Reading The Divide by Matt Taibbi I’m reminded of a truth in this struggle that is often lost. While our country succumbs to an oligarchy of the most sinister mediocrity we can remember, it is important to see that this isn’t a fight between poor people and rich people. This is a fight between the vast majority of Americans, something like 99.95% of us, and a very small minority who work to corrupt and manipulate the government, the market, our future and our way of life for their own personal gain.
The folks who own the Republican and Democrat corporations, the individuals and groups that spend time buying up congresspeople and who have our presidents and judges in their pockets, these aren’t just wealthy people. These are wealthy, corrupt, mean spirited people.
Whether you make $3,000 a year or $30,000 a year or $300,000 doesn’t tell the story. The question is: How far do you go to subvert our democracy with whatever money you have?
Certainly it is the case that a person making very little money will have a hard time influencing politics with it (a low threshold for corruption is spending around $5,000/year) but that should not confuse us as to who is who in this battle for the future of our country.
Wealthy, poor, successful, defeated, whatever race or sex or orientation or religious background or belief system you come from there are only two questions: 1. Do you use large amounts of money to buy our politicians? 2. Are you a judge, congressperson or president who consistently favors that wealthy minority over the rest of our American people?
I can answer that I won’t sell our people down the river for power or profit. I’m sure you aren’t looking to buy your way to sustained success or inordinate access to power (99.95% of the time anyway). We are on the same team. Time to throw off this fake democracy and build the functional governance we deserve.