, Muskogee, OK

February 6, 2013

THE PEOPLE SPEAK – Owning politicians is a right of the people

— The journalist-humorist Andy Borowitz warned us in the Jan. 30th New Yorker Magazine that the gun control discussion is distracting us from the real issue, the ownership of politicians. Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association CEO, strongly opposes any legislation which limits the sale or purchase of politicians. He believes that citizens ought to own as many politicians as they wish to own, with no restrictions whatsoever.

However, politician-control advocates call for tighter restrictions on the sale of politicians. These advocates complain that there is no background check or waiting period. Advocates view with alarm the sheer number of uncontrolled politicians in the U.S.

How can a citizen know that their politicians are “owned” by a special interest group? Notice that they will talk about how “difficult” it is to get any regulations passed, and how “law-abiding citizens” refuse to go along with any controls, despite opinion polls indicating otherwise. Or, they might cite one of the Constitutional Amendments as forbidding the purchase, or sale, or ownership of politicians.

Karl Rove becomes apoplectic when he considers any laws which limit people like Sheldon Adelson or the Koch Brothers from owning all the politicians they can afford. After all, isn’t this America? Friends, freedom is being trampled on by these proposed measures! We citizens must be alert to any attempted takeover which would undermine such superb Supreme Court decisions as “Citizens United,” which keep intact the crucial principles that “money is speech” and “corporations are people.”