Pres. Jimmy Carter Tears Into The Sad Reality Of The Trump Presidency
As Americans continue to grapple with the sad reality of the Trump presidency, more and more people are beginning to recognize that the principles our nation’s democracy was founded on are being swept away by the corrupting influence of capitalist excess. Now, a growing number of public figures are speaking out against the unparalleled role of dark money in modern American politics.
In a recent interview, former President Jimmy Carter blasted the present status quo in American politics as he brilliantly laid out the sad reality of the Trump presidency.
“The US is now “an oligarchy” where “unlimited political bribery” is a path to the presidency, Carter told Thom Hartmann on his radio show.
HARTMANN: Our Supreme Court has now said “unlimited money in politics” it seems a violation of principles of democracy.
PRES. CARTER: It violates the essence of what made America a great country and its political system. Now it’s an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nomination for president or elected president, the 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.
HARTMANN: It’s a sad commentary on things. It’s gonna take a political movement to change things, isn’t it?
PRES. CARTER: 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.
Carter is absolutely right. America is no longer a representative democracy, but an oligarchy.
An oligarchy, as defined by Merriam-Webster is “a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes.”
Sadly, the GOP is such a group. As Occupied Democrats states:
“Our proud republic has fallen into the grasping clutches of David and Charles Koch, Sheldon Adelson, Norman Braman, Harold Simmons, Bob Perry, Joe Ricketts, Peter Thiel, Jerrold Perrenchio, Robert Mercer, Paul Singer, and all the other billionaires throwing their money around, buying themselves candidates and Congressmen.”