|By Contributor Chase Schare|

An open letter to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York:

Dear Senator Gillibrand,

The United States Government has fundamental principles of equality as well as justice for all. We all, or so we wish, cast our vote for who we consider qualified. Thus, our system will elect representatives who support their electorate, and pass policies which the majority support, right? If this is the case, why are the citizens so turned off by who is elected? Let us look to statistics. Recent figures from Gallup show the approval rating of Congress to be 20 percent. Additionally, the two major political parties in the country are highly disliked as well. The Democratic and Republican Parties only have approval ratings of 38% and 33%, respectively.

Why is this an issue?  The people and parties who are supposed to be representing the country, are failing to represent the country! Since they are not representing the country, who are they representing? Whoever gives them the most amount of money. There is an overwhelming amount of money in the American political system and, as a result, the American political system is biased in favor of those with the most amount of money. This is not a single-party issue either. The two presidential candidates who were running for office in 2016 accepted a ludicrously large sum of money from corporations and the wealthy. These corporations have their own political agenda. One might say, “Every donator has a political agenda,” and I say to that person, “You are completely correct!” The only issue with that argument is that not every donator is giving Hillary Clinton $675,000 like Goldman Sachs has, and Donald Trump $100,000, as Woody Johnson, appointed as the Vice-Chair of the Trump Victory Fund and the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. 

These large financial donations to politicians are not just out of the kindness of people’s hearts, but they lead to massive corruption in the political discourse, drowning out the voices of the electorate. Why would President Donald Trump want to pass legislation which would lower the cost of Pharmaceutical Drugs if he is in the pocket of Big Pharma? Additionally, it is not a coincidence that Trump took a large sum of money from Johnson and then appointed him to be the Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Why would Hillary Clinton want to break up the large banks which dominate Wall Street if she takes huge amounts of money from those large banks? 

I am asking — begging actually — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to take a larger stand against money in politics. I am aware that you have posted a few promising quotes of your own on Facebook and have pushed for some sort of increased transparency in government, but stronger action needs to be taken. To fight this problem individually, you can promote an agenda which is more favored by the American People, or you can create/push legislation which makes it illegal for politicians to take these massive amounts of money from corporations and/or the incredibly wealthy. Also, your criticism on this issue is seemingly focused on the Republican Party, but that is a very misleading take on this issue, as I showed before, and as a majority of the politicians which align themselves with the Democratic Party are making clear for themselves.

For the Next Generation,

 

Chase Schare

This letter has been edited by Editor Mateo Portelli