Track records – I’ve never been to a race track, never bet on a horse race, but if I did I’d be taking a look at a horses performance record.
People should do the same when it comes to electing a politician and betting not just a few dollars but their very future on them.
It can be more than a little confusing what with the rhetoric and media support they have or haven’t but that’s where taking a look at voting records and campaign contributors comes into play.
Legislative bills are designed to be cumbersome, to confuse and discourage public awareness – you’re supposed to rely on what you’re being told rather than what you can discover.
The majority of people won’t even read end user agreements to access the net or install a program – providers know that and have turned their presentations into something of an art form of convoluted legalese and semantical device.
It’s the same with contracts or bank loans, they’re like a casino, the odds are always stacked in favor of the house – nobodies doing you favor, they’re doing themselves one. You’re not a person, you’re a dollar sign.
That’s why super pacs exist, they see politicians as dollars signs to exploit in the form of favorable legislation and votes while politicians see them as dollar signs for perks and campaign warchests.
Super pacs are willing to spend money to make money and politicians in the main are willing to sell whatever integrity and influence they have to make money.
I watched an interview a a while back with former president Clinton, he was going on about people saying government is the problem, he of course took issue by laying the blame elsewhere – this from the man who helped usher in NAFTA and the repeal of Glass/Stegall, both qualify as problems created by government as I don’t believe there was a national referendum on either.
Recently I read an article where Ted Cruz was going on about the dangers of cronyism – Ted Cruz? That’s comparable to Bugs Bunny saying his favorite dish is rabbit stew. But again, you’re only supposed to rely on what you’re told.
Yeah, plowing through voting records and lists of campaign contributors can get old quick, but knowledge empowers, an informed electorate is one that will make a difference.
An electorate that restricts themselves to party servitude can never be truly Independent.
Politics has become a lot like a Marx Brothers movie, a lot of antics and horse feathers, only minus the laughs.
“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience.
Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates
of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience.
Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face
of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty.
Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of
petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country.
That’s our problem.”
— Howard Zinn