Lawrence Lessig on Obama's First Year
President Obama has been in office for a little over a year now, and it seems like everyone has an opinion on his performance. If you turned on any major news network on the anniversary of his first day, you'd see pundits weighing in on Obama's failures and (admittedly few) successes. But were they telling the full story?
This excellent video from Lawrence Lessig highlights the real issue with the first 365 days of the Obama administration: Congress. No, it's not about Republicans or supermajorities—Lessig calls that view "hopelessly naïve"—it's about career politicians who care more about raising money than ideals, no matter what side of the aisle the fall on.
Lessig is clearly left-leaning, but he presents a nicely bipartisan argument in this video. In order to accomplish anything, there needs to be major reform in Washington. Obama himself said so on the campaign trail, so should it really come as a surprise that all his major efforts for reform have been watered-down or blocked outright by Congress playing it safe?
Of course, yesterday's Supreme Court decision to rollback campaign finance reform sort of screws up this plan, doesn't it? Well, Lessig has a response for that too:
Whether you agree with Lessig or not, wouldn't it be nice if we had politicians that spoke intelligently and honestly like this? Now that's change I could believe in.