Missouri has an organization called United for Missouri, and it certainly isn’t just Missouri. Let me tell you they are not united for Missouri, at least not the Missouri we want. It affects us all on a national level because it’s happening all over the country. I’m just using my home state as an example. If you’ve wondered why your representatives never seem to be concerned about your issues and national politicians seem to blithely ignore what the voters say then you need to read this.
The Executive Director of United for Missouri and United for Missouri’s Future is Carl Bearden, who is a Republican politician and also a member of ALEC. He also runs a “consulting firm” in Missouri and I’ll guarantee you have some like this in your state too. Both of these organizations are classified as non-profit even though through ALEC they probably see more money changing hands than we, and everyone we know, will see in a lifetime combined. ALEC stands for the American Legislative Exchange Council so let’s look at what they’re “exchanging.”
Let’s start with the definition of subvert and you can tell me at the end if you think it appropriate in this case.
tr.v. sub·vert·ed, sub·vert·ing, sub·verts
1. To destroy completely; ruin: “schemes to subvert the liberties of a great community” (Alexander Hamilton).
2. To undermine the character, morals, or allegiance of; corrupt.
3. To overthrow completely: “Economic assistance … must subvert the existing … feudal or tribal order” (Henry A. Kissinger). See Synonyms at overthrow.
Briefly, ALEC is a clearing house where our elected officials (nearly all Republicans) get together with big business lobbyists to auction off our interests by letting them write the law in their favor including tax law, labor laws, regulations, etc. There were more than 2400 state legislators as members in 2002, nearly a third of the nation’s total. (Mother Jones, 2002) In return they get megabucks thrown at their campaigns and who knows what other “perks.”
You can look for yourself to see who the members of ALEC are. They are all of the companies destroying our economy and environment while they run away with the bank. They are bankers, Exxon-Mobile, AT&T/telecom, big oil/energy, pharmaceuticals, insurance, the Koch brothers, etc. Foreign interests are even represented, but you and I don’t have a voice there and we’re footing the bill. That is the problem in a nutshell.
You’ll also notice that there are many members who aren’t actually businesses but right wing groups promoting their agenda such as the Cato Institute, Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation, Crossroads GPS, etc. They claim to be non-partisan but I think it’s clear that they’re not, and it’s all one big nasty batch of snakes twisted together with the Koch brothers. Their tentacles reach all the way from the federal government down to local school boards strangling the voice of the people and choking the life from our democracy.
Some businesses bailed out of ALEC when it was first exposed but the others seem to think we’re too stupid to understand what’s going on—or too powerless to stop it. Here is a link that shows who the business lobbyists are, who they work for and which of our legislators are meeting them to sell out our interests. Adding insult to injury, in at least 3 states they can do it on the taxpayers’ dime. These are “the powers that be” that we’re so angry about. This is who we need to “take our country back” from because they hold it in a vicious grip. They are still controlling public policy in secret with money and influence to make sure they retain the money and influence.
Billionaires control the political conversation by staying hidden and paying others to promote their brutal agendas (The Guardian, 2013)
Anybody who is part of this organization is the problem. They need to be targeted in their districts and thrown out like the sold-out scum they are. If you don’t know for sure about your legislators call them and ask them if they are members of ALEC.
If we want to see government that listens to the people we have to get rid of all of these unprincipled, unethical, and subversive politicians be they Republican, Democrat or whatever. Throw them out of office and let them go to work directly for their true bosses, like Scott Brown did, so we at least know who they’re representing.
There is nothing in the constitution that gives any elected official the right to meet in the dark to do dirty business with a select group of mega-rich people giving them power over the rest of us. It’s a shame Nixon’s dead because slush funds are evidently legal now or might as well be.
Contrary to their opinion we are the government; we just need to take back the reins.
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