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Carter slams U.S. Supreme Court for its endorsement of corruption

Carter slams U.S. Supreme Court for its endorsement of corruption

 

By Alan Hart

 

I have often said and written that in some important respects America is the least democratic country in the world because what passes for democracy there is for sale to the highest bidders (the Zionist lobby being one of them). It’s now apparent that former President Jimmy Carter agrees.

In his latest Conversation at the Carter Center, he said:

You know how much I raised to run against Gerald Ford? Zero. You know how much I raised to run against Ronald Reagan? Zero. You know how much will be raised this year by all presidential, Senate and House campaigns? $6 billion. That’s 6,000 millions.” (It was “zero” from private donors, corporates and individuals, because Carter accepted public funding).

That was part of his devastating indictment of the U.S. electoral process which, he said, “is shot through with financial corruption that threatens American democracy.” He added: We have one of the worst election processes in the world right here in the United States of America, and it’s almost entirely because of the excessive influx of money.”

And that’s because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling that gave unlimited freedom to special interest groups, which represent the wishes and demands of corporations and lobbyists of all kinds, to provide unlimited campaign funding to third-parties that don’t have to disclose their donors. (The Supreme Court justified its decision on the grounds that the First Amendment of the American Constitution prohibited government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions).

Carter expressed his hope that “the Supreme Court will reverse that stupid ruling,”

President Obama is on the record in a chat with the internet community Reddit as saying that if the Supreme Court does not re-visit the issue, he will seek to challenge its ruling by pushing for a constitutional amendment. (Right now Obama’s concern is obviously aggravated by the fact that a handful of conservative billionaires – some if not all of them rabid supporters of the Zionist state of Israel right or wrong – are pumping in hundreds of millions of dollars to saturate media markets in vital swing states. They seem to share one of the ideas that drove Adolf Hitler’s propaganda maestros – no matter how big the lie, the more you tell it, the more likely it is to be believed. Zionism knows that to be true).

There is also support for Carter and Obama’s contempt for the Supreme Court ruling from Judge Richard Posner. He is a highly respected member of the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, widely regarded as his nation’s most prolific jurist-academic and seen by some as the most influential judge outside of the nine members of the Supreme Court.

What has he said? This:

Our political system is pervasively corrupt due to our Supreme Court taking away campaign-contribution restrictions on the basis of the First Amendment.”

In a recent National Public Radio interview Judge Posner also expressed a degree of contempt for what he described as the “real deterioration in conservative thinking” in recent years. He added: “I’ve become less conservative since the Republican Party started becoming goofy.” (From my side of the water it seems that if Romney’s funders fail in their efforts to buy the White House for him, the Republican Party will have no future unless its moderate, old-fashioned conservatives break away from the “goofy” extremists who have taken over the party machine).

It might well be that a second-term Obama will seek to mobilize support for a constitutional amendment to enable the Supreme Court’s ruling to be reversed, but his chances of success on that front would be poor to say the least because a constitutional amendment requires ratification by three-quarters of the country’s 50 states.

As I write I am reminded (as I noted in my book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews) that President Kennedy tried and failed several times to introduce legislation to end the corruption of election campaign funding; and I can almost hear some of my readers saying, “Yes, and look what happened to him!”

 

 

 

 

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12 Comments for “Carter slams U.S. Supreme Court for its endorsement of corruption”

  1. Chief Justice Roberts went out of his way in arranging to hear the case of Citizens United, even though it wasn’t slated for the court’s docket. A year later, Ron Paul had the cohones to publish an article on his website about the secret slush fund of millions of dollars waiting in the Vatican Bank for Roberts (and several other prominent officials, including Obama).

    http://www.dailypaul.com/154751/slush-fund-of-top-politicians-found-at-vatican-bank-obama-clinton-roberts-legatus-split

    What amazes me is that Roberts was worried about his “legacy” after the Obamacare decision. Stunning. Absolutely stunning.

  2. Better results searching “Farewell to Israel”.

  3. Pallmall, I have no bone to pick with you. The populist sentiment of government of the people, etc., sounds great, as did most of what the great enforcer of central government, Mr. Lincoln, said. As Mencken pointed out, the Gettysburg Address is mere poetry and does not bear on the motives of those who spilled blood to concentrate power in Washington Dc. You are totally correct. Stupid is the word. That is why mankind turns to its rulers.

    Jefferson’s vision that an increasingly educated electorate would place more educated socially responsible betters into public office strikes one today as wishful thinking. That is why the brilliant redhead referred to our new republic as an experiment. It is noteworthy that he envisioned a continent with populated communities from coast to coast yet proposed that our citizens remain tied to the land as yeoman farmers, with demands for industrial products satisfied from abroad. We can only marvel today at such a utopian dream, but understand how prescient Jefferson was. We are the stuff that dreams of made
    of. Dreams enable us to evaluate the real stuff in our little lives, matching it against dreams of a better world.

