"Please Stop Me Before I Vote For A Bought-&-Paid-For Demopublican Again"

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog,

If we only voted for unbuyable candidates, money would become poison in politics rather than mother's milk.

The solution to money in politics is simple: stop voting for politicos who accept millions of dollars in bribes, ahem, campaign contributions and who court lobbyists. It's really that easy: stop rewarding those who collect millions and start punishing them by refusing to vote for any politician who accepts more than $100 from any entity in any one election cycle.

As with so many other issues, we have been well-trained to expect a centralized authority to save us from ourselves: in effect, we're asking the Supreme Court, Congress, etc. to please stop us before we vote for a bought-and-paid-for politico again.

Nobody forces us to vote for the candidate who raises the most money and blows it on media buys to persuade us that they're not bought-and-paid-for. But think about it: the very fact this craven toady can afford to spend millions of dollars on advertising proves he/she is well and truly bought-and-paid-for.

The only exception is multi-millionaires who spend their own millions attempting to persuade us that they'll be more independent that the toadies begging for millions, but a cursory examination of the record of millionaires in office (gosh, the vast majority of craven toadies turn out to be millionaires) finds that once in power, these "I bought myself" millionaire politicos are no different than the bought-and-paid-for politicos.

Nothing will change until the candidates who raise and spend millions trying to persuade us they're not bought-and-paid-for lose elections, not on their platform or party ideology but on the simple fact that they're corrupt to the core.

Politics will change when the candidate who--

1. refuses donations above $100 from any entity--person, company, etc.
2. refuses anonymous donations or donations from slush funds that don't publicly list who operates and funds the slush fund
3. publicly lists every donation and donor on a website
4. refuses to meet paid lobbyists in any circumstance
5. refuses all gifts from anyone, including constituents--every gift is donated
6. refuses to sign secret "loyalty oaths" to powerful lobbies such as the NRA, public unions, Sierra Club, etc.

--wins the election not on ideology or platform issues but on the integrity of his/her campaign.

You want to clean up politics? It's easy: make sure every candidate who accepts millions of dollars for campaign advertising, welcomes gifts from paid lobbyists and makes secret promises to powerful national lobbies loses every election.

Alternatively, only vote for candidates who run a grassroots social-media campaign that costs next to nothing, who refuse all donations above $100, who leave footprints on the rear ends of lobbyists and who tell all the powerful lobbies to shove it where the sun doesn't shine because they're not pledging anything but not being for sale.

If we only voted for unbuyable candidates, money would become poison in politics rather than mother's milk. We don't need a centralized authority to save us, we can save ourselves if we throw out all the bought-and-paid-for politicos instead of rewarding them with our lemming-like approval of their corruption.

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whatsinaname's picture

Which one is better ? A Repocrat or a Demopublican ?

SamAdams's picture

If only Romney had won, then things would be different \sarc

pods's picture

If politicians are liars, are we to believe them when they say they don't accept bribes?


Looney's picture

We are truly exceptional, isn’t we? ;-)


Troll Magnet's picture

Congratulations, Charles.  You just earned yourself at least 4 gubmint goons to monitor all of your activities.

Dr. Engali's picture

The water was cold, it's really a lot bigger than that.

Richard Chesler's picture

"I didn't run for office to be helping fat cat bankers on Wall Street,"


SWRichmond's picture

The solution to politics is simple: stop voting

Fixed it for ya.

NotApplicable's picture

Gee, and just when I thought CHS was starting to get over the disease of statism.

Vote NOTA!

A Nanny Moose's picture

Voting is merely a suggestion box for slaves. Do not consent.

Arthor Bearing's picture

Not voting would remove the false veneer of the "consent of the governed." Every election cycle we all reluctantly allow ourselves to be drawn into the dumb fucking rancor of election season. Just stop, it's all stupid theater. I can't wait for a presidential election with <50% voter participation.

Of course the political class always tries to avoid this by framing it as an epic struggle of females vs males, blacks vs whites, ignorance vs enlightenment, so it always seems as though there is much more on the line than who gets to decorate the offices in the big plantation on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Anusocracy's picture

Trading the worst government money can buy for the best government money can buy won't be much of an improvement.

Everything government touches turns to crap.
-Ringo Starr

A Nanny Moose's picture

"..females vs males, blacks vs whites, ignorance vs enlightenment..."

Thesis, antithesis, synthesis.

Cathartes Aura's picture

voting allows the script-writers free mind-space to occupy, full-time.

want an example?  every fucking day, threads full of meme-orised nonsense about "Obammy" or "the cunt Hillory-pillory" or "the good dr. is just like nigal mirage". . .

pre-occupied minds pose very little threat to the overall game plan, just entertainment as similar as TeeVee is to another crowd.

go ahead, hold yer nose & pick the least foul candy-date.

at this stage of the game, it matters not.


lmao. . . 30seconds, already a down'voter!  priceless.

pods's picture

Cath, you know the routine. Wait till November.  We are all going to have to hide until the next "most important election of our time" is over.


Cathartes Aura's picture

ahhh pods, all the shit I took for pointing out the obvious controlled opposition, the obvious systemic mind-occupied game-playing, the obvious ridiculousness of pretending that the System leaves any room for real change, that it is not broken but working as intended. . .

