Every day it seems as though more and more public figures are coming forward to speak out against the insurmountable role that money has in modern day American politics. It is beginning to really come to light how much the democracy our nation was founded upon is eroding under the influence of corrupt capitalist excess.
Former President Jimmy Carter had a chat with Thom Hartmann on his radio show, and did not hold back on the present status quo in American politics. Hartmann pointed out that the Supreme Court has now said that there will be “unlimited money in politics, and pointed out how it seemed like a violation of principles of democracy. Carter replied:
‘It violates the essence of what made America a great country and its political system. Now its an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nomination for president or elected president, same thing applies to governors U.S. Senators and Congressmembers. Now we’ve seen a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors who want and expect and get favors for them after the election is over.
‘It’s gonna take a set of horrible, disgraceful series of acts in our country that turns the public against it, maybe even Congress and the Supreme Court, that would be the main thing, but at the present time, the incumbents, Democrats and Republicans alike, look at this money as a great benefit to themselves, because somebody in Congress has a lot more to sell to an avid contributor.’
These were statements that were determined to be true by a study done by Princton University. America no longer seems to the the representative democracy that it once was, but an oligarchy. Oligarchy is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes; also : a group exercising such control”
Considering how our republic is now in the hands of a group of billionaires, who have the means to buy themselves candidates and congressman I wouldn’t say that Jimmy Carter’s statements are a stretch.
You can listen to the remarks first hand below:
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