What can be done about so much hate and criticism all over the media these days? Its’ presence is pervasive in every form of media and certainly in the increasingly ridiculous realm of politics. People are freely sharing their hatred of one thing or another because they can do so in a fashion that appears to be anonymous. Nothing constructive comes out of any of this bullying and spewing of venom. Feel free to disagree with other people’s opinions but please note that bitterly sharing insult and vitriol is not the way solutions for a better way of doing things comes about.
We need to start respecting each others opinions and sharing our human experience and diversity. It is the politicians job to mitigate this communication and turn it into something constructive. Most need to rise above their chosen profession of law as this by its’ very nature coldly removes itself from a certain level of humanity. We need politicians who actually listen to the people the have been elected to serve as opposed to serving their own special interests and egotistical aspirations. It’s time to elevate the level of communication in the four estates of American Government; not to debase it into the name calling playground confrontation it has become.
Furthermore if we can remove the influences of big money from politics we will actually empower the individual! It’s absolutely amazing how many privately funded political interest groups use advertising and media influences to suggest quite the opposite is true. In reality, when the motivations are revealed, it’s not hard to tell the difference between the good and the bad guys. No rose colored glasses required simply a good measure of common sense. Corporations are not people nor do they behave altruistically. The Supreme Court has done our country a great injustice in upholding their rights as individual entities. Remember as well: Politicians serve the People; not the other way around!
“The more you can increase the fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.” — Noam Chomsky
Thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens v. Federal Election Commission this upcoming election is sure to bring us a record number of ads supporting either candidate for President. Brace yourself for an overwhelming barrage of mudslinging before this Novembers election. This is certain to make the advertising coffers full for the countries’ advertisers but it is sure to distort the peoples’ views on who should be elected. The danger is in the fact that we now have corporate interests in control more than ever in peoples’ mindsets. Not only are we told what to buy, how we should look and what we should laugh at we will now be instructed on how we should think, who we should trust and why it’s good for industry to rape the environment.
It is quite apropos that this comes in on the heels of the country wide anti-bullying campaign. What better way to prove our stance against bullying than to let the corporations battle it out for our loyalties and bully us through the media. Once again the court system has failed us. Instead of supporting the rights of the people the Supreme Court has openly declared war on the popular vote by opening the door for the Super PAC. Surely there is a better way to disseminate information to the people than through a barrage of mudslinging and distorted facts.To make matters worse, if possible, the majority of Super PAC contributors are actually wealthy individuals which further illustrates their underlying private interests. Shame on the Supreme Court for not standing up to the corporate bully.
Thus our ideal of “Government by the People, for the People” as stated so eloquently by Abraham Lincoln has been desecrated. Perhaps our new slogan should be “Government for sale to the highest bidder” or “Corporations rule now step aside”. What promises will be made in order to garner large contributions? With the environment in peril can the country afford to relax instead of strengthen environmental regulation? Sure the oil sands project in Canada will create jobs but it will also cause deforestation rivaling that of the destruction of the rainforests. Will it lower oil prices? Not in the least. The oil prices are subject to the pricing of the commodities market much to the glee and profit of big oil.
We desperately need to elect individuals who will ignore corporate interests and do the right thing. The interests of the majority of people are to provide a better life for each other and for future generations. It is time to put “principles over profits” before it becomes too late.
“Absolute power corrupts absolutely” — Lord Acton in 1887
“A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling ‘Stop’!” — William F. Buckley