America lost before the voting began...
A quick reading of the results of yesterdays election would say that Barack Obama won and Mitt Romney lost.
But the truth is that the American people lost and the results were in far before anyone voted and sat down last night in anticipation of seeing their candidate elected to the presidency.
In the famous words of Bernie Mac, listen up America, we lost. But not for the reasons you might think.
We lost because money won. That’s right America, money won!
Let me explain.
The cost for this years presidential contest was over 2 billion, not million, dollars. 70 million dollars was spent to win a Senate seat in Massachusetts, 55 million for a seat in Texas, 30 million for the Wisconsin seat and over 40 million dollars was spent by the candidates for the Senate seat in Montana. Montana? There are less than a million people living in the state and you need 40 mil to campaign there?
How about over 21 million to win a seat in congress for candidates from Florida or 20 million for the Speaker of the House to be reelected in Ohio.
The influence of big money from individuals and corporations on both sides of the political spectrum has damaged our system perhaps, beyond repair.
The question is whether America will rise up and demand the kind of change necessary to return the political system to the people.
I am not encouraged.
All recent attempts by politicians, individuals and even state governments to limit the amounts of money spent on races have been met by a chorus of naysayers screaming about first amendment rights of free speech.
When a group gets a law passed limiting spending, the lawsuits begin almost immediately. Think Citizens United, McCain-Feingold or the still being litigated campaign finance law from Montana.
Ideas for publicly funded elections have been derided as European hoighty-toightyness.
Calls for public openness of political donors in real time have routinely been met with derision by the recipients, and donors, of these exorbitant large sums.
As you and I, the John Q. Public people, express our open disdain almost daily during these campaigns, we are totally ignored.
Have you taken a look at your Facebook page today? There are so many people thanking God that the commercials are over, it’s incredible.
The little girl crying on You Tube who was sick of Bronc Obama and Mitt Romney was just expressing what most of us have felt everyday the last few months. Monday I went to my mail box and it took me 10 minutes to sort through all political ads just to find my two pieces of actual mail.
Yet in spite of this disgust and the total corruption of our political system, we the people refuse to demand change and hold our political representatives feet to the fire.
America, we did not lose last night when Barack Obama was elected and we would not have lost had Mitt Romney prevailed.
We had already lost when we willfully refused to put any limits on the amount of money that could be spent to win an election in this great country.
Somehow I doubt this is what our founders envisioned when they penned the First Amendment giving us the right of free speech.
What say you?