It seems as if the ‘regular’ person is never going to get a break, the way the very wealthy seem to receive breaks. Not with the way money flows into the coffers of so many political parties – and I am not calling out any one party at all.
Instead, what I am calling out is how we are now moving down the slipperiest slope of all, the one of money in politics – and each year, for those of you who are far-sighted and forward thinking, it is going to become worse than the previous year as some of the rich become richer and some of them become ever greedier and more demanding of how others should follow them (i.e. religion, abortion, you name it), regardless of how ‘you’ feel and believe about it….
We have so many people in positions of power and affluence that do not really care about the ‘regular’ person on Main Street. Yes, sure, these people may mouth the words that they care but they are not putting any action behind those words.
After having the Supreme Court rule in favor of groups like Citizens United and now with the recent ruling in favor of McCutheon – the wealthiest donors can shovel massive amounts of money to all of the political parties they chose. With that kind of money, it is difficult for the ‘regular’ person to really influence anything. Does this remind you of the robber baron days or the days when the moneyed of the land simply bought whatever outcome they wanted, whether it was good or bad for the ‘regular’ person…?
I am not at all indicating that all people with power and affluence are not acting for the betterment of all people. I am only referencing those that you see in the news and on the streets every day and you know who they are, you do not need me to tell you that.
These are individuals who, for any or all of the reasons below, simply want to keep gaining power, wealth and affluence without any regard for others. The reasons, well, for more:
- Money to buy more things (bigger yachts) to show off
- Power to get what they want when they want
- Affluence to affect more outcomes to win more, MORE favorable legal, financial rulings in order to amass more money
But going to congress or the senate used to be an aspiration for many and it did not matter if you had money or not, as long as you were perceived to want to do good for the folks back home. Well, now, without campaign finance reforms we are getting to the point where you have to have money, LOTS of money.
Are the days of a ‘regular’ person going to the congress or senate going to come back, I doubt it. Without some kind of mass revolt across the country to stop Gerrymandering, we’ll keep on seeing people, some of who are flat out crackpots or who thinks very differently. For example, there is one individual from S. Carolina who ‘may’ be such a person who thinks very differently. He wanted to endorse a bill, with new language, somewhat different than that proposed by a 10 year old girl who wanted to have the Wooly Mammoth as the state’s official fossil. The ‘new’ language was adding (paraphrasing here) words to the effect of “the wooly mammoth, a beast created by God.”
— That kind of blew me away that this S. Carolina state senator would add a religious statement to a bill, especially when the fossil is over 10,000 years old and when many in the religious community below the earth was created by god 6,000 years ago. How do you reconcile that…??? If you choose to believe in a god, any god, that is your right but don’t mix politics and religion…
At any rate, “WE” have to figure out some way to pull back these stupid, unjust laws created by the Supreme Court that is now opening the spigots, which are actually flood gates, of money to various political parties.
- Look at what the Koch brothers are doing across the country with their money, influencing races.
- Look at the casino magnate, Adelson, and all the conservative political parties beating a path to his door for his financial largesse as he attempts to influence political activities.
“WE” have to figure out some way to pull money back out of politics so that ‘regular’ people can have a chance to go to congress or the senate to make better decisions for everyone, not just one race or one party or one gender.
You need more proof? Look at all of the individuals who have gone to congress and the senate in the last decade or two and look at their wealth – many of these folks come out with MILLIONS in their “personal” piggy bank, money that the wealthy donors (and you) provided for their ‘campaigns.’
The Supreme Court purportedly stated that the decision was no different than other 1st Amendment rights. Well, many of us disagree, this was not a first amendment type of right – this puts us back into the dark ages and the industrial age when money ruled over right and wrong, when money allowed certain people massive power over everyone else to do whatever they wanted at any time…
The Supreme Court should have done the ‘right’ thing…