Nov. 6, 2014 By Jack Jodell.
“Government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936 –
Pundits throughout the media have been proclaiming what a great loss this year’s midterm election was for the Democratic Party. In reality, though, the REAL losers were the American public. The actual winners were not the Republican Party, but rather the billionaire Koch brothers and their pro-corporate, fossil fuel allies who greedily dumped hundreds of millions of dollars of unreported “dark money” into ensuring that a majority of climate change-denying, pro-fossil fuel candidates could gain effective control of our federal government.
The reason I say this was not really a Democratic loss is that, despite the increase in Republican-gained seats and their winning control of the Senate, it is not at all evident that voters have suddenly shifted to embrace the key Republican policy goals of again cutting taxes on the wealthy and their corporations; eradicating the minimum wage; ending regulation of Wall Street banks; privatizing Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security; eliminating a woman’s right to choose; passing a drastic austerity budget; approving the expansion of fracking and the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline; or entering into yet another war in the Middle East, this time against ISIS. Strong evidence points to the average American actually opposing many of those things! The proof of this lies in the fact that voters overwhelmingly supported ballot initiatives for increases in the minimum wage (especially in conservative states), and also paid sick leave initiativeses (both of which were progressive measures) and in all but the state of Florida, supported either the progressive-advocated use of marijuana for medicinal purposes or outright legalization for recreational use.
The evidence is abundantly clear that most Americans want to shrink our record disparity in wealth and want less, rather than more, restrictions on personal freedom. They do not favor many of the authoritarian approaches that so many far right Republicans advocate. How else can the successful push for gay marriage be explained? So why, then, did conservative, Tea Party-infested Republicans do so well in this 2014 midterm election? The answer lies in the spelling of just one word: M-O,N-E-Y.
Libertarian Billionaires such as the notorious Koch brothers will obsessively spend hundreds of MILLIONS of dollars on political campaign contributions to ensure that the candidate of their choice, rather than yours, wins an election. Once in office, this candidate meticulously sets forth to create laws that eliminate anything which poses a threat to the Koch brothers’ profits, or will hinder the obtaining of those profits in any way. That is why they and their elected stooges push so hard for the elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency, and vehemently oppose organized labor. They don’t give a damn about whether their industries pollute our air or water, and they certainly don’t want to pay a high wage to a mere employee, so they are constantly trying to eliminate any person or agency which they believe is standing in their path to profit in any way. They and other like-minded allies want all levels of government to have absolutely no say in how they may acquire greater profit, and they HATE paying taxes – that is why they want to eliminate the IRS, as well as Medicare, Social Security, the minimum wage, the EPA, and all other regulatory agencies of the government. Look at industry giant and huge environmental polluter Monsanto: it spent many millions to narrowly defeat legislation in Colorado and Oregon which would have required genetically-modified organism foods to carry labels stating they were GMOs. Thanks to Monsanto’s outpouring of cash, this initiative was barely defeated.
When their candidates get elected, they wield the power of their office to dismantle whatever the Koch brothers and other industry giants don’t like, regardless of any negative impact this action may have on the general public. That is precisely what the nefarious Scott Walker did very soon after becoming the Wisconsin Governor in 2011. He destroyed public labor unions in that state and quickly began a campaign designed to disenfranchise poor and minority voters, all under the guise of aiming to prevent voter fraud (a completely ridiculous and wholly unnecessary trumped-up issue). Walker’s victory, plus his resultant anti-worker actions, were a direct result of shadowy, unrevealed huge donations from wealthy, greed-obsessed donors like the Koch brothers. Tuesday, because a great many progressive voters didn’t bother to cast a ballot, this overambitious sinister stooge Walker was re-elected in Wisconsin, and is now aiming to launch a bid for the 2016 Republican nomination for President.
Such a situation could have easily been avoided had enough lazy, uninspired, complacent Democratic voters gotten off their dead asses and gone out to vote, not only in Wisconsin, but nationally as well. That godawful Citizens United Extreme Court ruling of 2010 has opened the floodgates to untold millions in unreported campaign donations from sordid sources, and now this election it finally paid off for these uncaring billionaires – at OUR expense!
Because reactionary Republicans will now block any Democratic attempt to pass any progressive legislation at all in the next 2 years, THAT is why I say the American public was the real loser in this election. We lost a golden opportunity to completely destroy the reactionary, extremist Tea Party movement, and instead they were able to elect such extremist crazies as Joni Ernst and Thom Tillis to 6 year Senate terms, as well as light the fire for Teabagger Scott Walker’s bid for the presidency. WE the people deserve far better than this. Thanks for nothing, non-voters! If only our Extreme Court, corporate media, political parties, and lackadaisical voters had actually absorbed the wisdom in FDR’s 1936 statement, our country would have been much better off in the future than it will be now!