There is a Facebook meme going around with a photo of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg saying “I think our system is being polluted by money.”
She’s not wrong, but before we start cooking up cures, let us pull back the shot from its focus on cash and see the entire problem rather than the most pus-laden symptom.
We need an American Clean Governance Act that genuinely reforms election finance. We also need to define lobbying more tightly so that acts of corruption that take place under the rubric of lobbying are separated from the legitimate act of informing the legislature.
But this is not just about new laws. This is about public action. Each of us has it within our power to change government. Let’s be clear: voter laziness is doing at LEAST as much damage to election results as the brain-dead voter ID laws.
Voting is not a right, people. It is a responsibility. Because every vote not cast is not a vote for the status quo. It is a vote for tyranny.
The next time you hear somebody blaming a Koch, a Soros, a church or a union for the problems in American government and start to get really heated up, go look in a mirror and say to yourself, three times, “a better America begins with me voting.” Not sharing a meme on Twitter or hitting “Like” on Facebook. Voting.