William Osborne served as Chair of the Rockingham County Democratic Party in North Carolina. He also ran an unsuccessful bid for the NC State House from a district that had recently been redrawn by the Republican Controlled General Assembly to favor Republicans. After spending ten years in government service, he went on to operate a private business for the next thirty years. His insight into private business practices and government give him a unique view of the political landscape when viewed from Main Street, USA.
Dwight D. Eisenhower gave the United Sates a warning about the economic and social abuse of power when he talked about the military industrial complex in January of 1961. We would be a much stronger nation if he had also provided us with a warning about the political industrial complex. The abuse and voter manipulation through social and economic power threatens the very fabric of democracy.