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Read it and weep

Posted in American Culture & Politics by humanb on February 5, 2010

Lawrence Lessig has just penned a simply stated, heart-breaking and fervently patriotic piece in The Nation. It’s about the death of American democracy at the hands of a corrupt and perverted Congress, in a Washington that Obama has failed to change.

An excerpt from How to Get Our Democracy Back:

“Yet a year into the presidency of Barack Obama, it is already clear that this administration is an opportunity missed. Not because it is too conservative. Not because it is too liberal. But because it is too conventional. Obama has given up the rhetoric of his early campaign–a campaign that promised to “challenge the broken system in Washington” and to “fundamentally change the way Washington works.” Indeed, “fundamental change” is no longer even a hint.”

“The point is simple, if extraordinarily difficult for those of us proud of our traditions to accept: this democracy no longer works. Its central player has been captured. Corrupted. Controlled by an economy of influence disconnected from the democracy. Congress has developed a dependency foreign to the framers’ design. Corporate campaign spending, now liberated by the Supreme Court, will only make that dependency worse. “A dependence” not, as the Federalist Papers celebrated it, “on the People” but a dependency upon interests that have conspired to produce a world in which policy gets sold.”

Read it and weep. Or better yet, read it and fight.

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