    When and if the time comes that mankind’s masses are able to take responsibility for their own governance and elevate the concept of social justice to its primary position, they may turn to the imperfect but exceptional blueprint given us by Mr. Jefferson and his friends. Until then, the best we can hope for is
    some degrees of benevolence from dictators and their bankers.

  4. I think many people are losing their isms these days. This judge says he’s become less conservative since his party has become goofy. The same is happening on the democrat side. How many in it now fight for peace and the basic rights of our citizens? I think more and more people are gravitating towards the center, and along the way will realize that all of us are in the same boat and will hopefully unite with one another against a system that is strangling us.
    The democratic party is just as goofy, and speaking out of both sides of its collective mouth. Yes, let’s let the peace prize winner and signer of NDAA a chance to amend the constitution. Why does that idea give me the heebie-jeebies?

  5. Nice article, but Judge Posner is being disingenuous when he says there’s been a real deterioration in conservative thinking in recent years. Chroniclesmagazine, for example, is currently posting an ongoing series by Thomas Fleming about what constitutes the “paleoconservative” stance, or traditional sense of conservatism, as opposed to neoconservatism and the balance of despicable, fascist statism that makes up the Republican platform, which is anything but “goofy.” Judge Posner also says he’s becoming less conservative, and if he means he’s leaning more toward the Democratic Party, why doesn’t he come right out and admit he’s a socialist?

    It’s getting tiring hearing about what Obama, who’s merely a figurehead in any case, is promising to do in his second term, since he’s broken every promise he made before the first, giving far more power to Wall St, banksters, and their Fedl Res to rape American workers and expropriate their savings through inflation; increasing these interminable wars for Israel and bankrupting the country in the process; and, implementing the structures of a police state at a pace that’d make Dubya’s Zio handlers envious.

    As for campaign financing, any money from outside a state or congressional district should be barred for the obvious interference in the election process it represents. Only registered voters should be allowed to contribute, and any such contributions should be limited according to a small portion of the state or district’s average income to prevent undue influence by the rich. No non-voter institutions or organizations should be allowed to make campaign contributions under any circumstances.

  6. Let’s not be naive. It was always thus. Google “United Fruit Company”, or “Transcontinental Railroads”. Learn who Ida Tarbell was. Our nation’s history evidences the fact that laissez faire capitalism leads to corporate monopoly and eventually to oligarchy. The idealist is quick to point out that it is government that interferes with true social benefits of Smith’s “invisible hand”. So be it in the world of real human beings.

    Oligarchy naturally means astronomical wealth for only a few and poverty for the many. That condition rather quickly results in the rule of law vanishing and resulting social disorder. We see this happening today. Efficiency of corporations must be measured against their overall value to human civilization.

    Those who created today’s financial and environmental world became wealthy by catering to whims and passions of the masses. Discounting utilitarian and other ethical arguments, thinking persons who are concerned about the future of our species must ponder systemic changes and alternatives to past economic and political policies. To fall back on tired old cliches about various “isms” is not constructive.

    To cry, Chicken Little style, that the sky has begun to fall is naive. It has been falling at least since the formation of “The Dutch East India Company”. Money makes what we call civilization go around. Those whose business is money and finance bear a huge responsibility. Present worldwide crises should be driving that point home. Those who control financial determinants of human destiny must figure out appropriate new policies for the masses if they are to retain power and wealth for themselves and their own progeny.

    • Maybe so. But then you can retire the confection of ‘government of the people, by the people, and for the people’.

      “Those who created today’s financial and environmental world became wealthy by catering to whims and passions of the masses.” They became rich because the definition of an American company was enlarged in US law in the last 30 years to embrace wherever they wanted to operate globally, transnationally, out of US jurisdiction. They became rich because they got the regulations in place to protect those who have no access to law-jiggering changed to make their actions legal wherever they operated. They became rich because those same people on their lawn chairs with the tea bags sewn into their hats intoning the government-of-the-people line are uneducated about how their monetary system works, and are therefore easily bamboozled. The latter bought the Reagan line (they thought they heard) about small government and no regulations little realizing they were signing their own economic death sentence. September 2008 was proof of that. Reagan, like Clinton and Bush Jr, were state governors, and they sadly brought their state government accounting to the federal level, and over three decades managed to destroy the middle class. The federal government issues the currency, and no one in this damn country knows what it means,

      The hoi polloi have zero idea what a sovereign nonconvertible currency is, how it works, or what is does. (Japan, Australia, Great Britain, Canada, and the US have sovereign currencies.) The US currency went completely sovereign on August 15, 1971, and people like Romney, Ryan, and even Obama talk about it as if it were 1932.

