Campaign funding renders all our so-called leaders employees of their contributors. The latest case in point is the recent letter from the 47 Republican Senators addressed to the Supreme Leader of Iran, warning of a reversal of any agreement the Obama Administration may make with Iran regarding their use of nuclear weapons or lack thereof. The senator who initiated the letter has an agenda our mainstream, corporate-owned media neglected to mention. Senator Tom Cotton is far from the only politician who owes his Senate position to private, destructive industries that benefit no one but the owners. Is it any wonder that people give up on the idea that government is capable of accomplishing anything for the actual public good?
The question that the politicians and the media avoid is simple: does the U.S. public want war with Iran? You remember the public, otherwise known as citizens and tax payers who have to foot the bill for another misguided campaign into a foreign land. Their people and policies have posed no existential risk to our nation, but when has that fact stopped a good war? The cost of our last blunders will be bring us a trillion dollar plus bill. Other organizations estimate larger numbers. This number doesn’t include the cost of lives needlessly sacrificed, Iraqi, Afghan, Pakistani and American – and the fallout from grieving and displaced communities.
Polls state most citizens do not want another Middle East war, but our millionaire Senators have very little interest in what most citizens want. They obfuscate the influence that the people, groups and industries who back their elections place on them, and by extension their public positions and proposed laws. And our corporate-owned media never think to ask them about their motives and secret backers. Instead, reporters and infotainment hosts accept their official arguments and statements as facts that need no further challenge or discovery.
Thanks to the independent, non-corporate organizations and media like CounterPunch, The Intercept and Democracy Now! we have a light shining on the private groups, individuals and industries to whom our mascot politicians hold their true allegiance.