Big Money Won in 2016
By Jim Hightower
Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump took on the role of corporate mega-donors this election cycle.
In one of Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries, the key clue that solved the whodunit wasn't something that happened, but something that didn’t -- specifically, a dog that didn't bark.
That plot fits one of the great mysteries of this year’s Trump-Clinton race for president: There was no barking at the democracy-murdering power of big corporate money in our politics.
Record expenditures of at least $6.6 billion flooded into this national election, most of it from a handful of plutocratic interests blatantly buying controlling shares of the White House and Congress.
That’s why a phenomenal 78 percent of the public is united in support of overturning the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision. That ruling opened the floodgates to this corrupting torrent of cash, producing public policies that profit corporations at the expense of the common good.
With so much at stake and such overwhelming public agreement for stopping this wholesale purchase of America’s democracy, how odd that neither major candidate barked much at Citizens United.
Of course, what we have here is a neon example of the political cowardice created by the politics of Big Money.
Hillary Clinton relied heavily on Super PAC and Wall Street funding for her campaign. And The Donald, who started out bragging about being rich enough to self-finance his run, has in fact been backed by millions of dollars from sleazy billionaire oligarchs like casino baron Sheldon Adelson.
Rather than running on this fundamental issue of democratic power, the two top candidates ran from it. But they can’t hide from it.
This is a “We the People” moment when the grassroots bipartisan majority must take charge from craven politicos -- not only barking ferociously at them, but also biting them. To join the effort, go to www.DemocracyIsForPeople.org.
OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He's the editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown.
Article: Courtesy OtherWords.org.
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