Well now, here's an interesting twist to the issues of campaign financing and strategy. Seems the Bush advisors feel that a Super Pac should be running his not-yet-announced campaign for President. Super Pacs, of course, can raise unlimited amounts of money from unnamed sources, so influence peddling is finally legitimized and "out of the closet." And American Democracy continues its morph into a plutocratic, corporate, self-serving oligarchy. It's legal, according to the Court, but is it right? Appropriate? Best for all Americans, not just the very rich?
Looks to me like there will be 'no holds barred' in the upcoming campaign. Personally, I just can't wait for an endless array of negative political TV ads (funded by the Super Pacs) to interrupt already offensive and vapid network programming!!
Meanwhile, as hundreds of millions of dollars flow in from an "anonymous somewhere" to get candidates elected, the leaders of political parties and the politicians in government seem to ignore the problems/"challenges" we face: the American educational system is a mess, thousands are homeless, millions are living at or below the poverty level, the environment continues to be degraded at an alarming rate, the vital components of our infrastructure are rapidly deteriorating, racism continues to rear its ugly head in a variety of venues (not the least of which is police-blackcommunity relations), veterans are left without adequate medical/mental health care, and on and on.
Clearly the current way of doing "governance" in our country is not working. And if we expect our elected representatives, themselves products of this increasingly skewed system, to self-correct, we are victims of a delusion or we're partaking of too much of Colorado's state flower.
As conscientious citizens, dedicated to improving the common weal, we need to think very seriously about what road this country "needs to travel by" in the future. And to think about what's next for me as an individual voter, for my family and friends, for the guy sleeping on the grate downtown? About what my options really are?
A welcome to readers
As a resident of this planet for more than four fifths of a century, I have enjoyed both successes and disappointments in a wide variety of vocations, avocations, and life experiences. This blog satisfies my desire to share some thoughts and observations--trenchant and prosaic--with those who are searching for diversions which are interesting, poignant and occasionally funny. I also plan to share recommendations about good/great movies I've watched and books and articles which I've found particularly mind-opening, entertaining, instructive. In addition, I can't pass up the opportunity to reflect publicly on how I am experiencing the so-called Golden Years. Write anytime: