Originally Posted by FrankC
The Supreme Court already decided that candidates can get unlimited billions from any person, country or organization so the only way to change the problem is to change the court. We need to get Scalia and that sorry sack of shit Clarence Thomas off the court.
I recommend you check out more of Lessig's written work. It's some of the most logical and solid arguments, that I have seen, that get to the root of the problem. Surely, the Supreme Court has gone pretty whacky. And, yes, Scalia and Monsanto Clarence need to be replaced. But they are simply the branch that grew out of the root problem. The reason they are in their position is because of the corrupting influence of money in politics. K Street and the revolving door were doing their thing long before the Citizen United decision. So to replace these justices we need to fix the root of the problem first.
Take Monsanto Clarence - how much money does Monsanto spend on lobbying and campaign finance? Monsanto's Deep Roots In Washington - OpenSecrets Blog
From Lawrence Lessig "One Way Forward: The Outsider’s Guide to Fixing the Republic"
"The day before Citizens United was decided, this democracy was already broken. Citizens United may have shot it again, but the body was already cold. And reversing Citizens United might well be a necessary step to bringing it back to life. But such a reversal alone is nowhere close to a sufficient step. To revive this democracy, we must change the way campaigns are funded and supported."
So what would fix it? What change would end this debilitating dependence, this obvious corruption? Understand the source and you understand the solution. The source of this corruption is a Congress that is responsive to its funders but whose funders are not the People. The remedy is to change that source by making the funders “the People.” We can achieve that remedy by changing the way campaigns are funded. We must move away from the world in which (a tiny slice of) the top 1 percent fund elections to a world in which practically all of us— let’s say, the 99 percent— fund elections. Until we do that, we will not have a republic “dependent upon the People alone.” We will instead have a government “dependent upon the funders primarily.”
He goes on to give some concrete steps that all of us can do to try and make this happen. "[We] are this Republic’s only hope. And so long as [we] dawdle, [we] deserve what’s left when this Republic is lost."
And Schutzie... he definitely doesn't promote tax-payer funded campaigns.
Take care all,