That’s the real issue, isn’t it? I’ve been a political junkie my entire life, but never have I been so afraid for the future of representative democracy in the United States.
Citizens United has made a mockery of any semblance of fairness in politics. Undoubtedly the worst of the Supreme Court’s ubiquitous 5-4 decisions, it allows corporations to act as people.
What does that mean? No holds barred in humongous political donations by the super-duper richest among us.
So last night I went to hear, Bernie (Sanders), the iconoclastic Independent (Socialist) Vermont senator. I remember hearing about Sanders when I lived in Vermont in the early 1970s. Wow, a socialist/progressive/truth to power guy I could believe in! And I still can.
Photo: Gwen Russell Harvey
“A grotesque level of inequality”: Republicans aren’t the only rich donors; Democrats have their share, too. But as Bernie said, when the ultra-conservative Koch brothers plow $900 million into the 2016 elections, what happened to one man [person], one vote?
When 1 percent of Americans have more money than 90 percent of the rest of us — yet they oppose raising the minimum wage from a pathetic $7.25 per hour — how can we call ourselves a democracy?
“A grotesque level of equality” is right. Now what are we going to do about it? I wanted to see a woman president in my lifetime, but if there’s a choice I’m going with Bernie.