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It's a rare man in public
office who's got the guts to go up against the broadcasters. (And
it's a rare man in Hollywood who's got the guts to go up against
A democracy becomes a
plutocracy under these conditions. A state in which the wealthy
As Mr. Madison wrote
in the Federalist Papers:
Quote -- "Who are
to be the elected leaders of the Federal representatives? Not the
rich more than the poor; not the learned more than the ignorant,
nor the haughty heirs of distinguished names more than the humble
sons of obscure and unpropitious fortune. The electors are to be
the great body of the people of the United States." unquote.
If the complete campaign
costs, including primaries, of the last two cycles of all federal
campaigns in '96 and '98 are combined, it comes to $3,600,000,000.00
for the four years.
With complete public
financing, that would cost the public about $3.50 per person per
year. What a small price for the people to pay for knowing their
elected representatives don't owe anything to anybody but the public
and will spend their tax dollars honestly.
It's estimated that $1,000
per taxpayer per year is spent on corporate welfare and pork barrel
legislation. Three and a half bucks is not a lot to help to get
rid of it.
Almost all former members
of the Senate and the House are in favor of public financing of
federal campaigns. But this is in sharp contrast to the immediate
interests of the incumbents.
Incumbents can raise
more money. They have something to sell in that system. And they
have learned how to deal in that system so they don't want a change
in that system. In the last election, 98% of House and Senate incumbents
were re-elected. Senate incumbents raised more than twice as much
as their challengers and House incumbents raised nearly five times
Neither Democratic candidate
has advocated complete public financing, including the primaries,
of all federal campaigns. Bill Bradley would not include the primaries.
What's the point without the primaries? But the public will never
have Democracy until it's willing to pay the bill for it. Aren't
we willing to spend three and a half dollars a year to get our government
We're told by the Republican
Senator Mitch McConnell that the public is bored by this subject.
In fact, if the public ever focuses on what's really happening,
nothing will agitate them more.
Let me quote you something
from a letter by another Republican; Abraham Lincoln:
"The money power
preys upon the nation in times of peace and conspires against it
in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy. More insolent
than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. I see in the near
future, a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble
for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned.
An era of corruption will follow and the money power of the country
will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices
of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and
the republic is destroyed." End of quote.
If somehow I could reach
back in time and bring them into the present, and Al Lowenstein
could take me over to meet Eleanor Roosevelt today, we could say
to her, "Mrs. Roosevelt, the party's drifting. It's enslaved
by big money. It's lost its purpose. You stand for the principles
that will return it to its mission. The people trust your spirit.
Please run for President."
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