October 2010

The campaign charade

By Galen Larson

I think — therefore I am dangerous.

I don’t think — therefore I am extremely dangerous.

Elections – a time every two years when a political system of welfare, devised by people that need it the least, get elected on the premise they will do something for those that need it the most.

Politics is a game played to excite the masses. We behave like a 2-year-old, banging on pots and pans and eagerly ingesting another case of pablum. Same box, new ribbons, same bland, strained mush.

What a farce. At one time there was the possibility of electing someone who was honest and not for sale. But through the years the American voters, who now are informed mainly by sound bites provided by slick Madison Avenue advertisers, have become more and more enamored of empty suits funded by mega-corporations.

We subscribe to the illusion that we the voters elect these national-level corporate lackeys. Well, if you think your contribution of 50 bucks will buy you an audience with them, I’ve got a golf course on the moon I’d like you to investigate.

Do you know that our elections can even be swayed through foreign companies’ contributions due to the recent Supreme Court ruling?

We not only vote these people in but provide them with a pension, health care, Secret Service protection, and free mailing privileges. Most of them are already rich, yet they come begging to the people for funds to finance their campaigns – and we the sheep to be shorn gladly give to them with the mistaken impression they will do our bidding instead of their corporate masters’.

Here’s a question: Why would these welfare recipients spend millions on primaries and untold millions more for the general election to get into a position that pays a $100,000 salary? Common sense would tell one that spending that kind of money to get such a meager salary should make one suspicious of the motive.

Taxes – they all promise to lower taxes. Well, how are they then to run the government with no money? How to build and repair the infrastructure? They refuse to give the people they promise to work for any real health-care reform, yet they let us pay for their health-care plans.

Imagine that we the people are a company and we hired these candidates to work for us. How long do you think any of them would stay employed if all they did on the job was bicker? Any company would fire the whole bunch. But we can’t really do that. The elections are staggered so we can’t fire the whole group at once. In any other form of employment, you must produce something tangible. Only in government can you continue to be employed by producing nothing.

You can pick the brightest, most honest, down-to-earth person you want, send him or her to join the other charlatans, and if your person doesn’t play ball, he will be shunned – put on no committees and kept from doing any good at all. And if we do send a new person to Washington, he or she is a junior senator or representative and considered very low on the hierarchy. Why is that, if all persons in the United States are supposed to have equal rights? We who voted for change are relegated to the end of the line. No equal rights there.

A candidate in California spent $78 million to get her on the ballot in the primary. How much will she spend to get elected? Do you really think she is concerned about the electorate? Flash: As this is written, this candidate has just increased her ability to purchase her place in Congress to $115 million. Why would anyone spend that kind of money to get into office? Is it to help the common man? You have to be totally ignorant or in the process of being committed to an institution to believe that.

It is close to comical to listen to politicians today. They tell us with a straight face what they are going to do. I was under the impression that hirees are supposed to do what we want them to. If you ask them a simple yes or no question, they will maneuver all around it to duck a simple answer.

The American voter is lackadaisical about the most important process of democracy that Third World countries are denied. We listen to corporate propaganda and vote the tie and the lie and wonder what happened to our country. We elect prostitutes supported by their corporate pimps and expect heavenly results. Hum.

We used to have politicians with credibility; now it’s mostly with criminality. And this isn’t likely to change even if the Tea Party newcomers get into office. Because they only pretend to offer us something new.

What they are really offering is more of the same: ignorance and lies. It will take more than a few new faces to make a difference. The whole system needs to be reinvented from the ground up. But, wait, that would take work. Maybe we’d better just kick back and watch TV instead.

Galen Larson writes from rural Montezuma County, Colo.