Friday, December 11, 2015

#345 / Rich Governor

The image above comes from the online version of a story that ran in the November 30, 2015 edition of The New York Times. I guess the purpose of this posting is simply to refer you to that story, with the hope that you will read it, too.

In the hard copy edition, the story was titled, "Rich Governor And Allies Tilt Illinois's Future."

As a quick summary, the story tells how "the richest man in Illinois," billionaire hedge fund owner Kenneth C. Griffin, bought himself a Governor, Bruce Rauner (who is also rich).

This is a profoundly discouraging story of how money can (and will) subvert a healthy and decent politics. I guess my hope is that the discouragement occasioned by the story will not be our final resting place.

When I think of the outrageous and destructive impacts that money is having on our system of self-government, what comes to mind is a phrase from a former President (George H.W. Bush): "This will not stand."

Get mad.

Get even.

Do something.

This must not stand!

I think we are going to need that "political revolution" Mr. Sanders is talking about!

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1 comment:

  1. I'm pretty sure "get mad" and "get even" are what we learned not to do in kindergarten. You say "do something" which begs the question, do what? Cross fingers and hope Sanders gets the nomination?


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