The Common Good

Don’t Go It Alone

Date: January 2, 2012

Most often, the dominant preference of politicians is reelection. Unsurprisingly then, when blacks limit their political participation to elections, they subordinate their interests to the interests of the winning official. What moves the politician in this winner-takes-all world is not a set of principles or even the views of constituents. As Jim Wallis has articulated so memorably, “You can’t change a nation by replacing one wet-fingered politician with another. You change a nation when you change the wind.” And in our system, unfortunately, money has become the strongest wind of all.