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

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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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Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:55 | 4720747 localsavage
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Too logical

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:58 | 4720761 whatsinaname
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Which one is better ? A Repocrat or a Demopublican ?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:59 | 4720772 SamAdams
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If only Romney had won, then things would be different \sarc

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:07 | 4720808 pods
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If politicians are liars, are we to believe them when they say they don't accept bribes?

pods

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:11 | 4720820 Looney
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We are truly exceptional, isn’t we? ;-)

Looney

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:14 | 4720831 Troll Magnet
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Congratulations, Charles.  You just earned yourself at least 4 gubmint goons to monitor all of your activities.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:19 | 4720843 fonzannoon
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2.579

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:27 | 4720875 Dr. Engali
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The water was cold, it's really a lot bigger than that.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:35 | 4720909 Richard Chesler
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"I didn't run for office to be helping fat cat bankers on Wall Street,"

BWAAAAAAHAAAAAHAAAAAHAAAA

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:36 | 4720922 SWRichmond
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The solution to politics is simple: stop voting

Fixed it for ya.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:58 | 4721032 NotApplicable
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Gee, and just when I thought CHS was starting to get over the disease of statism.

Vote NOTA!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:18 | 4721148 A Nanny Moose
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Voting is merely a suggestion box for slaves. Do not consent.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 15:07 | 4721376 Arthor Bearing
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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.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 15:19 | 4721422 Anusocracy
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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

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 15:51 | 4721556 A Nanny Moose
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"..females vs males, blacks vs whites, ignorance vs enlightenment..."

Thesis, antithesis, synthesis.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:52 | 4720959 Cathartes Aura
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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.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:11 | 4721103 pods
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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.

pods

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:33 | 4721245 Cathartes Aura
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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.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:10 | 4721096 11b40
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Hey Looney....just a small correction in grammer:

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

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:41 | 4721272 James_Cole
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Grammar.

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 12:27 | 4723749 PT
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Where's your grammar?
With my grampa. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:50 | 4722015 SAT 800
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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..

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:02 | 4720783 Otto Zitte
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Dead ones are best

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:45 | 4720965 bjfish
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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.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:02 | 4721050 Battleaxe
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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.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:18 | 4721138 11b40
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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.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:25 | 4721199 pods
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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.

pods

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:40 | 4721270 Cathartes Aura
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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))

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 15:04 | 4721364 Battleaxe
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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?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:40 | 4721752 Cathartes Aura
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"the System" works magnificently.

 

carefully study the System to understand the how/why.

 

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

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:20 | 4721895 Battleaxe
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HA-LA-PU-LA-PLANE........

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:17 | 4721140 A Nanny Moose
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Abstinence. Helps prevent the inevitable STD as well.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:00 | 4720771 Ignatius
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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.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:47 | 4720974 Cathartes Aura
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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.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:13 | 4721081 ptoemmes
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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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZfg9rk_9iQ

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:42 | 4721276 Cathartes Aura
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the Self must change.

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

with-out.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 15:22 | 4721429 Battleaxe
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Wax on.....wax off....

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:05 | 4720789 InTheLandOfTheBlind
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asuming that an un-buyable exists.  maybe a non-buyable would be more preferred....  i dont think unbuyables exist.  

 

 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:55 | 4720748 Edward1290
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Hillary Bush/Jeb Clinton 2016

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

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:05 | 4720803 tarsubil
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If it is Hillary vs Jeb, I'm going to take a shit in the poll booth.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:10 | 4720819 Edward1290
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they should just run on the same ticket.........because really what difference does it make?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:24 | 4720860 WhyDoesItHurtWh...
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Then there is no need to vote, see how that works.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:29 | 4720880 Edward1290
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I vote by boycotting the Fortune 500 as much as humanly possible.......

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:45 | 4720964 Pure Evil
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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.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:37 | 4720926 JRobby
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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.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:00 | 4721039 Clycntct
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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.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:02 | 4721055 Vampyroteuthis ...
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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.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:27 | 4721211 A Nanny Moose
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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.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:56 | 4720750 El Vaquero
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Yeah, that's not going to happen.  People will vote for whomever promises them the world. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:02 | 4720785 ShorTed
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Agreed, and as much as I esteem CHS this post seems incredibly naive.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:56 | 4720751 1000yrdstare
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Don't blame me! I voted for the Hangman!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:10 | 4720817 ParkAveFlasher
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That would be an AWESOME bumper sticker...just a grim, hooded visage, and written simply, "'16"

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:18 | 4721886 Two Theives and...
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I'm thinking of making a bumper sticker with the famous quote : "The public sucks, FUCK Hope!" - George Carlin

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:57 | 4720755 LawsofPhysics
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"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." -

Impossible, so long as the "takers" keep getting their handouts and bailouts.

