I was listening to a report this morning on PACs ("political action committees"). You probably already know how I feel about them. Last week, they invaded the Democratic Convention, and now they are at the Republican Convention. ACLU, NRA, the pharmaceutical companies, defense contractors, big oil, and I could go on and on. They court the politicians and give their campaigns megabucks -- in effect buying their votes. Thus, the politicians' loyalties are not to the people, but to the PACs. It is legal bribery, and it is SO opposed to the idea of "of the people, by the people, and for the people."
The report was telling about new rules as to the parties PACs can throw for politicians. They are not to serve foods that require a fork and knife. The intent is to not allow them to throw a sit-down banquet -- but only serve "finger foods." So at the Democratic Convention, they served things that could be eaten with a spoon. At the Republican Convention, they are serving the food in Martini glasses. Any way to skirt the rules.
I am of the opinion that PACs are THE leading cause of corruption and partisanship in American politics. Even if I believe in the causes of the PACs, I think they are ethically wrong. One person, one vote -- THAT is a democracy.