Letter: Take back your liberty with N.C. ballot measure

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Citizens of this county and this country all want to create a sustainable future that honors the American values of liberty, justice and prosperity. However, transnational corporations and judges legislating from the bench are in the way! Super PACs, unions and other large donors to political campaigns have been given constitutional rights, and money has been deemed free speech. This gives rise to the high-dollar marketing campaigns that result in elected officials being bought and not serving those who elect them. I would like voters to determine who wins our elections and how they serve our interests.

The NC We the People Campaign is procuring a ballot measure for the 2018 election that declares that the people of North Carolina support amending the USA Constitution to establish that corporations cannot buy elections and that human beings — not corporations — are “natural persons” entitled to constitutional rights. The ballot measure will be voted on and decided by the people. Sens. [Terry] Van Duyn, [Floyd B.] McKissick Jr. and [Valerie] Foushee filed Senate Bill 354, The We The People Act! The House version of the We the People Act HB 453 has been filed by Reps. [Verla] Insko, [Rosa] Gill, [William] Richardson and [Amos] Quick.

I encourage readers of Mountain Xpress to take back your liberty! Please do the following:
1. Sign a petition for the ballot measure: www.NCWeThePeople.org.
2. Write emails and postcards to your legislators.
3. Get other nonprofit organizations to partner with our coalition. (There are currently 20 groups.) See website linked above.

With enough public support, our legislators in Raleigh will allow North Carolinians to vote in November 2018 by getting this through the General Assembly and onto the ballot!

— Ann Hibbard
Lake Junaluska

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