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.