LETTER: Poor and middle class: Vote VarilekThis is a message for all the voters in South Dakota whose take-home pay is less than $30,000 a month, or are unemployed and are among the 102,470 residents of the state who are classified as “food insecure.”
By: Michael D. Ryan , Mitchell
To the Editor:
This is a message for all the voters in South Dakota whose take-home pay is less than $30,000 a month, or are unemployed and are among the 102,470 residents of the state who are classified as “food insecure.”
This election season is the most important in the history of our nation.
In January 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court passed the Citizens United decision, which handed to corporations the right to pour unlimited amounts of money into election campaigns, based on their “freedom of speech.” A corporation is defined as “a legal entity consisting of a group of people who have a charter granting them legal powers given to individuals.” They may “enter into contracts, buy and sell property, etc.”
With this one decision, our system of democracy has been threatened by the power of those with the most money to spend on election campaigns.
This election boils down to one of the greedy rich vs. the poor of this nation.
Karl Rove and the Koch brothers have each put more than $1 billion into political action committees, with no accountability to report what and how it is spent. The aim of these groups and corporations is to take control of the government, to rescind Social Security and to debase the health care laws on the grounds that they are getting rid of “socialism.”
What they fear most is the shred of democracy that is left — namely, the right of individuals to vote. That is why so many states have introduced new criteria for securing the right to vote.
So I urge the poor and the middle class of South Dakota to revolt against the dictates of those who serve the wealthy corporations, and not the common people of this State.
Vote against Kristi Noem, who serves the tea party and the greedy rich.
Vote for Matt Varilek, who is pledged to resist those in Congress who would take away the power of the people and hand it to the corporations.