31 July 2015

President Carter: US Is Now 'Just an Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery"

You might not have heard about this interview on the mainstream media.  It occurred several days ago.  Apparently Jimmy is not gleefully participating in the triumphant Clinton-Bush winners road tour and congenial yukfest
Some, nearing the latter part of their days, tend to feel the weight of their conscience.  But certainly not all, especially not those who believe in nothing greater than themselves.
Carter's startling admission is at the root, the very heart of the lack of reform and recovery. 
But the pundits, even the so-called liberal media and the disgruntled conservative media, will not discuss it frankly and openly.   They traffic in shallow anger and distraction, and faithfully serve the special interests.

And there is as little serious discussion in the pampered corporatist media, whose mission is to obfuscate and distract the public from the key issues with 'bread, circuses, and sensationalism.'

This is the kind of thing that everyone in power, and almost all those who bask in that power, know but never talk about openly, feigning ignorance with dismissive ridicule.  
They are caught in a credibility trap of their own making.  And so they while away the days with private looting, waiting to see which way and when the winds of reaction may blow, while doing everything they can to maintain the status quo which they have created for their own benefit.

It is the dark heart of corruption, the quiet coup d'état that has overthrown the American republic.
The people are beginning to ask, 'After six years, why is there tremendous profits for those who caused the problems in the first place, but no recovery for the rest of us?'

And the elite look with bewilderment, fear, and anger at the fruits of their treachery and deceit.  

They think to themselves, 'We know that we are superior people, tasked with the burdens of leadership, so they must simply be ungrateful,  jealous of our success.'
A small but highly visible minority may look to the worst of the oligarchs as their leader and savior.  One might call it a kind of Stockholm Syndrome, but really it is just a perverse reaction, the impulse of the camp follower that identifies with their abusers, thinking that this elevates them from the rest.
And the media wisely warns them, slurring any candidates out of the mainstream control, the narcissist and the socialist, urging the people to stick with the familiar oligarchic brand names, Bush and Clinton, and in extremis that slickly formed alloy and extruded creation of the money masters, brand Obama.

Hubris begets nemesis.  If they were not so self-absorbed and morally stunted by their pride and selective experience they would understand that people will not stand by and allow themselves to be abused forever.


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.

Hat tip for the above to Sam Sacks and especially to Jon Schwarz at The Intercept.