Election fraud is beside the point when money casts the deciding vote

The U.S. Supreme Court.
The U.S. Supreme Court.REUTERS/Gary Cameron

The controversy over election fraud (“Trump discredits America’s brand,” Opinion, Oct. 21) is a red herring. When candidates take millions of dollars in campaign contributions, it does not really matter if the machinery of our election system works or not, because whoever wins the election will be obligated to serve his or her major donors rather than the general public.

It’s been almost seven years since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision opened the floodgates to the corrupting influence of big money in politics. A constitutional amendment is needed to reverse Citizens United by establishing that artificial entities such as corporations are not entitled to the same inalienable constitutional rights as living human beings, and money is not a form of First Amendment speech.

However, as long as we the people meekly accept domination by those with enough money to bend government policies to their own advantage, it won’t matter whether our votes get counted or not. We will continue to get the best government money can buy.


Paul Lauenstein, Sharon