By John W. Whitehead
May 30, 2017
By now we ought to understand that it is the major international corporations which constitute the most powerful political entities active in our land today. It is a false perception that “Trump” is driving the deregulation destroying our living environment. It is incorrect to think that “Trump” is deconstructing our social safety net and public educational system. Trump is merely the grotesque manifestation of a process that has been undermining our social contract for many years; at the root are the major corporations. Through their lobbyists and political donations Corporations now write our laws and drive to get them passed. Can anyone claim that the actions of government today represent the will and needs of the people?
In an earlier posting, I asked the question: “Barack Obama may be accused of forwarding pro-corporate policies to please monied political backers, but why should he be instigating the TPP when he does not need funding for reelection?” And my answer to that question was: “My thought is that the actions President Obama takes now pushing the TPP/TISA forward may be partially in repayment for past support for his election campaigns, and partially in expectation of continued contributions...”. Sadly, the latter part of this prediction has come true.
It is with some reluctance that I write words that we do not want to hear: our democracy is dead, and the two major political parties work for economic forces that they cannot control. Criticizing the Democrats for forsaking their constituents is now a waste of time, and the Republicans march virtually in lock-step behind a leadership which we do not see. Our trips to place our ballots, voting for effective political representation, is something like a ceremony begging the rain-gods to bring us rain. Upon the clouds promising rain are the faces of our politicians, drawn by our imaginations, working from materials provided us by the political presentation industry.