There was an interesting article on Al Jezeera this week blasting the US government as being a plutocracy. The author asserts that American democracy has been sold to the highest bidders. This is nothing new, but the interesting part is an email from a Capitol Hill staffer who was, apparently irritated by being swayed by outside interests (aka lobbyists).
Considering a surveyed, this assertion — and, in particular, the fact that the email is from a Hill aide — is ludicrous.
See the full text of the letter, as printed in Al Jazeera:
Perhaps the best line in the entire article was a quote from PBS commentator and former top LBJ aide Bill Moyers:
“Why isn’t government working for them? Because it has been bought off. It is as simple as that. And until we get clean money we are not going to get clean elections, and until we get clean elections, you can kiss goodbye government of, by, and for the people. Welcome to the plutocracy. ”
It’s almost so ridiculous it’s convincing.
Happy Hump Day!