Our political process is obscene. The next presidential election will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Let’s see. That’s just a few months short of being two years away, and already they’re putting together a list of Republican candidates and talking about lining up financial support. Here they come: Santorum, Romney, Pawlenty, Huckabee, Huck Finn, Gingrich, Haley Barbour, Joe the Plumber and maybe even that great American historian and master barrister, Michele Bachmann. Huzaah!
Forgive me if I’ve left anyone out, but it’s gotten to the point that I can’t take it anymore. Perhaps more to the point, we shouldn’t have to take it.
The campaigning never ends. Since Mr. Obama was elected, the Republicans have done almost nothing but block legislation, fearing anything that moves the country forward might cast even a tiny sliver of favorable light on the Administration. That kind of thinking, not to mention putting it into action, borders on treason. It’s bad enough that we have to put up with watching the politicos setting the nation’s problems aside so that the Republicans and Democrats can get down to their real agendas of doing all they can to make one another look bad while both sides do the bidding of their corporate masters. It’s gut-wrenching to have to put up with that. Now we also have to watch them start their campaigning almost two years in advance of the election. It’s a violation of the laws of God and man. Or it should be. It’s bad for the country. It gives a huge advantage to those few candidates who can raise tremendous sums of cash for media exposure (the Koch Bros. and Karl Rove have more money at their disposal than some small countries) while diverting the attention of our elected officials away from governing to campaigning. That’s just not a good thing.
Not to mention that we’ll all have to listen to their non-stop lies, half-truths and smarmy insinuations for almost two full years. No civilized people should have to go through that kind of political hell.
The candidates, parties and interest groups spent $5.3 billion on congressional and presidential races in 2008. The”Citizens United” decision by our politicized and less than brilliant Supreme Court means multi-nationals and even foreign countries will now be able to use unlimited amounts of money to support or defeat any given candidate. And they can do it while remaining anonymous.
Can you spell a-s-t-r-o-t-u-r-f?
“A new political operation conceived by Republican operatives Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie formed a spinoff group last month that – thanks in part to its ability to promise donors anonymity – has brought in more money in its first month than the parent organization has raised since it started in March.
The new group, called American Crossroads GPS, has been telling donors their contributions would be used to dig up dirt on Congressional Democrats’ “expense account abuses” and to frame the BP oil spill as “Obama’s Katrina.” –Politico.com
Who does the country belong to and why isn’t anyone even talking about reforming the process? For God’s sake, think about it, people. We need to limit the time and money these guys are permitted to throw away on telling lies no one can remember by the time we go to the polls in November.
The nation needs to go in for analysis.