As the first corporation to run for Congress, we have a special responsibility to defend the values the Supreme Court enshrined in its Citizens United ruling -- corporate greed, self-interest, hegemony and privilege -- against men like Howard Schultz.
Like many of us, Schultz is frustrated and fed up. He is done with partisan politics and useless leaders. He loves our country, still believes in the American Dream, and knows that we are better than this. And he is right.
Buckle up, America. This revolution will be improvised. And, it's all coming to the forefront of our national consciousness soon, thanks at least in part to That Used to Be Us, a very important and timely book.
What decent citizens and reformers like Howard Schultz need to do is to use their power to get Congress to end its addiction, by pushing for reforms that would make it possible for government to act sanely and independently of special interest funders.
This year, change.org had a petition drive to protest Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz' plans to speak on leadership at Willow Creek, which was described as having a "long history of anti-gay persecution."
What makes Starbucks' Howard Schultz a different kind of leader is his recognition that any company today must see itself as part of a larger community, serving a universe of stakeholders far beyond its immediate shareholders.