money vs people

Big Money vs. The People: The Main Political Battle of Our Times

This piece has run as an op/ed in newspapers in my very red congressional district in Virginia.

Here’s what I bet that historians will say was the No. 1 political battle in the America of our times.
Not the national debt, or abortion, or Obamacare, or immigration, or gun rights.
Instead, historians will say the most important fight was over whether the government of the United States would be the democracy our founders gave us, or whether Big Money would succeed in changing us into a different kind of society altogether.
Most of us are aware that our politics are awash in money like never before. The cost of our campaigns — from state legislatures to the presidency — has vastly increased. This avalanche of money — especially since the Citizens United decision — comes mostly not from ordinary citizens but from billionaires and giant corporations.
As a result, more and more of the decisions made — in Congress, in the White House, at the Supreme Court — favor the rich and powerful at the expense of average Americans.
Right before our eyes, our government — which is supposed to be by and for the people — is being stolen from us.