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The Washington Purchase

irish 2011/05/23 15:17:01

The time has come when silence is betrayal.








The Washington Purchase
May 22, 2011





by Jimulacrum



In a recent article titled “Jewish Donors Warn Obama on Israel,” The Wall Street Journal
reports that mostly unspecified “Jewish donors and fund-raisers are
warning the Obama re-election campaign that the president is at risk of
losing financial support because of concerns about his handling of
Israel.” The coverage is less than critical—framing the story as being
about Obama’s need to improve his image with Jewish donors—and ends with
a rundown of political factoids and goings-on. Nowhere is there a
question about whether it is acceptable for campaign donors to threaten
the president over his policies regarding a foreign nation.


In related news, PressTV interviewed former U.S. congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
about the influence of special interests in Washington, D.C. McKinney
explains to the interviewer that special interests “have positioned
themselves in between the political decision-makers and the people
themselves, ” and that “[t]he process now is more responsive to those
special interests than it is to the values and the wishes of the
American people.” She even claims that certain campaign donors required
her to sign a “pledge” into order to fund her campaign, “a commitment
that you would vote to support the military superiority of Israel” and
to continue sending vast amounts of foreign aid to Israel.


These stories are far from anomalous events. No one with accurate
knowledge of the U.S. political system can have any illusions about the
influence of money in the legislative and executive branches. A cursory
peek into the campaign financing machine reveals unsettling truths about
the real interests of those in power, beyond the lip service of so many
stump speeches. Not a single one of the major parties’ candidates has
not been made an offer to use his power to promote the causes any number
of “donors” for some amount of money. A disappointing number have
refused to do so.


The
situation is troubling enough when those “donors”—more properly
bribers—are wealthy Americans and corporations that purchase face-time
and consideration from politicians who should be representing their
constituents. It becomes a much graver matter, however, when Washington,
D.C. becomes wallpapered with checks drawn in a foreign currency. It is
unacceptable for those who hold the public trust to sell their power
for any sum, but selling their loyalty to a foreign country is
treasonous, even if that country is not a declared enemy.


Of all the obstacles that the U.S. faces, none will be solved unless
this problem is solved first. No government can do what is best for its
country when the allegiance of its decision-makers is sworn to another
country or cause. No president can proudly or correctly lead his people
when his hand is guided by thinly veiled bribes and outright threats.


The solution is not to regulate or otherwise “clean up” campaign
financing, as so many of the bribe-takers have suggested. The system of
bribery does not need to be fine-tuned; it needs to be ended completely
and recognized for the crime it is. Representative government is
incompatible with such sordid affairs, and as long as the wheeling and
dealing continues, all Americans are being robbed of the representation
they have paid for, and that so many have fought and died to preserve.


Regardless
of one’s opinions on Israeli issues, bribing public servants has no
place in any kind of fair, reasonable political system. Demanding that a
congressperson sign a pledge to support a foreign power, even if doing
so is not in the best interests of the U.S., is a deliberate crime
against the entire country and its people. This kind of behavior
invariably leads to the same kind of tyranny that the U.S. was formed to
defy, the same abhorrent injustice that is the antithesis of
democracy—a long line of power-brokers overriding the will of the
people.


Both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are immersed in
this problem. Electing a candidate from either party to any office is
not a step in the direction of fixing anything, no matter what the
candidate says while campaigning. These are the same two parties that
wrote the rules that allow them to take bribes without punishment. In
fact, because of how systemic the problem is, it is unlikely that any
candidate whatsoever can enter the the federal government without being
corrupted by these practices.


At its heart, bribery is not an issue of politics, despite that it
plays out most prominently in that arena. It is an issue of law
enforcement, and it is more urgent and far-reaching than any common
robbery or assault. It is a robbery of power, and an assault upon
justice and freedom. Terrorism may destroy property and lives, but
systemic bribery destroys the American way of life beyond the capability
of any physical attack. Political bribers and bribe-takers are enemies
of the United States, foreign or domestic, and they must be treated as
such.


American
police and soldiers who have taken an oath to the United States and its
Constitution are bound to defend their fellow citizens, even if it
means acting against their civilian commanders. The politicians cannot
be trusted to act against their own ill practices, least of all while
they stand to suffer loss by such action. Someone else must step in and
right the wrong. Crimes of this magnitude cannot be allowed to continue,
nor can they go unpunished, or it will be the undoing of this
once-great

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