- Politics and Social Issues
Get The Money Out Of Politics
Politics in its purest form is the exchange of ideas pertaining to how the national and local governments should be run and developing and implementing policy (laws) that reflect a particular philosophy based on an ideological standpoint.
At the outset of American governance the founding settlers engaged in vigorous debate
as to how the new nation should proceed.
As strategies were explored and discussed among the participants certain men gained a reputation for their oratorical and policy skills. In doing so they acquired support among their localities and when time came to elect officials to govern they were selected as candidates for elected positions.
This process was politics in its purest form: officials representing their locality voted into office based on their qualifications and popularity.
Today’s political process has a much different tone and quality to it. In modern times the candidate who can raise the most money and effectively convince his constituents that they are qualified will most likely be elected whether they are qualified or not.
The intrusion of campaign financing has totally changed the landscape of American politics and rules supreme in determining who will be elected.
Modern campaign finance laws allow for super PACs (political action committees) to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to a political candidate anonymously creating an environment where a special interest group or private corporation can literally “buy” a candidate and promote their own interest through political policy.
Limiting the amount that super PACs can contribute and the total amount that a candidate can receive in campaign funding would help to return political elections to their original format of electing the most qualified candidate.
The astronomical amount of campaign funding that goes into political elections has diluted the quality of politics and reduced it to a “highest bidder takes all” event.
In 2008 $5.3 billion was spent on federal elections with $1 billion of that being spent by the two presidential candidates running for office.
These numbers point to the fact that there is too much money being injected into political elections.
How about returning to the days when presidential candidates were limited to using the funds available from taxpayers who checked the election contribution fund box on their tax return form?
That would certainly get us back to “may the best man win”.