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Chan Lowe: Buying the midterm election


The American body politic⎯quiescent, even oblivious in normal times⎯is restless and fearful due to economic uncertainty. In its currently aroused state, it has become prey to cynical self-interested forces. When people are angry, they are easily led.

For example, if it is a tenet of faith of one particular group that climate change is a myth, it makes sense that shadowy petrochemical plutocrats, who have so much to lose from environmental regulation, would give behind-the-scenes financial support, through patriotic-sounding front organizations, to candidates who espouse a laissez-faire regulatory philosophy (To the big money backers, all that Libertarian stuff about individual rights and Second Amendment gospel are window dressing. Being billionaires, they can simply buy all the rights they want).

Their shills in the media and in politics, all of whom have so much to gain, willingly spread the party line (As Deep Throat said, “Follow the money”). Their legions of listeners hunger for easy answers, which are cheerfully supplied in large helpings.

In the final days before the midterm elections, President Obama is playing catch-up, campaigning hither and yon to defend and explain his vision for the country. He and his party might not be in such a jam today if they had taken the trouble to do the plodding grunt-work of repetitive indoctrination from the beginning.

His opponents certainly did.

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You could just as easily, and just as well, have paraphrased Abraham Lincoln for the caption:
"That government of the corporations, by the coporations, and for the corporations shall not perish from this earth."
And the irony is, HE was a Republican...!

@LRP: Of course, Lincoln also said:
"Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar."

It seems that a lot has changed in 150 years. These days, the man can hardly even expect to be heard over the dollar's noisy racket.

So where's the website when you need them? We need them to be getting all the publicity wikileaks is getting instead...

You do mean "billionaire plutocrats" like George Soros, don't you?

You mean like the government and teacher's union dollars?

Please. You people think it's all about message. Obama didn't explain how brilliant his policies and accomplishments are. The electorate is smart when it votes for your kind but two years later, because of the complete lack of accomplishments with America's (not the Democratic elite's) priorities, the electorate is kicking you and yours to the curb.

And it's everybody's fault but yours. How arrogant can you be?

Neatly done blog posts, captivating, fresh and entertaining. I'm so eager to read more from you.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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