If you want to see how grossly money can distort democracy, just go to the state of Virginia, where there are no limits on how big a check can be written for statewide office. Groups and individuals from outside the Old Dominion are taking full advantage, pouring millions into a governor’s race they see as a dry run for the tactics they’ll use in the 2014 midterms and the 2016 presidential race – sort of the way the Spanish civil war turned out to be a testing ground for many of the deadly weapons of World War II.
Billionaires like environmentalist Tom Steyer on the left and the
Koch Brothers on the right are placing their bets, but as they say at
the track, the horses they’re backing are just a couple of hay burners.
Once the home of Washington and Jefferson, James Madison and Patrick
Henry, Virginia now has a choice between two mediocrities slavishly
devoted to their wealthy contributors.
Read the dirty details and the whole article here and think once again about the possibilities for democracy within the capitalist system.
Final word from the authors:
So come Election Day, pity the voters of Virginia. Whether they choose
the glad-handing Democrat or the self-righteous Republican, once again,
the real winner will be Big Money.
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship