Dear Editor: The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision came down in 2010 with its astonishing ruling that artificial entities like corporations, unions and churches are indistinguishable from real human beings, and that spending by such entities is a form of free speech protected by the First Amendment.
Under the rule of law in America, that’s what the Constitution means as of today, however bizarre and other-worldly it may seem.
South Central Wisconsin United to Amend has been working ever since to amend the Constitution to reverse the pernicious effects of that decision and the flood of dark money it unleashed on the political process. Americans worry about Russia hacking elections, but we have no way of knowing whether they’re trying to outright BUY them, which they could easily do, given the utter lack of limits or accountability in the system.
So we at SCWUTA do want to amend the Constitution. But we want to do it the old-fashioned way, with an amendment approved by a two-thirds vote in each house of Congress, followed by ratification by three-fourths of the states — the same way the existing 27 amendments were adopted.
SCWUTA stands firmly opposed to the alternative method of amending the Constitution, by means of a convention that would have essentially no enforceable limits on anything it could do and for which nobody has a single clue as to how it would be run.
The one and only time we tried it before, back in 1787, the delegates threw out the old rules (requiring unanimous consent of the 13 states) and adopted a whole new approval process that they insisted be used for the new Constitution. Could something like that happen again? Absolutely!
A constitutional convention is a potential disaster for democracy in America.
Richard S. Russell
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