Carter: US Political System Oligarchy with ‘Unlimited Bribery’

Last week on the “The Thom Hartmann Program,” former President Jimmy Carter decried America’s political system as an “oligarchy with unlimited political bribery.”

Carter said, “It violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system. Now it is just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nomination for president or elected president. And the same thing applies to U.S. senators and congress members. Now we’ve seen a complete subverstion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect and sometimes get favors for themselves after the election is over.”

He added, “It is going to take a horrible disgraceful series of acts that turns the public against it, and maybe even the Congress and Supreme Court, that would be the main thing. But at the present time, the incumbents, Democrats and Republicans look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.  Because somebody who already is in Congress has a lot more to sell to an avid contributor than someone who is just a challenger. It benefits both parties.”

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