I'm a fan of the new Senator from Minnesota, Al Franken, but I find myself with my head in my hands, lamenting his appeal to participants at Netroots Nation.
And I can tell you first hand that the government - the White House, the FCC, my fellow members of Congress - is hearing plenty from the corporations on the other side of these issues and not nearly enough from you. If you want to protect the free flow of information in this country and all that depends on it, you have to help me fight this. Help me fight this.
How on earth did the business of crafting public policy become a battle between corporate interests and the interests of We the People? I understand that is a rhetorical question, given the recent sale of our democracy to businesses by the Supreme Court, but still, it's a mind-boggling situation.
We hear this ridiculous appeal all the time, as though we're participants in a sick game show where cheering on our team is the thing that makes the difference. "Make us do the right thing" is something we've heard even from the President. And with all due respect, it's nothing but bullshit from weak policy makers who don't have the spine to do their damn jobs.
We shouldn't have to help anyone "fight" anything when it comes to deflecting corporate interests. Unfortunately, the only path forward I can see is to eliminate the legal status (and therefore the rights) of corporations entirely. It's time to end corporate personhood. Period.
We could do this right here in North Carolina, but of course one thing would have to happen first.