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They are elected because they were able to put enough 10 second soundbites out there that they were more easily comprehended by the population at large.
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
The Golden Rule in America: "Those with a Golden Parachute make the rules"
Lets say that the most ideal Social Anarchist or Social Conservative/Fiscal Conservative candidate appeared tomorrow...how would you know? Would they get any donations? Would they have enough cash to have a voice that could be heard?
How much would it cost a person like this to run media for damage control, as the other two parties take turns releasing slimey innuendo to soil his character? Would such a person even be able to raise enough money to defend against these kinds of things to keep from having his character decimated on the public stage?
How much money can the "regular people" put into political donations collectively? Could the entire nation of individual people be able to afford putting up a collective sum of cash equal to what either one of the parties raises from corporate benefactors? I posit that the expendable cash amounts for the 99%, collectively, is less than the amount of corporate donations for either party. I could be wrong, and wasn't able to find any numbers in short order to check this position.
My point is: any voice that would accurately represent you, as a regular person living paycheck to paycheck, would be squashed. Because you can't afford a voice. Not even if you and everyone else in the country puts their money together...you can't afford a voice.
Even worse: no one in the last 50 years has been elected for their viewpoints, history, and platform. They are elected because they were able to put enough 10 second soundbites out there that they were more easily comprehended by the population at large. Not because the population at large isn't capable, mind you. Its just that they really kind of choose not to.
Je Suis, Liberty.