Ban Political Advertising to Restore Our Democracy

Our political system is terribly corrupt because for decades politicians have been accepting campaign contributions from special interests and wealthy corporations. The politicians then pay back their contributors by passing legislation or doling out contracts that only benefit whoever donated to the politician. Legislation is bought and because of this our economy has crashed. 

According to Obama Urges Regulation in Wake of Housing Slump – NY Times 3-27-08 “the banking and insurance industries spent more than $300 million on a successful campaign to repeal the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act in 1999.” Once the sensible, regulatory measures of Glass-Steagall were no longer law mortgage lenders and Wall Street – working in collusion – ran amok. For more on this see “How $350 Million Destroyed Our Economy.” We now face the worst economic crisis in history. 

It is time to fight the gross amount of political corruption so legislation is no longer purchased by special interests and wealthy corporations. One way to reduce the amount of money candidates need to raise is to completely ban all political advertisements from television, radio, newspapers, magazines and the Internet. The costs to produce and place these ads are astronomical. And I’m certainly all for free speech. But when it’s only available to a select few – instant multi-millionaires who are then beholden to their contributors – it’s grossly corrupt, abused and inefficient. 

It would also be such an extreme pleasure, during elections, not to be bombarded by the media with the pathetic bullshit that comes from every political advertisement. 

If all political advertising were banned from TV, radio, the Internet and print politicians could still use cyberspace to get the word out about their ideas and campaigns. And while they already do, this should be their only outlet. Voters could simply look up the candidates online (by doing a quick search of people running for office in their district), go to the candidates’ websites and see where they stand on the issues. 

I highly doubt the founding fathers of this country intended for legislation to be bought, practically on a daily basis at the local, state and Federal levels, like it currently is. We’re not living in a democracy anymore, but a plutocracy bordering on an oligarchy. It’s time to become democratic again.

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One Response to “Ban Political Advertising to Restore Our Democracy”

  1. […] and corporate money out of politics to save what’s left of our democracy (for more on this see Ban Political Advertising To Restore Our Democracy.) Senator Murkowski is par for the course and stuffed inside the pockets of her campaign […]

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