      Our problem is ignorance. Failure to resolve ignorance is an act of stupidity. That’s actually where we are: stupid.

  7. Hello, I’m here to clean up some misinformation. Some of the VT writers have a habit of referring to Hitler and Goebbels by attributing quotes to these two individuals, containing things that they never said or advocated. The VT writers never actually verify the authenticity of those quotes. They simply parrot what everyone else says.

    “They seem to share one of the ideas that drove Adolf Hitler’s propaganda maestros – no matter how big the lie, the more you tell it, the more likely it is to be believed. Zionism knows that to be true”

    This statement is 100% false. Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, and the national socialists never made any similar such statement nor did they ever advocate for any such thing. Your line is completely incorrect. That line, is actually a combination of two completely different statements made by two completely different people, completely taken out of context, and then combined into one single false statement.

    Adolf Hitler – Mein Kampf – Chapter 10 – The causes of the collapse
    ~20 paragraphs in:
    “This is what best proves the statement that the lost war is the cause of the German collapse is totally false. No, the military collapse itself was the result of a disease whose germs had attacked the German nation even before the war broke out. This was the first universally visible catastrophic result of moral poisoning, of a loss of the self preservation instinct, and all that goes with it which had started undermining the people and the Empire many years before. It took all enormous lies of Jewry and its army of Marxists to put the blame for the collapse on the very man who was trying single-handed with super-human energy and will-power to prevent the catastrophe he had foreseen, and to spare the nation from it’s deepest degradation and shame. Ludendorff was branded guilty for the defeat and with this act, the weapon of moral righteousness was snatched from the hand of the only accuser who was dangerous enough to have risen up against the betrayers of the Fatherland and brought them to justice. Here they were acting within the principle that within a big lie, a certain fraction of it is always accepted and believed. At the bottom of their hearts, the great masses of a people are more likely to be misled by their emotions than to be consciously and deliberately bad. In the primitive simplicity of their minds, they will more easily fall victim to a big lie than a small lie, since they sometimes tell petty lies themselves, but would be ashamed to tell a lie that was too big. They would never consider telling a lie of such magnitude themselves, or knowing that it would take such impudence, they wouldn’t consider it possible for it to be told by others. Even after being enlightened and shown that the lie is a lie, they will continue to doubt and waver for a long time and will still believe there must be some truth behind it somewhere, and there must be some other explanation. For this reason, some part of the most bold and brazen lie is sure to stick. This is a fact that all the great liars and liars’ societies (meaning the Jewish press) in this world know only too well and use regularly.

    Those who have always known this truth about the possibilities of using lies and slander best have always been the Jews. Their whole existence is built upon one great lie: that they are a religious community when they are actually a race, and what a race! As such, one of the greatest minds of humanity (Arthur Schopenhauer) forever “nailed-down” an eternally-correct and fundamental truth when he called the Jews “The Great Masters of the Lie”. Anyone who refuses to see or declines to believe in this can never help truth become victorious in the world.”

    The “big lie” technique as commonly “attributed” to Hitler, is very purposefully taken out of context, and misquoted (IE: INTENTIONALLY ALTERED). Hitler was never advocating the big lie. He was simply saying that the big lie is a technique the Jews use. He explains why the big lie technique works, and gave an example of it (In the case where the Jewish press in Germany blamed the loss of the war on Ludendorff, claiming he back-stabbed the German people, when in reality he was the one who fought for them harder than anyone).

    The second portion of your line actually comes from Vladimir Lenin.
    MANY books – http://tinyurl.com/7utv4xd
    “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

    Here are two other gems from the communist butcher Lenin.
    “The Present Stage of Soviet Global Expansion” p.29
    “We must utilise all possible cunning and illegal methods, deny and conceal the truth.”

    LIFE Magazine December 23, 1957
    http://tinyurl.com/6qhm9sm
    “Promises are like pie-crusts—made to be broken.”

    In regards to Joseph Goebbels…
    In the official “Handbook of the National Socialist Propagandist” on page 5, Goebbels wrote:
    “The Führer wrote these words as a judgment about war propaganda, and they are even more true today then they were then. The only difference today for us National Socialists is that we are not propagandizing lies and untruths as England did during the War, but rather we are preaching freedom and prosperity, socialism and patriotism to our confused people. Our struggle and our propaganda have one supreme principle: to take truth and only truth as the foundation of our propaganda.“

    This wasn’t a “book” read by the masses, but a handbook meant specifically for the propaganda ministers of the media. Note: Propaganda doesn’t actually mean “lies, deceptions, or biased information”. The meaning that the word propaganda had, before it’s meaning became warped, was simply “the dissemination of information”. The root word of propaganda is propagate. It’s merely the propagation of information. We attribute “propaganda” with a negative connotation today, but it didn’t necessarily have that negative connotation in the past.

