There are a lot of political issues that the Church takes on.
Fine, most of the Church’s efforts revolve around reproductive rights and civil liberties.
But here’s one that the Church should take on: Campaign finance reform.
Please direct your attention to the map below:
This map, published in “Super PAC Hate-Spending” by Dave Johnson on Slate, dramatically shows how much money is being spent, not by the candidates themselves, but by the nebulous “super political action committees” against other opponents. (Click on the link to see the interactive map.)
The second paragraph in the box reads:
Besides fueling a more divisive political climate, Super PAC spending reveals how the US elections are being dominated by the funding of the super rich, making the overall political process less about free speech and more about hate speech.
The amount of money spent on political advertising is unethical, immoral and against the Church’s directive to care for the poor, the helpless and the marginalized.
It’s not completely fair to simply “you could have done this for that amount of money,” but which outlay is more valuable?
Restore Our Future, Inc. spent $5,441 in New Hampshire running attack ads against Newt Gingrich.
An organization like charity: water can give 272 people fresh, clean water for $5,440.
As three year-old Burner the Younger likes to say through clenched teeth, “This. Is. Redickoowus.”
The absolute waste of money donated through Super PACs, campaign contributions and the like has simply got to stop. The U.S. Government already gives $85 million to qualified candidates for campaigning. After the Super Bowl, the Oscars and Dancing with the American Idol Mad Men finales, what do Americans care about more than the presidential election?
It shouldn’t cost $5.3 billion as it did in 2008.
It’s time for the Church to step up, call our leaders to account for their fundraising and put a stop to this unconscionable fiscal behavior.