Tony C said:Not so fast! I can defend it morally with ease! In a free society you are entitiled to all the fruits and benifits of your labors. A person who works hard and is sucessful is morally entitiled to expect and recieve benifits for his acts. That includes politics. Un-sucessfull people have not earned this right and do not deserve it.
Why should a chicken thief have as much influence over a politician as I do?
Should a Motoconcho driver in the D.R. have as much influence over the President as a Sucessfull business man?
OK Tony, one last time: in principle, you are correct. But we do not live in an Ayn Rand novel, where good guys and bad guys are clear-cut characters of fiction. Your libertarian rhetoric works fine in theory, but your application is perpetuating the opposite by supporting corrupt practices.
I'm sure that you are an upstanding individual of high moral standards in your dealings with politicos, but your statements are essentially condoning sociopathic behavior in the real world.
Political contributions should be made to lobby special interests, not special individuals. Thus in real life, when the well-connected gain special access to politicians it becomes a vicious cycle of quid pro quo, - "dando y dando"- effectively denying other hardworking, honest citizens of similar special benefits.
You should have access to policy-makers based on the merits of your ideas and not based on how much money, honestly earned or not, you have given them. You may very well have earned having more influence than the chicken thief, but the moment that someone like you or me also breaks the law, just because you paid into the system does not morally absolve you from the offense. Favoritisms in the public arena is plain wrong. What works for you today may not work as well tomorrow, simply because you may have given moeny to the wrong politician. Then, I'm sure you would cry foul.
In the eyes of the law, without which neither your nor the marginalized guy have ANY rights, you both should expect the same treatment from the officials placed in those positions, not by your money alone, but by the votes of the majority -including motoconchistas. This is a very basic premise of democratic living. Like I said before, I'll keep my interpretation of the issue and you keep yours. Good luck.