“Want to deepen our democracy? Get ready.”

E.J. Dionne:

This is why the recent introduction of the “We the People” Democracy Reform Act of 2017 by Rep. David E. Price (D-N.C.) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) could prove to be an important milestone even if the conflict-of-interest maven who occupies the White House and the Republicans who currently dominate Congress choose to ignore it.

The bill is a compendium of ideas aimed at fixing particular problems in our political system. But its comprehensiveness underscores that the republican form of our government is being undermined by the rising power of oligarchic big money in politics and the increasingly unrepresentative nature of our institutions.

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