How The Elite Dominate The World – Part 4: They Buy Politicians, And Incumbents Almost Always Win

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

Once we wake up to how the game is being played, then we will have a real shot at changing things.  For decades, the elite have been pulling the strings behind the scenes in both major political parties.  That is why nothing has ever seemed to change very much no matter which party has been in power. 

The agenda of the elite has always seemed to march forward, and ordinary people like us have always been frustrated that we can’t seem to make a difference.  But now a shift seems to be taking place.  Donald Trump took on the establishment in both major parties, and he miraculously won the presidency.  Down in Alabama, the elite spent more than 30 million dollars to defeat Roy Moore, and he still defeated Luther Strange.  A political awakening is taking place, and I can’t wait to see what happens during the mid-term elections in 2018.

In Part I and Part II of this series, I talked about how the elite use debt as a tool of enslavement.  In Part III, I went over how the elite use the colossal media corporations they own to control what we think.  Today, I want to talk about their influence in the realm of politics.

In Washington D.C., it is well understood that the game of politics is all about the money.  If I win my election, and online polling suggests that there is a ton of enthusiasm for my campaign, I will be expected to spend most of my time on the phone raising money.  As a freshman member of Congress, at orientation it will be explained to me that I am supposed to spend approximately four hours a day doing fundraising, and that is why the House and Senate floors are so empty most of the time.

By law, members of Congress cannot make fundraising calls from their offices, and so both parties have huge call centers just across from the Capitol.  Especially around lunch and dinner times (because those are some of the best times to reach people), those call centers are packed as members of the House and Senate run through lists of potential donors.

And it isn’t just about raising money for their own campaigns.  As a freshman member of Congress I would be expected to raise at least $200,000 for the NRCC (the National Republican Congressional Committee).  If I don’t pay my dues, I would get into big trouble with party leadership.

But you know what?  I have already pledged that I am not going to participate in this very corrupt system.  If I am sent to Congress, I am going to spend my time doing the job that the people of Idaho sent me there to do.

So will Paul Ryan and the others in leadership get very upset with me for not “paying my dues”?

Of course.

But it is time for some of us to take a stand and do what is right.  Congress has become a cesspool of filth and corruption, and it is time to flush the toilet.

Because if we don’t fight this corrupt system, the influence of money in politics will just get worse and worse.  Today, the elite pour millions upon millions of dollars even into small campaigns, and in 2016 it took an average of more than 10 million dollars to win a U.S. Senate seat

While the White House may not have gone to the biggest spender, an awful lot of House and Senate seats did — as usual. And it was pricier than ever to win them.

 

This election cycle, an average winning Senate candidate had spent $10.4 million through Oct. 19 (reflecting the latest reports filed with the Federal Election Commission). That’s a $1.8 million increase over the same period in the 2014 cycle. By the end of last cycle, the number rose to $10.6 million, and a similar uptick is expected this time once post-election and year-end reports are filed.

Once you win, the pressure to raise money for your next campaign never ends.

The elite know this, and they use this pressure to influence votes.  Prior to a big vote, lobbyists will make it abundantly clear how they want certain members of Congress to vote, and if they vote the “right way” those members of Congress will be rewarded.

Just across from the U.S. Capitol there are clubs where fancy receptions are regularly held.  If you vote the “right way” on a particular bill, you may be invited to one of these receptions, and there will be big, fat donation checks waiting there for you.

Of course most members of Congress have learned how to play the game, and this is why it is nearly impossible to defeat incumbents.  Over the past six decades, the re-election rate for members of the House of Representatives has consistently been well over 80 percent, and according to the UVA Center for Politics incumbents actually did far better than that in 2016…

This election cycle, 393 of 435 House representatives, 29 of 34 senators, and five of 12 governors sought reelection (several of the governors were prohibited from seeking another term). Of those, 380 of 393 House members (97%), 27 of 29 senators (93%), and four of five governors (80%) won another term. These members of Congress and governors not only won renomination, but also won in November.

Since World War II, the overall success rate for Senate incumbents has been 84 percent, and the overall success rate for House incumbents has been 94 percent.

Incumbents are almost always armed with huge war chests and most of them have tremendous name recognition, and so toppling them is not easy.

Fortunately, there is no incumbent in my race because Raul Labrador is running for governor.  So the race is completely wide open, and right now my campaign has the most enthusiasm by far.  If you would like to help me flush the toilet in Washington, I would encourage you to visit MichaelSnyderForCongress.com.

If we don’t fight back, we will never break the stranglehold that the elite have on our political system.

Every generation of Americans has had to stand up and fight for liberty and freedom, and now it is our turn.  This particular battle will not be fought with guns and bullets, but rather with ideas, values and principles.

We are part of a movement that is sweeping the nation.  Good men and women are rising up to run in federal, state and local races all across the country, and it is absolutely imperative that we all get behind them and support them.

