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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion ...
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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion section of the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. As such, our focus starts there and spreads to include Massachusetts, the nation and the world. Since successful blogs create communities of readers and writers, we hope the \x34& Co.\x34 will also come to include you.
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By Tom Driscoll
April 5, 2014 11:15 a.m.





Okay, so maybe this isn’t the most reasoned and deliberate argument I’ve ever put forward. I’ll fully confess I haven’t done my homework and read the several standard sources explaining why this latest Supreme Court decision is so horrible (or the counter arguments that say isn’t). I’ve scanned the headlines mostly and seen the social media memes. Cash equals speech, I’m told —and our political process is forever lost to corruption —to the bidding of the highest bidder. We’re sold out.

Maybe my reaction this morning is symptomatic of outrage fatigue —like we were discussing the other day— but I have to wonder to myself where all the howls of indignation are going to get us. Maybe if I was in a different mood I’d be musing on (and grousing about) the equation of money and speech. I do think that is mistaken. But I also know it isn’t the only mistaken notion in this great republic of ours —not the first or the last. Today, this morning, the thought occurs our politics can’t be bought and sold if we the citizens don’t sell it out, don’t treat our politicians or our political ideals, our principles, as product to be bought and sold —if we don’t treat our ideals, our communities, our fellow citizens as branded commodities to embrace or disdain —to buy into or sell short. That, more than any campaign finance law or constitutional argument, would effectively negate the corrupting power of money in our politics. If only we were to go about our duties of responsible citizenship —not for sale.

Now, I’m off to answer all the emails waiting in in my queue —asking me to fight to keep money from corrupting our politics —by sending in my small donation.

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