Walter Shaub @waltshaub former Director of @OfficeGovEthics now with @CREWcrew personal account - views are my own Dec. 28, 2018 1 min read

Bleak assessment showing we focus on superficial things as the rot within worsens. The cure requires dull commitment to long-range goals by leaders who can get us to take bad tasting medicine. But we want shiny leaders who offer razzle-dazzle & fast cash.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2018/12/28/we-are-living-new-gilded-age-proves-it/ 

I’d prefer leaders with gobs of expertise, patience, listening skills, restraint, a librarian’s demeanor and the charm of wet socks on rainy days. A few would be good at inspiring us to tolerate things worsening as we build for the future, the rest at soothing inflamed passions.

But that cannot exist in our system with our campaign finance laws. They need massive infusions of cash to win elections, which means powerful interests control the elected officials who control the government. This control subverts the purpose and legitimacy of government.

Those advocating for this system do so in the name of “freedom.” They perversely claim that spending money to buy elected officials is “speech” and that restricting it is curtailing freedom of speech. But the freedom they advocate is the freedom of the rich to steal our freedom.

What if we weren’t manipulated by powerful interests paying fortunes to drown out the competition? What if all the major candidates stood on an even playing field so we could judge their ideas, ideals and talents, and what if they were beholden only to us?

Anyway, even if you don’t agree about the wet socks and bad tasting medicine, maybe you can agree about the campaign finance problem or, at least, that we’re focused on the wrong indicators of national wellbeing.


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