November 02, 2010

Douglas: Revering America's Political Spirit

Josh Douglas has written an oped that appears in some Kentucky newspapers. With permission I have also posted it at this link. It begins:

    America's political spirit is alive and well.

    That might be hard to believe in this season of political cynicism and negative campaign ads. The Supreme Court's decision this past January in Citizens United v. FEC, in which the Court ruled that corporations and unions have a First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts of money on political expression, unleashed a torrent of campaign spending by outside groups. Candidates and political parties have responded with their own escalated spending in an effort to respond to these ads. The Supreme Court has thus contributed to a culture of increased money in politics by all sides during this election season, threatening to drown out whatever influence we might have as individual voters.

    But people still care deeply about the course of their government and are actively engaging in shaping its path.

Posted by Rick Hasen at November 2, 2010 12:16 PM