Obama Won. Now It's Time to Change the System
thenation.com — With re-election safely behind him, we hope President Obama will be bolder in his second term. Americans would respond positively. In fact, a majority actually have liberal or progressive views. But however skilled Obama is as a politician—and despite the many principled progressives in Congress—we cannot expect to enact more than modest reforms until we tame the power of the corporate plutocrats. Ultimately, we need to change the system that ensnares even the most progressive politicians in its web. Specifically, we need three kinds of structural “mobilizing” reforms that will dramatically level the political playing field, weakening the power of the corporate plutocracy and strengthening the voices of ordinary Americans.