originally published on Nov. 7, 2010. This was satire. As time went on, it became less outrageous and closer to true. Still, I wish some of the original readers had gotten the I.M. Peid pun.
The following is an interview with future Congressional candidate I. M. Peid, self-proclaimed Architect of the New Political Order and founder of the Corporatist Party of America, or CPA.
What is the point of the Corporatist Party of America?
What's good for General Motors is good for America. We represent corporations and that's it.
Two reasons, really. The first is that that's the way the country operates anyway, particularly since the recent Supreme Court decision. Campaigns are expensive. The only people who can really underwrite them are corporations, so we might as well just go straight to the source and stop playing games.
The second is that we need jobs and corporations are where the jobs are.
What will you tell individual constituents?
The truth: That we don't regard them as our constituents; we regard their employers as our constituents.
You sound just like the Republicans, though perhaps more truthful. How aren't you just Republicans?
We don't bother with the Mom and Apple Pie crap. We're about money, not ideology that most people don't really buy into anyway.
What is the CPA's stand on abortion?
We don't bother with one - abortions aren't really a money or corporate issue. Sure, if a corporate board member knocks up some sweet young thing, it will be a serious pain to fly someone to the Caymans or somewhere to take care of business, but we're not going to base a part of our platform on the consequences of an occasional indiscretion.
What is the CPA's stand on gay rights?
Individual corporations will continue to provide partner benefits for employees, a phenomenon that will probably grow, because it makes business sense to keep your employees happy. However, we don't support gay rights legislation because it would mean that those corporations that don't support their gay employees would be vulnerable to lawsuits and lawsuits cost money. In other words, on this issue we're Pro Choice: corporations should have a choice as to how tolerant they are.
What issue stands are driven by representing corporations?
Aside from individual cases involving helping out specific industries (like banking, oil, and pharmaceuticals), we're in favor of privatizing as much as possible, regulating as little as possible and taxing as little as possible.
Do you set limits on privatization? What about the military?
We'd probably keep the military around because fat juicy federal contracts have to come from somewhere.
Really, though, privatization of the military is already well under way. Who do you think Halliburton and Blackwater are?
What's your stand on Don't Ask, Don't Tell?
That it's irrelevant and one of the reasons we're not Republicans. They're way too obsessed with all that morality stuff.
As corporations take over military functions, they aren't going to care about who's gay, as long as they can shoot straight.
Speaking of "all that morality stuff," what's the CPA's stand on separation of church and state?
We worship the Almighty Dollar. If that form of worship gets us the same tax deductions that churches get, we're not in favor of separation.
But seriously, we actually are in favor of separation because religion gets people way too excited about stuff that has nothing to do with money and it gets in the way. Sometimes it's just annoying, like all that crap about the Founding Fathers being devout Christians. I mean Christ, don't these guys know anything about history? The Founding Fathers were, first and foremost, business people. The Revolution happened because the British government told us who we couldn't trade with and taxed us too heavily. They learned about Americans the hard way: You don't f*ck with our money. That was true then and it's true now.
Then there's this creationism in the schools crap. The last thing we need is a generation of kids who don't trust research. That would make us uncompetitive awfully fast. We like the GOP but sometimes those guys have their heads up their asses.
What's the CPA stand on illegal immigration?
What, are you on crack? The cheaper labor is, the happier we are. Plus we tend to love labor sources that don't unionize.
Like everything else, illegal immigration is a matter of supply and demand. If the country really wanted to slow it down, we'd attack both supply and demand, but we don't. Both political parties have been helpful on this. The Republicans have done a good job of focusing so much attention on the supply side that we don't bother prosecuting companies that hire illegals. The downside with them is that they focus so much attention on the issue to begin with. The Democrats have worried about protecting illegals from abuse, giving them more incentive to come here.
What is your stand on taking care of the poor?
That's why God created the United Way. It seems to me that just about every kid in this country has access to a free education. If you work and make good grades, you have a shot at a good job. The opportunity is there; it isn't the rest of the country's fault if you screwed around in school.
If corporations were taxed less, they'd donate more. That's a pretty simple equation.
What is the CPA stand on the death penalty?
As the penal system privatizes, life imprisonment will become profitable. It's harder to charge dead people for services.
Don't you think corporations are often guilty of unethically exploiting legal loopholes?
Corporations exploit legal loopholes because the laws don't make sense to begin with. Think about it: Why should any American corporation have to go through the trouble of putting their headquarters offshore or sailing an American cargo ship under a Liberian flag? We're Americans. This bullshit is a pain in the ass. If you want it to stop, stop incentivising it.
Third parties have a history of failure in the United States. What makes yours any different?
Sweetie, think for a minute. If I approach the board of directors of a major corporation for a campaign contribution, they're going to ask me why they should contribute to me. When they hear me say that my party's main issue stand is to follow the instructions of our corporate donors, how do you think they'll react? I'll get a contribution. I'm not saying they won't hedge their bets and spread their money around, but I'll get a piece of it. If a few CPA candidates manage to get elected, once corporations find that we actually mean what we say, a whole lot more corporations will be on board for the next election cycle, a number which will increase exponentially every cycle. After three to five cycles, game over.
As that blond Aryan kid sings in the movies, tomorrow belongs to me.