This government was bought a long time ago and here we are quibbling over the semantics and legal definitions of corporate campaign contributions.
To be blunt: Anyone in this day and age that honestly thinks corporations don't influence (if not outright control) politics, policy making, and political campaigning needs to, as a roughly translated saying from my Armenian family goes, "go bang your head against a rock".
At the heart, this a culture of smoke screens, marketing spin, legalized corruption, and lies. Spectacle has replaced knowledge. Because of this, I'm not even sure how to have an honest discussion with anyone...especially not on the internet. Thank you for mentioning doublespeak Tom, as well as the reference to Clinton's discourse on "is". Very pertinent; I truly believe things are becoming so warped that it's hard to know what's real...
...Images of "McRib is Back!" billboards juxtaposed against oceans of pigs sitting in cages in factories float through my head. We're not even allowed to see half of reality, therefore, it does not exist. Has anybody seen any images of dead US soldiers or Afghans on the nightly news lately (or in the last 10 years)? We're at war, aren't we? It's easy to forget when Black Friday is just around the corner.
Every time we discuss a corporation, the definition of what a "real" corporation is shifts. Every time we critique capitalism, the capitalism we critique isn't the "real" capitalism. Criticize a Democrat, Republican, or anyone else and you'll likely be met with the defense of "Well, he or she isn't a REAL...". Nobody has the "real" science anymore...well, in this case, I suppose someone does, but in this culture of illusion and marketing spin, I'm not sure we'll ever know who.
Meanwhile, there's an elephant in the room: A big, monoxide-breathing, tree-eating, oil sucking, carcinogen-bleeding beast. It wants to sell us forests, cheap meat, diamonds, plastic, oil, water...
While we squeak and squawk over minor domestic issues, such as which is the better light bulb, which political party will fix our woes faster, whether or not tuna is more environmentally friendly than farmed salmon, this beast is on the march. I wonder if my grandchildren will inherit a world in which there are still wild salmon on the west coast.
I doubt it.