For example, the Wall Street crash of 2008 was in part due to the removal of regulations that helped prevent riskier investment practices. Amazingly, some of these regulations were put in place after the disastrous Great Depression to help prevent a future cataclysm. So, it shouldn't come as a shock to you that many of the politicians who removed those regulations had close ties with Wall Street. Sadly, the Wall Street crimes are but the most visible example of the rampant corruption of our political process. Often, the fingerprints of corporate influence on our politicians can be found every time there is an oil spill, a mine collapse or a reduction in healthcare.
The solution isn't one party over another, because they are two heads of the same dragon. Both parties are enslaved to their respective, big-money, benefactors and will continue to subjugate the average American to under-representation until we cut off the cash. I propose that we fund elections through public funds, so that money is no longer an advantage to either side. I believe this would free up politicians to work solely for the American citizens who pay their salaries with their taxes. That way they are responsible to we the people, and we the people alone. I think we'd see a greater effort to solve problems instead of doubling down on unreasonable positions out of a fear of losing election funding from the big donors. We can't afford to let the two parties pit us against each other anymore.
This doesn't mean we have to all hold hands and agree on everything but we can't have a reasonable debate on the issues before us, if we aren't all on a level playing field. Especially after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of unlimited corporate donations to elections. It's not a true democracy when corporations and other special interests have their thumb on the scaled tilting it to their advantage. Now is not the time for party loyalty; not when those parties are using us as pawns to throw up a mirage of legitimacy to hide and absolve them of their corrupt dealings. Please, if you truly want the best for America, don't donate to the Democratic or Republican parties.
Donate to non-partisan groups seeking to end moneyed influence in our beloved, democracy. One of those organizations that I have used and trust, is "Fix Congress First." To donate to their cause of ending corruption in politics, click on this sentence. Then spread the word and join the others at Rootstrikers. They are a grass roots network who's motto comes from a powerful quote by Henry David Thoreau, “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” The branches of evil (corruption) are the two parties, so the roots of those toxic trees are where we must strike--and that means removing the money.
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