This opinion piece was published last month in the Portland Press Herald:
... Our democratic system is in a state of advanced paralysis. One doesn't need a degree in political science to see that, and the agent of that paralysis is money, mostly taken for the purpose of surviving the next election, mostly given for the purpose of buying influence.
The challenges we face are huge and serious, and have been brewing for a very long time. But little will be done to solve them so long as those who represent us and create policy are beholden to the "generosity" of the rich, powerful interests.
So long as we are distracted by the irrelevant sideshow of the talk-show big mouths and suckered by the slick manipulations of the political marketers that those mountains of money are spent on, "change" will continue to be just another word.