When Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, it was the action of one man who, though supported by many in the nation, was the driving force for the issue behind the proclamation. We are indebted to Lincoln for working as he did to bring about a transformative change in our nation.
Every so often, citizens get to vote on an issue that is also transformative to our nation, where masses of voters, rather than the stroke of one man's pen, bring about a healing change. Adding an amendment to the Constitution is just such a movement, and it is going on now.
At town meeting in Scituate on April 9, the article Move to Amend will be on the ballot. It seeks to join 174 other towns in Massachusetts in supporting the overturning of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. That decision alone is responsible for the massive increase in corporate and institutional funding of political races in this country during the past two years. Because of that decision, there is no limit to the money that can be anonymously devoted to either winning elections or defeating candidates and issues. This is hurtful to real democracy.
Move to Amend is a nationwide movement. The amendment will declare that people, not corporations or institutions, are given the rights listed in the Constitution. And that the people, through their government, can limit the money spent in elections, and can pass legislation to keep elections clean.
We the people, in early 21st-century America, have a unique opportunity to support clean elections by passing this provision. It deserves everyone's vote.