But don't fret, it's when all that "money" becomes worthless, that this effectively happens all by itself.

Full "faith and credit" bitches...

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:42 | 4720954 Meat Hammer
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Agreed.  The article is telling whores to get rid of their pimps.  Ain't gonna happen.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:32 | 4721941 James-Morrison
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If we did't vote for people who take money, there would be no one to vote for.

Since fewer people vote than abstain, aren't we already ignoring the money grabbers?

How well is this working?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:57 | 4720756 aleph0
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LOL ... vote ? .. in a two (one) party system ?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:08 | 4720759 Dr. Engali
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You're wasting your time Charles. I've voted all my life and never missed an election. My last vote ever cast was writing in Ron Paul's name. Do you want to know what I found out? The only solution is not to vote. Voting only gives them credibility, and gives them your consent to pillage the system.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:09 | 4720814 InTheLandOfTheBlind
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Once heard the vote described as a "piece of the king"... once you let it go, your authority is submitted to the system upon which you cast it... 
Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:15 | 4720830 Dr. Engali
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90% reelection rate for incumbents.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 15:57 | 4721438 Battleaxe
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Yeah Demfucklicans! Repulsicrats? Repocratlicans? Demoporkgrablicans? Repubworthlessassmotherfuckercrats?

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 10:29 | 4721913 Battleaxe
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Refucklicrats!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bumper Sticker: "Don't Vote Ref***licrat!"

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:48 | 4722005 InTheLandOfTheBlind
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kind proves the stupidity of the herd

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:49 | 4720827 mccvilb
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You're right. I got calls at home from emotional teary-eyed candidates asking if I was abstaining again or intended to vote this time... or else it was a call from the NSA.

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 12:39 | 4723794 PT
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They want to know whether or not you are voting so they can sneak into the poll booth and use your name, knowing they won't get caught.

When you don't vote, you make it waaaaaaayy too easy for someone else to sneak in and vote and use your name.  That's why I'm comfortable with compulsory voting, (although I understand that not everyone appreciates my logic).  As long as you have a paper form, you can still lodge a protest vote, be it by handing in a blank paper, or writing in "God" or "None of the Above" or "You're all a bunch of crooks."  Unfortunately this doesn't work with electronic rigging, I mean voting machines.  They should come with a "None of the above" option.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:27 | 4720872 TSTM
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Spot on. An election in which the public refuses to participate would undermine the "legitimacy" of the mafia in DC. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:06 | 4721074 NotApplicable
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That's what I always tell people who can't fathom the validity of a principled non-voter.

Just imagine an "Election of a lifetime!!!" where there was only a 10% turnout. Would anyone other than that 10% consider the decrees of the winner having any credibility as a legitimate authority figure over their lives? Or would they point and laugh at the idiotic machinations of the puppetry?

As always, do not fight The Beast, as all you can do is to further empower it as a legitimate force. If enough of us walk away though, it will collapse all on its own.

Just like any other parasite that is expelled from its host.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:12 | 4721105 sessinpo
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TSTM         Spot on. An election in which the public refuses to participate would undermine the "legitimacy" of the mafia in DC.

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An ignorant public which is becoming the majority, and which is also becoming dependent on government, legitimizes the mafia in DC. So you are wrong in this environment. If the majority were educated and doesn't buy into the propaganda, I would agree with you. But you have bought into the propaganda

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:30 | 4721224 A Nanny Moose
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Welcome to the New Enlightenment, Doc.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:00 | 4720760 Dorelei
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What did you expect ? When you put greed as the core of your system it  will produce every seconds even more greed …

You might be honest but has soon as you get some power , it’s power will corrupt you like it does with 90 % of the people ..

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:01 | 4720780 Grande Tetons
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Any thoughts on Gold today? 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:05 | 4720798 Dorelei
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AHAH , a goldlum trying to be sarcastic !

 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:07 | 4720807 Grande Tetons
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Not a Goldlum. Just looking for a chuckle. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:19 | 4720837 Dorelei
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It has been  a long way to climb up the Orthanc.

But now that I have an access to the zerohedge Palantir I can see a golden eye telling  me it’s will indeed go up, he is whispering me that it will rise to 10000$ by next week.  

