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We all know money buys power, buys elections, and sways low-information voters into voting against their best interests 9 times out of 10. There isn't anything new to be learned this election cycle, as hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent by corporations, associations (churches), unions, and political parties in an attempt to sway the Presidential, Senatorial, House, and Judicial elections all across America.
New records will be set for campaign raising and spending, and those who raise the most money will likely win. But once again, the majority of voters will lose, as our government is restocked with for-profit-politicians, beholden to the corporate oligarch, firmly in charge of our country.
Judges will not judge by laws, but by what's best for their political backers. Attorney Generals will not look out for what the citizens want, but for what their cronies want the citizens to want. House Representatives and Senators will blindly ignore their constituents, in exchange for long prosperous careers, and financial favors and perks. Our President will gladly be the puppet presented to the public, eager to serve this oligarch, in exchange for the privilege of the Presidency.
It's very easy as a voter to feel discouraged, to feel as if your vote does not matter, but that is the furthest thing from the truth. If you are not informed, your vote is helping to sustain the oligarch's rule, and is playing a direct role in the quality of your life.
|Money sways low-information voters into voting against their best interests...|
But there is hope, because one thing all the campaign spending in the world cannot buy - is an educated voter. A mind not beholden to popularity contests, childish verbal attacks, or misinformation. Regardless of whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, can you really in good faith, claim to know what the candidates you are planning to vote for represent?
Voting is a responsibility, and that can suck. But, that's what the oligarch hopes for, and it's why they'll spend close to a billion dollars this election cycle - they know one thing you don't. It's much easier to exchange the responsibility of being an informed voter, for a catchy slogan, slanted data, party affiliation, or echo chamber talking points. The oligarch sustains itself on the fact that you, the voter, will be misinformed.
|OBAMA AND CLOONEY.|
Hollywood, same-sex marriages, Clooney, Liberal money...
The Killing, campaign advisor, and the non-partisan actor.
And in the end, that's why campaign spending will continue to matter, and influence the millions of lazy voters, blindly voting against their best interests 99% of the time.