In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Robert J. Samuelson considers whether public opinion is to blame for the problems in American democracy. One observation stands out:
"[O]ur politicians are slaves to public opinion. Superficially, this should be reassuring. Democracy is working, because public attitudes remain the dominant influence–not "big money" or "special interest," as many believe.
"But it is not reassuring. The trouble is that public opinion is often ignorant, confused and contradictory; and so the policies it produces are often ignorant, confused and contradictory–which means they’re ineffective."
Some may read this as an indictment of the public, but we read it as an indictment of campaign finance "reformers" and their quixotic efforts to "get money out of politics."
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