Wheat Among the Chaff

needle The just-ended marketing bonanza known as “the election” once again smashed records for the amount of money it absorbed and deployed. The Center for Responsive Politics says it exceeded $6 billion this time around. TV ads aren’t cheap, and the whole of our politics is now run as marketing campaigns, and TV ads are still the main delivery vehicle for that method of cynical mind management.

But, in keeping with TCT‘s ongoing championing of the thesis that the masses are not hopelessly stupid, there were some rather encouraging results buried in the mountains of diversions and false promises. According to Miles Mogulescu:

• In Montana, which Mitt Romney won with 55 percent of the vote, 75 percent of voters backed Montana Initiative 166, which charges Montana’s elected officials with supporting a Constitutional Amendment to create a level playing field in campaign spending and establishes as official Montana policy that corporations are not people.

• In Colorado, 74 percent voted to support Amendment 65 instructing Colorado’s congressional delegation to propose and support a constitutional amendment that allows Congress and the states to limit campaign contributions and spending that allow all citizens, regardless of wealth, to express their views on a level playing field.

Imagine what might be possible if we actually had “major” politicians willing to represent such demands, or even mention them…

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