    Joseph Goebbels speaking at Nuremberg (1934)
    http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/goeb59.htm
    “Good propaganda does not need to lie, indeed it may not lie. It has no reason to fear the truth. It is a mistake to believe that the people cannot take the truth. They can. It is only a matter of presenting the truth to people in a way that they will be able to understand. A propaganda that lies proves that it has a bad cause. It cannot be successful in the long run.”

    Here is some commentary on Goebbels in regards to propaganda.
    Heiber, Helmut. Goebbels. New York: Hawthorn, 1972. Print. p. 254.
    “Seen in the long view, Goebbels preached, the best propaganda is that which does no more than serve the truth.”

    Jacques Ellul, “The Characteristics of Propaganda” in Readings in Propaganda and Persuasion: New and Classic Essays by Garth S. Jowett and Victoria O’Donnell, eds., (SAGE, 2006) p. 48, note 47
    http://tinyurl.com/8xtco3m
    “There remains the problem of Goebbels’ reputation. He wore the title of Big Liar (bestowed by Anglo-Saxon propaganda) and yet he never stopped battling for propaganda to be as accurate as possible. He preferred being cynical and brutal to being caught in a lie. He used to say: “Everybody must know what the situation is.” He was always the first to announce disastrous events or difficult situations, without hiding anything. The result was a general belief between 1939 and 1942 that German communiqués not only were more concise, clearer and less cluttered, but were more truthful than Allied communiqués (American and neutral opinion) — and, furthermore, that the Germans published all the news two or three days before the Allies. All this is so true that pinning the title of Big Liar on Goebbels must be considered quite a propaganda success.“

    Goebbels didn’t stop fighting for the truth, even to his dieing days. He left this world with these parting words.
    – Joseph Goebbels in 1945, days before his death
    Heiber, Helmut. Goebbels. New York: Hawthorn, 1972. Print. p. 350.
    “There will come a day, when all the lies will collapse under their own weight, and truth will again triumph.”

    In all cases, the victor writes the history. And in most cases that means that the loser is slandered and lied about in what becomes “official history”. This is done in order to gain the “moral high ground” to “justify” a truly unjustifiable action or event.

    Just look at the “History” we are taught about the US “Civil War” for example. “We had to declare war on those evil racist bigoted white supremacist southerners who wanted to enslave all of the blacks and who like to beat blacks for fun”. That was no “war”, that was an outright invasion. Only 2 major battles happened in the north. And the things Abraham Lincoln wrote in his letters indicated that he never gave two sh*ts about the slaves. He just wanted to prevent the south from seceding the union.

    Unfortunately, more often than not, total and despicable lies become official history.

    • Your mentioning Jacques Ellul had me reaching for his gem of a book, Propaganda, the Formation of Men’s Minds, to look over his many comments on Goebbels. One thing that caught my eye (p. 280, Vintage ed.), relevant to the upcoming election, was his witty comment on the self-deluded “undecided” voter: “How can…one explain the famous ‘undecided’ in elections and on all political questions? The undecided do not make their decisions in consonance with pre-existing tendencies, but according to where they are being pushed by propaganda.” Also in the running for the world’s biggest suckers for propaganda, according to Ellul, are the highly educated, who ironically fancy their absorption in factoid news, or pure propaganda, as a mark of their immunity to propaganda and intellectual independence. In any case, I’m looking forward to having people ask me what I thought of tonight’s debate, as if the candidates’ talking past each other like concatenated TV commercials is a debate, and telling whoever asks that watching the old movie Dr. X playing on the tube tonight was as relevant to next year’s policies as watching that pure propaganda.

  8. Thank God ! A short essay that hits the nail on the head…..we are in a ‘Corporatocracy’ pure and simple.

  9. Mr. Hart,
    You have hit this one out of the park, sir. The endemic corruption in American politics today-the blatant, flagrant abusive condition of lawlessness and pillage, is all directly related to money-massive amounts of money, pouring into Washington from sources legit to completely illegal.
    Unfortunately, hoping for our gov’t to develop a backbone and stand up to corruption is like hoping for any renaissance of the human spirit-endless frustrating. Even when the people work to directly inject backbone into our officials, they fall into a puddle of jelly, surrounded by dollar bills.
    Will prez O. do something about it? How about this one, beginning with the prosecution of wall street criminals?

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