It is obvious that we cheat ourselves when we accept the fact that people with limited intellect dominate our political ballots. That seems to be more obvious the higher the office. Our candidates for governor and president are alarmingly dull when it comes to aptitude. That makes them easier to be led by the nose by Big Money and the corporate culture. The candidates racing to give special tax benefits and tax loopholes to the richest Americans is Exhibit A. The abundance of war corporation contracts and sneaky deals is now more common than ever. Hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars are tossed around by political puppets who do the bidding of Big Money. It has been purchased by this greed element. The presidency, the governorships, the legislatures, and even the state and federal surpeme courts are bought and sold to the highest bidder, the biggest PAC spenders, the most unscrupulous manipulators of what still passes for "American democracy." Our democracy is going, going, gone.
Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin was set up in a staged phone call so that he thought he was talking to one of the notorious Koch brothers of right-wing, selfish fame. Governor Walker acted and spoke like a well-purchased stooge. He auctioned off the State of Wisconsin to the political/economic bias of Mr. Koch. That is not bad enough, but it has been revealed clearly and Walker is STILL governor and may be elected again after a re-call election. What more proof has to be made that voters seem almost pleased to vote for a bought and paid for Wisconsin Governor?
It is not limited to stooges in the Republican Party. Kathleen Falk took the early lead in the polls as a candidate of the Democratic Party for Governor of Wisconsin when she dutifully swore allegiance to fight for a labor union agenda. What is amazing is that shortfly thereafter another canidate, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrrett, announced he was a candidate for the same office. Barrett has a long political history of fighting for labor union programs, both as Mayor and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. But eariler loyalties in this race for Governor were made before Barrett entered, and that seems to get the ongoing union support. The actual voting and advocating history of Barrett takes a back seat to the specific and sworn loyalty of Falk. And what about experience, insight, intellect, honesty, ethics, morality, etc.? That doesn't hold precedence. It's all about buying and selling, and the price of today's political ticket is high ...very high.
It is no wonder that more and more Americans are simply giving up on the American political system. That leaves the decisions to the most partisan, selfish voters. What have we created? It certainly is not democracy.