Originally Posted by Kaylore
Who is claiming special interests have the welfare of the American people? They don't. They care about their special interest. That's why they're special interest groups. Every group does this. Labor doesn't care if their industry is obsolete or if the country would be better if their factory closed. Pharm companies want to make money and charge a lot. Abortion activitists want their moral views forced on everyone else. Their whole existence is to champion small causes - regardless of the ethics.
I would argue you need special interest groups or you have majority tyranny.
I agree. That's what freedom of speech is all about. Let them speak. But that's a whole different thing from energy companies (for just one example) writing the legislation and handing to their reps in congress who pass it without even reading it in exchange for a fat campaign contribution. What we have now is tyranny of the special interests, like TR said, twisting "...the methods of free government into machinery for defeating the popular will."