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The Devastating Cost of Monetized Elections - Ralph Nader


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: U.S., Democracy, Citizens United, Campaign Finance, Corporate Power, Inequality, Election 2016, Media )

Judy
- 1247 days ago - commondreams.org
Every four years the presidential and Congressional elections become more of a marketplace where the wealthy paymasters turn a civic process into a spectacle of vacuous rhetorical contests, distraction and stupefaction.



   

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Past Member (0)
Friday January 22, 2016, 1:07 pm
THANKS FOR SHARING
 

Past Member (0)
Friday January 22, 2016, 1:08 pm
JUDY:-)
 

Animae C (509)
Friday January 22, 2016, 1:23 pm
Noted
Thanx Judy
 

Roslyn McBride (26)
Saturday January 23, 2016, 1:10 pm
Ralph Nader is usually spot on. If an election is won by who gets the most financial backing, then why bother to vote?
 

TomCat S (125)
Saturday January 23, 2016, 1:16 pm
We now have the best government money has bought. It's best only for those who bought it
 

Judy C (91)
Saturday January 23, 2016, 5:49 pm
I hope people really pay attention to some of the details of the workings of this system. For instance:

"Presidential debates are controlled by a Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) – a private corporation – created by the Republican and Democratic parties and funded by beer, auto, telephone and other corporations whose patronage includes lavish hospitality suites. Thus, through the cover of CPD, the two big parties control the number of debates, who is invited to participate and which reporters ask the questions before an APPROVED AUDIENCE."

This is all very disheartening. At least here at Care2 we can hit the advice of Ralph Nader, and use the Internet to share information and hopefully to bring about some change in this badly degraded system.
 

Judy C (91)
Saturday January 23, 2016, 9:23 pm
I meant to say HEED, not hit the advice of Nader :-)
 

Colleen L (3)
Sunday January 24, 2016, 12:53 pm
Thanks Judy
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday January 24, 2016, 2:09 pm
Noted. Thanks, Judy.
It's all been such a show for too many years. But, I think it was the last debate where Bernie did mention all the money spent on wars that need to be reduced. It stuck out in my mind, and I was so glad he brought it up. But, that has been about it on that subject.
When the League of Women Voters ran the debates, (many years ago now), it was a much more fair process which included Third Party candidates. I wish they were in charge again.
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday January 24, 2016, 2:29 pm
Roslyn: 'If an election is won by who gets the most financial backing, then why bother to vote?'
Ralph Nader HIMSELF has the answer:
"Voters, you can change all this rancid defilement of our Republic and its democratic dreams.
Do your homework on the parties and the candidates, form informal groups to demand debates and agendas that you preside over, push for more choices on the ballot,
make votes count over money.
The internet can help speed up such efforts."
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IN PREVIOUS ELECTIONS, the Majority of Votes went to - "NONE OF THE ABOVE".
That means, that the number of qualified Voters who STAYED HOME, OUTNUMBERED those who Voted for even the Winner of the Presidential Race!
ONLY IF THE DIS-ILLUSIONED AND CYNICAL NON-VOTERS TURN OUT, can Bernie - and the People! - WIN THIS COMING ELECTION.
We are the ones that see the stupid, slick ads AND JUST LAFF AT THEM.
We are the ones who have ALTERNATIVE SOURCES exposing all the Media LIES.
WE are the ones who send Bernie contributions averaging just $32.50 apiece!
BERNIE WILL WIN when the PREVIOUSLY NON-VOTERS are Motivated to TURN OUT IN MASSES.....
Ads and Media Lies LOSE THEIR EFFECTIVENESS when there is a MASS MOVEMENT TELLING THE TRUTH.....
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Lois - The Debates were indeed better when the League of Women Voters were in charge.
The League of Women Voters REFUSED TO MODERATE THE DEBATES any more, REFUSED TO LEND THEIR NAME, when the Formats of the Debates WERE TAKEN OVER BY THE MONEYED INTERESTS - out of the LWV's Control - and became AN OBVIOUS FARCE.
THAT is why the LWV stopped doing it. THEY DIDN'T WANT TO BE SEEN ENDORSING A FARCE THAT RAN AGAINST ALL THEIR PRINCIPLES.
It was the ONLY thing they could do. They didn't want to serve as a Legitimizing Figurehead.
 

Janet B (0)
Sunday January 24, 2016, 2:38 pm
Thanks
 

Sheila D (28)
Sunday January 24, 2016, 3:04 pm
Thanks for the post, Judy.
 

Judy C (91)
Sunday January 24, 2016, 6:38 pm
It really was better when the League of Women Voters were running the debates. I wondered what had happened to them.

It's going to take a tremendous effort to turn this situation around, and Nader points out that it is not impossible. We need to remember that change begins at the grassroots level. We can all talk about these issues in our day-to-day surroundings. I find that a lot of people are dissatisfied with the way things are, and they want to know what is actually going on. All they are exposed to is mass media propaganda, and they don't really know where to find quality information. Some people are lazy thinkers, but they're also really sick of the status quo. We can all just start where we are and do what we can now.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday January 25, 2016, 12:13 am
Noted!
 

Roger G (148)
Monday January 25, 2016, 3:32 pm
noted, thanks
 

M B (62)
Monday January 25, 2016, 3:33 pm
Do not wait until GOD saves America.
- YOU - are.
Go vote!
 

Elizabeth M (65)
Friday January 29, 2016, 2:47 pm
Noted with thanks for posting Judy.
The monetized minds running our elections also make sure that our civic culture and its many intelligent civic advocacy groups are sidelined when it comes to informing both the voters about important issues. This is just about the most amazing exclusion of them all. You outnumber the politicos and their entourages everywhere. You are the ones who keep paying the price for letting politics remain a deadly form of distracting entertainment with a mainstream media obsessed with the horse race rather than the human race.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 6, 2016, 8:32 am
Dig BMutiny's comment above. Truth, as always--on why to vote. You're about to see my state of New Hampshire vote on 2/9. We don't toss coins, anybody or anything when deciding who honestly wins. Ty Judy.
 
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