Sunday, June 06, 2010

How corporate personhood perverts the quality of our democracy

We Americans like to whine about our politicians as individuals, and not without reason. But aside of the 'fringe' parties, few notice the role the broader political system of campaign financing plays in that.

The only way to run a run for federal office decreed serious by the corporate media poobahs is to either raise oodles of corporate cash... I mean, raise oodles of corporate "free speech"... or to use millions of your own money.

In other words, the only people who can afford to run for high office are millionaires and those who accept to be bought off. The only options are to buy public office or let corporations buy it for you.

And we wonder why sub-standard individuals are attracted to politics. The decent ones don't feel like whoring themselves out.

Relevant websites related to the re-institution of democracy:

-Move To Amend
-Don't Get Rolled

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