And as money increasingly becomes the determining factor in politics
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Which is why I1098 only got 34% of the vote. Thanks for the laugh.
In this case, the wealthy whim in our direction, and I'm pleased. It's outrageous that this is how it works, but in the absence of another working system, this is how it works.
Having an article pulled is very rare for Slog. Very rare indeed.
Now Goldy, dear sweet Gody, did you come to your senses and plead to have it pulled, or did management have it pulled? Being an optimist, I trust it is the former.
In theory, "more of us" could offset "their" money power. But only if enough of us actually exercise our right to free speech (while it is still sorta free). Exercising this right requires more than voting and signing online petitions. Our challenge is to get our progressive friends to join us at candidates' forums, protests, town hall meetings, etc.
That is the nature of the medium.
Given this, I see Bezos's money as being spent to support the democratic process. He's not trying to buy a new law here with this $2.5 million. He's trying to defend a law that came into existence after decades of work finally paid off via the slow grind of representative democracy.
The reason it matters is because you've got two things going on. The initiative process is broken because it's how powerful interests circumvent the legislature and get exactly what they want, with no vetting by people who know how to write legislation* and with no input from the representatives and lobbyists who can ensure that other people aren't being fucked over.**
Referenda are submitted by the legislature basically to get the people's okay on the law. It may be little more than ass covering, but such bills at least were drafted with the input of people who don't directly and solely benefit from them.
Perhaps this means very little to Goldy's point, but it's still important to understand the distinction.
* It should be understood that being drafted in the legislature is no guarantee that a law will be well written, or not be a complete clusterfuck of a bill. But the pros still usually do an okay job.
** It's also understood that the legislature serves powerful interests much more than they do the people as a whole, but there are still at least opposing powerful interests represented on every committee.
It sucks, but it's truly impossible to live without supporting some of these businesses. Even if you do all your food shopping at the farmer's market and all your retail from the handful of independent merchants left around, they're all doing business with those big companies.
You can't keep your money from ending up with causes you don't support. If you're avoiding Amazon because Bezos can afford to drop $2.5M on a single race, you're only addressing the symptom. The issue is that campaign finance is virtually unregulated. That's what needs to be addressed.
It's just blog about stuff Goldy likes and other stuff that rubs him the wrong way. Like a Livejournal.
"Go Obama 2012!" he yelled facetiously.
I completely agree with your statement. I rarely shop at Amazon anyway. But, your second paragraph is spot on.
And what does this have to do with whether you would shop at Amazon or not?