on political advertising?”
Normally, I do not believe in litmus tests, but this question is so fundamental that if any candidate from any party will not answer this with a simple “yes,” then no one should vote for him or her, whatever else they may say. Please make this your most important question to candidates in the primary, or the general election.