Wednesday, June 6, 2012
WHO IS TO BLAME?
If corporate (or, some would argue, Labor Union) big money can buy elections by making up facts and spreading fear and misinformation in campaigns for or against candidates and issues, does that say something negative about the big money – or does it speak to something worse about the electorate?
If, collectively, we don’t have the time or inclination to separate truth from campaign rhetoric, we cannot blame big money. The blame rests with us. Voters can only be “tricked” when they don’t pay attention to the facts. And if we are being tricked, perhaps we are just too busy or too disinterested to be effective members of a participatory democracy.
That, or we’d have to believe big money wins because it supports that which parallels the will of the people.
Church of the Open Road Press