Thursday, April 11, 2013

"The People" Have Lost Complete Control of Our Representative Democracy

For those of us who love, revere, and cherish our representative democracy and process, this video is as good as it gets.

It is very coincidental that I saw this video today. I was thinking the following: The American people are SO far ahead of the politicians, whether it is on the issue of immigration, gun control (registration in particular), gay equality, debt reduction, climate change..... so many other urgent issues of the day.

The fact is, "the people" have lost total control and influence in the process. This is not at all what the founders envisioned.  Clearly, it is the entities which provide funding to campaigns and politicians to which politicians respond. 

Today it takes more money than ever before to run a successful campaign due to the numerous media outlets and methods of campaigning.  But campaign dollars beget campaign dollars in our competitive system.  And the answer has become, of course, a reliance on the super-wealthy and the super-pacs which have come to control the process. 

The extent to which money to has come to influence and control our democratic system is rendering the system unresponsive, irresponsible, and downright deplorable.  Please listen to Professor Lawrence Lessig for clarity.

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