Distrust abounds in the political world, but its not just the candidates we mistrust. The whole fundamental system is not trust worthy. Financial and special interests rule, and until we reduce the influence of raw dollars on candidates we’ll be stuck with the same.
A serious issue exists with what Stephen Walt of Harvard University has called the “ruling elites in many liberal societies and especially the United States, where money and special interests have created a corrupt political class that is out-of-touch with ordinary people, interested mostly in enriching themselves, and immune to accountability.” This has to end.
Democracy has to deliver — not just to the rich but the most vulnerable. This is a fundamental lesson of recent times.
When democracy creates wealth on a broad scale there is no tension between it and capitalism. But when that is not the case, the value of democracy becomes less clear to some.
The Age of Distrust http://nyti.ms/2d1B476
Get money out of politics. It has gotten significantly worse and we as citizens are worse off for it. Our government is diseased and our politicians are deplorable.
And as candidates spent more and more time cocooned with their wealthiest supporters, who were often also among their most ideological supporters, they made themselves vulnerable to a particular kind of influence. Not just the kind journalists are ever on the watch for — the classic quid pro quo — but a more subtle form, a cultural form that tends to be heard and not seen.
Our campaigns have become so dependent on the wealthy that we are at risk of forgetting that there is any other way to do politics — and our candidates are at risk of forgetting whom they are running to represent.
For the record the writer’s examples of candidate behavior driven by new money based favoritism are puff piece laughable.
The whole ‘deplorables’ issue is such false equity news bullshit. They are deplorable and it’s far more than half of them. Their own survey responses objectively demonstrate their deplorability.
What’s ‘Deplorable’ About Presidential Campaigns http://nyti.ms/2cLN6kC
Its outrageous how the money flows around Washington. Its amazing how little our politicians do for the People. Its inevitable that they serve only two purposes; get re-elected and then payback the lobbyists and campaign funders who got them re-elected.
We have got to take the money out of campaigns. We have got to get rid of PACs and backdoor gift giving and campaign funding.
NYTimes: A Loophole Allows Lawmakers to Reel In Trips and Donations
Campaign finance rules are our of control and the public is paying the price.
The organization cited in this article may or may not have acted wuthin the law, but the problem is the same. The organization took unlimited contributions with one hand and helped run campaigns with the other.
When arw we going to see this for the problem it is?
NYTimes: In Campaign, Cash Flowed Circuitously
Obviously this is just a tiny example of the abuse of campaign spending, but its an important look at the potential for trouble in the new wild west created by the Supreme Courts Citizen United ruling. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
We have got to undo that mess. Unlimited campaign finance from anonymous donors is not good for this country.
Using suggestive wording and an unrelated Jerry Sandusky picture to create the impression that a candidate would do harm to students crosses a line.