Their is a huge vortex demand in Mordor for Uruk-hai gold plated armor to get them ready for the last battle !

What a better investment advisor than Sauron himself !

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:23 | 4720852 fonzannoon
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after u climbed the Orthanc did u narfle the Garthok?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:32 | 4720896 WhyDoesItHurtWh...
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No, but I finally fixed the Glonkinator.  Cheers.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:27 | 4720871 Grande Tetons
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That's better. 

If I can be permitted to make a critique, I would have been more engaged as the reader with an early introduction of the term ejaculant or seeman. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:36 | 4721244 A Nanny Moose
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I would suggest that Greed is innately human, and not the result of some system. Furthermore, I would posit that Obedience to authority is the problem, not Greed, not Power, not Authority itself....Obedience. Period.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:58 | 4720763 Uncertain T
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In other news.... Washington Redskins decides to change it's name as "Washington" is just too embarassing. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:05 | 4720802 Ignatius
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...and disrespectful of ALL continental natives.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 15:11 | 4721385 A Nanny Moose
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Indeed! General Washington, did embark upon a policy of genocide against the Iroquois. He did send men to die in St. Claire's campaign, at the hands of Little Turtle, after which he was able convince CONgress to authorize the creation of the US Army.

The Army became a convenient tool. One of the first applications of that tool was to point it at Amerikan citizens who happened to be Washington's competitors in Whiskey production.

But I digress.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:06 | 4721080 NotApplicable
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ZING!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:58 | 4720764 stinkhammer
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drug test them all

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:59 | 4720768 jay28elle
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...but then what fun would politics be?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:59 | 4720769 PlusTic
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the time for idle chat has ended...we need to commence the anarchy on a mass scale post haste!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:08 | 4721084 NotApplicable
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Funny that while the word you're looking for is "chaos," anarchy fits perfectly, as it is the only political synonym for peace.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 15:15 | 4721403 A Nanny Moose
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Chaos is what we have now. Anarchy is simply rules, without rulers.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:59 | 4720773 nickels
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Politicians should be elected on the contents of a one-page essay-"Why I want to be President" No campaigning. When elected, the voters can easily refer to the essay for accountability.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 15:13 | 4721022 Pure Evil
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I think we would have better luck if they we're all forced to star on shows like Dancing With the Stars or the X Factor.

That way we could see if they had other talents other than being highly paid whores.

Or how bout playing a season in the NFL? Those that last the regular season get to run for Congress and those that help win the Super Bowl get to run for the White House.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 15:15 | 4721405 A Nanny Moose
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We would have better luck drawing names from a hat.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:02 | 4720776 Thermopylae
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Need a ballot inititive.

 

Lets call it Proposition .308

"All elected representatives shall..........."

 

edit: sorry about that, my finger accidently hit the .

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:00 | 4720777 Species8472
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" publicly lists every donation and donor on a website"

 

Noooo. The only truly free speech is anonymous.


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:49 | 4720983 bjfish
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You could start at www.opensecrets.com

 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:06 | 4720804 BadDog
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Don't vote.  It's a waste of time and only encourages them.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:07 | 4720810 flacorps
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Robespierre was incorruptible. And looking pretty attractive right about now.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:08 | 4720812 Notsobadwlad
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I am a little more cynical about the situation.

Lenin said that it does not matter who votes for a candidate, but who counts the vote. This appears to have been the case in Harry Reid's last election where he was trailing prior to a mysterious power outage where the votes were being counted then when the power came up he was just as mysteriously leading in the count. Oddly, his son, who is also mixed up in Harry's crooked land grab was running the count (seems like a conflict of interest to me).

There seemed to be evidence that Ron Paul did not get the benefit of the count in primaries.

BUT WORSE THAN ALL THAT!

It now appear that it no longer matters who does the count or which pre-programmable and hackable Dielbold machines do the counting. All that matters is who the media declares as the winner.

Obomber was declared the winner in the last election, apparently before any votes were counted.

There is no point voting at all if the media is just going to declare winners instead of counting votes to see who won. We seem to have a completely out of control hijacked government.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:14 | 4720829 LawsofPhysics
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Again, full faith and credit.  As in no faith means no more credit motherfuckers...

Remember these fuckers, keep the evidence, the guillotines grow hungrier every day.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:11 | 4720821 irie1029
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The first step toward cleaning up politics is fair tax.  Just think half of the favor game would disappear.  Then eliminate grants to any business for anything.  Oh, quit funding the war machine while we are at it.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:15 | 4721129 sessinpo
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 irie1029        The first step toward cleaning up politics is fair tax.

