$ensual Po$ition$

Aren’t we seeing that there’s money to be made in running for president?  The election process–be it on the local or national level–has been long overdue for an audit. The national perspective is easier to observe, but local politicians find plenty of ways to enhance their personal interest through business relationships, corporate sponsorships, and bureaucratic favoritism. There is evidence of things not seen. Look hard enough and ask those questions that elected officials are afraid to acknowledge.  You’ll have your answers.  

Who broke it?  Who’s gonna fix it?

Candidates position themselves to benefit themselves.  We elect these individuals based on their party endorsement and our belief that their ambitions are earnest.  There isn’t a successful politician that hasn’t changed their position to negotiate a goal.  The ability to do this repeatedly relies on the likeliness for our elected officials to be stealthy.  We tend not to mind as long as we don’t feel the pinch. But that pinch is felt eventually, and the pain is in proportion to the pressure applied. Our coffers are nearly empty, our community needs are not met, and our officials haven’t the competence to restore the balance.   Even raising taxes can no longer restore the mismanaged, misappropriated, or embezzled tax dollars. Roads have gone unmaintained; schools have been underfunded; and personnel have been cut back, cut down, and cut away.   Municipalities seek new staffers who are inexperienced, under-trained, and expected to perform more proficiently than their predecessors (for less money).  This is a huge problem that we can observe locally.  So it begs the question, “why does anyone run for office?”  To fulfill another need. 

Elected offices can NOT go unfilled, right?  There’s a job to do, and someone’s got to do it.  And those who earn the position entitle themselves to privledges that the general population could not enjoy.   Associations, networks, access to resources …these and plenty more perks far out-value the minimal stipend that elected officials get.  Have we mentioned the maximum financial gain from potential vendors, contractors, and service providers?  Oh, there’s money to made!  Kick-backs and back-room deals are illegal…if proven.  Just saying!

Thirsty?

But let’s take a look at state government leaders who’ve already had a taste of political success and are thirsty for more.  Look, listen, and think. These leaders have not really demonstrated fiscal responsibility in their home state. Problems are traditionally addressed but consistently unresolved. Poor planning is worse than not planning.  Plenty of politicians are postering. When it looks good, it doesn’t feel so bad.  Instead of administrating, these elected officials spend more and more time crafting a picture.  It becomes sensual.  Appealing, but empty. It doesn’t last long.  Short terms are best.  It’s just too easy.  In and out undetected. By the time the voting public realizes that there’s a deficiency, there’s no chance for accountability.  

We are seeing a long list of presidential “hopefuls” who proudly offer their haphazard public service as responsible leadership. Let’s take a look at just a few examples of the many presidential nominations. After all, at the time of this commentary, there are as many as 16 Republican candidates. 

Hypocrisy or Hippo Christie?

Let’s take a look at self-marketing Chris Christie of New Jersey.  There are just too many aspects of his recent presidential candidacy announcement to dissect.  But this is a man who missed an opportunity to run for President of the United States in 2012. Although it would have been improbable to beat the incumbent Barrack Obama in the president’s second run, he instead chose to exploit his New Jersey constituency until he could bail on the state.  His mismanagement of public funds [at sporting events, super storm restoration projects, and (now)  presidential campaigning engagements] is under the national scrutiny.  His timing couldn’t be worse.  The sea of media sharks will shred any last morsel of decency left in ol’ Christie.    

  
It takes a lot of money to launch a campaign.  Money buys media air time, propaganda, and other campaign-related material.  There’s a lot of money to be made.  Millions of dollars are spent on elections. Where does this money come from?

If you can’t read, color. 

Ted Cruz’s book deal is sure to improve his marketability as his children’s coloring book serves a dual purpose.  He raises revenue while connecting with the children of his potential voters and current constituents.  That would be like Democratic Senator from New Jersey Corey Booker using the purple dinasour Barney to spread the word about his candidacy. A youthful campaign launched and serviced by the next generation of social media gurus is undoubtly the reason Booker won.  But pandering to the parent voters through their own children?  

  
Exploitation

There’s plenty of money to be made in selling children’s things. What’s next? Movie deals with shared-marketing to get a candidates’ names and pictures on the face of cereal boxes and action figures?  Why not get a candidate who has already had a lucrative film career and endorsements?  Reagan did it successfully. Schwarzenegger’s ambitions were limited to a Governorship, but there’s simply more money in film than politics (for now).  It’s a wonder that Charlton Heston hasn’t entered a bid yet.  

Social media has become even more prevalent than online entertainment!  All the information we need is available at the swipe of a screen.  It won’t be much longer before our technology enables the voters to cast their votes remotely using their wireless phones.  As campaigning streams into our pockets continuously, campaign contributions steadily flow out of our bank accounts.  Every request for funding comes through either face-to-face pledges or by way of some sort of media.  Print, chachkies, and online ads make up a huge percentage of political campaigning. However, corporate contributions drive candidates further. 

Ethics

Ethically, our elected officials are not supposed to pledge allegiance to their funding source, but not all support is documented, and it’s very difficult to regulate political “inclinations.”  There’s an unseen loyalty that the public despises.  Our officials are supposed to support the public interest.  Why don’t we boycott the companies that support bad politics?  They throw their money at political candidates in exchange for favors?   We can respond by taking our purchasing power elsewhere.  As a methaphor, it would be like cutting off the snake’s head.  

  

Absolute Power corrupts…

Second to the lust for money is the greed for power. There’s a renewed interest in suppressing liberal ideals. The conservative movement is embracing what they call a “happier time” that they’d like to rebuild.  They’ve not adequately prepared for the current civil rights movement.  Will the new Republican Party and its affiliates scrambe to fight amidst the injustice?  This “civilization” that’s been abandoned is now at the cusp of a revolution.  Where will the candidates stand?  The cash that rules everything around us has almost run out.  The constituents are running out of resources, and candidate confidence is at an all time low.  Propaganda is leading to a civil war.  It is inspiring a platform of preservation of an upperclass or a elitist society.  Jeb Bush and several other candidates are embracing the good ol’ days.  Meanwhile they’re ignoring the contemporary civil rights they’ve violated during their tenure.  

  
If you can’t beat ’em, sue them!

Law suits in the wake of racially oppressive comments made by The Donald have taken quests for power and control to a new level. The American public has not seen this before.   Although the tale is still rapidly unfurling, it appears that Donald Trump’s attempt to capitalize as a victim has backfired.  When his vendors and business partners broke their contractual obligations in response to his radical remarks, he in-turn began an effort to sue those same corporations for millions. Even if he looses the election, he’s gained tremendous publicity, empathy from his conservative backers,  and compensation that far outweighs the gains from running a traditional election.  It’s an unbelievable money maker!  Wow!  This means that candidates can profit from loosing?  By taking on the posterity of a victim of broken contracts, will he win in a legal battle?  Who are the real victims here?  The true victims of his inappropriate comments have stood strong and will likely crumble Trumps’s net worth. 

  
These are just the first of a few major intricacies of the 2016 Presidential Race. It feels so good for the candidates that the American people are eager to experience these sensual positions too.  The race for the presidency has gained as much popularity as sporting events and television miniseries.  Ratings are climbing!  There’s money to be made, the number of candidates is growing, and the public wants to feel good too.  Political power…it’s the new feel good. Let’s call these “sensual positions.” Without the money, it’s just business as usual. 

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