The Big Business imprint on the electoral outcome is total and complete. Kerry is the richest U.S. Senator. He and his wife are “worth” more than $747 million. Bush is from an “old money” oil and banking family, although he reports only $18.9 million in assets. Dick and Lynn Cheney have assets of more than $111 million, while John Edwards discloses $44.6 million in personal wealth.
I’m guessing they don’t have our interests at heart – if they even know what those interests are, that is. I doubt any of them have been inside a grocery store going shopping in years.
The dictionary definition of plutocracy is: 1. Government by the wealthy. 2. A wealthy class that controls a government. 3. A government or state in which the wealthy rule.
It doesn’t have to be that way, y’know!
The hundreds of millions of dollars that the capitalist class poured into these elections was an investment-but not an investment in one or another candidate. It was an investment in social peace, channeling discontent into the safe corridors of voting booths and away from the streets.
The Democratic Party plays the lead here, taking dissent from the street and funneling it into something tame and malleable. Oh, you may criticize certain things, but don’t criticize the system itself in any serious way.
The US is about to escalate the Iraq War dramatically in order to bludgeon the population into “voting for democracy” in January. it won’t work. Even Colin Powell has said the US is losing. And Kerry will be no different from Bush in Iraq.