Stealing America

Stealing America: Wealthy Interests Are Taking Over Our Political System.  A very interesting, bi-partisan piece from the Pittsburg-Post Gazette, jointly written by  a Republican “political operative” and a former media advisor to President Clinton. They conclude that in America, “we have lost our national sense of stewardship,”  and they blame Citizens United and the domination of elections and government by the super-wealthy.

Moving quietly at first, and now shamelessly, America’s wealthy special interests and their allies with uncompromising views are taking over this country’s political establishment. . . .

Dysfunctional behavior is undermining America’s role as a global leader and is laying the groundwork for crippling institutional failures . . .

When the Supreme Court anointed corporations with the privileges and powers of personhood in its 2010 Citizens United decision, it undermined our constitutional protections and threatened the legitimacy of our democracy. Ordinary citizens must now be constantly and intensively active to fight off wealthy, well-organized special interests.

The article is here. 

About Jeff Clements

Jeff serves as President of American Promise. He has practiced law for three decades in public service and private practice, and is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations. He is also the founder of Whaleback Partners LLC, which provides sustainable financing to businesses in the local agriculture economy. Previously, Jeff has been a partner in a major Boston law firm and served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the public law enforcement bureau in the Attorney General’s Office in Massachusetts. Jeff has helped to start and been a board member of many non-profit organizations and businesses. Today, in addition to the board of American Promise, he serves on the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, Massachusetts. Twitter: @ClementsJeff
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