I’ve done it myself. Well…I haven’t really bought them so much as rented a portion of them. See, I’ve only given the following money to political campaigns:
- John Lewis: $10
- Amanda Curtis: $25
- Jesse Laslovich: $20
So I’ve invested $55 in three politicians, two of whom are no longer politicians…or at least not running.
The point is, I put some skin in the game. Those three people noticed, as they gave me a letter saying thanks. Now, this is where it gets interesting.
- If I would have given more money, I probably would have received a phone call as opposed to a letter;
- If I would have given more money, I probably would have been able to call that person up after they’ve been elected;
- If I would have given more money, I probably would have my interests met while your interests continue to slip away from you.
Yeah, it’s all about how it can benefit you. America is the kind of country where you stab someone in the back, take as much as you can, or trod over the little guy. It’s a dog-eat-dog world, survival of the fittest, and may the best man win.
It’s competition, for better or worse, and for better or worse, to make things more competitive we throw money into the situation. Whenever money is involved there are two basic concepts: buying and selling. When you give money to a politician, they’re selling their future services and you’re buying the promises of them.
Oh, those services could be directed at the state or nation at large, but most often they’ll be directed to the small minority of men and women that donated to that politician. We call these oligarchs, and in America we live under the fallacy that they exist only in other countries. Those individuals like it that way. Considering 6 major corporations control 90% of the media outlets in America, it is this way.
Those results will be given starting in January, 2017. They’ll go overwhelmingly to the rich oligarchs that funded those campaigns, and as in years past, many of those oligarchs will donate heavily to the campaigns of both political parties. After all, they’re smart enough to know that there’s no difference, just two different products promising the same benefits with slightly different packaging. It’s giving the money that’s important, always the money. Give enough, and you will get what you want.
Do the American people want this? I’d say no, because it’s not in their best interests. Their best interests involve their institutions of government giving them the best possible circumstances so they can have the strongest identities possible.
This is the idea, and it revolves around our interests, identity and institutions. One of the great American institutions that’s been all but destroyed is the union. This country used to have many, but then we passed NAFTA and CAFTA and did away with the jobs that those unions depended upon. Now those 'workers' have no money to give to politicians, and that means the oligarchs can buy up the whole kit and caboodle.
Buying politicians is perfectly legal, as I said. We don’t have any kind of campaign finance laws that don’t favor the rich oligarchs, and those oligarchs pay good money to get politicians in office that will do what they say, which includes gutting those laws further. So we can buy politicians…you know this, I know this, businessmen know this and the politicians of course know this.
You need to take advantage of this, just like those rich oligarchs. If the system is set up this way, take advantage of it. If those loopholes exist, exploit them as much as you can. If corruption is allowed, you make the most of it.
That’s the system we want. It’s the system my parents put in place and it’s the system I’m forced to play in. Liking it or not liking it doesn’t even factor into it, and those that can get rid of their hang-ups will do the best. Remember, we want it this way…at least until we decide to change it. The only way it will change, however, is when it stops working for the oligarchs. That would of course mean it’s working for the masses.
When an oligarch gives $1 million to a politician it’s not as effective as 1 million people giving $20. More importantly, however, it forces that politician to stop taking directions with one phone call and forces them to start taking direction from the masses again.
Social media is the key to making this happen, as it allows everyone, everywhere, to deliver one powerful message, succinctly and in a self-sustaining way. That millionaire can only do so many 24-hour days, but our masses can do them all the time. Someone’s always up at midnight, someone’s always ready to bombard that politician’s Twitter feed, email, or office answering machine.
That’s power, and it’s the power we’ll use to take this country back from the usurpers that took it from us so long ago.
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