“I respectfully urge you to prioritize campaign finance reform to remedy the significant problems identified during the last election cycle,” Ravel wrote, noting Trump’s own criticism of the campaign finance system during his race for president. “Disclosure laws need to be strengthened; the mistaken jurisprudence of Citizens United reexamined; public financing of candidates ought to be expanded to reduce reliance on the wealthy; and commissioners who will carry out the mandates of the law should be appointed to the expired terms at the FEC.”Trump's election ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED all of those goals, with NO HELP from the idiotic useless FEC. He canceled out the role of money. Fact 1: Money is crucial when candidates and parties are identically toxic. The only way to get voters to swallow Cyanide Brand A instead of Cyanide Brand B is by spending billions of dollars advertising Cyanide Brand A. Fact 2: Every new rule and regulation on campaigns makes things worse, because all the rules and regulations are INTENTIONALLY DESIGNED to make life harder for independent candidates. FEC is a perfect fraud. Trump broke the whole paradigm by offering SOMETHING DIFFERENT, which sounded less toxic than the universal poison of all other politicians. When you offer a real change, you don't need a lot of money. And when you don't absorb a lot of money, voters recognize that you're not owned by the corporations and banks who were placing all their bets on other candidates. Admittedly Trump's name recognition came from decades of previous publicity that was unavailable to an ordinary citizen, but none of the publicity had been in the political realm and very little was paid advertising. I don't recall ever hearing or seeing ads for Trump brands on radio or TV.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.