INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana’s six-term Republican Sen. Richard Lugar will be saying good-bye to his constituents this year, having lost his primary bid on Tuesday to Tea Party challenger Richard Mourdock.
Indiana’s State Treasurer, Mourdock, is a self-proclaimed icon of rigidity and gridlock. “I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of successful compromise,” Mourdock told CNN, “Hence, you have the deadlock we have today.”
Mourdock’s willingness to admit that he is more than ready to make Washington even more dysfunctional, raises questions as to how he won the primary, given the overwhelmingly bad poll numbers the polarized Congress has been getting since the Tea Party storm of 2010.
The answer may lie in money. Super PACs,, which have been spending millions to win local elections, are mostly funded by radical conservatives who see Citizens United as their big chance to finally takeover the government with legal bribes. Once they have enough lawmakers in their pockets, they can use them to remold the country in the image they want. It will likely lead to the world of Rep. Paul Ryan, who is determined to end Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, environmental safety and protection, workers rights, unions, Medicare, college education assistance, and virtually every other government program that does not include defense spending.
Mourdock represents more than the influence of money in U.S. elections. He proudly preaches his version of democracy, which is more like a gang-dictatorship, where he hopes, “bipartisanship will be defined as Democrats backing the Republican agenda.” In other words, the people who voted for you have no voice, and the only thing that matters is what I want.
The concept of "gang dictatorship" government replacing democracy is a scary one, for those who recall the protests of the 1960s, when a loud voice brought change designed to benefit a generation looking for a better, more peaceful future.
However, as a handful of millionaires have now begun to demonstrate, U.S. elections can be bought by simply brainwashing voters with clever, it not false, television advertising.
As the moderates leave Washington one by one, it further assures that governing by consensus and compromise is a thing of the past, and representative democracy leaving with them.
Without a doubt, Citizens United has changed more than elections in America. It has taken more power out of the hands of the many, and places it squarely in the hands of a powerful few.
The poor and middle class do not have lobbyists, and are therefore losing their voice in their government, all because they believe what they hear in biased political advertising, instead of looking around and believing what they see. A vote for ever-shrinking government is a vote against their own economic interests.
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