by Bill Dagnon
Citizens in a democracy deserve every opportunity to voice consent or dissent on government matters, especially those at the very basis of our country’s political system.
“That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Declaration of Independence
One party redistricting election districts so it wins the majority of seats even when another party wins a minority of the votes is gerrymandering. Proportionate representation by citizens is then impossible.
Corporations and other artificial entities are not mentioned in the Constitution and should have no inalienable Constitutional rights. Artificial entities, such as corporations, must be subject to federal, state and local laws.
Judging that money is speech, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United in 2010, is undemocratic. Access to the political process, whether by contributor, candidate, or supporter of legislation should not be limited by a citizen’s wealth.
These three current practices make it difficult for American citizens to fulfill their responsibility to engage in our self-government. The Sauk County Board should place the, “Nonpartisan redistricting, the “Corporations are not a person”, and the “Money is not speech,” referendums on the November ballot.