Elected “public servants” want money and votes – use your vote to throw out the bad ones!

OPINION

We’re sharing this email (below) that was received yesterday because it is so important.

It is a tragedy that the mega-money people and corporations control the motives of so many of those elected “public servants” we elect to office. It’s a horrific tragedy that these “public servants” who seek office use this stream of cash to buy advertising to sway voters. It’s worse than a horrific tragedy that so many people do not vote and even worse – when those who vote, vote blindly or are convinced by the blatant lies that those seeking to be our elected “public servants” claim in their advertising paid by those who dump wads of cash their way.

In a few weeks, registered voters will go to the polls to vote for their local, state and federal elected “public servants.”

Unless you’ve got tons of cash, take the time … make the time to find out which of those people deserve your vote. Remember … in a representative democracy, we vote for character. We vote to send elected “public servants” to represent them at the local level, the state level and the national level. We vote for someone who will do what they say they’re going to do. We vote for someone who will not change their morality and ethics when someone wags a bunch of dollar bills in front of them.

And following the election, we have got to hold these elected “public servants” accountable. We have to watch what happens in our local municipalities, school boards, Harrisburg and Washington. We need to hold these elected “public servants’” feet-to-the-fire when they go about their business best representing the interests of their constituents. When the elected “public servant” strays from the path he or she proclaimed during the election … ASK WHY!

Write a letter. Make a call. Send an email. Go to the office. Do what you have to do to get an answer.

And we do not have to accept an “off-the-rack” response from a staff person. And we do not have to accept the “canned” response that goes in a circuitous, non-responsive course. Our elected “public servants” are accountable to voters first.  They get there by getting your vote; they stay there by using someone else’s big pile of cash.

Break the cycle now. Vote for character and hold them accountable! Or throw the rascals out!

“‘It all started when I was a little boy. One day, my father gave me an apple. I soon sold it for five dollars and bought two apples and sold them for ten. Then I bought four apples and sold them for twenty. Well, this went on day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, until my father died and left me three hundred million dollars!’ – The New Yorker, 2010

“That’s how David Koch — of the infamous billionaire Koch Brothers — joked about his success in a 2003 speech to fellow alumni of the exclusive boarding school he attended as a youth.

“And now David and his brother Charles are spending some $400 million trying to engineer elections so that we end up with a government that would gut vital regulations, deny climate science, cut corporate taxes and let Wall Street run wild.

“At the current median annual household income, it would take 7,991 years to make that much money.

“To put it in another context, Public Citizen hasn’t spent that much over our entire history. Yet for 41 years and counting — on a shoestring budget — we’ve served as the antidote to the kind of plutocracy embodied by the Brothers Koch.

“But here’s the thing:

“For Charles and David Koch — who are tied at fourth on Forbes’ latest list of the richest Americans — $400 million is only about six-tenths of one percent of their combined net worth of $62 billion.

“And they stand to gain untold billions more if they are successful in their schemes to deform government.

“Let me throw one more statistic at you: Six-tenths of one percent of the median household wealth in America is about $477.

“If you were an aspiring oligarch, wouldn’t you gladly devote six-tenths of one percent of your wealth to establish a permanent over-class of gazillionaires to lord over We the Peasants forevermore?

“That’s what the Koch Brothers and their ilk are doing. For the equivalent of what it might cost you or me to buy a new smartphone.

“Are we going to let them get away with it?

“I’m not asking for $400 million.

“Just give whatever you can — $5, $50, $477 or anything — and I promise you Public Citizen will keep fighting what people like Charles and David Koch are trying to do to our democracy.

“Together, we can’t lose.”

Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen

(SOURCE: email from PublicCitizen)

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