Former president Jimmy Carter said during a radio interview (video below) on Tuesday that the United States is now an “oligarchy.”
Carter made the statement after host Thom Hartmann questioned him on the issue of unlimited money in political campaigns.
“Our Supreme Court has now said, 'unlimited money in politics.' It seems like a violation of principles of democracy … your thoughts on that?” Hartmann asked.
“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,” Carter replied.
“And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and congressmembers. 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 politicians like Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have made headlines for their stances against big money in Washington, D.C. Sanders is a current candidate for president in 2016, and has garnered significant support since launching his campaign.
“The incumbents, Democrats and Republicans, look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves,” Carter added in the interview. “Somebody’s who’s already in Congress has a lot more to sell to an avid contributor than somebody’s who’s just a challenger.”
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