Mid-term election season is in full swing…yea…
I say that somewhat sardonically because as much as I consider voting a deep privilege that I will never regard as unworthy of my time and attention (or, as in my rantings on the August 15th show, as a means of protest by not doing it…sheeesh, how ineffective is that?!), it’s distinctly about who has the most money, not who has the best leadership platform.
Unfortunate, given that there’s quite a few candidates providing a terrific alternative to both our very tired 2-party system, and/or ye olde politics as usual within it, who will never see anything but the visitors bathrooms in the US or their State Capitol because they simply have insufficient funds to compete.
But, hey, in a capitalist society, that’s how things get done…with money…and lots of it.
Of the two parties, well-connected Republicans tend to win the money-raising contest with their eyes closed (and their hands wide open…). The reason:
- Republicans represent the interests of business and the wealthy, primarily – both having deep and gold-lined pockets
- Democrats primarily represent the interests of the poor, the disenfranchised, and the elderly – all with no pockets, and even less voice
Democrats too have both hands open for business…the only problem is their monied constituency is much more limited.
Yet Obama set records for his fund-raising in 2008 – winning him the election. Huh?! How can that happen given this equation?
He filled his coffers one $5 – $10 donation at a time. The Teaparty is doing the same. It’s the power of numbers over the power of “numbers”.
So, anyone who believes the power of the “little people” can’t match or even surpass the power of Big Pharma, Big Biz, and Big Wigs, rent “Erin Brockovich”, revisit the 2008 Presidential election, and then make your little donation to your “underdog” candidate – and tell everyone you know to do the same.
History has proven that it really adds up....and it works.