The U.S. Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery"
By Jon Schwarz
August 02, 2015
- Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the
nationally syndicated radio show the
Thom Hartmann Program that
the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited
political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our
political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both
Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this
unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.”
Carter was responding to a question from
Hartmann about recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign
financing like Citizens United.
HARTMANN: Our Supreme Court has now
said, “unlimited money in politics.” It seems like a
violation of principles of democracy. … Your thoughts on
CARTER: It violates the essence of
what made America a great country in its political
system. Now it’s just an oligarchy, 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
favors for themselves after the election’s over. … 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
Carter’s statement to
this list of politicians acknowledging that money
controls politics. Please let
me know if you have other good examples.
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