Pay-To-Play Politics And The Colbert Super PAC

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American citizens across the political spectrum agree that “Pay-to-Play” politics are ruining our country. Over the years, however, there have been several attempts at campaign finance reform that have fallen short. In fact, it’s so expensive to run for office that many politicians seem to be in the pockets of their biggest donors and those donors -- often huge special interest groups or corporations -- have Democrats and Republicans alike wrapped around their metaphorical fingers. The result? A constipated political system - equalling legislation that does not reflect the best interest of the American public, extremist legislators who do not reflect the population as a whole and only two viable political parties.

One of the cogs in the wheel of our dysfunctional political system is what’s known as a “Super PAC.”   According to Wikipedia a “Super PAC” is “officially known as "independent-expenditure only committees," which can raise unlimited sums from corporations, unions and other groups, as well as individuals.”     They are special interest groups and, because we have freedom of speech in this country, they can say pretty much whatever they want. Oh, and in theory, Super PACs and the campaigns they support can’t coordinate with one another. In theory.

Enter comedian and satirist Stephen Colbert and his Colbert Super PAC. Colbert started a Super PAC (Political Action Committee) earlier this year to muck with an already corrupt system of financing political campaigns, but when he decided to “run for President” in his home state of South Carolina he turned operation of his Super PAC over to cohort Jon Stewart.

Faux pundit Colbert and fake news anchor Jon Stewart remind me of the court jesters in a Shakespeare play; the “fools” are the only characters who get away with speaking the truth.   In this beautiful piece of satire Colbert and Stewart expose the absurdity of our campaign finance rules. Also, it’s hilarious.