Sunday I attended my first political rally. With my 18th birthday being this Wednesday it seemed appropriate for my political nerd self, and appropriate it was. The rally as specifically for Bernie Sanders whom I adore. I'm a registered independent, but I am about 90% sure I'll be voting in the Democratic primary. (In my state if you are a registered independent you can choose to either vote in the Democratic or Republican primary just not both.) If I do vote in the Democratic Primary I am about 99% certain I will vote for Bernie. I was a fan of Hillary Clinton for some time but that began to wane within a month or so of her announcing her run.
|It was extremely crowded which I can't say is a bad thing as crowds=support|
My biggest pet peeve of American democracy is the vast amount of money that gets poured into campaigns. Companies and the wealthy elite can give millions of dollars to Super PACs which "endorse" specific candidates (the Federal Election Commission says that individuals can only donate $2,700 to an individual candidate but they get around this rule by donating to Super PACs which then back a candidate). Then when said candidate wins the election he/she will not represent his/her constituency, but instead the special interest of their biggest campaign donors.
For example, say Pacific Gas and Electric donates $5 million to Joe Smith's campaign run for the U.S. Senate. When Joe Smith wins the election, Pacific Gas and Electric will expect that Mr. Smith will represent their interest in Congress to pass laxer environmental laws and provide tax cuts to their corporation, despite how Joe Smith's actual constituents feel about these laws. In return, Pacific Gas and Electric will promise Joe Smith another political donation when it comes time for him to run for re-election.
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Bernie realizes this. He is one of the only candidates (Democrat or Republican) who refuses to accept money from a Super PAC. (I do have to admit for the sake of accuracy that Donald Trump is also refusing to be endorsed by a Super PAC but that is only because he is already extremely rich and wealthy to begin with. He is doing this not to make a point about campaign finance reform but because he does not want to comply with the rules and regulations that are in place over Super PACs. Voters need to keep in mind that Donald Trump is a literal billionaire and can easily self fund his campaign.)
I could go on and on about this, but my birthday is tomorrow (!!!) and I have a major bio test at the end of this week that requires major studying. Until then, have a fabulous day.