Steve over at Motor City Times has a new post that hit on something I’ve been pondering for quite a while. If most people can agree that big corporations and big unions are wielding too much clout with our politicians, then why in the world do we keep feeding the monster? Shut off the freaking food supply!

Corporations and unions should be cut out of campaign contributions altogether! Campaigns should be funded by contributions from the US Citizen only. And don’t give me any of that “it’s too expensive to run a campaign” garbage. The politicians made the rules. They can revise them so that it is less conducive to corruption.

I know, now I’m going to hear what a naive and unrealistic proposition that is. Fine. I’m naive. I’ll have you know that that is one of my most endearing qualities. Naive is one of the best things you can be sometimes. It helps the creative process to look at something with a childlike curiosity and wonder.

What I’m wondering right now is why we keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. That, according to Einstein if I remember correctly, is the definition of insanity.

Next subject.

I’ve seen an idea I floated a while back gaining some traction of late. This is encouraging. The idea is to REPEAL THE SEVENTEENTH AMENDMENT. Hear! Hear!

Wait, let me go check when it was I wrote about it… I’m back. It was March, at the other blog, in a post titled Aristocracy and Oligarchy – How We Got Here. In the comments of that post, The CL and Smitty proposed the excellent ideas of also repealing the Sixteenth and The Federal Reserve Act. Now you’re talkin’ some change I can believe in!

Now, these two proposals are admittedly lofty ideals and for sure not doable in the immediate future, and as Gene Healy points out, the 17th repeal in and of itself would be of minimal use without further regressive action. Regression is not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to removing power from a Federal government that has grown beyond its constitutionally limited bounds.

We may not be able to affect that change at the moment, but I believe it is a needed discussion for when we once again have conservatives in the wheelhouse of our ship of state.

  • theCL June 16, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I’ve written about this a few times before and I agree, there’s no reason for unions and corporations to participate in our political process. None at all. A union or corporation can’t even vote! It’s also a topic I think the left and right could come together on.

    Even better would be to eliminate the ability of unions and corporations to buy something from the government. As in end all subsidies and what not!

    I’d love to repeal the 17th, but if I were prez for a day, with a stroke of a pen I’d put the Federal Reserve out of business. I won’t bore you with the details here, but the leviathan couldn’t exist without the Federal Reserve. Why do you think they fought so hard against an audit? (Btw, I’m disappointed conservatives didn’t jump on that bandwagon en masse.)

    End the Fed and you end progressivism in America. And the best part is, many movement progressives are as anti-Fed as I am! (They just don’t have a proper understanding of economics.) Let them shoot themselves in the foot!

  • Rightwing Links (June 16, 2010) June 16, 2010 at 9:17 pm

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  • Gorges Smythe June 16, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I’m not so sure that I’d be in favor of leaving businesses completely out of the political process (that would also rule out my forestry and farming organizations), but I definitely could support repealing the Seventeenth Amendment.

  • Trestin Meacham June 17, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Corruption is the cancer eating us from within. I would support such a measure.

  • theCL June 17, 2010 at 10:29 am

    that would also rule out my forestry and farming organizations

    Eliminating corporations and unions from the political process wouldn’t impede your ability to organize with like-minded individuals. It would simply eliminate the ability for corporations to spend shareholder dollars to influence our political system and unions from using union dues to do the same thing. Hey, all shareholders and union members aren’t going to agree about spending their money that way either. So it’s theft to boot.

    Unions and corporations use other people’s money to wield a significantly bigger political stick than any individual can. In other words, big corporations and unions have more say in our politics than either you or I do. This simply doesn’t make sense.

    Andy Stern is at the White House all the time because he forked over more than $450 million to Barack Obama’s campaign (and more $ towards other issues). Absent all that money, he’d be no more likely to be invited to the White House than either of us would.

    It doesn’t have to be unions either. Let’s face it, even if you’re pro-war, you cannot deny that defense contractors a) benefit from war and b) have more pull in Washington than you or I do because of the size of political “contributions” they make. Even the uber-wealthy can’t cough up the kind of dough big corporations and unions do.

    And they ain’t contributions either, they’re investments. They’re buying something from the government, paid for by you and me.

  • mnrobot June 18, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Hi guys, sorry I haven’t replied, it’s been sort of hectic. Barely time to post anything really. Good comments all. We truly have to find a way to take the wrest power from these guys. They are way out of control.

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