I just received an email from Bernie Sanders concerning the campaign being waged against him by Super PACs. The email said in part:
"I don't have a Super PAC. I am not going to travel around the country begging millionaires and billionaires for money. That's just not going to happen. But the success of our campaign certainly has the billionaires' attention.
"Yesterday, one of Hillary Clinton's most prominent Super PACs attacked our campaign pretty viciously. They suggested I'd be friendly with Middle East terrorist organizations, and even tried tro link me to a dead communist dictator. It was the kind of onslaught I expected to see from the Koch Brothers or Sheldon Adelson, and it's the second time a billionaire Super PAC has tried to stop the momentum of the political revolution we're building together.
"They'll keep trying … unless we make them pay a price for their attacks. Let's send a powerful message that we have had ENOUGH of the billionaire class buying elections.
"If we stand together to fight back against these ugly attacks, we can ensure this election is about who has the best ideas, and not who has the biggest donors. They should not underestimate us."
It doesn't make a difference which side of the political fence you're on, or who you think might be the right person to take the helm of our nation in 2016. It does make a difference, however, if you don't make your wishes known at the ballot box and allow others to make that choice for you. It could very well be the people with the biggest bucks, and thereby the biggest political clout, who will be making decisions for you for the next four years and maybe more.
If you have been a reader of CMC Digest, you know that a major concern of this publication has been veterans and senior citizens, who in large part have "carried the load" for this country in the past. And I would venture to say that they are probably the ones who vote on a regular basis. Our history makes clear that oppression can come in many forms and too much blood has been shed by good men and women to let anyone, from within or without, take control of our nation simply because they have the biggest bank accounts.
The voting record in Cape May County speaks for itself. In the congressional elections of 2014, only 30,868 citizens voted in Cape May County — or just 48.45% of the 63,715 registered voters in the county. And voting has been down generally throughout the country. We can and must do better.
Beau Weisman, Editor