Sorry folks, it’s dead-on-arrival! Especially sorry for the folks like Jefferson, Lincoln, and Churchill who always reassured us democracy was the best system for representing the people. However, this year’s smarmy campaign has at last and alas stuck the silver stake into the heart of that grand illusion.
I say this with no satisfaction, but this year’s stats tell the tragic tale. If majority-rules is the great beating heart of democracy, how is it this year’s minorities own the election lock, stock and barrel?
* less than 0.1 % of the population [137 super-rich voters to be exact] have given 80% of the hundreds of millions to the Super Pacs financing their guys
* less than 3 % of the population [American Jews] are among the biggest donors to their guys
* less than 4% of the population [American Catholic Bishops and their organizations] claim to speak for the moral-majority on matter like contraception and abortion
* less than 5% of the population [Wall Street brokers and bankers] control more than 80% of the fiscal decision-making levers of power
To be perfectly honest, statistics like these are not the final word; only the first word. But still you get the idea. For the first time in our history both candidates have unlimited access to unlimited funds from very limited private sources. All in order to unleash unlimited waves of political ads & imagery on the nation’s nightly TV sets and 24/7 highway billboards.
In this year’s political casino of life, lets face it. Majority-rules hasn’t got a chance.
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