I'm coining a word-- "candidatore." Here's my thinking. This election, for most primary candidates, they will be candidates because of their billionaire and corporate benefactors. I was going to go with "candidator" to characterize these candidate benefactors, but I added the "e" to signalize that these candidates are bought and paid for "whores" (definitiion: A person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain.) Also,
The last election Newt Gingrich had Sheldon Adelson's money. In Israel, Bibi Netanyahu not only had Adelson's money, he had the nation's largest circulation newspaper, given out free, to boost his campaign.
So, when Ted Cruz announced yesterday, the first thing I did was to start looking for who is sponsoring Cruz, because really, that will tell us a lot more than any positions he says he's taking.
The 2016 election will be the most billionaire and transnational corporation election ever in the United States. Sheldon Adelson makes most of his money from out side the USA. Corporations with corporate headquarters outside the US can now provide major funding, even if it is indirect, to political campaigns as well as votes on issues, like gay marriage and GMO labeling of food.
We can thank five supreme court justices for this situation. By their ignominious decisions the USA has become a place where foreign money and a handful of plutocrats routinely controvert, erode and sabotage democracy. I say erode and sabotage, because that suggests an insidious, non-transparent, hidden process. Just yesterday the Supreme court had an opportunity to stop the state of Wisconsin's assault on voter rights, when it rejected an appeal
challenging the Republican supported voter ID law Wisconsin had implemented.
The bottom-line is, the US is well along the road to being bought and owned by the wealthy. Yet there are still some laws n place which allow us to identify who is doing the buying, presidential candidate-wise. When a candidate announces, the first question should be who are his or her sponsors?
Last election, Bill Maher gave a million dollars to a super PAC
supporting neoliberal candidate Barrack Obama. This round, I would expect that there will be hundreds of ultra-wealthy people who give that kind of money in the 2016 election cycle. It's a bad system. It can be changed. It will take partisans repressing their antipathy towards each other so they can work together on issues that they agree on. And I really believe that most Americans don't approve of a handful of people buying congress and the White House.
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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 (more...)