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'Political Corruption in Real Time': Viral Video Shows North Carolina GOP Sabotaging Democracy in Effort to Secure Corporate Tax Cuts

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/01/political-corruption-real-time-viral-video-shows-north-carolina-gop-sabotaging

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Been to 45 out of 50 states
And there are some places I couldn’t live

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There is a good reason why repubs did not control both houses of the NC General Assembly for over 100 years prior to about 2010. The BS they pull is unreal and it never seems to stop.

They have never believed in democracy, let alone people voting at all. They are for authoritarian rule.

Let’s vote the creeps out in 2020.

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I have relatives and friends in N Carolina. One of the most corrupt states. Mr Pope that owns the 99 cent stores, runs the state along with Duke energy. Duke energy has dumped coal ash and pollutants into rivers and streams for years. Anyone trying to investigate them is threatened and jailed. Pope that owns all the stores gives millions to Republicans and owns the legislature. He is appointed again and again to jobs in the Republican Governors admin. Last two governors that were republicans were previously CEO for Duke energy. There are massive pollution issues there both from Coal ash spills and thousands of massive chicken, turkey and hog farms. Poverty levels are extremely high.
They also give companies huge tax breaks there. Most if not all corporations there pay no taxes to state.

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With all that is going on - not just in the USA, but throughout the world - including the most populous states - Modi’s India, Bolsonaro’s Brazil and Putin’s Russia and Xi’s China, it is becoming obvious to me that we are moving into an new era where the very idea of personal integrity and ethical conduct are being “rendered quaint”. in an era where a right wing fascist zeitgeist haunts the globe, political leaders and their followers are discarding even the pretense of integrity and ethics - as that thick-drawling Carolina politician is demonstrating.

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The continuing imposition of both overt fascism and of what might be called - plutocratic fascism proceeds step by step through legalized corruption and amoral politics. I agree with you and see the danger worldwide as inordinate wealth assumes the power once held by democracy. It as if the extreme accumulation of unchecked wealth that has been permitted in recent decades has crossed the line - has ‘crossed the Rubicon’ and is truly making a play for taking power rather than for preserving democracy. With the almost certain disruptions and troubles that lie ahead because of catastrophic climate change, it also seems likely that extreme wealth will seize the opportunity to exert more draconian pressures (through legal avenues while that remains necessary at least) that will continue to dismantle democracy in favor of ‘order and stability’.

Fascism by legal means is still fascism.

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Yeah. Fascism can be thought of as just a phase where the capitalists feel the time is right for a final push for total power - or they perceive a threat to that power, so that they take their masks and gloves off.

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The westernmost and easternmost parts of NC were once nice…

All true but you must admit that at the moment that even though people work two and three jobs and can’t pay their bills, that even though our democracy and our rights are under assault, that even though the biosphere of our planet is in diremost danger… we here in America still as yet enjoy the (illusory) caress of the velvet glove though the squeeze of the iron fist ever remains a threat. Like we see in NC, it is getting worse (and has gotten much worse everywhere under Trump) except at the top.

Democracy to the powerful is an inconvenience.

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Political Corruption in Real Time.

Is there any other kind?

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Been there a couple times myself, and found it a less than desirable place to hang my hat.

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Just a point often obscured by historical biases but it isn’t only capitalists who were fascist. While the labels are different, in fact the authoritarianism remains the same whether it was Stalin or Mao or Pinochet or Hitler or Louis IV or Ghengis Khan or Caesar or Pharoah. Peasants (the poor and lower classes) on the bottom and the iron fisted powerful on top. Differing labels are for historians but the authoritarian iron fist always functions much the same way throughout the ages and locales. History doesn’t repeat itself but people’s behavior does.

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Moscow Mitch does this every day in the US Senate.

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This state voted to give the Republicans a majority and therefore they get the government they deserve. That is what democracy is all about! If teachers and others don’t get a pay raise, maybe they will unify, to vote the Republicans out of power next election. As for the gerrymandering, don’t forget that the Republicans had to be voted into power in order to gerrymander in the first place.

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The democrats have no integrity either. Look at what they did to Bernie in 2016. Both parties are owned by the same big money special interests. That is why average living standards have been falling since Reagan. That is why we’ve been in almost constant regime change wars to make our rich people richer. That is why we’re the only industrialized country that doesn’t give all its people health care. Be active and don’t vote for establishment candidates. Good resourses are Move to Amend, Represent.US, Popular Resistance. Good comedy and information is on the Jimmy Dore show. Go Yellow Vests!

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It never ceases to amaze me just how large a swath of the USA resembles a third world country. It’s stunning how Nashville and Knoxville in Tennessee look like modern cities, but drive five minutes outside those cities and it’s like you went back in time. Florida is the same way, perhaps worse. Uber modern metro areas like Miami-Ft Lauderdale or Tampa St Pete stand in stark contrast to the rest of the state, that looks more like Haiti. The small towns of America’s Midwest look and feel like something out of a Steinbeck depression era novel.
My own home area of western PA provides more than ample example of the two America’s. While Pittsburgh and it’s white middle to upper middle class suburbs look prosperous and steady, and it’s shiny buildings downtown bely a certain sense of prosperity, the counties surrounding Allegheny are often referred to as Pennsyltucky in these parts. Failed old coal and steel towns filled with dilapidated buildings and dilapidated people that never left 1960. And they don’t want to. And therein lies the problem. Like the people of most third world nations, the poor and downtrodden of America (our fastest growing demographic) have settled in to their poverty, accepting it as their lot in life. They genuine believe that they will always be poor, and even worse, they believe they were meant to be poor.
How can you fix that?

That September vote didn’t just occur in September, it was on 9/11. While the Dems were honoring the dead, the pugs were subverting democracy. Disgusting, but not surprising.

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This isn’t corruption, it’s just the ruthless wielding of power that has become the hallmark of r-party politics. And in some ways, it underscores the relatively soft approach to politics that the d-party uses – in the public’s perception, one party plays hardball while the other plays defense. One party dictates the agenda, the other struggles to keep up. One party plays to a relatively united constituency with consistent positions, the other party compromises with itself in its haste to marginalize its left flank.

That’s not corruption, it’s playing to your base so that they stick with you.

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The Republican drive to gut public education is starting to bear the fruit they have been looking for for the past 50 years. Now, a plurality of young people no longer believe that democracy is the best form of government, and a majority have never heard of the Nazi Holocaust! Clearly, the oligarchs have laid the groundwork for their eventual imposition of Fascism in America, which the great Sinclair Lewis said would come to America wearing the flag and carrying a cross. Succeed in removing Trump for Pence and we are there!

Take heart, man. Teachers’ strikes in red and blue districts have been supported by majorities locally and won pretty much across the board. That’s the energy that a leftie candidates like Bernie is tapping into, and the other Dems to a lesser extent as well.

And buh-bye, Beto. Good riddance to another moderate.