How can we take back our power?

How can we take back our power?

Editor of the Reformer:

The column by Richard Davis on April 14 stuck a nerve that was already raw. The topic was "superdelegates."

In the recent past, corporations knows as the major political powers decided that some votes were going to be worth way more than others. The "one person, one vote" system that I thought was fair, ethical, and according to our Constitutional rights was subverted by these corporations that decided, without the approval of the people of this country, to give much more power to selected few.

This became very personal to me this year. I had voted for Bernie, as had most of the people of this state of Vermont, and yet our "superdelegates" such as former Gov. Howard Dean, Sen. Patrick Leahy, and Gov. Peter Shumlin have decided our votes do not matter to them. They will vote whatever way they want. So why bother with elections? I am reminded of "four legs good, two legs better," and somehow have developed four legs when it comes to my vote. The system is rigged against the people in so many ways, with gerrymandering and difficulties to register as some of the more obvious and odious examples, but this seems illegal to me. How did this "superdelegate" situation occur? How is it legal? What can we, the people, do to take back our power? I want to do something more than write this letter. As our local media, please give us some options. Writing the few people mentioned is a start, but this superdelegate system needs to go, in my opinion, and I want to know what I can do to effect this change.

Devin J. Starlanyl, Brattleboro, April 15


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