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Tom DeLay: The Turkey Obama Should’ve Pardoned

In Bowling for Dollars, Civil Lefts, Harvard Math on 26/11/2010 at 20:34

I couldn’t care less about Tom DeLay’s conviction for money laundering. The guy wielded his power as a U.S. Congressman with impunity for years and now he’s getting his comeuppance Democrat style.

What does royally tick me off, however, are the campaign finance laws that sent him down the path to manipulating the system, and possibly up the river for five to life. They should never have existed in the first place.

Three cases in point: Mitt Romney, Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman. These three individuals alone prove that, beyond obvious amounts, money does not give anyone an unfair advantage in an election campaign.

I mean, when Meg Whitman dumps $140 million of her own money on a campaign and can’t beat a washed up Zen Buddhist ex governor who looks like a cross between Dr. Evil and Jesse the Sagging Body Ventura, it is proof positive that money alone is not a factor in a political contest.

Those campaign laws, however, do restrict everyday guys like you and me from raising the “obvious amounts” needed to even enter a race and compete fairly. To qualify for federal dollars—another public rip-off—for instance, a candidate in a presidential contest has no chance against the likes of, say, Hillary Clinton.

I’m not talking about the excessive funds that Mitt Romney can throw into a campaign; I’m speaking of the ordinary start up capital a candidate needs to run. And those funds are federally regulated, thanks to John McCain and other RINOS who have shackled conservatives for years.

This is simply another of the countless free-speech issues enacted by Democrats and adopted by RINO Republicans to restrict elections to the powerful few. And in all too many congressional contests it works.

The irony can be laughable, though. McCain-Feingold was one of the key factors in John McCain’s defeat in 2008. Campaign finance reform wildly benefits Democrats with its union exemptions, while restricting the RNC from taking corporate dollars.

The Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that corporations have the same freedom-of-speech rights as anyone else, and yet we’re about to send one mean former congressman and really bad dancer to the joint for manipulating corporate dollars to the RNC? Makes sense to me.

As a former union organizer and district officer in one of the largest unions in America, I can tell you firsthand that members have absolutely no say-so in what candidates receive their dues dollars. Dues money over the years—much of it mob-controlled—has been used to fuel the campaigns of some of the biggest crooks in government.

In the most technical sense Tom DeLay is probably guilty of pulling his not-so-clever money swap in Texas, but one has to wonder just how long the public will allow themselves to be manipulated by the class-envy-baiting politicians who created the laws which he was convicted of breaking.

The idea that money can buy everything, that those who have it are evil, and that those who seek it are corrupt is one of the most propagated lies in our society today. We see it in movies like Wall Street, and hear it constantly from the lips of the truly corrupt politicians who run the charade of controlling it.

And, time after time, Republicans end up on the short end.

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