My inbox fills every day… 20,30,40, even 50 emails… many of them from Democratic candidates seeking financial support. Every Republican candidate apparently has a super PAC of his (mostly “his,” not “her”) own; the same is not true for Democratic candidates. Republican candidates are raking it in and making huge ad buys. A million here, a million there, and pretty soon we’re talking about real money to spend on those baldfaced lies.
This is, of course, exactly the consequence we expected of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision: any real possibility of mounting a grassroots campaign and winning office using the funds obtained through a lot of small donations by individual citizens of modest means has been utterly overwhelmed by immense donations from citizens of immodest means.
Put simply, elections can now be well and truly bought.
Some candidates are asking for as little as $10. I do not hold out much hope for those candidates against candidates funded by the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Mitt Rmoney himself, etc., etc. ad nauseam.
Short of a constitutional amendment… and how in Dog’s name that would happen I cannot imagine… we have effectively witnessed our democracy put on the block and sold to the highest bidder. Notwithstanding the undisputed wealth of our nation’s founders, and the fact that some of them owned slaves, somehow I don’t think this is the system they had in mind. I know it’s not the system I had in mind, now or at any earlier time in my life.
Excuse me; I have more emails to delete…