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I say the first step is to tax government employees (including politicians) at triple the rate of any tax they propose.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:11 | 4720823 Bill of Rights
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Seattle Announces $15 Minimum Wage, Highest In The U.S.

prepare for massive payoffs coming.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:21 | 4720849 Grande Tetons
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Nice read. 

Ha...by the end of the decade! By this time the Washington State labor par rate will have dropped by over 10 percent...if not more. 

Buy off the voters off with a dime so you can fuck them for a dollar. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:52 | 4720995 bjfish
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prepare for mass 'layoffs' coming.

fixed it for you.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:12 | 4720824 WhoIsJohnGaltCoin
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Vote for Galt 2016

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:13 | 4720825 aardvarkk
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"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"

 

Well, sure.  And we don't need to worry about scarce energy if we just invent a micro cold fusion reactor.  And we can end war if we just get rid of people who want to fight.  And we can end poverty by simply making sure that everybody has some money.  Easy peasy!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:00 | 4721044 Pure Evil
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Killing all humans should solve all the problems afflicting us.

 

(Note: do I need a sarc tag for that?)

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:13 | 4720826 kchrisc
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Politics will only change when those in violation of the Constitution, including Article 3, Section 3, and the banksters are sent to the guillotine.

I believe in non-violence, but unfortunately, they do not.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:19 | 4720844 Flakmeister
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Unfortunately the overlap between the  unelectable and the unbuyable is very high....

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:20 | 4720845 DollarMenu
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I don't know how much time the author of this post has spent actually involved in party politics; how many party caucus he has attended, but from what he proposes, I would guess 'not much'.

Anyone who has had even a marginal contact with actual political party operations would know that a candidate can not get placed on a ballot without party permissions.

The morlocks who operate the levers and gates of ballot access are well trained to repel any and all invaders who threaten the machine.

All is backed by a cheerleader press that has it's own copy written by the owners, and promotes whomever is put in front of them.

The Republicans vs Ron Paul should have made the situation obvious.

 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:32 | 4721239 11b40
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Yes, you are correct.  The only alternative is 3rd party, which turns out to be a hopeless cause so far.  A 3rd party candidate is too easily marginalized and turned into a kook.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:42 | 4721279 Flakmeister
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In the case of the Tea Party, they showed their kook colors first as the Koch;s money is a bulwark against their marginalization...

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:43 | 4721986 kchrisc
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I wasn't aware that my guillotine was part of a 3rd. party.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:20 | 4720847 Smiley
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All you need to know about any upcoming election is that anything you see on television is complete and utter bullshit.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:23 | 4720855 TSTM
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Just where do you find these "unbuyable" candidates? It is very difficult to entice a decent man or woman to become involved in politics. Rational, sane, honest people are not attracted to power over other humans, whereas the corrupt and corruptable seem drawn to politics and willing to sell their very souls to gain this power.

Screw elections. They will always be bought and paid for. Go with the lottery approach. Many benefits. Check out this Leonard Reed piece.

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/the-lesser-of-two-evils

 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:04 | 4721068 Pure Evil
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Why waste time voting for the lessor of two evils.

Just get it over with already and vote for the purest evil of all time.

I hereby nominate myself for Overlord of Earth.

And, thanks for your votes in advance.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:40 | 4721271 NotApplicable
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Get in line, pal. I already won the election for "Emperor of the Universe" (with 100% of the vote, to boot).

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:23 | 4720858 Malachi Constant
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Politics will change when the candidate

  • ... is held accountable to the point of being promptly thrown out of office with no pensions/benefits/severance fees
  • ... receives the lawmakers-approved minimal wage - after all, lawmakers say it's enough, so it must be enough, right?
  • ... is available to his voters whenever they want to get a hold of him - after all, wasn't it serving the community that he was dreaming about?
  • ... lives where his voters live - Washington DC is long irrelevant thanks to the Internet

But overall a good post, as CHS is preaching secession, aka refusal to direct even a microjoule of one's energy to the cause of supporting the pyramid.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:36 | 4720916 Polymarkos
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In ancient Lakadaimon, of which the chief city was Sparta, they regularly put elected officials on trial at the end of their terms. They had to PROVE they had not violated the pulic trust in them during their term in office.

