posted on Feb, 8 2010 @ 03:01 PM
This may be off-topic but I think not.
When power is achieved by convincing the voters that something is good, those with printing presses or television stations rule the society, but are
best served by not taking power themselves. Instead, they support those who benefit their self-interest, regardless of the cost to society as a whole
(socialized cost), and through legal forms like lobbying, donations, and supportive media portrayals they get these candidates into office.
Eventually, the system of oligarchy becomes so entrenched that political candidates solicit various oligarchs for approval in order to get into
office, and then are beholden to them in decisions they make. For this reason, democracies generate a massive amount of debate over trivial issues --
abortion, gay marriage, drug legalization and banning hip-hop music -- while ignoring the deeply-seated problems from whose atmosphere of lawlessness
oligarchs benefit. Oligarchs usually do not act outside the law, although their legal and passive actions result in higher costs for us all.
Sarah Palin works for the oligarchy, has curried their favor, as Mr Obama did. The cycle continues.