Beyond McCutcheon: Deeper Questions Demand Raising
By Danny Schechter
New York, New York: Everyone's taking about the Supreme Court's perfectly predictable "Citizens United 2" McCutcheon decision. It's what we are NOT talking about that worries me.
Ironically, the far right that many on the left see as the only beneficiary of a decision that treats money and free speech as if they are the same thing, is also not happy with it. They wanted, and may still get, the end of all campaign finance reform.
This decision keeps individual giving caps in place and, in the Right's view doesn't go far enough, although in their war of many slashes and cuts, they clearly see laws and policies trending in their direction.
If the escalation of the email that has inundated my in-box is any indication, Dems and the progressives see it in apocalyptic terms---the end of democracy as we know and the final nod towards plutocracy, if not fascism. Many of those emails denouncing the Supremes for serving the class interests that put them there, included a new pitch for money.
Money, honey--that's the name of the game in our political system. And, it's the game the Democrats play too. They have to, they will tell you, to stay "competitive." They are always denouncing big money while trying to get as much of it as they can. If that's a contradiction, so be it!
Think of how the hundreds of millions poured into politics helped finance the paralysis and stalemate we find ourselves in.
It keeps the game going--and growing. It reinforces the informed sense that politics is now a big business with an army of party apparatchicks, lobbyists, consultants, and staffers feeding off the trough.
And then there's parasitic army of commentators and pundits that their presence justifies who argue endlessly about each up-tick and down-tick of what they achieve, or more likely, do not get done.