Of the Big Bucks, by the Big Bucks, for the Big Bucks

Complain about Obama kowtowing to corporate America all you want, but it’s all about the money. Isn’t it always? Daddy Big Bucks (mega-corporations that rule) punished the Democrats in the last election by taking away their Big Bag of Green (and we ain’t talkin’ environmental anything here) and giving it to the GOP.

Now the Dems, including the prez, are back, tail between their legs, begging for forgiveness (and $$) and promising to toe the line.

Nothing will change unless and until we reform the electoral process. And that, my friends, is getting harder and harder to do, especially in the wake of the so-called “Citizens United” decision last year by the Corporate Supreme Five. It’s up to the “Citizens to Unite” and overcome this terrible ruling. The Supreme Court gave corporations carte blanche to spend unlimited sums to influence our elections, without so much as disclosing what they spent or who with.

Our government is basically being held hostage. But as opposed to Obama’s plea for forgiveness for signing the extension of tax cuts for the richest of the rich, it’s not the Republicans holding the Democrats hostage. It’s Daddy Big Bucks holding the entire Congress hostage. So-called “people’s representatives” are actually serving the rich and powerful, because, if they don’t, they’re out of a job. Simple as that.

How can we reform the electoral process? Well, the way I see it, it’s either revolution or revolution. Either the messy, violent kind (I hope not – they never work for long anyway), or the peaceful kind. The peaceful kind would take a massive effort to organize we, the people.

Somehow hard-working activists and organizations would have to convince enough of the public to vote for candidates who are not funded by wealthy elites/corporations. Then we’d have to hold those representatives accountable and make sure they change the laws.

Can it be done? Chances, obviously, are slim. However, in this day of mass electronic communication, if the citizenry is disgruntled enough, who knows? It’s worth a try. Either that, or it’s more of the same ol’, same ol’.

P.S. The Humor Times’ 20th Anniversary is coming up in April! (I know, we can hardly believe it either…) We’re planning a celebration in Sacramento. Stay tuned!

James Israel
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