Some of the same media that should referee political discourse and oversee the process by which a sovereign electorate selects its leaders are in thrall to the backroom players whose mission it is to manipulate and game that discourse.
While their logos are nowhere to be seen, the influence that corporations have in election cycle spending continues to receive increased attention. It has also engendered increased scrutiny on the part of both faith-consistent and socially responsible investors.
The Citizens United case doesn't say what everyone says it does. We are behaving as if the case opened floodgates to unlimited spending on elections not previously allowed, and it does nothing of the sort.
The real small donor revolution in New York City can spread to federal elections as well if Congress enacts a small donor matching fund program. But its impact will not be felt in the form of more television advertisements funded by money from small donors.
With all that is going on in the world, would it not be great if the candidates stopped the 'speed dating' fundraising and really talked to America and listened to America -- not with and to just the ones with their wallets open?
Will corporations get all the rights that personhood implies? It's hard to say; only one thing is certain, they won't have any trouble raising the money for campaigns to approve the corporate equality agenda, whatever it turns out to be.