December 17, 2015 by Chris Kite
There was big news this week that conservative “power broker”/billionaire Sheldon Adelson has purchased The Las Vegas Review Journal. If this doesn’t bother you, it should!
As the wealth gap grows greater and greater, those with the most wealth are also grabbing the most power. It isn’t too far fetched to compare it with feudalism. The period in the middle ages when a few select held all the power, the land, and made all the rules were truly dark times. Well. Unless you were one of the people in power.
I’m not sure exactly how we reverse this trend but I am sure of a few things. First and foremost, continuing to have Republicans in power will continue and accelerate the trend. The conservative right is in favor of eliminated regulation and letting those with the most money essentially have the most votes. Second, electing pretty much ANY Democrats will help to reverse the trend. There is no doubt that Bernie Sanders would do everything in his power to stem the tide of this increasingly disturbing trend. I love pretty much everything that Bernie Sanders stands for. But I also worry deeply that he cannot get the moderate or centrist vote. I know the arguments that say he can, but I don’t think their accurate. That said, I still haven’t made up my mind as to whether it will be Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton that I vote for.
Now many of my friends on the left say that Hillary Clinton is no better than the Republicans. While it is true that she would do far less to change the balance of power away from the uber elite, I think there are still many good reasons to vote for her. I think she stands a slightly better chance of getting things done once elected. Because if you think Barack Obama has had a hard time getting things done, image what will happen when someone as liberal as Sanders starts trying to get things through Congress. Sure. A lot of the hatred exists because of race. But the truth is, Obama is very centrist. Clinton is also centrist. Sanders is going to struggle to get support from even moderates in the party.
But never mind all that. Because if we continue to elect Republicans in this country, we can fully expect to see the power of the average citizen erode.