President Jimmy Carter: The United States Is An Oligarchy
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[President Jimmy Carter: The United States Is An Oligarchy]
[Thom Hartmann:] Source: LYBIO.net
Political principles for example. Our Supreme Court has now said, “unlimited money in politics.” It seems [like] a violation of principles of democracy. … Your thoughts on that?
[James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr. (born October 1, 1924):]
It violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system. Now it’s just an oligarchy, with – with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and congress members.
So now we’ve just seen a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect and sometimes get uh… favors for themselves after the election’s over.
Yeah, it’s a sad commentary on things.
It’s going to take a political movement to change this?
Well, I think it’s going to take either a horrible disgraceful series of acts in our country that turns the public against it and eventually maybe even the Congress and the Supreme Court. That would be the main thing, but at the present the incumbents, Democrats and Republicans, look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves. Somebody’s who’s already in Congress has a lot more to sell to an avid contributor than somebody who’s just a challenger.
[Thom Hartmann:] Source: L Y B I O . N E T
It’s very unfortunate.
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