Once upon a time, the running gag about political campaigning was that vote seekers were out kissing babies. Now it seems that politicians are out kissing rich old men and not on their foreheads.
The latest kowtowing was the parade of Republican hopefuls to visit Sherman Adelson to seek his blessing on their quest. The worst groveling was when Gov. Chris Christie apologized to Adelson for a remark about Israel.
This obscene parade is a sign of how much we have moved from a “democracy” to a definite plutocracy.
Have we become like Iran where the ayatollahs have to approve the candidates?
I can’t say it too much. The best way to stop this trend is to be sure to always vote in every election. We have too many elections where the “winner” comes in a distant second to a de facto “none of the above”. A majority of the registered voters don’t show up for the primaries. More people don’t vote in the regular elections than vote for the supposed winner.