Politicians use of Manipulation
As Maximus learned in the movie “Gladiator,” power comes from amusing the mob. Although Congress makes the decisions, they must get elected. Getting elected means manipulating the masses – we are herded like cattle. Manipulation takes money to buy TV ads, so politicians become beholden to donators. Even after election, legislators need money for TV ads for the next election, and thus are influenced by the lobbying of donors, and give an audience to lobbyists of previous donors. Is it any wonder our laws favor special interests and the rich?
Obama’s use of the Internet to raise money, bypassing special interests, is a breath of fresh air. But can an ordinary candidate for Congress with a much lower profile raise money this way?
Even if a politician wants to do the right thing, and, say, introduces a bill to provide doctors with studies showing whether new patented drugs are better than older, off-patent drugs, the special interest of drug companies can turn the public against him/her. They run ads saying it is an attempt to regulate doctors, and limit your choices (without saying what the bill actually does). They get a scholar at a foundation they fund to publish an article criticizing the bill for the same reason. Newspapers pick up quotes from the article without doing appropriate fact checking, because the papers don’t have the resources and are happy to get free content.
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