We have all known it for a long time but seldom does any politician admit it — nor do conservative talk show hosts — but recently on Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough did. When asked who in the Republican party would these TEA party politicians listen to, he replied, “Only the money people.”
Wow! Joe Scarborough of all people! Who would have thought that he would admit that the TEApublicans do not represent their constituents, but rather the monied interests who have bought and owned them?
Joe went on to say, “I’ll tell you what, when the money people come in and say, to some of these guys, ‘Yeah, I know, you’ve got sixty, I know you’re ahead like sixty to forty in your district, but I’ll tell you what I’m going to do, I’m going to come and I’m going to fund a primary opponent, and guess what? He’s going to be pro life, he’s going to be pro gun, he’s going to be pro family, he’s going to be pro tax cuts, but he’s going to be a businessman or a businesswoman that’s not going to put a gun to my business’s head every three months, and I’m going to keep funding him and we’re just going to keep running 30 second commercials against you, we’re going to gut you.’ That’s when it starts to have an impact.”
Of course Scarborough is one hundred percent right. All politicians, on both sides of the aisle to varying degrees are beholden not to we the people but to they the bankers, the big business man, the private equity funds and corporate raiders. It is the big money that buys the influence. We the people like to feel as if we are having an effect, like we are being heard when we send in our small donations, but in fact it is only the big contributors who are truly heard.
Here is a thought from Wolf-PAC.com which shows that the power of the people can force Congress to act, even when they really don’t want to:
“Near the turn of the 20th century the states wanted a direct election of senators, and Nebraska was the first state to call for an Article V. Convention in 1893. By 1913 the movement had come within one state of reaching the necessary 2/3 threshold that would force a convention. When it became clear to Congress that the 17th Amendment was going to happen one way or another they decided to preempt a convention by passing it themselves. The threat of a convention is the strongest message we can send and the most effective way to restore our democracy in the United States. This can and must be done in a far shorter time period then it took for the 17th Amendment, then again, they didn’t have the power of the internet and other technology we will be using in this battle.”
You can visit the Wolf-PAC website to read more and to join the fight here: http://www.wolf-pac.com/
Watch Scarborough’s moment of honesty in the video below from The Young Turks.