Progressive big hitters were out on the field Monday and they successfully swung for the fences. If only -- and it's a big if -- if only the party could liberate itself from the stranglehold of Big Money. For off camera, out of sight and (for the moment) out of mind, one could sense the corrupting presence of the lobbyists of corporate America.
The Koch political trust is the most formidable multi-state grassroots political operation in America. It now spends at least several hundred million dollars per election cycle on data-driven, targeted TV, radio and digital ads, direct mail, opposition research, grassroots organizing, and get-out-the-vote efforts in select states.
Why do we hear dozens of politicians offer "thoughts and prayers" after a mass shooting but no meaningful legislation for common sense measures such as stopping individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing weapons? It's because our representatives are puppets of their campaign donors, including the NRA.
The "money chase" forces politicians, including Secretary Clinton, to spend immense time soliciting for deep pocket donations. Her contributors get access, earn gratitude and get a hearing for whatever case they want to make. Politicians learn what subjects to avoid, and begin to echo views are widely shared among the donor class. Sanders indicts Clinton's fundraising not because he believes she is particularly corrupt, but because he knows she is human.
I was proud to sit on the Capitol steps, proud to have police officers arrest me, proud to be detained. Civil disobedience provides its own vocabulary, its own means of expression. By our act, we said: What's going on inside the Capitol, and in our country, is wrong. By our act, we said: It is not just wrong, it is unacceptable. And we won't accept it.