Jimmy Carter: U.S. Is an ‘Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery’

The 39th president said the ‘Citizens United’ ruling ‘violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system’

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Former President Jimmy Carter had some harsh words to say about the current state of America’s electoral process, calling the country “an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery” resulting in “nominations for president or to elect the president.” When asked this week by The Thom Hartmann Program (via The Intercept) about the Supreme Court’s April 2014 decision to eliminate limits on campaign donations, Carter said the ruling “violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system.”

The 39th president also voiced concerns that the limitless flow of campaign cash severely favors those already in office. “The same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and congress members,” Carter said. “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.”

Carter’s comments come as the 2016 presidential race tops 20 candidates, most of them Republicans. “The incumbents, Democrats and Republicans, look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves,” Carter said. “Somebody’s who’s already in Congress has a lot more to sell to an avid contributor than somebody who’s just a challenger.”

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  1. President Carter’s presidency and the nation were attacked by both the central bank, with it’s double-digit interest rates, and the oil companies, with their tankers anchored off shore, creating shortages and gas lines, both treasonous. This supported the election of Reagan and his criminal administration. America has never recovered. Carter is a great man. His book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” rightfully called out the racist Zionists, for which the mass media has erased him.( Ever notice when there’s a gathering of former presidents that Carter is always pictured away from the rest?) His stature only grows with the passing of time.

  2. Carter’s term as POTUS is a great example of how powerful the Federal Reserve Inc. a private corporation is. Citizens United is as Jimmy Carter says, a blight on America’s common citizen. In 1980 anyone with a working brain could discern that Carter was a decent man, and a good president, and that he was targeted for defeat by powerful forces. Prime rate 21%, Iran Contra are onlh 2 foils he had to face.

  3. One of the comments made by Pres. Carter was that Americans were living beyond their means.
    Those prophetic remarks have come true:
    Total consumer debt has passed the $4 trillion dollar mark.
    Adding mortgages to all other consumer debt, the total reaches $13.5 trillion.
    There are 480 million credit cards in circulation in the U.S.
    Americans are carrying $870 billion worth of balances on their credit cards and the 56% of Americans have been carrying that for a year.
    The number of seriously delinquent credit cards accounts have shot up to 37 million.
    There are now more than 7 million car loan delinquencies past 90 days.
    This is how Americans are living today. Beyond their means.

  4. Jimmy was the best since JFK. He was also Navy. He put a thorn in the Zionists side when he tried to negociate a peaceful solution for the Palistinians. The Feds punished him with high inflation and high interest rates. Of note, his last brain cancer was successfully treated in Israel. A stand up guy.