No. That’s a ruse like “self-made millionaire”. It’s simply not true.
A common US perpetuating myth is: “we receive thousands of tiny donations from grassroots campaigns and are self-funded”.
But a peek in the books, if you can get at them, and it’s corporate funding broken up into tiny pieces.
Don’t believe the words of politicians.
Don’t believe the publicity stunts and photo ops.
Look at the voting patterns and their funding.
It only matters when one is voting. In the US, voting is every 2 or 4 years.
Not having time to investigate politician’s true leanings.
It’s just not something I worry about except when it’s time to vote. The rest of the time I try to lead a politician-free life, although it’s been harder lately.
US foreign policy is awful. Whatever we’re doing is probably wrong. That’s my default stance, always
If the lying was taken out of politics, I would like it. On small levels, I’ve seen politics work. I’ve seen functioning democratic schools – small ones. I’ve seen functioning hierarchies of a few hundred people.
it is possible.