I've said it before. The traitors in the Supreme Court who gave us Citizens United opened the door to foreign dark money to flood elections through Super Pacs. There are too many ways that unaccountable money can be spent on elections.
Now, we are seeing the curtain pulled away from the sick, medieval mind and culture of Saudi Arabia, where Wahabist fundamentalism and a murderous authoritarian, monarchical regime has beheaded more people than ISIL. This is the country that is a major supporter of ISIL, a country where most of the 911 perpetrator suspects came from.
Is there anyone in the US who doubts that it is easy for any foreign national with the will to influence US elections can do so?
I mention Saudis and Chinese in the title, but the money that influences the election could come from any of the billionaires and hundreds millionaires on the planet. Smart money could flood a state like South Carolina and change the outcome for the GOP candidates, for example. Or the money could come from one of the dictatorships that the US has helped create-- there are many. And how could I leave out big oil, big coal, big agra and big pharma. Most of those now have their official headquarters outside the US.
I'm not forgetting the Koch brothers and the other billionaires
who are a clear and present danger to democracy, like Sheldon Adelson-- who is already warping the latest newspaper he bought. By the way, it cost him $140 million. He's worth over $25 billion. Do the math. The average American has a net worth estimated between $30,000 and $180,000.00.
140 million is .0056 of Adelson's net worth. Do that for the average American's net worth-- we'll use the highest estimate, from the Wall Street Journal-- at $180,000 and .0056 of that is about $1008. Do it for the lower estimate, say, $50,000 and the percentage works out to about $250. That's less than a lot of families spend on big Christmas items, like widescreen TVs and video game systems. Compare that to the Koch brothers' plan to spend $700 million on the elections this year. They're estimated to be worth about $100 billion between them. So $700 million works out to .7% of their net worth. Apply that to the lower estimate, which I think tends to be more accurate, of $30,000 average net worth, and the Koch brothers spending $700 million to buy an election compares to an average American spending. $210. It's like buying a medium sized appliance-- small change.
There are so many ways that this is wrong. Bottom-line, there's a slight chance that a huge populist turnout could influence the 2016 elections. But there's a good chance that money from billionaires and foreign nationals and nations could also buy them. If I were a dictatorial foreign nation or a billionaire, I'd be hedging my bets and investing in Trump and Hillary.
I ask again-- Is there anyone in the US who doubts that it is easy for any foreign national with the will to influence US elections can do so?
This should be a bi-partisan issue.
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization (more...)