I have done this before, but would like to offer yet another example of how the two parties try to get your money. I subscribe to numerous party-affiliated sites and networks, not because I give them my support or donations (never, never in my life have I given a penny to the parties), but to follow the ways in which the competing ideologies differ in their attempts to frighten you into paying for the uncertain versions of the future they are offering. To begin, here are two recent e-mails:
Now look at the Democrats:
|Heidi Heitkamp emailed.
Nancy Pelosi emailed — twice!They both emailed because Monday’s End of Quarter Deadline is make-or-break for us.
FIRST: We told you Trump’s national Republicans raked in a record-setting $23.5 MILLION last month.
THEN: We told you Trump will use every single cent to ATTACK Nancy Pelosi and WRECK our Majority.
NOW: We don’t know what else to say other than we still need 23,452 grassroots Democrats to step up before the End of Quarter Deadline hits in 48 hours.
We need to stop Republicans’ massive wave of cash and momentum dead in its tracks.
Please, Lance — with just 48 hours to go, we really need you on our team.
Will you rush in $19?
48-HOUR DEADLINE: ALL GIFTS TRIPLE-MATCHED
So what do you think? We can talk all about the differences in values of each party, or even declare our support for one or the other based upon whatever mostly selfish reasons we describe as our personal morality, but when it comes to reality, when it comes down to the bottom line of what these competing corporations desire the most, I will allow these two same song messages to underline their true motives. I just have a few questions: do both parties employ the same advertising consortium to promote their financial needs, or do they simply copy one another? Did some think tank declare that this sort of fear tactic campaigning was most effective based upon an algorithm some nineteen year old genius in India devised, selling it to the international market in order to start his new multi-billion dollar on-line company? And where does the money go? These are not advertised as being for specific candidates, but to the party itself, raising money for Congressional and Senate races. Sure, they likely funnel cash to whichever party candidate would most fulfill their corporate agenda (or in the case of Trump, to keep him off their backs, perhaps writing ‘For Cash’ on their checks to him).
No doubt I will continue republishing these slimy things as the campaigns get more urgent and panicked, and the threats of outright apocalypse from both sides increase. So sit back, find some comfort wherever that may still be available, and enjoy the horror show.
©2020 Lance Polin