This is a 7 minute video that looks at the way money has reduced the voter population that counts down to a handful. Sure, we all get to vote, but it’s the things that happen before the final vote that makes the real decision. How often do we hear that there is no one to choose, we have no choice? My response is: Did you vote in the primary? I think the greater work done by money regarding controlling the election results is during the primary runs. The media looking at this as a celebrity contest and reporting it as such (Dean scream of joy turned into a negative) combined with lack of voter participation just makes it too easy for the money to be determinate in a primary.
The comparison of what we have created in the US to Hong Kong is based on this ability of a few to determine who the many have to choose from. In the US, the filter is money. In Hong Kong it is by law. This video makes if simple enough for anyone to understand, including those who learn about life from the Fox news system.
We can not count on our media system to inform the populace as to the mechanics of our current electoral process. They are no longer free of conflict of interest. An election is now a major source of income/profit and the media is doing just as we have come to accept a private for profit business do in our version of capitalism. Though it was not always just about profit or profit primary vs secondary. It has perverted the intent of the 1st amendment as it relates to the ideals mine and my former generation were taught regarding our version of democracy.
I was surprised from the video just how close we are to having success in changing the way we fund our elections. 10 votes in the Senate. 10!