American democracy is uglier than necessary. We don’t have to talk so nasty about our opponents. Or their money.
The usual snipe about this process is that funders of “our side” (whichever side that happens to be) are Good and True and Selfless, while funders of the other side are Evil and Dishonest and Selfish.
So, Democrats decry — and often seek to regulate — the spending of wealthy conservatives and “major corporate lobbyists”; Republicans decry — and, perhaps less often, seek to limit — the spending of unions and billionaires such as George Soros.
Because organizations like MoveOn have been funded by Soros, they are said to be somehow less “legitimate.”
When it was discovered that the Koch brothers of Koch Industries had funded various “Tea Party” organizations to the tune of (it is said) many millions, Obama-hurrahing pundits and activists decried this, charging that it proved that there was no “grassroots” element to the movement. “Astroturf!” they cried.
Look: It’s not tainted money when the other side gets it and you don’t. Or vice versa. Besides, rich people should be as free as less rich folks to give to their causes.
And perhaps we’d see less money pouring into politics from billionaires were campaign contributions for the rest of us less limited.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.