I'll most likely pull the plug on my computer newsy-viewing way before any kind of electioneering kicks off. . . I only jumped back into the fray to see what the *pulse* looked like. . . and it looks flat-lined......................

enjoy your family, plant some stuff, strap in for a wild ride.

11b40's picture

Hey Looney....just a small correction in grammer:

We IS truly exceptional, isn’t we? ;-)

PT's picture

Where's your grammar?
With my grampa. 

SAT 800's picture

Zero Hedge; where the fools and stooges get together to congratualte each other on their ignorance. Yes; Idiot Child; as every normal rational adult knows; IT WOULDL HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE..

bjfish's picture

Delusional BS.  It takes money just to get on the ballot.  Or do you propose we all write-in the name of someone who can't even afford to tell us his name.

Battleaxe's picture

First of all, a person should be nominated for office by a group of people that think he would be a good candidate, not by HIMSELF.

It shouldn't take any money to get on the ballot, only a predefined number of votes.

Campaign commercials of any kind should be BANNED! This would keep the numb-nuts from being sway by repetitious blather.

The whole process should be GRASS ROOTS, door-to-door, word-of-mouth.

Polls ahead of an election should be BANNED! They only give the MSM ammo to tell everyone who is going to win ahead of the election so that people will vote for who they are told will win instead of who they think is the best candidate.

11b40's picture

I know in SC there is an option for filing with enough petition signatures instaed of paying a filing fee.  Filing fee for US House is about $3500, and $9500 for Senate.

Most practical step would be to only allow voters to make contributions.  No corporate money, no union money, no foreign money.  Not a registered voter, no contributions allowed.

Then, strict postings on the web for every donor and amount.

We would have a whole different class of candidates....a much better class of candidates.  People know in their communities for acheivement and positive contributions.

pods's picture

Sounds like a lot of heavy handed actions in the land of the free?

How about the government only has the authority to legislate in the areas where we explicitly delegated it to them?

Pretty much the only reason why these (s)elections matter is because the government has so damn much power that it usurped that people want to wield it.

There is no way on earth that you can have this much concentrated power without people buying access to it.

The only solution is to de-centralize the power.


Cathartes Aura's picture

begin with Self-empowerment, which is to reclaim your pre-occupied Mind with the awareness that you have Zero Control over what is already going down "in the world" - what is already set in motion, and be-latedly reported to you via corrupted newsy-sources.

empower yourSelf first, then work directly with those you come in contact with.  see how that "works" first,

you are completely dis-empowered when you surrender your center to a controlled narrative designed by Others.

((not aimed at you, pods - just using your words as a diving, bore'd))

Battleaxe's picture

Say the people finally rise up, kick the corrupt fuck-tards out of office and actually try to make a system work. Is there any way to make it work? If so what needs to change specifically?

Cathartes Aura's picture

"the System" works magnificently.


carefully study the System to understand the how/why.


remember:  a System is complete, study from all angles.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Abstinence. Helps prevent the inevitable STD as well.

Ignatius's picture

Make the candidates/politicians wear Nascar-like racing suits with corporate logos for every bribe.

Hint:  Vote for the guy in the sharp, mono-color suit.

Cathartes Aura's picture

or just leap ahead and realise it's the System that enslaves, and voting is an integral PART of that system.

rotten to the core, inside/out, top/down.  dead.

ptoemmes's picture

Correct...it is the system that has been bought.  So, if there was a "pure one" it likely would not be long before he or she became bought...or eliminated.

The system must collapse to change...and BTW that's no gurantee that what comes next will be "better" and that lack of guarantee is not a reason to fear collapse either.

That's another fine mess we have gotten ourselves into.


Cathartes Aura's picture

the Self must change.

all power must be re-claimed from Within before One sees it


InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

asuming that an un-buyable exists.  maybe a non-buyable would be more preferred....  i dont think unbuyables exist.  



Edward1290's picture

Hillary Bush/Jeb Clinton 2016

'you wont believe the change you wont get...'

tarsubil's picture

If it is Hillary vs Jeb, I'm going to take a shit in the poll booth.

Edward1290's picture

they should just run on the same ticket.........because really what difference does it make?

WhyDoesItHurtWhen iPee's picture

Then there is no need to vote, see how that works.

Edward1290's picture

I vote by boycotting the Fortune 500 as much as humanly possible.......

Pure Evil's picture

Are you sure you didn't mean Hillary's Bush/Jeb's Johnson?

You won't believe the "Rosemary's Baby" these two could pro-create.

JRobby's picture

Check local laws and or move to a state where civil disobedience is tolerated.


You would not want to be sent to camp in an election year.

Clycntct's picture

I think I'll put my face on the receiving end of your action in the booth.

And to think that action is less repugnant then the thought of the Hellery in office.

Well with all that shit on my face maybe they'll let me visit DC.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

If it is Hillary vs Jeb, I'm going to take a shit in the poll booth.

This has already scared me enough to sh*t my pants.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Now that would be funny. How much would it gum up the works on election day, if everyone had their morning board meeting right on the voting machines?

That's gotta be a felony.

El Vaquero's picture

Yeah, that's not going to happen.  People will vote for whomever promises them the world.