Most people will describe me as a ‘liberal’; some might even call me a “libtard’ or ‘Marxist’. Oddly enough, I’ve also been called a conservative. So why bring this up? Because people get confused when someone doesn’t follow a party line. I don’t call myself an Independent, Democrat, or even a Republican because I believe labeling ourselves in that way backs us into a corner on issues. We’ll be given a stereotype and somehow it sticks with us. Perhaps psychologically, it even warps our opinions to an extent. This is why I go with ‘other’ when asked about my party affiliation. I cannot get behind any of them because, quite frankly, they’re all the same.
Yes, I realize there are vast differences between the political parties we see in Washington today, but when it comes down to it, they are all in it for the same thing – the money. They want that money; with money comes power and they want that too. I’m not certain if the power corrupts them or if they’re corrupt before obtaining power, but as Barack Obama has shown everyone — Democrats are no different from Republicans.
Democrats will vote for social programs like food stamps, housing assistance, education, and other helpful programs, whereas Republicans typically vote to remove those as they feel providing help to people stifles their ‘personal responsibility’. These are the main differences between the two. However, they both have (over the last 30 years at least) voted for boosting corporate profits (and that doesn’t equate to job growth). They all seem to be Pro-corporate profit and corporate welfare.
Should this surprise us? Absolutely not. BBC estimates the 2012 election cycle cost candidates approximately 6 billion dollars. How is that even possible in a country just pulling out of an economic decline? How can we be okay with all that money being spent selling the American citizens on a candidate? We can’t and we shouldn’t.
When candidates are forced to shell out that much money, it means they must get the money from some place; that place is typically from a corporation, PAC (to hide money), and only somewhat from constituents. When they take money to the tune of 6bn dollars, we can be certain they are now beholden to the very people that seek to lower our wages and enslave us. Since both Democrats and Republicans take money from these massive entities, it means they are only slight variations of the same objective.
I bring President Obama into the picture because, to me, he is as Republican as Bush. He has continued the vast majority of programs Bush put at the American people’s doorstep: NSA, torture, lax immigration policies, war, and finally, the Affordable Care Act.
The Affordable Care Act was the biggest mistake of this century, and one of the biggest corporate profit makers in history. Now, people are forced to pay an insurance company (huge campaign contributor) for health care they either 1) don’t need or 2) can’t afford. Yes, the government says they will subsidize the cost, but what about the deductibles? What about the co-pays? Americans are already stretched thin, so President Obama’s solution (and many others – Republican and Democrat alike) is to make us send a portion of our paychecks every month to an insurance company making record-breaking profits. Is that Democracy? No, that’s an Oligarchy.
I fear our country has turned into an oligarchy. Big corporations run our country by purchasing our politicians before they step foot anywhere in Washington. Mind you, this isn’t just on the federal level anymore — this is happened in our local governments too. Gubernatorial candidates spending 10’s of millions, sometimes 100’s of millions on their campaign. For this reason, it’s safe to say our leaders, whether they are Democrats or Republicans, are fighting for the same team — corporations.
We must put a stop to this and call for campaign finance reform. The only true way we can get corporations out of our politicians’ pockets is to yank the need for money right out of the elections. Make it free. Make it fair. Make it a Democracy once more.