Former Senator Slams Washington As Corrupt "Sewer", Calls For Outraged Young Americans To Revolt

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

On a more personal level, how can public service be promoted as an ideal to young people when this sewer corrupts our Republic? At this point in early twenty-first-century America, the greatest service our nation’s young people could provide is to lead an army of outraged young Americans armed with brooms on a crusade to sweep out the rascals and rid our capital of the money changers, rent seekers, revolving door dancers, and special interest deal makers and power brokers and send them back home to make an honest living, that is, if they still remember how to do so.

 

Our ancestors did not depart Europe and elsewhere to seek freedom and self-government alone. They came to these shores to escape social and political systems that were corrosive and corrupt. Two and a quarter centuries later, we are returning to those European practices. We are in danger of becoming a different kind of nation, one our founders would not recognize and would deplore.

 

In addition to the rise of the national security state, and the concentration of wealth and power in America, no development in modern times sets us apart more from the nation originally bequeathed to us than the rise of the special interest state. There is a Gresham’s law related to the republican ideal. Bad politics drives out good politics. Legalized corruption drives men and women of stature, honor, and dignity out of the halls of government. Self-respecting individuals cannot long tolerate a system of election and reelection so dependent on cultivating the favor of those known to expect access in return. Such a system is corrosive to the soul.

 

– From the Gary Hart article, Gary Hart: America’s Founding Principles Are in Danger of Corruption

A former senator from Colorado, Gary Hart, has written an extremely powerful and accurate critique of the unfathomably corrupt and crony state of the U.S. government in 2015. It covers several very important angles, including how appalled and disgusted our founders would be at the current state of affairs. How a once great republic has devolved into a thieving oligarchy in which the pursuit of money at power at the expense of the public good has been elevated into something that’s not just tolerated, but actually celebrated and encouraged amongst an ethics deprived status quo.

Don’t take it from me though, here are several of my favorite excerpts:

By that standard, can anyone seriously doubt that our republic, our government, is corrupt? There have been Teapot Domes and financial scandals of one kind or another throughout our nation’s history. There has never been a time, however, when the government of the United States was so perversely and systematically dedicated to special interests, earmarks, side deals, log-rolling, vote-trading, and sweetheart deals of one kind or another.

 

What brought us to this? A sinister system combining staggering campaign costs, political contributions, political action committees, special interest payments for access, and, most of all, the rise of the lobbying class.

 

Worst of all, the army of lobbyists that started relatively small in the mid-twentieth century has now grown to big battalions of law firms and lobbying firms of the right, left, and an amalgam of both. And that gargantuan, if not reptilian, industry now takes on board former members of the House and the Senate and their personal and committee staffs. And they are all getting fabulously rich.

 

Frustrated, irate discussions of this legalized corruption are met in the Washington media with a shrug. So what? Didn’t we just have dinner with that lobbyist for the banking industry, or the teachers’ union, or the airline industry at that well-known journalist’s house only two nights ago? Fine lady, and she used to be the chairman of one of those powerful committees. I gather she is using her Rolodex rather skillfully on behalf of her new clients. Illegal? Not at all. Just smart . . . and so charming.

 

There is little wonder that Americans of the right and many in the middle are apoplectic at their government and absolutely, and rightly, convinced that the game of government is rigged in favor of the elite and the powerful. Occupiers see even more wealth rising to the top at the expense of the poor and the middle class. And Tea Partiers believe their tax dollars are going to well-organized welfare parasites and government bureaucrats.

Never forget this Venn diagram:

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The advent of legalized corruption launched by the Supreme Court empowers the superrich to fund their own presidential and congressional campaigns as pet projects, to foster pet policies, and to represent pet political enclaves. You have a billion, or even several hundred million, then purchase a candidate from the endless reserve bench of minor politicians and make him or her a star, a mouthpiece for any cause or purpose however questionable, and that candidate will mouth your script in endless political debates and through as many television spots as you are willing to pay for. All legal now.

 

To compound the political felony, much, if not most, campaign financing is now carried out in secret, so that everyday citizens have a decreasing ability to determine to whom their elected officials are beholden and to whom they must now give special access. As recently as the 2014 election, the facts documented this government of influence by secrecy: “More than half of the general election advertising aired by outside groups in the battle for control of Congress,” according to the New York Times, “has come from organizations that disclose little or nothing about their donors, a flood of secret money that is now at the center of a debate over the line between free speech and corruption.”

 

Of this handful, the largest by far is WPP (originally called Wire and Plastic Products; is there a metaphor here?), which has its headquarters in London and more than 150,000 employees in 2,500 offices spread around 107 countries. It, together with one or two conglomerating competitors, represents a fourth branch of government, vacuuming up former senators and House members and their spouses and families, key committee staff, former senior administration officials of both parties and several administrations, and ambassadors, diplomats, and retired senior military officers.

 

WPP has swallowed giant public relations, advertising, and lobbying outfits such as Hill & Knowlton and BursonMarsteller, along with dozens of smaller members of the highly lucrative special interest and influence-manipulation world. Close behind WPP is the Orwellian-named Omnicom Group and another converger vaguely called the Interpublic Group of Companies. According to Mr. Edsall, WPP had billings last year of $72.3 billion, larger than the budgets of quite a number of countries.

I’m not sure exactly where this number came from, as I’ve seen numbers around $15 billion thrown around, but not $72 billion.

With a budget so astronomical, think how much good WPP can do in the campaign finance arena, especially since the Citizens United decision. The possibilities are almost limitless. Why pay for a senator or congresswoman here or there when you can buy an entire committee? Think of the banks that can be bailed out, the range of elaborate weapons systems that can be sold to the government, the protection from congressional scrutiny that can be paid for, the economic policies that can be manipulated.

