People have said it for years, and it is proving to be more and more the case today. Politics is a rich man’s game, and if you do not have deep pockets, you do not have a chance. A recent poll conducted by Fox News points out something very interesting. More to the point, it shows that money can buy the White House.
The latest Fox News poll asks voters to grade a number of potential contenders based on how well they think they would do as president. Comparing letter grades — like you get in school — gives a different take than hypothetical voting.
The results might surprise you. Fox tells us:
First, no candidates included in the survey receive an A average. Not even among their party faithful. And among all voters, no candidate even receives an average B grade.
Grade averages are calculated among just those respondents who are familiar with the candidate.
Now, that last sentence is the important part. Read that again if you were just skimming. They had to be “familiar with the candidate.” Those who had a real knowledge of the candidate, didn’t give one of them an A. This points to the lack of leadership in the minds of the voters who exists in our country.
More importantly, if the candidates all had an equal shot at advertising and campaigning, then they would have to get votes on merit. This is further seen in what Fox reported next.
Bush benefits from high name recognition in primary polling. Despite being less well-known, Walker scores better grades because he has a higher ratio of people who know him giving him good grades.
The poll shows that it is the more conservative Walker who edges out, the more centric/left-leaning Bush. In fact, I would argue that if it were not for his father and brother, Bush would not be known outside of Florida. The simple fact of the matter is, he has done nothing to merit attention or support.
Though we have seen that money is not everything (Romney), we know that it is the thing that greases the wheels of politics. There is ample evidence that there is little chance to be in the race without money. The system is set up in such a fashion that the mega-wealthy and their candidates are the only people who can get in this expensive race. But money should not be how we choose our leaders.
Exodus 18:21-22 reads:
21 Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens. 22 Let them judge the people at all times; and let it be that every major dispute they will bring to you, but every minor dispute they themselves will judge. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you.