As long as money is in the political equation, this country will never be great, will always be divisive. It obviously doesn’t make one iota of difference who is elected, because lobbyists and special interests rule this nation. When money talks, politicians listen, and their moral and common sense compasses (if they even had any to begin with) happily kneel to the almighty buck. (Shame, shame, shame on them!)
Voters are naive to believe their needs and concerns will be represented in Congress. They won’t be heard unless they raise a fuss in town hall meetings, which will be dismissed as soon as their representatives and senators head back to the comforts of Washington, D.C. Too many of those whom have been elected by the people are total subjugates of lobbyists and massive corporations who back them. Since the pathetic Supreme Court allowed unlimited campaign contributions, any tiny glimmer of hope that the United States of America is governed by/for/and of the PEOPLE has been thoroughly gagged.
I have said before that when a decent, good-intentioned person is elected into Congress, they seldom remain so. Too many allow themselves to be showered with gifts and favors that have nothing to do with their constituents. They experience attention from the monied powers that be, the slitherers determined to corrupt all in their paths. Paths which lead to doors that are always open.
The most deadly slitherer is the NRA. Its venom contains fear-mongering, hatred, prejudice, and lies. It hides its poisonous bites behind the outdated 2nd Amendment: the right to bear arms. This amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791 – a time when our new nation needed guns to fend off native Indians (whose land we were invading and stealing), bears, poisonous snakes, other wild predators, and rabid animals, as well as to provide meat for the table. Just how does that apply in 2017 or in the previous 100 years, other than in rural America?
Since 1901, in the lower 48 states, 61 people have been killed by wild bears, while mountain lions have killed 18 people. Tourists and hikers don’t usually carry guns while in the woods or national parks. Do these deaths warrant unlimited gun ownership? Or the manufacturing and sale to the public of automatic weapons?
I am not against gun ownership, but there is no sane reason to have more than one pistol and/or one rifle for protecting home and family. Military weapons belong solely in the military. For the safety of this country’s citizens, Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court should follow Australia’s lead: to buy back and confiscate all automatic weapons and to ban them from being sold to the public. https://www.vox.com/2015/8/27/9212725/australia-buyback
A half-dozen vital necessities for a true democratic government are: 1)to ban lobbyists; 2)to undo the Supreme Court’s ruling on allowing unlimited campaign donations; 3)for all media to donate equal time and space for all candidates and campaign ads; 4)to limit campaigns to six months before elections; 5)for the newspapers and magazines to vet every state and federal candidate and publish everything from their birth to the present as soon as they announce their candidacy; and 6)to abolish the electoral college.
This nation’s problems all lead back to big money and greed. As long as political campaigns depend on money and power rather than common sense, morals, and openmindedness, we will continue in a downward spiral. As long as publicly traded corporations are beholden to their stockholders rather than to their customers, overpricing of goods and services will continue. As long as this country’s priorities are linked to big money, then America will continue to lag behind the rest of the world in education and health care. If we are a super power then we should show it by setting an example to the rest of the world, having: the best education, the best health care, the best economy, the best trading, the least unemployment, the least crime, no pollution, no homelessness, no intolerance/racism/disrespect, no corruption, no addiction, no isolationism, and no debt.
NOW is the time to look forward and create a new and better future for the United States of America and our planet. Otherwise, we might as well send the Statue of Liberty back to France, put barbed wire around each state, and hand out breathing masks and bottled water to everyone.