emocrats have a decision to make: do they think money in politics is a corrupting force that influences the decisions made by elected officials, or not? After years railing against the Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates to outside spending in elections, some of them appear to have done a complete reversal.
"And by taking this position that only quid pro quo equals corruption, Clinton supporters are essentially adopting the reasoning of the Roberts court that they claim to abhor – that unless there is direct evidence of overtly trading money for votes, corruption doesn’t exist."
Sliding down that lowdown slippery slope, a similar argument was made that insisted that torture is ONLY torture when it leads to evident organ damage or death.
That's how power exempts itself from all genuine accountability.
It's amazing how rules are bent to suit trespassers with such liberal interpretations; yet when it's a citizen--and typically a Black citizen--who merely toes the line, they're frequently held in contempt and vigorously penalized by the LETTER of the law (and seldom its intended spirit).
"(...) It's amazing how rules are bent... (...)
... and so frequently re-written in strategies (think ALEC, emergency managers and militarization of local police forces) that seem to use a wild dog pack or dead end sort of methodology so that entirely unrelated laws are de facto impacted.
It never stops amazing me how the sociopaths can rationalize their crimes as being okay.
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Barney Frank is the Frank of Dodd-Frank that was written by the too-big-to-fail banks and has resulted in those 5 banks controlling nearly half of all US bank assets today (compared to 25% when they caused the 2008 crash) while making survival ever more difficult for community banks.
Retired Congressman Frank has been rewarded with a lucrative financial sector job and is a kindred spirit with the Clinton legacy, as he continues to expand his legacy of sleeze.
If I was Sanders I would wear any criticism from Barney Frank as a badge of honor.
This is obviously a big issue. The best discussion on this issue that I have come upon was an interview of NYC Mayor DeBlasio on the Chris Hayes Show on MSNBC. DeBlasio claimed that he has been able to accept corporate money and still pursue a progressive agenda. He said he is able to do this because he is high-minded. He said accepting corporate money was necessary to get his message out and he said that to eliminate corporate money we need a different system such as free air time for political ads. As an aside, he also said that a major issue in big cities is the need for more affordable housing and that neither Clinton nor Sanders had specificaily addressed this issue during the campaign.
There's not much that lump sums of cash won't or can't buy today.
How about the Supreme court being mum on torture, and "luminous" legal minds like Andrew Woo branding torture as something far more benign?
Sociopaths can rationalize their crimes because a society based on top-down pyramids of domination rewards those who have no onus about clawing their way to the top.
Look at Erik Prince? This is a man who self-identifies as a Christian when his life work is devoted to killing people he doesn't understand and ideologically feels superior to.
Look at the way things like hostile takeovers have been given a legal pass? Essentially this means some gangster-style capitalist walks in, gets a bank loan to put up collateral, and buys a company out from its genuine owners. This master of exploitation next sells off the assets, skims profit off the top, fires employees, and leaves an empty carcass behind. And it's rewarded. And legal!!!!
When the sociopaths GOVERN (think, the Koch Brothers--2 disgusting men who, instead of using their embarrassment of riches to make the world a better place--use their money to fund think tanks and politicians who will STEAL what little income and security that poor and working persons have!), they will institute programs that comport with sociopathy.
Too much of our society has been transformed into a Criminal Cartel.
Sanders is doing quite well without corporate money. Clinton, without it, would be broke.
Well said and exactly correct Siouxrose1!!!
Yeah, and this needs to be admitted as well.
Why does the USA pay compound interest to privatists of Private Sector Privatism when the USA has unlimited public collateral, USA National public wealth and USA National labor, Latent Supply and Demand, to fund a USA Public Money Supply that is not indentured to privatists of the Private Sector of Privatism to pay compound interest for money to fund the USA Government?
Privatists of Private Sector Privatism initiated and institutionalized a Criminal Scheme to obtain compound interest on the USA National Debt that goes all the way back in time to June 5, 1890 and before, and was addressed by John Sherman on the Floor of the U.S. Senate, an institutionalized Criminal Scheme of Privatism's Private Sector to obtain compound interest on the USA National Debt by creating USA National Debt when USA National Debt was unnecessary, USA National Debt was, is and continues to be unnecessary, due to the fact that the USA had, has and continues to have unlimited Public Collateral, USA National Public Wealth and USA National Labor, Latent Supply and Demand, to fund a USA Public Money Supply that is not indentured to privatists of the Private Sector of Privatism to pay compound interest for money to fund the USA Government; the USA Government did not, has not and does not require Private Sector Debt because the USA Government has unlimited Public collateral.
The making and enforcing of institutionalized criminal legislated law and order has empowered a Privatist Scheme of USA National Debt that by way of compound interest on unnecessary USA National Debt has indentured the Public Sector of the USA to the Private Sector of the USA unnecessarily by way of compound interest payments by the Public Sector to the Private Sector on an unnecessary National Debt.
Again, the USA always has had unlimited public collateral to fund USA public currency. The USA Private Sector, Privatists of Privatism have engineered USA Law and Order to require the USA Government to "Borrow Money" from the USA Private Sector and pay compound interest to the Private Sector, principal and interest, that has now mushroomed into a Nineteen Trillion Dollar National Debt. During the time that privatists of the Private Sector engineered and effected the Nineteen Trillion Dollar USA National Debt, the USA had unlimited USA public collateral to fund a USA Public Money Supply, a USA Public Money Supply not indentured to privatists of the Private Sector of Privatism to pay compound interest for money to fund the USA Government.
Is the USA population as a whole expected to be responsible for the making and enforcing of unnecessary institutionalized Criminal legislated law and order by privatists of the Private Sector of Privatism in the USA that by compound interest on a USA Nineteen Trillion Dollar National Debt obligates the entire population to pay for debt they did not need. The USA population as a whole have had, and continue to have unlimited public collateral, USA National Public Wealth and USA National Labor, Latent Supply and Demand, to fund a USA Public Money Supply that is NOT indentured to privatists of the Private Sector of Privatism to pay compound interest for money to fund the USA Government and therefore did not, do not, and will not require DEBT.
It is time for a change.
It is time for an end to Privatism and Privatist Parasites that worm their way into govrnment and infest the institutionalized making and enforcing of legislated law and order for self serving benefit of privatism.
It is time for the American People to "WAKE UP!!!"
The American People have been charged Nineteen Trillion Dollars Principle and Interest by Privatists on loans that the American People did not need and loans for which the American People had the collateral to fund the American People's own Public Money Supply, so that the necessity of borrowing money from the Private Sector was an unnecessary obscenity.
It is time for the American People to WAKE UP and realize the American People's best interest is not the greedy self interest of the Private Sector that indentured the American People unnecessarily to an obscenity of Nineteen Trillion Dollars of unnecessary Principle and Compound Interest as USA National Debt.