In "Democracy for sale" (Forum, Aug. 22), Virginia Lee pointed out how much money several Utah members of Congress have received from finance, insurance and real estate industries since 2006. This is disturbing, but it is far from unusual, and it isn't limited to Utah or just these industries.
Lee rhetorically asked: "Can democracy in America survive when it is so readily up for sale?" My answer: It is already dead long dead.
Anyone who thinks the government is not owned by big business is ignoring plain facts. This truth was supported by the Supreme Court when it handed down the landmark January 2010 decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which held that political spending by corporations could not be prohibited under the First Amendment. Here's the (not so) new mantra: Corporations are people, and money is free speech.
If we want change, we better all wake up and see what is really going on, because it's almost too late. Or don't we really want to know?