The results of yesterday’s election reveal a complex political landscape. Yes, there were some unexpected wins. But, overall the results were grim, as candidates who wish to roll back decades of social and economic progress were swept into office. Instead of debates about how to create jobs and rebuild our country, in these midterms we got vicious and misleading attack ads funded by anonymous corporate donors.
As we saw in this election, the Supreme Court’s dramatic assault on our democracy in Citizens United has opened up the floodgates to unlimited corporate funding of candidates. As Bill Moyers says, this money "is a dagger directed at the heart of our democracy."
Our country’s core values of tolerance, decency and fairness are threatened. But this is no time to despair. It is time to stand and fight and fight for something better—for a real debate about ideas and for a small d democracy. The Nation is committed to that work, and to ensuring that our truth-telling journalists lift their ideas into our country’s all-too narrow debate.
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