Thanks to the Corporate Cronies on the Supreme Court deciding in “Citizens United v FEC” that it is fine for Big Money to secretly spend fortunes on election ads, democracy sinks lower into its grave.
All is not lost yet, however. We the People are not entirely the foolish dupes that Corporatist Republicanism needs in its war against democracy. More of us are waking up to the true picture. As I reported in my last post the people are way ahead of the politicians and the bureaucrats on medicinal marijuana.
The people are also figuring out who is really represented in our anti-democratic Corporatist Republic. Guess what? It is not the people.
Last month a CNN poll showed most Americans think elections are bought by Big Money.
“Most Americans are cynical about the effect of money on politics in the U.S., and that cynicism is significantly higher than it was in the 1990s...” and “86 percent of the public thinks elected officials in the nation's capital are mostly influenced by the pressure they receive from campaign contributors.”
This is not news to most of us, and it is great that more Americans are waking up to this destruction of our democracy. This is why we advocate democracy-enhancing Constitutional Amendments to rescind corporate personhood and provide public funding for public elections. At this time the forces against democracy are too powerful for real change to occur. Perhaps the lesson that the struggle for democracy never ends will be learned by the new generation of Americans after all.
Here are some results of that poll:
Elected officials in Washington are mostly influenced by what is in the best interests of the country - 12%
Elected officials in Washington are mostly influenced by the pressure they receive on issues from major campaign contributors - 86%
Elected officials in Washington are mostly influenced by what is in the best interests of the country - 19%
Elected officials in Washington are mostly influenced by the pressure they receive on issues from major campaign contributors - 77%
Elections are generally for sale to the candidate who can raise the most money 67%
Elections are generally won on the basis of who is the best candidate 30%
Elections are generally for sale to the candidate who can raise the most money- 59%
Elections are generally won on the basis of who is the best candidate - 37%
Who knows when this expanding consciousness will finally enlighten enough of the people to realize that there is class war against them, and their democracy? It is good to have such a glimmer of real hope.