Perhaps President Abraham Lincoln's famous words of hope for a "... government of the people, by the people, for the people..." will yet ring true again -- with a little help from Russ Feingold and his growing movement.
Limiting spending in campaigns would give the senator time to listen. Lobbyists and special interests would be limited. There would be time to debate rather than fundraise. And the people would recoup their government.
The McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform act has been eviscerated by the courts and what's left of it is barely enforced by the Federal Election Commission. The same goes for various provisions of the Federal tax code.
Corporations are not just citizens united to make protected speech, but artificial structures entitled to legal and tax advantages different from individual citizens. They exist for the avowed purpose of making money -- not advocating policy.
President Obama is right, the Citizens United decision will further weaken the quality and fairness of our politics, as well as hand already-overpowered lobbyists a nuclear weapon for influencing policy.
Nothing is quite so inspiring as the sight of journalists, in high dudgeon, trashing the First Amendment. Such has been the rule since last Thursday, when the Supreme Court issued its opinion on campaign finance.