A lot has been going on in the world of politics over the past few months. From a bitter primary season for the Republican party to people focusing on the fact that President Obama may have once tried dog meat as a child. Whatever the case may be, I’m here to shed some light on yet another topic that people either can give two fucks about or have not the slightest goddamn clue what they they are. This time around I’m talking about political action committees. According to the awesomeness that is Wikipedia, a political action committee is as follows:
A political action committee (PAC) is any organization in the United States that campaigns for or against political candidates, ballot initiatives or legislation. At the federal level, an organization becomes a PAC when it receives or spends more than $1,000 for the purpose of influencing a federal election, according to the Federal Election Campaign Act. At the state level, an organization becomes a PAC according to the state’s election laws.
So to put it into laments terms, a whole bunch of toolbags who love bragging about the sizes of each others wangs, are handing money over to different committees in the hopes they can swing different votes based on specific advocacy groups. So what is the big deal in all this, you say? Since the U.S. Supreme Court case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, money has now been considered a form of free speech. Say what?
Because of our freedom of speech (which is the reason I can call you all chodes and get away with it), our government can no longer regulate how much money is poured into political campaigns on any front. So, if you happen to be a millionaire who wants to donate your life savings to help push the shitty agenda of the American Family Association, then you can do that. And advocacy groups that want to make porn and premarital sex illegal are essentially controlling huge votes. What the fuck happened, America?!
The biggest problem I have with all of this is that lobbyist have essentially hijacked the political system of our country. Campaigning in any sense requires money. And money buys exposure: TV, radio and print ads, the ability to not work and travel, and of course prostitutes and booze after a long days work of just talking all day (which isn’t a real fucking job, btw). And when the money is being handed over by specific groups (like the ones who want to make it illegal to buy videos of naked midgets recreating Lord of the Rings), of course they are going to expect you to do their biding in return.
So, this time around, it might be a great idea to pay attention who’s taking money from who. If the political party that you happen to be affiliated with is taking money from the crazies of the world that still think that video games are ruining the minds of children and reading anything other than the bible will result in the smiting of a higher power, you might as well make a hat out of tin foil and stir up a fresh batch of some “special” Kool-Aid. You’ll need something to sip on from now until the November election.
Conservatives can blow me,