Sarah Silverman is no stranger to lending her voice to presidential campaigns -- remember 2008's "The Great Schlep"? -- so it's not exactly a shocker that she's baaack with choice words about the 2012 election. This time, she's addressing presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's mega-rich supporter, Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.
If you hadn't heard by now, 78-year-old Adelson is vehemently anti-Obama and has pledged Romney $100 million of his billions to help him beat the President this fall. Fair? No. Legal? Yes. And also hugely damaging to our democracy. Think about it -- Adelson basically wants to purchase the presidency for Mitt Romney! Even if you're a Mitt supporter, you have to admit -- that's not cool. So, looking to make a very bold statement about campaign finance reform, Sarah has made an, err, indecent proposal for Adelson, in the form of a very NSFW, R-rated video ...
Check it out, but warning: explicit, very adult vulgarity abounds!
Ha! I'll admit -- if you don't know Sarah Silverman's ribald sense of humor, then this probably left you confused or disgusted or both. But what you've gotta understand is that she's trying to appal us -- for our own good! Because what's going on here between Sheldon and Mitt is as obscene as what she's proposing here. Worse, actually, when you think about how special interest money has already poisoned our politics, and Adelson's vow is on a completely new level of evil.
Sarah's video actually premiered with some ironic timing: The latest effort to create real campaign financing reform, the DISCLOSE Act -- which would require disclosure of the names of political contributors, including corporations, and the amounts they give to each campaign -- was just thrown out the window by Republicans in the Senate. President Obama's response?
Two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United that big corporations are allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence American elections. They can buy millions of dollars worth of TV ads with no obligation to reveal who’s actually paying for them. ... If we allow this practice to continue, special interests will have unprecedented influence over politicians. It's wrong. It's corrosive to our democracy, and it's a threat to our future.
Scary, huh? To feel like the real power on Capitol Hill lies with special interests, men like Sheldon Adelson? Do you really think they're considering the best interests of regular Americans like you and me ... or how they can further line their brimming pockets? Considering the culprits behind the bust of 2008, I think we all know the answer to that question. And that's just one of the many reasons we should stand with Sarah Silverman to "cut Mitt Romney free from his sugar daddy."
What do you think of Sarah's proposal? Do you believe we need serious campaign finance reform?
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