We are just two days away from the Michigan primary election. To me, the choice has always been clear. Bernie Sanders is the ONLY candidate running for office that didn't accept money from large corporations or a Super Pac. The campaign system we have now essentially legalizes bribery. I don't care if you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, corruption happens in every part of the government, and in every party. I personally identify myself politically with Democrats, simply because of my liberal views, however I firmly believe that money corrupts all.
Let's scale it down to size. Often the sum of money being passed around is so large we can't even comprehend it. In the most simpleton explanation possible: let's say your friend decides to give you $50, just out of the blue. You accept, go about your business. The next day your friend asks you to borrow your car. Are you more willing to lend them your car because of that $50 they gave you? Of course! This is exactly how politics works in the United States and all around the world, except the thing being lent is not a car, but something much more important: votes.
Take a look at the campaign contributors for Hillary Clinton. One of them is Time Warner, who donated over half a million dollars to the campaign. I would say this is a large investment, one they hope would pan out. It just so happens that Time Warner owns CNN, the news broadcasting station that seems to be ever so blatantly pro-Hillary. Since the start of the presidential race, CNN has consistently ignored and laughed off Bernie Sanders and his message. It's clear- their parent company is heavily invested in the other candidate, the one who is already in their pocket and awaiting more instruction.
Some of her other contributors include Goldman Sachs (bank) at $830,000, Citigroup Inc (bank) at $890,000, JP Morgan (bank) at $780,000....the list goes on. Under no circumstance will anyone be able to convince me that when the time comes she will not place her vote on policies in favor of the banks and large corporations. It's just like the analogy about the fifty bucks and lending a car, except on a much larger and more dangerous scale.
Sadly, this is how every campaign has been run since the ruling of Citizens United, which states that corporations are considered individuals under the law. Now, these multi-trillion dollar companies are allowed to make unlimited financial contributions to the candidate of their choice. From the perspective of a broke college graduate paying off student loans, that's a whole lot of money and influence I don't have. It makes me feel powerless....which is exactly how they want you to feel, so they can continue to suck the economy dry while the rest of us work ourselves into the ground trying to make ends meet.
That's why I am voting for Bernie Sanders. Almost all my shoes have holes in them now. I could have bought a new pair of kicks, but instead I donated that $30 to his campaign, because I believe in his message.
Take a long hard look at how our country is running. Put aside all the hate and drama between parties. What corrupts all? Money. Once that is regulated, we will be one step closer to achieving the Democracy people have died for, and one step further from the capitalistic oligarchy we have become.
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