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Citizens United will only serve to divide — and paralyze — our politics

The American public will have much to think about when deciding whether a constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United is warranted (“Retired justice speaks up: Stinging dissent on political cash,” Editorial, May 5). One factor that deserves to receive a lot of attention is the increasingly stultifying effect the ruling is having on American politics.

Rather than going to centrist politicians favoring compromise, the huge sums of money that Citizen United has unleashed will be directed to help extremists on both sides of the aisle, thereby exacerbating the polarization that has our current Congress frozen in a state of suspended animation.

Richard Klein
Chestnut Hill