- You can quote me
I only moderately disagree with the writer's conclusion. The reason that neurotic hatred of the political class is the last acceptable form of bigotry is because an enormous number of people feel that politicians no longer have their constituent's interests even remotely at heart (or even anywhere in the body. :-P).
Folks who think that a compromise is being reached by someone who is at least listening to them just slightly more than they're listening to a lobbyist are, in my opinion, far more willing to see that that compromise was necessary, even if they grumble about it. Folks who think that all of the politicians and the middlemen of the mechanism, across the board, are bought and paid for by well-heeled lobbying groups and donors, of any ideological stripe, aren't going to trust working compromises.
We've got to get rid of Citizens United, as much for its perception as for its practice. I personally believe that the case law and precedent upon which it stands is correct. In actual practice and in effect, though, it has been a complete, total and unmitigated disaster, if for no other reason (and there are plenty of other reasons) than that folks think any and all established insiders are bought and paid for -- even if they're not.
One elephant in the room is the accelerated transfer of wealth to the wealthy in spades. The result of "less government" giving more money to the wealthy, less regulation, less concern for the environment, etc. etc.
Enough of the population is intelligent enough to see the holes in this. Writing off Sanders, claiming " his plans for governing were delusional" - this is the 1% speaking.
"Landmark Survey Finds Special Interests are Pouring Money into Local Elections"
http://commondreams.org/news/2016/06/26/landmark-survey-find ... al-elections
Funds are obscured and not much money can get your candidate in.
- And got the T-shirt
I do think the rise of lobbyists and the amount of unregulated money flowing into politics is a huge problem, but Congress has been sucking at that teat long enough that weaning it may be impossible.
At any rate, I think the article is definitely worth plowing through, if for no other reason than the historical look at the diminishing of Congress' ability to work effectively.