The liberal view of money in politics

Mayday.us is the website for MaydayPAC, a superPAC that says its aim is to get money out of politics. MoveOn.org is a website the claims it uses “online tools to lower the barriers to participation in our democracy, so real Americans have a voice in a political process where big money and corporate lobbyists wield too much influence.” Both websites and both organizations are ultra liberal and exist solely to support liberal/leftist politicians and liberal/leftist politics.

These two liberal groups held a video contest in which they urged applicants to “make a 30-second ad to wake up America to the crisis of big money in our politics.” Readers were then supposed to vote for the video they believed best met that criteria. The video that received the most votes, 7,590 votes, was submitted by American Commitment, a conservative group. The video featured liberal mega-donor Tom Steyer and was titled “America’s Biggest Hypocrit.” That video is posted here.

When the the MoveOn/Mayday video contest winner was announced the chosen winner was a video that received only 99 votes from viewers [not posted because I couldn’t find it].  It was, of course, a video that channeled all the leftist dogma these organizations support. They later explained that being the highest voter getter was not the sole criteria and that their judges used a wide range of criteria in making their choice. Yeah.

I commend to you this blog post from John Hinderaker as the most concise and insightful statement of liberalism in America you’re likely to ever read:

When liberals say they want to get money out of politics, they aren’t serious. What they mean is, they want to get conservative money out of politics.

Why is that? The answer is simple: liberals command the culture. They control virtually all universities, virtually all public schools, virtually all newspapers, virtually all of Hollywood and the entertainment industry, almost the entire apparatus of the news. That control, added to the corruption of crony government, gives liberals access to enormous amounts of money, so that in almost every contested election, the liberal candidate has more money than the conservative candidate.

And yet…liberals have a problem. Their arguments are terrible, and their theories are contradicted at nearly every turn by the facts. Which means that they can’t withstand criticism. They can’t take competition; they need a monopoly. Which, in turn, means that they must prevent voters from hearing conservative ideas and arguments. They can do that in the schools and in the culture, and they don’t have to worry about newspapers or broadcast television. But there is a loophole of sorts: during election seasons, conservatives can buy time on television and on the radio to broadcast messages that liberals are otherwise able to blockade. This is intolerable! Because when people hear conservative ideas, unfiltered by the liberal press, they tend to find them persuasive.

So “money in politics” must be denounced. Most money in politics is liberal, from labor unions, crony billionaires like Tom Steyer, and so on. But that isn’t the money the Democrats mean: they want to silence conservative voices, so their monopoly can be preserved and threats to their rule–democracy, one might say–can be eliminated. The MoveOn/Mayday contest was a microcosm of one of the central political conflicts of our time.

That statement should be made prominent in every freshman political science class in every college and university in America.  High schools, too. Of course, it will be featured in none of them because it’s true.  I wish I’d written it.

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