US – Election 2012 – Bill Maher’s Cheque to Obama May Be Helpful, But Reinforces Cynicism as Well – 24 February 2012

Bill Maher’s politics are an interesting mix of helpful and status quo.

On the one hand, it’s great that he’s helping to spread the word to voters in the political centre that they stand to lose out if Obama loses to a Republican Party that is increasingly unmoored to the concerns of this world. On the other hand, the idea that he is going to give a whopping big cheque to Obama and encourage “rich liberals” to do the same seems to reinforce the idea that money votes and people don’t. That’s incorrect. More than that, it’s a dangerous idea to confirm in people’s minds.

Nowhere in the laws of the United States does it say that money votes. Not even in “Citizens United”, gang. People vote. Spreading the idea that only people with deep pockets can cause political change is a recipe for cynicism and disaster, because, let’s face it, there are always going to be more “rich conservatives” than “rich liberals”.

People in campaign organisations may bluster about the importance of money in politics, but the smart ones know that “small money” associated with many voters is more important than “big money” associated with one rich guy. It’s time we took a little of their wisdom seriously.

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