Letter: Fixing our democracy
Today, the New Hampshire House will consider a plan to undo the damages to our elections, indeed to our democracy itself, by the tsunamis of money intended, let’s face it, to buy voting outcomes.
The proposed solution is a veto-proof amendment to the U.S. Constitution to end these practices, including the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that so unconvincingly asserted that collectives, like corporations and trade unions, share the right of citizens to spend money in elections.
The proposed way to proceed is for the New Hampshire House, to be joined by the Senate, to press New Hampshire’s congressional delegation to maintain pressure on Congress to undertake the amendment process.
Should the Legislature adopt this proposal, New Hampshire would be moving at last on this very important issue. Since the ills of elections affect all citizens, especially, of course, registered voters, it is a nonpartisan dilemma, best resolved by nonpartisan cooperation. The best way to show support for the measure is to attend the hearing today at 1 p.m. in Room 203 of the Legislative Office Building. Or urge your state legislators to support this welcome initiative.