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Political Corruption Is Systemic. Vote Anti-Corruption This November

Olympus of Corruption, Puck magazine cartoon, 1884.
"The Olympus of Corruption" (Puck, 1884)
Written by JoAnn Chateau

Corruption in American politics is old news. But every so often, you have to deal with it, and beat it back. When a mainstream magazine comes right out and spells “corruption,” you know the American people are at that point. (See the cover of the April NY magazine cover below.)

Some folks may think corruption is specific to Trump. But that is not accurate. American corruption happens to be in full blossom, for all to see, while Trump happens to be in office. Nor is American corruption caused by one or the other major political parties.

The truth is, American political corruption is systemic. National politics are manipulated by powerful billionaires with corporate interests. All politicians are impacted by it. Most are not able to resist the temptation of Big Money and its promised favors.

As long as we have a vote, however, there is a way to end the corrupting influence of Big Money in our government.

The most immediate and effective way to get Big Money out of American politics, is to elect into office candidates who reject corporate money. The new breed of progressive candidate gets it. So, vote progressive this November.

For the 2018 Election, set partisan politics aside. Reclaim democracy. We’ll get back to robust debate between conservatives and liberals, after Big Money is squashed.


Vote Anti-Corruption in November

 

About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

9 Comments

  • I attempted to write a Republican House Rep in Florida and read that he only accepts emails from his own district. Why does this system shut out others who simply wish to make their views known to him?

  • JoAnn, sweetheart, you are singing my song (Or I am singing yours, it works both ways!). I’m trying to spread the word that the best way to vet a candidate to see where his loyalty lies is to access Opensecrets.org to learn who is donating to him and Politico to discover his level of honesty. It would help, as well, to check out who is funding his attack ads. If PACs that hide their donors are funding such ads or contributing in other ways to a candidate, don’t vote for them.

    It is unfortunate that the Right-Wing propaganda network tells its faithful listeners that both of those are “liberal” sites and, since for decades it has subtly taught that liberals are socialists and that socialists are communists, it appears that most who follow Fox “News,” et al, will never be turned around (the fundamentalist mindset). But I think that there are more of us who want economic justice than there are of those who only vote their emotions on social issues and, therefore, are easily deceived by self-serving politicians.

  • I’m happy to vote for those who refuse to take corporate money in primaries. The problem with voting the way in a three-way race is that the GOP will walk away with everything and 2018 will be the last possible free election. They are smart enough to realize they can never win again without gerrymandering, scrubbing voter rolls, etc. and will make sure our elections in the future are like Russia’s unless we oust the lot of them.

    • Whenever possible, choose a progressive candidate during the Primary Elections. By the time the General Election rolls around, I agree, it’s better to elect even a moderate Democrat over a Republican. But even when people vote Green, for instance, it shows the Dems where they lost their vote.

      It takes time to effect change. 2020 will have many more strong Progressives running.

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