Today was a turning point in American politics. Watching Senators and Congressmen backing away from these failed bills as hastily as they originally tried to push these bills through was quite satisfying. It would be naive to believe we’re out of the woods. These horrible bills will return in some form again and again, like Police Academy sequels.
We’re in the midst of an era where the deck is stacked in favor of large, lobbyist-hiring corporations and the 1%. This small victory needed support from Google. Let’s not overrate people power. We might be able to roll back $5 bank fees and rally to preserve a single DVD queue in Netflix, but the 99% lack the political clout to get meaningful financial regulation and a fair tax policy through this same Congress.
Celebrate today’s victory, but gird yourself for bigger battles.