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The XXVIII Amendment


Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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Campaign donations must stop in order to save representational democracy. Not reform but an amendment is what we need, that eliminates any form of gift to candidates for public office by any entity as well as a prohibition of any type of gift to elected officials or government employees. Finally, the amendment turns aside the moronic, anti-constitutional, Citizens United decision.

Campaign financing is legal bribery. Bribery is the giving of some material value to get a certain word, action, or vote to promote a special interest, not the common interest of a healthy, happy, educated populace. It, clearly, has diminished the citizenry’s voice and made for an unhealthy democracy and economy as well as an unhealthy environment.

I realize that a voice without money will, probably, not be heard in our present state of affairs. Nevertheless, here I have stated an obvious truth. It would be excellent on the part of the Democratic Party and the Obama administration to propose a grassroots movement to achieve the XXVIII Amendment to the constitution as outlined here above.

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While campaigning in 2007, Joe Biden mentioned the need for public campaign financing, while speaking to a reporter at a function. But before and after that particular gaffe, no politician (?) has said anything on the subject.

Likewise, the mainstream news media report on it like it was Aunt Ida's heirloom recipe for brussels sprouts a la eggplant.

Could it be that incumbent politicians have a leg up with the lobbies, and may themselves want to become lobbyists later & rake in the really big bucks?

Could it be that the MSM make a killing on political advertising every campaign season, and are themselves owned by mega-corporations with diverse lobbying interests?

Is democracy an ideal that will never be realized, only because of these two politically endemic impediments?

On a hopeful note, fully one fourth of California voters in 2006 wanted the office of State Comptroller to be subject to public campaign financing. Let's hope that even fewer people vote at all, the next time public financing comes up for election. True democracy must fall upon the masses like hail on a sunny day or something. They must see the savings themselves, when they're not being sold out willy-nilly by Congress, so that they can attribute those savings to the personality of their favorite political figurehead.

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
July 3, 2013 at 7:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Anybody care to predict the unintended consequences of public campaign financing? Have such consequences been judiciously adduced to prevent or rescind public financing in other countries? Or could I be right about incumbent politicians & news corporations putting the kibosh on responsive government? If this theory is not original, please let me know, so I can feel less like a crackpot, ha ha.

The citizenry in general always seems to wait for permission from above (government, MSM, etc) before espousing a cause. Maybe there is no hope... ?

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
July 4, 2013 at 7:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The author states: "here I have stated an obvious truth." Is it so obvious that comments are redundant? (Just asking.)

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
July 4, 2013 at 11:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

While I certainly condemn "Citizen's" United; if all donations are forbidden how will campaigns operate? Who will pay the printer? The photographer? The designer/ The writer? Transportation? Only wealthy people would be able to run for office, too much the case already.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 4, 2013 at 12:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A more manageable step would simply be for the IRS to stop abuse of rule 501(c)4 ... the rule that "dark money" groups illegally take advantage of.

Unfortunately, the IRS got embroiled with the recent tax return review broohaha. While that may have been misguided, the IRS still needs to go after 501(c)4 cheaters of all political stripes.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
July 4, 2013 at 12:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Who will pay, KV? The public, and the resulting savings will then shower down upon us. Monsanto, Boeing, the Israel lobby, et alia ad infinitum, will just have to don togas and convince Congress that their interests are shared by the masses. Cast lead upon the waters? No longer convincing, Mordechai.

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
July 7, 2013 at 7:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Um, why is there so little interest (paucity of comments) in so vital a matter? Maybe we should replace the American Eagle with a chicken. Well, not maybe, but ever so most definitely. Who was it who said that a people gets the government it deserves?

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
July 7, 2013 at 7:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The forest is made up of trees (hint, hint).

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
July 7, 2013 at 7:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

OK, here's the half-baked joke I devised about our noble citizenry (by popular demand!).:

America is a young country: we'll only swallow what's spoon-fed to us by the big people. (Enjoy, shameless runts!)

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
July 7, 2013 at 7:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Sounds like spirit has been having a 'clash of the titans' movie festival this weekend, a pointing and annoy-nting oracles and emperors. As long as I get to be Pegasus or the Kraken, I ain't hating.

spacey (anonymous profile)
July 8, 2013 at 12:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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