“The U.S. Is Completely Subverted By Oligarchs ” Former president Jimmy Carter
Former United States President calls the political system a complete subversion
Jimmy Carter tells a nationally syndicated radio show that the U.S. has turned into an Oligarchy which uses money to bribe politicians.
According to former President, Jimmy Carter (1977 to 1981), the American Essence or value has been compromised through “unlimited political bribery” using “unlimited money” by “oligarchs” to elect their chosen politicians to office. The system subverts the American definition of Democracy and allows the few to rule over the many without officially being labelled as sovereigns- and thus neglecting any social obligations they might have towards the unwashed. As long as they can get away with it they will, but in the meantime their subversion will reach into other spheres of influence like the Supreme Court decision to bestow the same rights to the Dollar as to a Citizen (Citizens United).
While the media is controlled by them, even an ‘Obvious’ could be turned into a ‘Maybe’ and later a ‘But wait..’ and ultimately, into an ‘Oopps What Now?'(some STUPID new event to distract….). In over 50 years American Presidents have been game for a killing if necessary, so to ignore Jimmy Carter would be a breeze. Carter told Thom Hartmann on his Tuesday’s radio program that what you have in America now is: “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.
Hundreds Arrested At ‘Democracy Spring’ Sit-In At The US Capitol
Record for most people arrested at one protest.
Hundreds of “Democracy Spring” protesters have been arrested on the steps of the US Capitol.
Thousands of activist arrived in Washington DC, after a ten day, 140-mile (225km) march from Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell, in protest against corruption in politics.
Starting April 11th, thousands of Americans will sit-in on the US Capitol in Washington, DC in what will be the largest act of civil disobedience this century.
According to Russia Today the protest appears to have broken the record for the number of people arrested at the US Capitol.
Police announced they “ran out of space” for arrested activists, Ruptly’s Paulina Leonovich reported.
At least 10 buses have been used to transport arrestees from the sit-in at the Capitol.
“People are fed up with the system, they are fed up with the corruption, and we want free and fair elections,” Cenk Uygur, host of the TV show Young Turks and one of the participants in the protest, told RT. “This is our core American right.”
“The fight begins today. It doesn’t mean we win today. But in the end, we always win,” Uygur said. “Progressives have never lost. We won in civil rights, we won in women’s rights, we won in gay rights, and we’re going to win in getting our democracy back.”
With the goal “to claim the democracy we were promised”, various advocacy groups headed up by Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen and 99Rise.org, plan to hold a “mass sit-in” over the next eight days in the hope of persuading Congress to tackle “corruption of big money in politics and ensure free and fair elections”, according to campaign director Kai Newkirk.
In addition to putting their bodies on the line, activists will use technology to hold “call-in days”, submit online petitions, and organize “Twitter storms” to raise awareness of their campaign, which they have described as “one of the largest civil disobedience actions in a generation.”
After arriving in DC on Sunday, organizers held civil disobedience training for activists ahead of Monday’s advance on the Capitol, with attendance higher than expected.
Some attendees are understood to have been turned away due to the large number of people and asked to return for Monday’s training classes instead, which have also attracted large crowds.
While the first day of the sit-in includes everyone, organizers have drawn up a schedule of events with each day focusing on a different theme and demographic, including elders, young folks, students, and activists from racial justice and labor solidarity movements.
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Thousands of people concerned about big money in politics, congressional dysfunction, and voter disenfranchisement are converging on Washington, DC for a week-long program of civil disobedience, teach-ins, rallies, and marches.
The Public Citizen and 99Rise.org organizations are unifying a coalition of groups, including Greenpeace, the AFL-CIO, NAACP, National Nurses Union, and civil rights movements. The groups streamed into the nation’s capital on Monday.
At least 400 people were arrested during Monday’s sit-in at the US Capitol building. The protesters were willing to be arrested to highlight their demands for fair elections and the removal of the influence of corporate money on politics.
Democracy Spring: Mass civil disobedience, Sit-ins, marches, and rallies are heading to DC.
Thousands of people concerned about big money in politics, congressional dysfunction, and voter disenfranchisement are expected to converge on Washington, DC for a week-long program of civil disobedience, teach-ins, rallies, and marches.
The Public Citizen and 99Rise.org organizations are unifying a coalition of groups, including Greenpeace, the AFL-CIO, NAACP, National Nurses Union, and civil rights movements, that will stream into the nation’s capital starting on Monday.
