Seems the only thing congress understands currently is money. Corporations pour billions into lobbying to influence legislation in their favor. Spin it any way you like, but that is the buying and selling of influence. Say what you will, but that makes our politicians in Washington political prostitutes. And there is that old joke about the man who asks a be3autiful woman, “would you sleep with me for a million dollars?”
To which she replies, “For a million? Sure.”
“Well, then,” he says, “would you sleep with me for a dollar?”
Aghast she replies, “What sort of girl do you think I am?”
“We’ve established what kind you are,” he says, “now we’re just haggling over the price!”
Look, the wife and I have a small condo, and we are already pretty well packed with stuff. Stuff we don’t need. I could use a new food processor. The motor blew on the old one, and I’ve got a monster basil plant in the garden that’s going to go to seed, and I could make a good pesto and…but I digress. So stuff I don’t need, but there’s a lot I’d like to fix in the country. There’s some legislation I’d like to write, you know like ALEC and the Koch Brothers. But I can’t do it alone. They bought their own congresspeople. I want one too!
Here’s the difference. I don’t want one just for me, unless I can get them to come by a little and clean the house, maybe dust a little, do the dishes, and generally kiss my butt and fawn the way they do when corporations show up with a checkbook and a piece of already written legislation. No, call me an idealist fool, but I’d write legislation to say publically fund elections and remove the ridiculous concept of corporate personhood. I would make marriage about love rather than gender, and I’d write up something about how a state or city, or say a big city mayor___________(fill in city here) cannot degrade or erode the first amendment through petty statutes about park closures, trespassing or a thousand other transgressions against peaceful protests.
I wouldn’t want this to be for my interests, my desires or my profit, but for the benefit of a community of individuals, some of whom I might not always agree with. We know the politicians are for sale. The Kochs and corps and banks have spent billions, but I’ve heard that these guys can be bought for a lot less. We’re just haggling about the price, right?
So I’ve got $20 bucks to start a fund. In the next post I’ll put up an address where anyone who wants to buy a politician with me can send their contribution. Then when we fill that account, we’ll put it in a check, go to Washington and see if we can buy us a politician. If that fails, and I can’t see how it would, considering the current political process in America, I know a some neighborhoods on the southside of Chicago hit hard by the economy that could be transformed.
More to come…