I think it’s time to start pointing the corruption issue directly at the president. No, I’m not accusing Barack Obama of hiding bags of money in his freezer, nor am I complaining about corporate friendly policies he’s backed, although he’s backed some that have been troubling. But thinking strategically, we should be holding Obama to his own words on money in politics and lobbying. In “Republic, Lost,” Lawrence Lessig waxes poetic about Obama’s encouraging rhetoric leading into the 2008 election. And then Lessig points dismally to what really transpired.
To me this was always one of the singularly more promising aspects of candidate Obama and I KNOW personally several libertarians and conservatives who voted for him on that basis alone. The media hyped up Obama’s lyrical pronouncements – stuff about changing the business-as-usual culture in Washington and shutting the revolving door to K-Street, but the media had no interest in the real underlying promise. As soon as Obama was elected, we were right back to chasing one crisis after another and picking deeply partisan sides on everything. Why should the media have pressed Obama? The money wars are fought within the framework of media. They’re the beneficiaries. Only Obama himself can change the narrative.
So it seems that reaching Obama could matter. It takes 100,000 signatures to get a response from him directly. What we want is a truly one-issue face-forward press conference promoting his-own campaign promise – a public setting of priorities that puts the corrupting influence of money in politics squarely at the top. Sure the president will be distracted by more crisis-governance in the next few months. But maybe, just maybe he’ll also consider that setting this priority will allow him to control the narrative and more pieces on the chess board. Who knows, but we can’t complain if we haven’t tried. Please join me in telling the president to SAY IT.
“The number one priority in America should be to reduce the corrupting influence of money in the America political system.”
Just a reminder that this weekend is the first ever national demonstration against the corrupting influence of money in politics. The March Against Corruption is happening on Saturday, November 2nd , in cities all across America (and even internationally).
If this is the first you’ve heard about this march, be sure to watch this video.
In the New Jersey region there are Marches planned in NYC, Philadelphia, Allentown, PA and Wilmington, DE.
Starting at 12:00 noon
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
In New York City the event starts in Zuccotti Park at 12:00 noon.
In Philadelphia the event starts at 12:00 noon in the Independence Mall at the corner of 5th Street and Market Street (Liberty Bell park lawn). The march concludes at City Hall.
Worldwide Web March Against Corruption
Going to the event – you can contact Mark Doenges at 856-906-4447
For an explanation of the underlying problems: