“—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
~Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address
So its been a crazy news week…yes? My prediction is that Jeff Sessions resigns within a week and Prebius says peace out by the end of the year. But mostly I just watch the West Wing and cry “What happened, where’s Jed Bartlet?” into a wine glass.
Its the Political Science nerd in me, I can’t help it.
I have friends who are Republican, Democrat, Libertarian (both part and full time), Green Party, No Party and the I dont give a craps…party? What’s weird is that the majority of these people agree on like 60-80% of issues. Crazy, I know. Its like I choose my friends based on basic human decency and common sense or something.
Unfortunately, when it comes time to vote we all go our separate ways based on the 1 or 2 issues that mean the most to us. Its understandable because that’s the system WE created, but I still think its bologna.
“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
~ John Adams
Now, I don’t have THE solution, but I have a solution and it’s campaign finance reform, starting with overturning Citizens United vs FEC.
Read up if you don’t know anything about the case. Here is a Mother Jones article but definitely do your own research.
I happen to think that large corporations should be taken out of campaigns. You may say, “rich people will still have the power,” and yes, you have to have money to win elections but the problem is bigger than that.
Corporations are buying elections, votes and platforms, on all sides.
You voted for Senator A of the RunaMuck Party because he believes most of what you believe and you think he’ll do a good job. Cool. The Senator gets to Washington and is doing a fine job and voting for what he believes is best for his constituents, and a few times he even participated in bipartisan discussions to solve problems in the best interest of the majority of his people.
What Senator A doesn’t know is that his votes and opinions upset the bottom line of the powerful DidleyWarbucks Corporation. In response DWC rains hellfire in the form of bazillions of dollars in smear campaigns against Senator A. Next, they find Candidate B (also of the RunaMuck party), to run against poor Senator A and pour bazillions of dollars into the race.
Senator A likes his job and wants to do well for his constituents, so in order to keep his job he never crosses/votes against DidleyWarbucks Corporation ever again.
The Supreme Court saying that corporations are protected by free speech is quite possibly the worst thing to happen to free speech or the idea if ‘representation’…ever, in my opinion. Exactly how are billionaire board rooms in touch with the middle class or reality?
The problem you see isn’t the root, its only a branch of a bigger tree. We really are in this together so OUR voices should be heard.