 

I like the theory behind that.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:20 | 4721158 Malachi Constant
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If there were 2 kings now at there were then, their power struggle would PERHAPS force them to be creative.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:44 | 4721288 Flakmeister
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Accountable to exactly who? And how is that defined...

The devil is always in the details...

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:30 | 4720882 BIHM
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Ron Paul was your ideal candidate and look how well we supported him.  Americans (and I mean the majority) are getting what they want.  They want to be comfortable and are willing to trade away any sense of dignity, integrity and freedom to secure that comfort.  Fortunately our legislators are willing to take the other side of that trade.  And so you have America today.  You can bang on about all we need to do is..... but the majority knows what it would need to do if what they wanted is what you imply, but they aren't acting irrationally they simply want something other than what you assume.  In fact what you assume they want is precisely what they are willing to trade away.  Isn't that obvious??  Look around man.  The majority are conscious patrons of this (wretched) system.  Cheers Charles.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:31 | 4720890 Polymarkos
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We need a constitutional amendment that requires at leat 60% of the voting age people to vote. Far too often, most people do not vote. The will of the people is NOT expressed when only a tiny number decide matters for us all. Force people to vote by declaring all elections below 60% of the voting populace as invalid.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:10 | 4721097 NotApplicable
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How can you be so fucking stupid, yet still operate a PC?

Put a gun to my head and force me to vote, pretending it's a solution.

Seriously?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:30 | 4721225 TeresaE
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Might as well outlaw voting Poly,

Over 60% of our neighbors owe at least part of their state of living to a government (employees of federal, state, local or a contractor and welfare/SS).

 

Wonder how much change the "60%" would ever vote for.

 

Voting only works until the masses figure out they can vote in their own meal ticket.  We passed that gate, long, long, ago.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:38 | 4720912 Froman
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Interesting article.  When I first got out of undergrad I worked for a Congressman that met several criteria on the list.  He did not take donations over $100 (used to have $3 pancake breakfasts for funraisers...in the late 1980s), returned every gift that any lobbyist would send.  Did not take PAC money.  He could not get around not meeting with lobbyists because many times the constituents would have the lobbyist accompany them to meetings but he never liked dealing with lobbyists.  He prided himself on always returning part of the money that he was budgeted to run his office and pay staff each year back to the Treasury at the end of the year.  He always took pride in telling people "I have one of the lowest paid staffs on the Hill; just ask them."  He served in Congress for 40 years and retired when his district was gerry mandered in half and the bought and paid for competition was able to convice voters that he was old and out of touch.  Being independent cost him the Chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee in 1986 when Melvin Price passed away.  He was seen as someone that "would not make the back room deal" and the lobbyists threw their support to Les Aspin to lead the Committee which was the first time that the Committee did not award Chairmanship on tenure but rather to the member who "could make the back room deal".  I always enjoyed working for him and learned a lot from him but unfortunately, that era is gone. He even warned me back in 1988 when you had Speaker Jim Wright taken down by a book scandal that the media only reported in sound bytes that you could print on a bumper sticker rather than telling the entire story and that going forward you would not have good competent people running for office.  People with integrity will not want to have their entire family and careers under the microscope of a 24 hour news cycle; and be wary of those that do because they are not the people that have the skills to run the country. His prophecy came true unfortunately. After leaving his office I worked on the House Appropriations Committee.  Working on that Committee gave true meaning to the phrase "one never wants to see how sausage and laws are made".  It truly opened my eyes to the inner workings of congress and what I learned during my time with the Committee is what you see in Washington today; everything and everyone is for sale.  If your money is the right color you can get anything that you want done.  From a law, to a private relief bill, report language, or a congressional directive to a regulation. Each of the aformentioned has a price.  The report language is the least expensive with the laws and regulations being the most expensive. I saw that Congressmen and Senators are there for the most part to make their millions not to serve the greater good or their constituencies.  Call it pessimistic; but if you are an optimist you will only be optimistic until you actually work in the cesspool that is Washington.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:42 | 4720949 Dr. Engali
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Excellent post. Thank you. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:20 | 4721164 muleskinner
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Are you related to Abe Froman, the sausage king of Chicago?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 15:11 | 4721390 moonstears
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+1 for Bueller reference. As a tie in, I once exchanged email with Ben Stein. We discussed Nixon and the gold standard. I made mention of the fact France was gonna take delivery for dollars. His response was that "it was Belgium"?!?!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:36 | 4720914 yrbmegr
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Somehow, I'm not especially excited about only billionaires running for office.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:48 | 4720979 Comte d'herblay
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I voted for the Treasurer of my Senior Class in college, when she promised she would accept the offer of my Fraternity pin if I campiaigned for her, signifying her temporary betrothal to me for the remainder of the year.  

