Like many Alaskans, I’ve been following the debate between supporters of Vote “Yes” and Vote “No” on Ballot Measure No. 1.
If ever there were a David vs. Goliath battle, it’s this one. The powerful interests in the state are lined up with the oil companies on the “No” side: the governor, legislature, leadership of the unions, business community and Native corporations. All that’s missing for the oil companies to have complete control of Alaska is us — the ordinary citizens.
At critical times in our nation’s history, leaders such as Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us that it was dangerous to let giant corporations have too much power. More recently, Jay Hammond, Wally Hickel and Sarah Palin stood up to the oil companies and put Alaska’s interests first.
Right now, all the powerful interests in the state are looking out for the oil companies. Who’s looking out for us?
As you think about how you will vote, please remember that the interests of the oil companies and the interests of Alaskans are not the same. Sometimes a win for them is not a win for us.
The millions of dollars spent on advertising by the oil companies — all the signs, flyers, TV ads, radio ads and newspaper ads — show me that power in our state has become dangerously unbalanced. Our country’s founding fathers knew that too much power in the hands of the few leads to corruption. It’s a lesson we cannot afford to forget.
In the David vs. Goliath battle of Ballot Measure No. 1, we have one little but powerful weapon: our vote.
Please cast it as a “Yes.”