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Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery”



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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 that?

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 challenger.

I’ve added Carter’s statement to this list of politicians acknowledging that money controls politics. Please let me know if you have other good examples.

(Thanks to Sam Sacks for pointing this out.)

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  1. I wish President Carter the best with his struggle with cancer. I hope he has a long time along with good health to be with and enjoy his family.

    His legacy unfortunately will be that he was one of the worst Presidents. Any time there is a terrible President it is terrible for the country.

    Because of his book Palestine: Peace not Apartheid he will be remembered as an anti-Semite.

    Hopefully relations between Egypt and Israel will continue to improve. Israelis will continue to live in peace despite of Carter’s attempts at meddling. This is because of Israel’s unilateral actions. If the PA wants a deal they better make the concessions required by Israel. Israelis care less and less about a deal and that means the PA will have to cough up more to get a deal.

    – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/08/carter-netanyahu-turning#sthash.vhF8pStb.dpuf


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