Although it is not as emotional an issue as gun control, we will all be affected by the Tacoma City Council’s recent passage of the resolution that states corporations are not people with constitutional rights. It was a big step in the right direction.
A majority of the council realized that this was part of a larger action showing nationwide support for a constitutional amendment to help get big money out of politics.
Constitutional amendments are not easy to accomplish, but we’re on the way now. It is reassuring that the council majority “got” the beyond-local aspects of this action. Municipalities all over the country are responding.
It is vital that we stop placidly accepting absurd, unlimited amounts of money in lobbying and campaigns as a legitimate part of our electoral process. Most people polled on this agree that unregulated corporate spending in politics has gone too far; we are all affected.
How reassuring to see a shining example of democracy at work right here in our own city. Thank you, Tacoma City Council.