Voters can decide for themselves whether Gambling for Education in New York is really code for Education in Support of Gambling, and whether they want more of what the carnival is selling -- for the kids, always for the kids.
The flow of big money doesn't necessarily mean that our politicians are bought and owned, but it gives large donors unparalleled access to candidates and unprecedented influence in shaping the national conversation and debate.
After years of working with advocates across the country on this issue, I am convinced that the only way to completely reverse the damage done to our democracy by this reckless Court is through amending the Constitution.
"It's not that the system is broken," says the conservative populist Governor Buddy Roemer, "it's that it's bought." The question that logically follows is what we, the American people, can do about it. How can we remove the corroding influence of money in politics?
Our founders were not apostles; they were sweating people with clashing intentions, fretting about their newborn country and Philadelphia's occasional outbreaks of yellow fever. Their document -- admirable as it was -- was not holy writ.
Whether you're a Democrat, Republican,Tea-partier, liberal, conservative, or in-between, you're experiencing an election season unlike any in U.S. history. That's because the rules on political spending have changed in a billion dollar way.
As long as conservatives believe they can win elections by changing the ground rules, the battle over voting rights will continue. And as long as conservatives are weaponizing the Constitution for political purposes, progressives must aggressively tell our own story about the Constitution.