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Is Democracy is becoming corrupt

Updated on July 30, 2013

Is Democracy is becoming corrupt. The Presidential Election in the USA is a case in point.

Very large corporations dominate the election from the primaries to the main election. In January 2010 The Supreme Court ruled that the government may not ban political spending by corporations for candidates in an election. This is an interpretation of The First Amendment regarding free speech.

Major unions were not mentioned, but of course the ruling should apply to them also. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander as the old saying goes. If corporations are allowed to finance a candidate election advertising, then a union or other body should also be able to do so.

Free Speech

Free speech is a basic ingredient of democracy.

The argument that corporations and by derivation unions and other bodies should have free speech is taken as read by democracy itself. However did the First Amendment mean individuals and not such bodies? Did this extend to financing political advertising?

Advertising

Advertising as we are all aware shows the same ad time and time again in all media. Teachers know this as rote learning! It works!

However advertising is a major expense of a political campaign. There have been donations to political parties for ages. Can the financing of advertising be considered a donation to a party or is it a separate issue?

Millions of dollars is spent on advertising in a Presidential Election campaign. Who is spending it and why?

Why being the operative word.

What is expected by those who pay for the adverts for the money involved? Just the election of a candidate or the influence that candidate can have for the body that spent that money is concerned?

What does that mean to the rest of the country? With the worldwide importance of an American Presidentail election, what does that mean to the rest of the world and not just the western world?

Is the money within house, in other words just the USA? Or are there connections, for the body donating the money to the advertising, in other parts of the world?

What is expected by those who pay for the adverts for the money involved?

Just the election of a candidate or the influence that candidate can have for the body that spent that money is concerned?

What does that mean to the rest of the country? With the worldwide importance of an American Presidentail election, what does that mean to the rest of the world and not just the western world?

Is the money within house, in other words just the USA? Or are there connections, for the body donating the money to the advertising, in other parts of the world?

Money buys Influence

Democracy is one vote per eligible person for a candidate according to the rules of the country concerned. Buying votes is not normally allowed in any democracy. Influencing a vote is not normally allowed. A candidate/party may have a political campaign explaining their plans. They often play down the other candidates and often there are dirty tricks, sometimes very dirty and sleazy.

People or corporate bodies do not normally spend huge amounts of money without expecting something out of it. In this case it can only mean influence.

Buying influence by paying for the advertising for the election of the candidate of their choice who must then produce the goods for the corporate body. If the successful candidate does not not then do so there is bound to be ructions from that body.

Where does this leave democracy?

The vote of the ordinary voter has been bought by rote learning at considerable expense.

It does not end there. Large corporate bodies can now dictate policy of a party, in other words they govern the country. By extension it influences a large part of the world.

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    • maryspatch profile imageAUTHOR

      maryspatch 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you, Larry, for your concerned reply.

      Democracy was never meant to be like this it has just been hi jacked by money and power.

    • LAURENS WRIGHT profile image

      LAURENS WRIGHT 

      6 years ago

      Fantastic Hub, maryspatch, bringing out some very important and overlooked issues concerning elections. Some things that I have found out over the years, too, have boggled my mind. One of the things is that the people do not vote for president of the United States. In fact, they vote, but not for the president. The Electorial College is the ones that actually vote for the President.

      There was a very intelligent guy that I met in Missouri and he explained Democracy to me. He said that Democracy is like voting in a desert, with no rain at all. A free, Democracy type vote takes place where there is a free choice to vote for any thing on the ballet. The free choice is up to the voter. BUT, the ones in charge has already made the decisions for the voter. This time, in the desert where there is no rain at all, the voters get to chose between a hot pink rain jacket or a ugly purple rain suit. The ones in charge had already rigged the election (only the outcome wanted), being that most likely there are ties and kick-backs to the companies making the jackets and rain suits. This is a very corrupt and evil place that we live and most people have their heads burried in the sand and are unwilling to see the truth.

      If the president's salary is only 200,000 dollars, why are the runners putting millions of their OWN money into the pot? There are payoffs, kickbacks and fringe benefits, for sure. In other words, corrupt.

      Thank you again for posting a great and eye-opening Hub !

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