Democracy or Donationcracy

We are lying to ourselves when we say that we live in a free democracy. It is estimated that candidates raised in excess of $1.6 billion in the presidential election in 2008. For the 2012 elections, political pundits estimate that candidates will raise as much as $2 billion. In 2008, Obama spent $10.94/vote and McCain spent $5.78. When candidates raise and spend this much money, no ones vote is free. It is the case that usually the candidates that raises the most money wins the most votes. In 2008, then Senator Obama raised a little over two times that raised by Senator McCain. As of March, President Obama had raised more than twice that of Governor Romney.

In the end, elections are run by the bottom line and the money raised. The more money a candidate has in his war chest the more they can spend in marketing. Even though every voter has a vote, the more an election costs the more every voter is disenfranchised from the political system. When a large portion of a campaign is spent attracting large donors in %50k/plate dinners the typical voter is going to get left out of the political system.

Redefining Marriage, Redefining Obama

Is is widely reported that President Obama is in support of same sex marriage. It is important to note that his campaign started less than a week ago and with that in mind this is how I interpret his “evolving” position…

At a certain point, I’ve just concluded, that for me politically it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married after I get re-elected. – President Obama

Nobel Industrial-Military Complex Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize committee must be a bunch or drones, or drone makers such as the makers of the Reaper or Predator drones, to give President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Leading up to the 2008 election, President Obama promised to pull our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. He also said that we would close down Guantanamo.

I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank. – Barack Obama Campaign Promise

Since becoming president, Obama has expanded the war deep inside Pakistan, into Yemen, Libya with black ops teams, loafers on the ground operatives, death dealing drones, tomahawk missiles, and a chorus of condemnation. In addition, the Obama administration is pushing for steps that would ultimately bring us closer to attacking Syria and/or Iran. Now Obama has committed to sending US military advisers, code for black ops, into Uganda. To be honest, this is more about hitting sales quotas for new military hardware than humanitarian concerns for the people of Uganda. Don’t forget that President Obama went on a Military-Industrial Complex sales roadshow in India.