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Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

Comments

cheka JRobby Sat, 10/28/2017 - 22:43 Permalink

now you know what the foreign aid to israel is forvote for aid = vote to be bribed and re-electedjust as important -- when they fixed the number in the house of reps.  the design prescribed the number to GROW with population.  skype fixed it - so keeping it at a manageable number

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HRClinton Sat, 10/28/2017 - 19:12 Permalink

I love these poor deluded, well-meaning slobs, who still believe that voting matters. Even blogging doesn't matter, unleashed it leads to ACTION.W/of Action, blogging is just intellectual wanking, trying to impress mostly oafs, fools and morons -- none of whom will improve your life or cashflow.

Hail Spode Sat, 10/28/2017 - 19:22 Permalink

Knowing what actions to take helps too. It started before the latest court ruling. They could not have bought off all the politicans without a fiat currency. It is like a magic money machine that can make new dollars by sucking value from the exisitng dollars everyone else holds. Obvisouly, whoever controls such a machine will over time become all powerful politically. The people who run the "federal" reserve have such a machine. But that is only one of the 13 doorways to centralization that should be shut. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B0GACAQ Fighting the Republican establishment in a Republican primary is one of the stupidest ways to do it. You are fighting them on their own turf. I am amazed it has worked as well as it has, but its not working well. Half the outsiders that win are co-opted in the first four years, because they see that they need the label to stay viable. It is time to make a new label, or preferably 50 or 60 new lables, state-only parties in every state that have a true stake in decentralization of federal power because they are not even national parties. 

FreeShitter Sat, 10/28/2017 - 19:24 Permalink

"Once we wake up to how the game is being played, then we will have a real shot at changing things." Who is this We shit? 5% are awake and 95% will never awake until they are 100% broke, hungry and homeless and by then it will be too late. 

Mr. Apotheosis WTFUD Sat, 10/28/2017 - 21:35 Permalink

That’s another issue hindering change. The oligarchs not only own the politicians, but they own the MSM outright. Literally every aspect of how most of the population receive information is filtered through a corporate source. That’s why issues such as wealth inequality, health care costs, immigration and even environmental problems are presented through a racial lens. You can’t take issue with any of the above without being reminded of white privilege or cultural guilt. The greedy and profiteering elite can only get away with their crimes with a divided populace. I’d say they’re doing a pretty damn good job at this point. On the bright side, the internet is slowly tearing down their hegemony of information. That’s why control of the internet is now their number one priority. You must keep in mind that these people have no soul. They will do absolutely anything to retain power.  

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DjangoCat Mr. Apotheosis Sun, 10/29/2017 - 13:40 Permalink

I have been looking at Blockstack as an interesting move to rewrite the structure of the Internet in a way which removes the centralised bits like domain namespace control and DNS services.  It makes centers like Google, Facebook and such much less powerfull.Looks like a very good idea, hopefully many will get on board and remove the potential for central control of the internet which seems to be coming down the pike.I had the unfortunate experience of having my travelling computer barred from access to the internet because the default DNS server was blocking me.  This could not happen using Blockstack. 

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Mr. Apotheosis FreeShitter Sat, 10/28/2017 - 21:33 Permalink

"....until they are 100% broke, hungry and homeless and by then it will be too late."   This. I’ve been arguing for a long time that the reason we haven’t seen any real change is because people haven’t suffered enough—at least not in significant numbers. People can be disgusted by how the parasitic oligarchy lives and self-deals, but until a critical mass of people learn what food insecurity really is, they won’t get off their medicated asses and do anything about it. However, I do not believe the center can hold out for too much longer. The world’s population is busting at the seams. Sooner rather than later, reality will dictate how much more the planet’s resources can take. In fact, I think the reckoning is NOW; but it’s still in its infancy. Without some yet-to-be-discovered infinite energy source added to the mix, I would say that our commuter-based lifestyle is set to get expensive. One little hiccup in the economy and this farce will unravel faster than you might expect. Then, things get interesting. Patience....wont' be long.  

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WTFUD Sat, 10/28/2017 - 19:30 Permalink

Yep, if Trump had began with a level playing field we might have avoided the continuance of these brutal Regime Change-Resource Theft Soirees into the Middle-East.

Deep State vermin must be exterminated, this said, i'm not sure enough sheeples have the necessary (their) appetite for blood . . and those of us who do are still divided on fake left/right paradigms.

earleflorida Sat, 10/28/2017 - 19:44 Permalink

America's 'Political Economic Dysfunctionallity' has been openly present since 1959?, with discordant enigmatic phrases of hyperbole bordering treason under the guise of democracy?!?

falconflight Sat, 10/28/2017 - 20:18 Permalink

Has been the dismal reality for almost our entire existence.  The difference today is that there is not a single human activity not influenced if not controlled by a Byzantinian like gov't that has long since trampled the Constitution designed to avoid our present condition in America (Amerika).

