Singin' at the Apollo

“He is making a mockery of the system…Is it fair to the process? Yes, the process is a mess, but he’s doing it in a way that feels like he’s trying to influence it with his own agenda and that may be anti-Republican.” Newt? Willard? Ron or Rick? No, it was Chuck Todd of MSNBC complaining about the satirist Steven Colbert’s appearance in South Carolina, pushing Herman Cain. Really Chuck? Really? The system is broken and has been for years. The latest nail had been hammered with the awful “Citizen’s United vs FEC” decision by the Supreme Court a couple of years ago. Since that time, money from Super PACs have made it’s way into the electoral process. Individual donors are shielded from identification because the Super PACs are private entities. It turns out to be a lot of money from corporate titans. Everyone knows “Corporations are people, my friend” right? Money is free speech and times that idea by the infinite and one begins to see the corrupting influence money could have on the electoral process. It’s sad and for the uneducated, Steven Colbert on his “Colbert Report” laid out how these Super PACs work handing over his own Super PAC to his “friend” Jon  Stewart. Colbert went on to demonstrate that he and Stewart could not actively “co-ordinate” but could be ultimately  influenced by making comments and what not on TV with Stewart listening. The corruption-prone system has now been taken on the road and brought down to South Carolina. Colbert is urging his supporters in South Carolina to vote for Herman Cain who is still on the state’s primary ballot.

Todd went on to say, “What is his real agenda here? Is it to educate the public about the dangers of money and politics, and what’s going on? Or is it simply to marginalize the Republican Party? I think if I were a Republican candidate I would be concerned about that.” To Mr. Todd, whom I admire, I would say, you have been in Washington too long. The Republicans have already marginalized themselves.

and so it goes…