by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
That’s the question Americans should be asking. Not how much Hillary pays for haircuts. If they’re not asking it, then they should be listening to someone who used to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue when he explains it to them.
Former President Jimmy Carter recently told radio host Thom Hartmann that the U.S. is now “just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president.”
The remark came in response to Hartmann’s question about campaign financing and Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that gave the stamp of approval to unlimited money in politics.
Carter continued, “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.”
Nothing new in what Carter said. It’s been said many times before, but it bears repeating over and over until it sinks into the heads of the voters in this country.
Not only is Congress solidly in the back pockets of the rich and powerful, but half of those guys and gals are themselves millionaires, according to a 2014 report from the Center for Responsive Politics. Before you assume that it’s the Republicans who account for most of this wealth, be assured that members of both parties have about an equal share of the congressional loot.
The best Congress that money can buy. That’s about what it comes down to.
How can I expect a body that is occupied by so many millionaires to be looking out for my needs, such as for affordable housing and healthcare, living wage jobs and reasonable food prices? How can I expect that politicians who are elected by a system that allows unlimited contributions from big corporations will do anything for the little people, such as the employees who works for a major corporation who have to collect food stamps in order to make ends meet?
Has the 2014 report caused a major upheaval in the electorate? Nope. Will Carter’s remarks? Nope. Those Americans who even read the comments will most likely shrug and continue burying their faces in their iPhones and iPads or turn on their reality TV programs with the demented chefs and the obnoxious brides. I wonder how many will even know what “oligarchy” means, or bother to google it?
Not much about politics registers with the great masses in this country unless it’s some legislator sending shots of his dick to someone via his cellphone. Or Hillary walking into an exclusive beauty parlor to make herself pretty for the campaign trail and the line of contributors she has to please.
America the beautiful ain’t very pretty.