|Steve, Mitt Romney was in Israel, taking money from Israelis. Is it your position that a properly limited government allows those running for election to be financed by foreigners? If so, I can see the point. Why not have a Chinese Friendship Party candidate, if the powers of state are so limited that little harm can be done... except, of course, to perhaps take Chinese nationals by preference into the FBI and military general staff, and federal judgeships, those all being proper functions of government. How much globalism does capitalism include? |
If trade barriers hurt us, and if free trade is the best course, even if other nations subsidize economic entities there, then, does that apply in politics, also? Should elections in America be open to anyone in the world? Perhaps so... but my intuitions are against it and you need to make a case if that is what you advocate.
(I understand that in reality, money may seem anonymous. Candidates anywhere can be financed from anywhere. But, ultimately, money is not truly untraceable. It is an axiom in criminalistics - Locard's Exchange Principle - that every contact leaves a trace. That's what forensic accounting is for. So, the "practical" considerations aside, we are still left with the moral problem of foreign financing of American political candidates.)
(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 8/02, 4:35am)