We need to move beyond the partisan labels of Conservative, Liberal, Republican and Democrat. We need to move past partisan stupidity so that we can start real discussion and move toward real solutions. Pardon the wording, but stupidity seems to be the correct word. We need to stop placing blame on the other political party and take a good look at what has happened to this country. We are at a point in time where corruption within the political system is at an all time high, yet we can’t seem to have civil discussion in public places about it.
The last time this country experienced a revolution, it did so because the population in the United States didn’t feel that they had any representatives looking out for their interests, at a time when they were being taxed, the proceeds of taxation were going toward something that they had no control over. “!” Remember?
Let’s take a look at our current system. The current political system is so intertwined with corporate interests that our representatives and policy makers seem to have forgotten that the U.S. Constitution was originally written to protect people. Corporations currently have more rights than people to the extent that we no longer have the right to know where our taxes are being spent. Usually, when governments are formed, taxes go toward society and toward a common good. Examples of things that developed countries allocate taxes toward are roads, schools, social services like 911, and in all cases except the United States – healthcare.
Instead of allocated American taxes toward things that benefit society, taxes and American wealth are seemingly vanishing behind odd accounting, business privacy rights, and with private government contractors situated in various places across the world. (Halliburton being one of them.) The war/occupation/freedom fight in Iraq (whatever it is called, depending on which media you listen to) has billions of unaccounted American tax dollars that can’t seem to be found. The bailout money for banks and other or any other oddly connected corporations – insurance for example, also can’t seem to be wholly traced. When they do tell us, we don’t learn of the full story. AIG (the , which along with having various , supplies insurance and other things) recently disclosed that some of its securities lending subsidiary – arm gave our bailout funds to Barclays PLC of Britain, Deutsche Bank of Germany and UBS of Switzerland. While the U.S. financial giants of Goldman Sachs and received their own bailout funds, they also received bailout funding through AIG.
How could such a thing happen? If one looks at our political leaders who also received contributions from AIG, Barach Obama, former senator from Illinois tops the list at $120,582 closely followed by Chris Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Those that hold stock in AIG are also interesting. Former Republican senator from , held $2,750,004 to $11, 500,000, while of Massachusetts with over 2 million dollars in assets. The current system of corporate lobbying and political finance does not discriminate between Republican or Democrat, Independent, Conservative or Liberal. Whoever is in a position of potential power will have large amounts of corporate money somehow given to him or her. It’s not that our representatives are bad people, (perhaps weak or slightly lame) however, it does highlight a major problem within our .
It seems that there has been a wide gap in reality between those in national politics and the People that policy makers are supposed to represent. The United States is at a point in time when we must begin difficult, complicated, mature discussions upon the current state of our country and looking at realistic solutions. In such a system, it no longer matter what party line a person aligns to. Representation for the People continues to be a major issue in government. It’s usually why people want democracy. What entity is our policy ultimately benefiting? The People or corporations? Just something to think about.