America is no longer controlled by the people or their elected representatives. It’s not controlled by Republicans or Democrats, but rather by lobbyists representing special interest groups and corporations. Politicians rely on these special interest groups for campaign funding, and therefore act on their behalf. Some of these lobbies are are more powerful than others, but each has a unique and important effect on the way we live our lives.
For example, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) represents the private prison lobby, which campaigns to criminalize harmless activities so more Americans are sent to prison. Alcohol companies, correctional officers, and DEA agents have also jumped on the criminalization bandwagon and have spent millions in an effort to keep marijuana illegal so the alcohol companies have less competition and the prison guards/DEA have more people to put in prison. As a result, America has the highest incarceration rate in the world.
Israel lobbyists spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year to make sure America sends tens of billions of its tax dollars to Israel, one of the wealthiest nations on the planet with more than 10,000 millionaires. The Israel lobby also uses its connections in the media and government to push for pointless Middle Eastern wars for Israel’s security. In addition, Israel lobbyists have aggressively proposed limitations on freedom of speech in an effort to quash criticism of Israel and silence people who publish the following facts: Israel regularly spies on America, has stolen military technology, and has even attacked American targets, among other things.
Large banks have lobbied for bailouts and pushed for the expansion of the Federal Reserve’s powers. The Fed is a body that institutionalizes the transfer of wealth from the middle class to the wealthiest one percent of Americans.
Big corporations lobby to keep compliance costs and regulation high to force out smaller competitors. Oil lobbyists bribe politicians for subsidies and special contracts while reaping billions in profits. Ethanol lobbyists get Congress to subsidize an inefficient business which reduces the food supply. Big farming corporations lobby for laws that inhibit the ability of small farmers to sell their produce and milk directly to consumers.
Several lobbying groups have spent untold millions attempting to eliminate Second Amendment protections for firearm ownership. Powerful Jewish groups also regularly use their political connections to deny the Armenian holocaust, due to their historical role in the massacre.
Defense contractors lobby military officials and politicians to secure lucrative and bloated contracts for equipment the military doesn’t even need.
Tax attorneys, accountants, and estate planners lobby Congress against tax reform because they need complicated and convoluted tax laws to keep ordinary citizens coming in for advice.
In almost every industry and every part of our life we can find a company, lobbying firm, wealthy individual or group lobbying our corrupt politicians for special consideration, government money, wars, or the like. And this is why America’s is bogged down in unwinnable wars and bankrupt. We have foxes watching the henhouse.