Lyle Hyde | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Moore and Emanuel block elected school board

Ben, I enjoy your work, but I have to object to your derisive dismissal of the resolution on Citizens United passed unanimously by Council.

The Supreme Court’s January 2010 Citizens United ruling is a radical strike against the taproot principle of democracy because, at the end of the day, it strips political sovereignty from the electorate at large and confers it on corporations and unions (which are having a smaller financial impact) and, with another Supreme Court ruling, SpeechNow.org. v Federal Elections Commission, on the super-rich.

We are part of a national grassroots movement trying to get an amendment to the Constitution to overturn Citizens United and restore democracy and political sovereignty to the people at large. Alderman Moore helped with that.

Journalistic skepticism is vital to an open society, but it can also turn into unproductive cynicism that smothers everything under a blanket of contempt. Yes, the resolution is nonbinding and symbolic, but mocking it does nothing to fight back against the raw power of unlimited big money to capture our elections and the government, a perpetual fight. The resolution is only part of a long term strategy to advance a resolution in Springfield and ultimately to form a national nonpartisan coalition that will turn our dysfunctional Congress around.

The alternative is plainly a plutocracy in which the private interest has been allowed to consume the public interest, which is effectively where we are now.

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Posted by Lyle Hyde on 08/03/2012 at 1:03 PM

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