444age Sat, 10/28/2017 - 20:21 Permalink

ummm.... you neglected to mention that blackailing plays a huge part in politics. That's how foreign nations get to use our blood and treasure to fight their wars

redmudhooch Sat, 10/28/2017 - 20:47 Permalink

How soon can we get AIPAC owned traitors out of Congress ?https://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/10/29/how-soon-can-we-get-aipac-owne… is it such a serious matter to get these signers of the AIPAC Loyalty Oath out of Congress? The reason is obvious, without these Traitors who are sellouts to AIPAC and Israel, America could not have been transformed into a virtual province of Israel.Right now the traitors inside the beltway are meeting frequently and desperately trying to come up with a sneaky way to censor and restrict the Alternative media of the Internet. It is unlikely that the American people will allow this and such a move could result in a new American revolution fought in the street of America by millions or armed Americans against the USG and its stooges and Traitors.We now know for certain beyond any reasonable doubt that Israel attacked America on 9-11-01 as a very crafty, deep cover Gladio-style False-flag attack. They were assisted by Stateside Israeli-American “Israeli-first” Dual Citizens, PNACers, top NeoCons and other traitors in the high US Administration, Congressional Intel committees, the JCS, the USAF, NORAD, the FAA and FEMA as well as the major of NYC Rudolf Guiliani.Nor could America have been transformed into an Israeli slave-state, provider and war-fighter for Israel with an endless supply of American Soldiers to use as Israeli cannon-fodder in their quest to expand and create “greater Israel”.Very few Americans know of this treasonous betrayal by all but one Member of Congress. This betrayal is a very serious, grievous violation of their Oath of Office and also American espionage laws and it constitutes Treason. Why do we know for certain this signing the AIPAC Loyalty Oath is Treason?The US Congress and the high USG Administration is filled with AIPAC owned Traitors, they refuse to identify this AIPAC “elephant in the living room” and do their job and get rid of it. Allowing Israeli espionage fronts inside America especially after they were involved in the 9-11-01 attack on America is absurd.Response To Eric Cantor's Pledge Of Allegiance To Israelhttp://rense.com/general92/resp.htmSo extraordinary is Cantor's pledge that even the Jewish Telegraph Agency's Ron Kampeas -- himself a reflexive American defender of most things Israel -- was astonished, and wrote: I can't remember an opposition leader telling a foreign leader, in a personal meeting, that he would side, as a policy, with that leader against the president. Certainly, in statements on one specific issue or another -- building in Jerusalem, or somesuch -- lawmakers have taken the sides of other nations. But to have-a-face to face and say, in general, we will take your side against the White House -- that sounds to me extraordinary." (1) "Extraordinary" is not the right word for this. The right word for this is "treason." For far too long the United States has been ignoring the Mastodon in the living room of our daily lives. There has been a massive and secret public truth at the core of both major political parties, that has poisoned the American political-system in a way that has succeeded in killing the ability of Americans to demand national loyalty from those that serve in the USgovernment. The reason that there is an oath of office taken, for both elected and appointed US officials, is to protect and defend both the Constitution and the people of this land from enemies whether they be foreign or domesticRafael (Felito) Edward Cruz can eat a dick! Ted Cruz Booed Offstage By Christians Who Had Enough https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyCnwTFGnvM He is also quite a fan of porn!Tom Cotton Pledges To Stand With Netanyahu To Subvert American Foreign Policyhttp://www.politicususa.com/2015/09/01/tom-cotton-pledges-stand-netanya… Republican Senator Tom Cotton met with “his” most favorite nation’s leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, he said “Today’s meeting only reaffirms my opposition to this deal. I will stand with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel and work with my colleagues in Congress to stop this deal and to ensure that Israel has the means to defend itself against Iran.” It is bad enough that Cotton pledged to “stand with Netanyahu and Israel” to subvert American foreign policy, but why did he not demonstrate exactly how the United Nations P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran strips Israel of its means to defend itself; especially when American taxpayers are funding over 15% of Israel’s military. But Cotton is working from blind devotion, and a solemn pledge, to a foreign nation and its warmongering leader to subvert his own nation’s foreign policy so expecting any kind of evidence to support his sedition is a waste of energy.What are our HEROS Bannon/Breitbart doing to fight AIPAC, ADL, JDL, you know the ones completely screwing our country?Bannon/Breitbart are Zionists, they're only proposing fake solutions to real problems they created, like mass immigration, but Zionists at Breitbart are "anti-globalists". Don't let them trick you. We have to clean these Zionists completely out of our system this time, or we'll be right back in the same fucked up position again... 

CoCosAB pndr4495 Sun, 10/29/2017 - 07:07 Permalink

The OWNERS OF THE MONETARY SYSTEM are the current ELITE. And they are (secular families):Warburg (even created the Federal Reserve System!)RockefellerSachsRothschildMorganKuhn & LoebLazardsMoses Seifsafter these OWNERS, then we start to see the Friends of the OWNERS, the ones that the Main Shit Media talks about!

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