Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Election for $ale

If you have a few million to spare, you can buy an election too.

In the last two elections here in Colorado, a couple billionaires have shown that elections can be bought. I'm sure we are not alone in that but it's not a good thing.

For their latest effort read this article:

As I thought about this, I remembered the final words from the Gettysburg Address:

...that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

The problem with buying elections is that the people are excluded from the process. It's not the citizens that decide what is best for the country but a few elite.

In another arena, the same thing is happening in the courts. If you shop around you can find a judge that will rule in your favor. Judges allow or deny things that are contrary to the will of the people because it fits with their personal view regardless of what the Constitution says.

For the shortsighted, for those who don't have support from the majority of the people, this may seem like a good way to accomplish their goals but the cost in the future will be astronomical. Our government system will be eroded and the foundation of liberty and freedom will be in danger of collapse.

The sad truth is that the ones buying these elections probably don't care. Like spoiled children, they demand what they want even if it isn't good for them.

I hope someone spanks their butt.

Philip

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