Larry Lessig has an important article in The Nation about how campaign fund-raising has corrupted Congress.
This is corruption. Not the corruption of bribes, or of any other crime known to Title 18 of the US Code. Instead, it is a corruption of the faith Americans have in this core institution of our democracy. The vast majority of Americans believe money buys results in Congress (88 percent in a recent California poll). And whether that belief is true or not, the damage is the same. The democracy is feigned. A feigned democracy breeds cynicism. Cynicism leads to disengagement. Disengagement leaves the fox guarding the henhouse.
Read the whole article. You’ll hear a lot about this in the coming weeks (I fervently hope).
Here’s where you can sign the petition to Change Congress.