May we conclude that, whatever happens by day's end, our political system is defunct?
The buyout by super pacs and corporations of what was once your freedom to cast a meaningful vote for representation ... a buyout, by the way, spun as freedom of speech itself (!), has left us with a poor selection of viable highly processed candidates and an election season that becomes a bubbling tar pit of spin outright lies and fear mongering.
Increasingly the process results in huge division. The states aren't UNITED by our free elections ... The country is not healed or strengthened by the process ... the dynamic is like a body trying to saw itself in half. The current process is lethal to real progress or even simple well being. Citizens either become ardent disciples spouting the latest dogma produced by highly paid pundits and propagandists or are ignored as they find central questions are left unanswered, depth or detail is never reached, etc.
The elections in the USA is an exhorbidantly expensive puppet show and we line up to clap for or boo the hero and villain of the day, while the puppet masters, the Soroses and Koch Bros and Adelmans of the world, arrange our next decade according to unspoken and veiled agendas. Political thought in free societies can not be represented by two choices.
This is the least number of options one must have to even call your decision a choice and this is how we are supposed to select the leader of the "free world?" The speeches we hear are so overcooked, strained, purred, they resultant language is like a toddler's board book ... lots of four to six letter words, short emphatic sentences, huge undefined abstractions. The death knell for individual representation wa s the Supreme Court's decision for Citizens United, a decision that exploded the last seawalls holding tsunamis of corporate money in abeyance....and we see a six BILLION dollar election.
Is there anyone reading this blog who thinks their vote will result in even a modicum of representation when super pacs are dropping this kind of dime on our candidates? Can you imagine they are not "owned," by the money that keeps their spin on your laptop and tv screens? Money IS NOT free speech. It can't be because it isn't free to begin with. Free speech is something each citizen has thepotential for in equal amounts regardless of their bank accounts, their social standing, class, race, gender, religious or political belifs, or other characteristics. If money is held to be free speech, as it was in this epic catastrophic decision, then billionaires get to speak the loudest.
The bellow of their voices will drown any individual cry. The White House should put a "for sale" sign in the front yard at Pennsylvania Avenue every four years to be honest about the nature of the present system. The jobs of these "elected" officials, from the highest on down, could be poste on eBay. I cant buy them....i am a poor man...but there are people who can....and do. How does that sit with you this election day?