As wealth inequality grows in the United States, so does the political influence of the richest 1%. Super wealthy families are increasingly influencing American politics, and threatening the very foundation of our democracy while doing so.
In an interview with Thom Hartmann, former President Jimmy Carter called out both Republicans and Democrats while expressing his disdain for the current state of American politics.
Below is a transcript from their interview:
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.
He makes an excellent point. Popular resistance to the growing political influence of the richest 1% is now critical, as America simply cannot afford another Donald Trump.