On Tuesday Presidential candidate Rick Santorum with no money, but with a strong message for the evangelicals, won all three caucuses and primaries. Mitt Romney and his super PACs, with all of their money could not overcome the vox populi of the people who voted.
Last night was an important example of how the people can check the process of money in campaigns. There has been so much made of the ads paid for by the PACs under the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that the people may be finally understanding the ads are to be ignored.
As I noted in my original post on the issue, the solution to Citizens United is not to restrict speech, but the people. The people must be willing to ignore the ads. The people must learn to educate themselves about the candidates.
It does not serve freedom if when the people are lazy we restrict the free speech of corporations and wealthy people. It is theoretically possible Citizens United could force the people to become more attentive to the candidates who reflect their views. This certainly has to be better than the people giving up on someone like Rick Santorum just because the talking heads claim he cannot win.
The talking heads and PAC money candidates can be ignored in favor of principle. The power remains in the vox populi. So long as we keep the power with the vox populi, We the People will effectively check our elected officials.