160 marchers ages 13 to 80, all different persuasions, status, backgrounds etc,all 1 purpose. Government that $ can't buy. #democracyspring
People associated with 99Rise.org kicked of the “Democracy Spring” campaign on April 2 by marching the 140 miles from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, “where the dream of American democracy took flight,” to Washington, DC, where they will begin a week-long sit-in at the Capitol building.
“We hope we will be able to rally to celebrate that Congress has come to its senses and passed at least one of the perfectly-viable reform bills now pending before it,” 99Rise organizers wrote on the Democracy Spring website.
“In Washington DC, Democracy Spring expects “thousands of Americans” to engage in a “sit-in on the Capitol building in Washington DC in what will be the largest civil disobedience action of the century.”–breitbart.com
According to the reports at RT USA, people will rally at Columbus Circle in front of Union Station and then march to the Capitol, hoping to arrive at 12 noon on Monday. Over 3,000 people have pledged to risk arrests during the week, including activists Mark Ruffalo, Gaby Hoffman, Lawrence Lessig, Cenk Uygur, Zephyr Teachout, Umi Selah, Frances Moore Lappe, Ben Cohen, Medea Benjamin, and The Yes Men.
During the sit-in, organizers said they will coordinate call-in days, online petitions, Twitter storms, and local solidarity actions. The first day be for everyone, followed by themed days for the rest of the week oriented towards senior citizens, youth, and students, as well as racial justice and labor solidarity movements. The event will culminate with Climate Justice Day on April 16.
“There are four different bills that are on the table now that would change the way elections are funded and overturn Citizens United, and that would protect the right to vote,” Kai Newkirk, a spokesman for 99Rise, told RT’s Thom Hartmann, while describing the reforms they would like to see Congress act upon.
Democracy Spring then becomes Democracy Awakening from April 16 to 18, which will entail a weekend-long series of teach-ins, a rally, a march, and acts of civil disobedience organized by Public Citizen, with more than 260 organizations involved.
Workshops will involve discussions about attacks on unions, voting rights, campaign finance laws, and criminal justice reform. A march and rally at the US Capitol building is scheduled for April 17, and a day of direct action is planned for April 18.
“What’s exciting about this is who is joining in. We have got everybody from Greenpeace to ALF-CIO and also crucially the NAACP, civil rights movement and we are really wedding together money and politics efforts and voting rights efforts which I think is not the end of something but the beginning a great new stage in the democracy fight,” Rob Weissman of Public Citizen to RT’s Thom Hartmann in describing his hopes for Democracy Awakening.
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As children, we’re taught that “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” This is the widely-accepted fundamental prerequisite for the basis of government in a true democracy. Yet if we examine this assumed premise in practice, it quickly proves that there is no actual “consent of the governed”, and therefore no consensual basis for the legitimacy of government. It is, in fact, tyranny.
Ask yourself: Were you ever fully informed of all “the laws” and their definitions? Were you formally asked if you understood and consented to all of them? Were you given a fair and voluntary offer by those presuming to rule you?
Nope. It was all imposed upon us through brainwashing, violence, and threats, right? This is no more consensual than a child “consenting” to living with an abusive parent simply because they have been brainwashed and have no means of establishing independence.
But don’t just take my word for it. The famous Judge Andrew P. Napolitano lays it out clearly in the following speech:
“Today we know that our government has such profound disregard for our natural rights that it tramples them to extremes beyond which even George Orwell could have imagined in “1984”… If Thomas Jefferson was right and St. Thomas Aquinas was right, that these rights come from our humanity and not from the government, things like thought and speech and privacy and travel, how can the government trample them?
Well, the theory of government is that we have surrendered some of our rights to the government so that the government will protect the rights we have not surrendered. That’s the idea of ‘the government derives it powers from the consent of the governed’. Does anyone in this room know anyone now living who consented to the government? The answer is ‘NO’. It’s inconceivable that anybody still living was around when the Constitution was enacted and consented to it. So right off the bat, the idea that “the government derives its power from the consent of the governed’ is, like government itself, a fiction. The FICTION is that we have consented to the surrender of our rights. The REALITY is that our rights have been STOLEN from us because the government monopolizes force.”
Now that we understand that this fundamental premise of government is a fiction, let’s go even deeper in deconstructing the premise of democracy. Stay with me here…
So maybe it’s time we stopped participating in the lies based on wishful thinking, and focused on new ways of living instead of trying to fix a broken system. Maybe it’s better to stop giving our power away to the empty rhetoric of puppet politicians and the monstrosity of government. Maybe the best way to fundamentally change society for the better is to understand its false foundations so we can build a better local foundation as individuals.