The Democratic Party lost its spine the moment it decided to cash in on corporate political money. If we don't reverse Citizens United and get the money out of our political system, progressive causes don't stand a chance.
Being pro-free market and anti-big government, conservatives value money too much and regulation not enough, a blend culminating in Oscar Wilde's indictment of "knowing the cost of everything and the value of nothing."
We can't really predict what will happen on November 2. All we know is that the historical trends are pushing against the Democrats, and that Citizens United has definitively tipped the scales in favor of the oligarchy.
Low RNC donations have Democrats jumping for joy, but their excitement is misplaced. The combination of Michael Steele and Citizens United is creating a paradigm shift in how elections are funded among Republicans.
A citizen movement is bubbling up through the barriers of special interest concrete in Washington that is not driven by tea party anti-government fervor, but by the hopes of regular folks who believe we can take our country back.
Right now in Congress there are three legislative approaches to counter the Supreme Court's granting unlimited political spending power to entities whose legal structure, among other traits, make them non-citizens.
The tough questions deservedly piled on BP's CEO at today's hearing will ring hollow if committee members don't also ask this tough question of themselves: Whose interests are they serving? The public's or Big Oil's?
BP isn't just dumping its filth on our beaches, it's dumping its filth on our democracy, and we need to fight back. And this fight isn't just about one company; it's about the entire corporate world order.