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  •  our campaign funding system is organized graft (7+ / 0-)

    Political campaign commercials turn me off and piss me off. It says to me that rich greedy people support the candidate and they are trying to pull a fast one.

    This instinct becomes even stronger if I actually had sympathetic feelings for a candidate. In which case, their campaign spots make me rush to my computer to find out who's backing that candidate. Such investigations usually cost that candidate my vote.

    The president of France may lose his job because he accepted 150,000 euros for his campaign. In an American Presidential election, that would be a bad day at the office, because they didn't bring in a million and a half.

    One day, our current political system will either be compared to the rotten boroughs of 19th century England, or we will be living in a corporate feudal wasteland, cursing our ancestors for not stopping these bastards when we had the chance.

    I look at the sole criteria the DNC requires for its support - bringing in buckets of campaign contributions - and all the mystery around our party's right-wing, corporatism and corruption becomes clear: the only thing the Democratic Party cares about are its fat cat donors and the steady stream of checks.

    The rest of us are just potential dupes to be conned. Only a fool would give those fuckers a penny. You're more likely to win what you need playing three card monty in the streets.

    •  I do agree... (0+ / 0-)

      But I can't see it ever changing because the MSM will never run with it as an issue because they love the crazy ad money that comes with American elections.  Also elected incumbents making the charge look hypocritical because they have the incumbent advantage and look to be protecting their seat with the call for campaign finance reform.  

      I also think the election seasons are way too long.  Canada runs a federal election in about a month, same with Britain.  

      Politics is like playing Asteroids - You go far enough to the left and you end up on the right. Or vice-versa.

      by Jonze on Sun Jul 11, 2010 at 09:01:59 AM PDT

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      •  Agreed, its a bloody mess (1+ / 0-)
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        But the only way to stop it is to punish candidates who rake in the money at the polls.

        My own congressman (Rep. Richard Neal) is one of the best at raising money, but he's a do-nothing, say-nothing congressman who doesn't give a damn anything but his campaign contributions. All the money in the world won't save his sorry ass if anyone with real Democratic Party values ran against him. Alas, nobody ever does (not even the greens, interestingly).

        With the possible exception of sparsely populated states, you don't need money to run for congress. Assuming you have a working car, a photo-copier and a whole lot of paper, the rest is legwork, good organization and a strong campaign that connects with voter needs and concerns.

        The senate is a tougher nut to crack (because of the geographic challenges), but if we concentrate on driving out corporate/corrupt Democrats in the house, we have a better chance of bouncing honest Democrats up to the senate, so long as they don't get sucked into the graft machine we call Washington DC.

        But we will have to break the back of the house, the senate and make corporate donations absolute political poison - and probably drive 1-2 Supreme Court justices off the bench - before any electoral reform is possible.

        But really, how many of you actually believe what anyone says in a political ad? They usually say nothing at all and are always so bad its cartoon creepy. That's the message I always take away from a political ad, the candidate is an amoral sleazebag, who is trying to bullshit me into voting for him. Adding the obligatory flag only completes the fraudulent image.

        Only a fucking idiot would believe a political ad. And idiots vote Republican.

        •  You'd love the political ads (0+ / 0-)

          sometime Democrat Jeff Greene is running here in Florida.

          Driving Supreme Court justices off? How do we do that? Has that ever happened?

          Better than McCain/Palin is not a ringing endorsement.

          by psnyder on Sun Jul 11, 2010 at 10:00:24 AM PDT

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          •  Anything is possible (0+ / 0-)

            They can be impeached by the Senate. There's an unwritten rule that impeachment won't be used for political reasons (the guy's too left or too right), but it can be used if the justice is seen as too corrupt, or has violated judicial ethics. Unfortunately, the court with the fewest rules governing their behavior is the Supreme Court.

            But a committed campaign, lots of investigative work to track down their corrupt connections and good, well-publicized scandal can - in theory at least - drive a crooked justice off the bench, either by impeachment or resignation.

            Scalia and Thomas are the easiest targets, because they are arrogant and sloppy when it comes to accepting 'gifts' from people who have business before the court.

            But of course, that would require a senate leader who had a moral bottom line and Harry Reid is so crooked he would make Richard Nixon blush.

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