We’ve known for some time now that the most influential voices in democratic politics are not the millions of voting citizens but rather the hand-full of corporate lobbyists who contribute to campaign coffers and take our representatives out to nice restaurants – where it is apparently much easier to cause them to betray their duties, oaths and constituents.
Whether it’s American Senator Dick Durbin stating that banks “are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place” or the powerful Oil lobbyists besieging and manipulating witless Canadian P.M. Steven Harper, the corporations and their lobbyists have established themselves as major parasites and – quite literally – the enemies of a citizen’s democracy.
And the shortsighted politicians will sell us out for a few dollars and the cost of a few high class dinners.
How much do I trust politicians, corporations and lobbyists?
This much: We must make it completely illegal for lobbyists and politicians to communicate without adult supervision.
They cannot be trusted to negotiate anything on their own.
We must find a way to firewall the lobbyists.