Congress has the power to fix our campaign finance system, Supreme Court or no. This Congress won't. But if progressives and the anti-corruption wing of the Tea Party joined forces this fall to demand it, the next Congress could. The solution lies in tax cuts.
By limiting incumbents to raising money in their own districts and limiting challengers to specific matching amounts maybe we would finally get to where people in a particular district actually make their own decisions on who will represent them.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, front outfit for a consortium of corporations, has bragged on its website about outspending everyone in Washington, which is easy to do when Chevron, Goldman Sachs, and News Corp are writing you seven-figure checks.
The rich use their money to legally bribe politicians to support policies that favor themselves over the middle class in the auction that we call elections. And the policies they support are different from those supported by the majority of middle class Americans voters.
It's clear enough -- or should be by now -- that the electoral process has been occupied by the 1%. They are making money off, and electing a president via, you. Which means that you -- that all of us -- are occupied, too.
The Constitution of this country has served us well. But when the Supreme Court says that attempts by the federal government and states to impose reasonable restrictions on campaign ads are unconstitutional, our democracy is in grave danger.
In a symbolic, but significant boost to the movement, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to make L.A. the first major city to endorse a constitutional amendment to overturn Supreme Court decisions that corporations are people and money is speech.
Even if Occupy could agree on one purpose, Occupy wouldn't work because Congress no longer responds to the needs of the people. It only responds to the needs of the lobbyists. The people have lost control of their government.
"We don't want Wall Street to control our future, and that's why we're on Wall Street," Russell Simmons said, describing the constitutional amendment he is supporting that would ban private donations for U.S. politicians running for federal office.