“we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence” …Dwight David Eisenhower
Take note that this speech was given in 1961 and given by a president who had been career military-a supreme allied commander in WW 2-had he of spoken such words while an officer he would have been put out to pasture. Had he of done so during wartime he might well have been called a traitor-a traitor for speaking the truth.
It is the responsibility, the burden of every person to raise their voice in protest at the direction this country is taking- a part of which is to speak freely without fear of reprisal or being added to yet another list.
As indigenous people we have found ourselves in just such a position, on just such lists, and believe me, the rest of the population doesn’t want to go there.
Unwarranted influence- as in lobbyists, corporations, the banking industry, Wall Street, and defense contractors.
The electorate needs to vote their values and conscience rather than party rhetoric or platforms crafted to appeal that will in all likelihood never be adhered to.
As long as the election process remains intact and voters use it judiciously it is the tool for change-real change, not the storybook kind we’ve all grown accustomed to hearing.
If you hired a plumber who performed in a less than acceptable manner, browsed through your belongings, fired up your comp and rooted around in it, read your mail, or tapped your phone plundering whatever data they could would you in turn hire him again if a need arose?
If not then why would any rehire a politician through the process of re election who has done likewise?