What good is a brand new car filled with diluted fuel? Or a sailboat powered only by a slight breeze? Or a political process with ignorant voters?
None will work as good as they could...
First of all, I choose to be an independent. I base my political views on the principles of our constitution and on policies which I feel like will
better our nation as a whole. Where does this put me? It puts me against many many other Americans who could care less about our constitution and
national policies than hearing about McCain's wife stealing cookies.
But before you think I am an arrogant namecaller, or part of some political agenda myself, let me explain why I feel like our voting process and
populace in the U.S. is plainly broken:
The ignorance and lack of interest of the American voter in the political process.
I am not by any means disregarding the people who do
know why they are voting and who are not ignorant when it comes to politics, but
nonetheless I feel like that group of people is very small compared to the amount of people who are
ignorant. Keep in mind that being ignorant
in a certain area does not by any means infer that you are not intelligent; it simply means that you are uninformed.
A true democratic political process ideally would require the involvement of every citizen in the nation, but even if every citizen actually did
become involved, the fact that they would be generally uninformed about current issues and policies results in their vote being swayed through
propaganda or biased media outlets rather than real facts.
Some of the same people who are heated up and claiming that they think a certain candidate is going to "ruin the country" are the same people that,
if asked, would not even know what the Patriot Act is. This is because the majority of the American public is only shown the surface of the political
machine where propaganda, smears, and general personality wars trump the real issues. Even worse, many people are so uninterested and detached from
politics that they end up voting based soley on a single rumor they have heard through a friend.
"Money in politics"
Money talks, as they say. But how much of a role should it truly play in politics? Suprisingly, I think it should play a large role, but not in the
sense that most people do. The problem with money in politics is not how much the candidates make, it is from where it comes from and it what amounts.
Lets give the candidate Ron Paul and Barack Obama as an example.
Ron Paul was able to raise $6 million dollars in one day through small donations of less than or equal to $100, and $8 million in his last primary
quarter through donations of less than $300.
Barack Obama has been raising around $1 million a day through small online contributions in 2008 which bolstered his finances well past that of
Hillary Clinton and John McCain.
Why is this important? Well because many candidates are unable to raise money by small private individual donations. When a candidate can raise
millions of dollars by many many Americans contributing very small amounts, it shows that they have the broad support of many types of people who are
able to send in what they can, rather than a few elite who tend to be the main financers. In the case of the the Bush election, the average Bush
campaign contribution was over $2000. This alone is a sign that his administration favored the wealthy citizen over the middle and lower class which
to me seems not in the interest of all Americans.