News producers are afraid that indefatigable fact checking of either party will bore the pants off people. But I don't smell any fear of ennui emanating from station owners making billions off broadcasting the Big Lie.
Behind the pomp and circumstance of the conventions, you'll quickly discover unthinkable largess bestowed upon Republicans and Democrats alike in exchange for policies that are screwing just about everyone who doesn't happen to have a well-heeled lobbyist or Super PAC.
No serious proposal to take the money out of politics, or even reduce its tightening grip on the body politic, will emerge from Tampa or Charlotte, so the sounds of celebration and merriment are merely prelude to a funeral cortege for America as a shared experience. A radical minority of the superrich has gained ascendency over politics, buying the policies, laws, tax breaks, subsidies, and rules that consolidate a permanent state of vast inequality by which they can further help themselves to America's wealth and resources. Money rules. And in the foul air democracy chokes and gasps, the middle class falls behind, and the poor sink from sight as political donations determine the course and speech of policies that could make the difference in the lives of ordinary people struggling in a dog-eat-dog world.
You can call all of this disgusting, or venal, or corrupt. But crazy? Not on your life. Critics should stop describing it that way and start calling it what it really is: the prostitution of democracy to the highest bidder.
Judges are supposed to be independent, fair arbiters of justice. In the Citizens United era, however, judges will increasingly face a choice between the law and special interests that can spend unlimited sums on their re-elections.
To grasp the harms caused when money dominates politics, start with for-profit colleges. It has become a monster, a league of Wall Street corporations and private equity-owned firms that get 86 percent of their revenues from taxpayers.
As the Republican and Democratic national conventions are approaching, the debate on how to address soaring Medicare costs is heating up. But there is much more heat than light, and our country seems more polarized than ever.
From healthcare to fiscal discipline to jobs, Romney and his party are using people's trust, economic angst, and deep love for the Constitution to sell a vision that is pure gloss with nothing behind it.
When a person is homeless, they feel powerless. They don't have a choice of where to sleep, when to wake up, what to eat -- almost every choice is taken away. Here, they're asking politicians to act on their behalf.
America, the land of opportunity, needs to create those opportunities for all its children.