Letter to the Editor

Follow the money

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

In a recent letter to the editor about “Dark Money” the writer expressed the opinion that the “super rich” get their way – implying he meant President Trump. I would have thought he meant Hillary Clinton since she raised twice as many dollars in campaign funds as President Trump. Most of Hillary’s campaign money came from the “super rich” and Wall Street.

And then we have the Clinton Foundation. This Clinton “fund-raising vehicle” raised hundreds of millions of dollars while Hillary was Secretary of State. Some of the money was used for good causes, but much of the money was used for the "Clinton lifestyle" and to compensate Clinton friends and associates. Now that Hillary Clinton has lost the election, contributions to the Clinton Foundation have dried up. The big contributions before the election and the fact they have dried up now is very revealing to why these contributions were made originally.

In a May 16 DCN letter to the editor the writer tried to make the case that we should abandon the Electoral College system and elect the President by popular vote. There is no doubt the Electoral College system has been around a long time, but it has served us very well. It would take a constitutional amendment to change our presidential election system. Our founders made it very difficult to change the Constitution for good reason. Any proposed changes should not be taken lightly.

In this Letter to the Editor it was stated the Constitution could be changed by a vote of two-thirds of the states. That is incorrect. The Constitution provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the state legislatures.

While an amendment may be proposed and a Constitutional Convention called by two-thirds of the states, adoption of an amendment requires a three-quarters vote of the states no matter how the amendment is proposed. None of the Constitution’s Amendments have come about through the Constitutional Convention process, i.e., all have been proposed initially by Congress. The main reason for this is easy to see: the people of Iowa (or almost any other state) are not likely to give more political power to California and New York City.

Phil Petersen