Many large corporations are economic/political gangs. They are most often owned by individuals, other corporations, pension funds and other entities who hire corporate bosses (CEOs and Board of Directors) to make profits and increase corporate wealth. It is impossible to survive as a constitutional republic unless the masses of workers come to the realization that the same compulsion that inspires a man or a woman to become a practicing capitalist will often drive such a person to “buy” and control the politics of the land by filling the many seats of government with like-minded individuals and other sympathizers.
Over the years the successes of the Business Party, in both the Federal Government and the New Hampshire Government, has resulted in corporations and banks obtaining dominance over most key political decisions. It is little wonder that labor, and the once vibrant middle class, that existed in America’s recent past and is remembered in nostalgic terms today, have such a minor influence on the decisions that are made by the United States Congress, Presidency as well as the New Hampshire’s legislative and executive branches.
Noam Chomsky is right, “In the US, there is basically one party - the business party. It has two factions, called Democrats and Republicans, which are somewhat different but carry out variations on the same policies…”
At this time it is fairly obvious that the assertion by the New Hampshire Constitution, specifically, Part 1, Article 10, which reads in part, “Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men…” directs us to take action. The fact of the matter is large amounts of corporate money is paid to politicians, Democrats and Republicans alike, while the cash strapped majority of people cannot even begin to participate in this “cash for access” racket.
There are of course decent civic minded elected officials who cannot be bought. However, when push comes to shove they are in the minority and when big money people want their way – they will get it.
Why is this so critical? Well one reason stems from a basic truth of politics. In order to have influence, you first need access. A large monetary contribution, especially passing through the hands of party bosses, buys extreme access.
Have you ever wondered what a $500 contribution to be part of a private reception to meet and greet a candidate who might become the Governor or a Congressman gets you? At the very least you become known as a source of future campaign contributions and you will not be quickly forgotten by the beneficiary of your “generosity”. In certain circumstances it will gain you access to that Governor or that Congressman. Once you have access you can than exert influence. The return on that $500 can be significant.
The reality is the vast majority of people can not afford to gain access to their elected public servants through monetary means. The result is that the role of government, which is suppose to be acting in a manner that is for the common benefit, protection and security of the whole community, becomes perverted by the actions of this particular “class of men”.
It needs to be mentioned that the working class, labor (including many small businessmen, professionals, artisans, organized labor, retirees and low wage earners) cannot begin to participate in the pay to play politics with the wealthy. This limits our access and thereby hinders our ability to influence public policy in a meaningful way.
To borrow heavily from Thomas Paine, the author of Common Sense, the pamphlet that inspired Thomas Jefferson as he wrote the Declaration of Independence, “it is preferable and desired that I give no offence. Yet, I am inclined to believe that all those who espouse (the corporate practice of buying political influence) may be included in the following descriptions: Special interest who are not to be trusted; weak men who cannot see; prejudiced men who will not see; and a certain set of moderate men, who think better of the (soulless free market with its oppressive and harmful features than they do of the whole community.) It is the last group by its misguided deliberations that will cause more calamity to the people, than all the other three.”
The political state of affairs and the reality of the critical times we are in leave the people with few options. Yet, it is clear that the first thing we can do and the thing we must do is reject the status quo of partisan politicians as it pertains to their unseemly affair with corporate money and the wealthy. The way to separate the power of the money brokers and the party bosses is to refuse to participate in their electioneering methods. It is essential that we begin to take back our government. We must declare our independence from the Business Party and their partisan hirelings – not by looking to any third party, rather embracing once again our independence from contemporary usurpers who often conduct themselves in the mode of 1776 England’s King George and his aristocrats.
Our independence and reliance on the unchecked avarice (wicked greed) and the oppression and pain it causes people is waiting for we the people to claim what rightfully belongs to us – that being our government. Politically, we must free ourselves from the grip of the few who have the most wealth. We must reform our government from the current plutocracy and reinvigorate our constitutional republic. We have it within our power to do so.
It is time to elect Independents, who refuse to accept corporate dollars and big donations in exchange for corporate access and inappropriate corporate influence. Candidates for public office must wean themselves from influence peddlers - and the people must insist that they do so. Only then will we begin to be able to have a government of the people, by the people and for the people.