I’ve written less over the last few months – and close to nothing at all about domestic politics – because I’m losing hope. Not just the cheerleader-y Obama kind of hope, but any faith whatsoever in the intentions, effectiveness and capacity for hope within American government. Combined with Americans’ lessening faith in government, the cynicism of elected office is sapping my willingness to pay attention.
There’s a reflection from a retired Republican congressional staffer, Mike Lofgren, making its way around the internet this morning that has captured, eloquently, the source of my own malaise. I want to make everyone read this, because I believe it so strongly:
Both parties are rotten – how could they not be, given the complete infestation of the political system by corporate money on a scale that now requires a presidential candidate to raise upwards of a billion dollars to be competitive in the general election? Both parties are captives to corporate loot.
Lofgren explains, in detail, the cynical and broken mechanisms behind both parties – and how the use of language and manipulation of voters’ values results in voting against their own interests. I’m aghast and not sure what to do about it.