Apparently all it takes to buy a vote is $200 and a shoddy congressman. But I bet if that congressman would have put on a nice dress and some lipstick, he could’ve charged more.
Who is this congressman of the night who turned on his red light for some financial foreplay? It would be none other than Representation Vance McAllister. In a recent interview, McAllister detailed how he chose to vote in opposition to a Bureau of Land Management bill because the environmentalist supporters were not the highest bidder; if only McAllister took payment in the form of hemp necklaces and haikus.
What’s most unsettling about this news is how McAllister sought advice from a fellow congressman whose recommendation resembles a rudimentary math equation. This means that this is not just an issue of one dumb congressman putting legislation up for sale, it’s an entire neighborhood yard sale of dumb congressmen coming together to hawk off their votes.
It does not matter how much money or incentives they present you with, there is one fundamental truth that every politician should know: Politics Is Not For Sale
There is no price tag that can be affixed upon the ‘one person, one vote’ democracy that men and women have lost their lives to preserve. To disregard your moral compass and make your decisions based on personal incentives is to wash away all the sacrifices that have gone into crafting our great nation’s political landscape.