We are under assault by small, but powerful and wealthy groups that intend to exploit the government’s power for their own personal gain. We see it time and time again from large corporations, environmentalists, union leaders, entertainers and career politicians who very persuasively pursue their agendas in the name of democracy, while leaving the rest us to fend for ourselves and pay for their gains.
As our nation’s debt now exceeds the country’s Gross National Product and stands at $15.4 trillion, soon Congress will be forced to have yet another vote to raise the debt ceiling, why are we not demanding more accountability from our elected officials and those who lobby the influential few? Instead we fall in line and believe that our elected officials have our best interests at heart.
The figures contained in a new book called “The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign,” by Brendan J. Doherty, provide statistical backing to the notion that President Obama is more preoccupied with being re-elected than with solving the nation’s economic woes. Doherty, who has compiled statistics about presidential travel and fundraising going back to President Jimmy Carter in 1977, found that President Obama had already held 104 re-election fundraisers by March 6. A combined 94 events were held in the same timeframe by presidents Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush. Since then, the President has held another 20 fundraisers, bringing his total to 124 high-priced, lavish events. Carter held four re-election fundraisers during the 1980 campaign, Reagan had zero in 1984, Bush 19 in 1992, Clinton 14 in 1996, and Bush 57 in 2004.
The Supreme Court’s ruling this past summer allowing for the creation of super PACs ( Political Action Committees) with unlimited fundraising capacity makes it clear that we the people are but simple pawns in the battle between the left and the right, the powerful and the super-rich who, day by day, are taking control of the country. Our founding fathers created a government controlled by the people, with citizen legislators. All we need do to is take a honest look around. Ask yourself: Do you feel in charge? Have you seen the government working for your best interest, securing the future for your children, insuring your rights as a citizen, or providing you with the freedom to secure your own?
I am very worried about the future and what I see happening on both sides of the aisle. I sincerely hope we all see what’s happening and are brave enough and selfless enough to demand a return to a government of the people and for the people.
Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org