Originally Posted by Guestfellow
It's not all of the politicians, you know.
When a candidate for congress, presidency, governor, etc is running for his/her office, they naturally require campaign funds. In U.S. for example, the money you put in from your own pocket as a candidate is restricted to a certain limit. Funds must come from donors, organizations, and corporations.
Some candidates take corporate money. So what's the problem? They're donations, right? Donations with a CATCH. Please visit opensecrets.org. Some candidates take corporate funds with an underhand deal that they'll cut taxes on them etc.
Perhaps we may be angry at politicians, but we should not be angry with politics in general. We complain, yet we do nothing about it.
This semester I was unable to take many necessary subjects due to the education fund cuts in the U.S. I now hear a rumor that summer sessions will be closed, holding me back another semester. Gradually, it's causing, or actually, already has caused a detriment to many of us American students.
I don't like to go into politics too much, but I am taking Political Science this semester, so I thought I'd shed some light in the subject.
Also, not to forget... MEDIA. I'll make a reference to a book called "How to Read a Book". Too lazy to get the author's name. Anyway, the author mentions how the radio is such an amazing innovation. While engaging ourselves in other tasks, we are able to follow up on the news.
HOWEVER, most of the media is owned by... CORPORATIONS. Hint hint. Corporations make propaganda. Big whoop.
There are two types of media processing in our minds. Active and Passive. Passive is accepting anything and everything we hear. ACTIVE is when we take our own personally developed ideology and try to relate it with what we just heard. We form our OWN opinions based on our understanding, with the light of Qur'aan and Sunnah. Then, and only then, do we form an opinion with Bismillah.
But if we just pick up from the television, newspapers, magazines, and the radio passively, it'll definitely influence us. Most probably in the negative, as well.