When millionaire and former CEO/Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina blurted out her frustration with our current political process stating that the game was rigged, I dismissed her as just another elitist throwing a tantrum. But in reflection, there is some merit to her point and it reopened some wounds from my 2012 Senate campaign, where everyone was an outsider, and the millionaire self-funder pushed everyone else aside, regardless of electability. Today, most startling is the amount of corruption the American people have accepted and are willing to stomach based upon political ideology.
During last night’s GOP debate Donald Trump made the comment when booed by the audience that those rowdy attendees were special interest supporters of Jeb Bush. If you’re like me, that comment is straight out of the Barack Obama and Saul Alinsky’s playbook. Talk about a loser answer when invoking the “victim” syndrome. But the real issue at hand is not about the blame game, but the fact that the two men embroiled in this mega verbal gladiator duel come from and represent wealth and power. Money, not what is best for the nation is driving this election.
On the other side of the isle, we have all seen the blatant abuse of power, pay for favors, the deliberate misuse and handling of classified information, and the special connections to Wall Street and Foreign donors. Political pundits who are seen as the oracles on all the network talk shows are still mystified as to the reasons for Bernie Sanders popularity, but much of it is for sure can be attributed to Sanders socialist promise to give away free stuff. However, what is resonating with many people is the fact that the “big banks” and “billionaires” are rigging the game against them.
In the past few weeks since the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, much of the GOP field has narrowed, not because of lack of support, but for lack of money driven by media polling numbers. On the Left, no one ever expected Bernie Sanders to garner any support and predicted Hillary Clinton to dominate the field and amass over a billion dollars going into the general election, after all, according to her supporters, it’s “her time.”
During my 2012 Senate campaign, as an outsider, I was shunned by establishment officials even though I had served my country in uniform for over thirty years in favor of a multi-millionaire to who they were beholden to. In fact, one county chairman who was part of the establishment class told me, “If you don’t personally have $1M dollars on hand right now, you have no business running for the Senate.” Clearly, it wasn’t a matter of leadership experience and serving the people, but how much money I had and who I was willing to give it to.
It is clear throughout the nation that politics is a rigged game and people do not get a “fair shake.” Historically, money changed the game for those who did not have it, regardless of their politics and their ancestry. Not much has changed today. And so if there is an injustice being thrust upon the people, it is the double talk being mimed by the elitists running for political office, who have put this country in the ditch and quite frankly don’t care about you or your family.
Early in my Senate campaign, I had a personal meeting with the man who would ultimately get the party nomination and go on to lose the Senate race. My intent was to convince him not to enter the race and support me, since I had the only contrast to the incumbent senior Senator. Being the straight forward person that I am, I asked a very straight forward question to the man who like Donald Trump was a previous Democrat and supported liberals and their destructive policies. I asked; what makes you think you can win? Looking me in the eye and leaning forward he said, “I have $50M dollars!”
Running for President of the United States is a big deal and I commented in a previous article “A Matter of Experience,” that with the exception of former candidate Jim Gilmore, none of the candidates have ever served in the military, but somehow they are qualified to be the commander-in-chief. Money, changes the minds of people who themselves have never served in the military. Somehow, they think that sucking the taxpayer for more of their hard earned money is the answer. How’s that working out for you now?
Carly Fiorina, in a different race and at a different time, came to the same conclusion I did back in 2012; the game is rigged. Not everyone can play and if you want to be in the game, you better bring your money bags, because it’s a pay-to-play cage match. I predict that the madness in this election cycle will continue regardless of the outcry because the party thirst for power is insatiable and the media is throwing gas on the fire.
So just like politically correct elitists who will not name the enemy in order to defeat them, they will invite you to watch the game, but if you want to play, you have to pay or go home. If that’s not rigged, I’ve got some property to sell you.
Colonel (Ret) John D. Vernon, USA, is the author of “Angels Watching Over Me” and is the CEO, American Warrior Press. Learn more at http://americanwarriorpress.com and follow him on twitter @JOHNDVERNON1. ©JohnVernon2016