The 2016 elections promise to be more of the same, especially if we wind up with dynastic types like Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton.
It's whoever the people calling the shots want. The process is more and more of a sham, but people are at a loss what to do about it.
Last week, the New York Times Magazine published a cover story on the role of billionaires backing rival candidates in the Florida gubernatorial election. This was followed by a report in the daily Times on so-called “dark money,” funds that go unreported to the Federal Election Commission that now comprise half of all outside campaign expenditures.
On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” NBC journalists Chuck Todd and Luke Russert chatted about the “group of modern-day oligarchs” funding the 2014 campaigns.
These conditions make a mockery of claims that the US elections embody genuine democracy. The United States has been transformed into a plutocracy, a country where government of, by and for the wealthy is openly admitted, and in some quarters, celebrated.
The U.S. continues on its downward spiral.