When she won, she returned the pin to me and hung with the Vice President. 

I haven't voted for anyone for anything ever again. And never will.

 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:42 | 4721278 NotApplicable
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If only every voter had such direct experience...

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 15:33 | 4721481 headhunt
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Comte Dude - when you are bucked off you get back up and stick it back in - never surrender.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:51 | 4720990 Steve in Greensboro
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More delusional nonsense from Chuck-you.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:52 | 4720996 BullyBearish
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One new law (that would never be passed) would do it: BAN POLITICAL TELEVISION/CABLE/INTERNET advertizing

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:55 | 4721007 SheepDog-One
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They all swear up and down they can't be bought, then all end up being bought.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:58 | 4721029 besnook
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pat paulsen had the right idea. until voters make a complete ass out of the system the system will not change through the system. reset is the only answer and it is not nearly a gaurantee.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:13 | 4721113 kellycriterion
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Click bait pandering nonsense.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:20 | 4721165 begintowin
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Not vote? Why that's un-American and unpatriotic and a disservice to the hard working career politicians who suck blood from our bodies every election cycle!

Such and idea, why it goes against every tenet of govenment tyranny to not vote to keep us in poverty.

Really .... hmm ... but maybe, just maybe it's not such a bad idea. If we don't vote they can't take office, there would be no one to rule over us and the government and their abusive policies would end ... without firing a shot.

Yippee, let's do it!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:26 | 4721167 foodstampbarry
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 Stories like this are aimed at keeping republicans home in November to the benefit of dems.  I say Fuck You and down vote me all you want. Harry Reid and Barry are beyond evil and I'll fuckin vote. Yeah I said it fuckers!! Now go ahead down vote me bitchez!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:55 | 4721331 BeetleBailey
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I up arrowed your sorry voting-even-if-it-REALLY-doesn't count's ass....

Now go "poll" some Repuplidorks cho-cha

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 15:27 | 4721451 headhunt
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I uped you but you forgot Pisslosi in your evil conservative rant

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 20:36 | 4722501 BeetleBailey
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That's...Nancy PORK-LOSI

or

 

Nancy PeLOUSY

 

finally (and my favorite)

NANCY BOTOXIC

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:23 | 4721187 Took Red Pill
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It might not be popular here but I like the Green Party;

http://www.gp.org/what-we-believe/the-real-difference

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:39 | 4721267 besnook
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i support the green party if for no other reason than they are an alternative. the biggest problem with them is their international agenda. they are the first international political party, a trial ballon for the future one world .gov.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:08 | 4721634 spooz
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Progressive Brits are voting UKIP in the next election to keep the two-party system from dominating their politics.  And as a progressive, I would vote for Ron Paul over Hillary, if his name was on the ballot. 

Rand is not his dad, but Ralph Nader wants liberals to impeach Obama, abandon militarist corporatist Hillary, and back Rand Paul as a leader in a left-right alliance. I'm watching this to see what evolves.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/power-players-abc-news/ralph-naders-america-...

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:48 | 4721774 Cathartes Aura
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because Rand Paul is not an opportunist, god-bothering control freak and would no doubt save teh worldz!!

 

got Mittenz?

 

note to Ralph:  nice try, gig's up, outta the pool.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:24 | 4721195 Stuck on Zero
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Politicians should be able to meet with lobbyists ... but only in public forums.  The lobbyists can all pile into a public auditorium and make their pitches.  No more meetings on private jets, strip clubs, yachts, private islands, or hotel rooms.

 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:27 | 4721212 Oscar Mayer
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The answer to the problem is: States' repudiation of the non-binding agreement known as the 17th Amendment and seating their selections of Senators.  Article 5 of the Constitution stipulates that a state's right to equal suffrage in the Senate cannot be taken from them via amendment, which means that the 17th is unconstitutional, unlawful and non-binding and the only it stands is by the states' consent.  All the states have to do is withdraw their consent and seat their senators.  This will effectively cut the flow of bribery, euphemistically referred to as campaign contributions, to half of congress and make the Senate responsible to the states' legislators.  This will also restore our Republican form of government.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:35 | 4721251 besnook
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now you know why they changed the rules. state legislatures actually work in most cases, as does local politics in smaller cities and towns. appointed senators would reflect that so they had to be banned because the voice of the people might have to be followed.

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