 

The lobbying business is no longer about votes up or down on particular measures that may emerge in Congress or policies made in the White House. It is about setting agendas, deciding what should and should not be brought up for hearings and legislation. We have gone way beyond mere vote buying now. The converging Influence World represents nothing less than an unofficial but enormously powerful fourth branch of government.

America’s founders knew one thing: The republics of history all died when narrow interests overwhelmed the common good and the interests of the commonwealth.

 

What would our founders make of this nightmare of corruption? We only know, in Thomas Jefferson’s case, for example, that his distrust of central government had to do with the well-founded and prescient suspicion that its largesse would go to powerful and influential interests, especially financiers, who knew how to manipulate both the government and the financial markets. In particular, Jefferson envisioned sophisticated bankers speculating in public-debt issues with some if not all the interest incurred going into their pockets.

 

The scope and scale of this genuine scandal (as distinguished from vastly more mundane behavior that passes for scandal in the media) is the single greatest threat to our form of government. It is absolutely incompatible with the principles and ideals upon which America was founded. At the very least, we Americans cannot hold ourselves up to the world as the beacon of democracy so long as we permit, as long as we acquiesce in, corruption so far beyond the standards of the true republic that our government cannot be proclaimed an ideal for other aspiring nations.

 

On a more personal level, how can public service be promoted as an ideal to young people when this sewer corrupts our Republic? At this point in early twenty-first-century America, the greatest service our nation’s young people could provide is to lead an army of outraged young Americans armed with brooms on a crusade to sweep out the rascals and rid our capital of the money changers, rent seekers, revolving door dancers, and special interest deal makers and power brokers and send them back home to make an honest living, that is, if they still remember how to do so.

When a former senator accurately notes that the best thing young Americans can do is instigate a successful rebellion against the incredibly corrupt and powerful monied interests running the county into the ground, you know things are very bleak.

A harsh judgment? Indeed. But it is impossible to claim to love one’s country and not be outraged at how corrupt it has become. For former senators and representatives to trade a title given them by the voters of their respective states and districts for cash is beyond shameful. It is outrageous.

 

“I tremble for my country when I contemplate that God is just.” Those words of Thomas Jefferson, enshrined on the walls of his memorial, referred to the institution of slavery. Today he might readily render the same judgment about corruption in and of the American Republic.

 

It is an error of serious proportion to dismiss corruption in twenty-first-century American democracy on the grounds that this has all been going on from the beginning, that boys will be boys, that politicians are always on the take. Past incidents of the violation of public ethics provide no argument fozr accepting the systemic and cancerous commercialization of modern American politics.

 

Our ancestors did not depart Europe and elsewhere to seek freedom and self-government alone. They came to these shores to escape social and political systems that were corrosive and corrupt. Two and a quarter centuries later, we are returning to those European practices. We are in danger of becoming a different kind of nation, one our founders would not recognize and would deplore.

 

Even as politicians and pundits alike pummel the fiscal deficit, we are developing an integrity deficit of mounting proportions. And one is not disconnected from the other. Because of the erosion of the integrity of our governing system, and the principles and ideals underlying it, the fiscal deficit increases. The government spending so many conservatives claim to abhor includes not only the social safety net of Roosevelt and Johnson, but also the war-making excursions of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. It is all government spending. And it includes favorite pork-barrel projects of every member of both houses of Congress of both political parties, and every one of those most loudly condemning “wasteful government spending.” Those projects are produced by the lobbying interests that raise money for those members of Congress in direct proportion to their effectiveness at bringing government-financed projects to their states and districts. By definition, if it is a project in my state or district, it is not wasteful.

 

We were not created to be like other nations. We were created as an alternative to monarchy, aristocracy, oligarchy, and corrupt political systems. The more we follow the easy path, the one paved for the benefit of the wealthy and powerful, the more we stray from our originally intended purpose and the more we lose our unique purpose for existence.

 

In addition to the rise of the national security state, and the concentration of wealth and power in America, no development in modern times sets us apart more from the nation originally bequeathed to us than the rise of the special interest state. There is a Gresham’s law related to the republican ideal. Bad politics drives out good politics. Legalized corruption drives men and women of stature, honor, and dignity out of the halls of government. Self-respecting individuals cannot long tolerate a system of election and reelection so dependent on cultivating the favor of those known to expect access in return. Such a system is corrosive to the soul.

As bad as things are, the fact a former senator is not only aware of the problem, but is willing to publicly write a scathing article condemning it, is ultimately a very good thing.

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FreeShitter's picture

Fat chance.....the pussified youth of today are too concerned with fuckbook, the laradassians and iphones too see what is going on around them.

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

But, but but, drum circles etc......

Big Corked Boots's picture

The more time they spend on the street, unemployed, the more time they have to think.

Here's to the thinkers. May they outnumber the sponges.

Creepy A. Cracker's picture

If gubmint were MUCH smaller there would be no need to spend trillions of dollars lobbying the gubmint  to send money/favors back your way.  Shrink government.  Keep it within the bounds of the Constitution.

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

Talk like that will get you a free trip to a 'fun' camp......

AlaricBalth's picture

18 U.S. Code Chapter 115 - TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES

Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or

Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or

Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.

Gary Hart, et al...I'll be seeing you at the FEMA camp.

Uchtdorf's picture

When Gary Hart starts hanging out with Chuck Norris...then I'll know he's serious.

Publicus's picture

The South will rise again.

OC Sure's picture

Invoke Article V or continue to boil like frogs.

InjectTheVenom's picture

no worries...President Trump will fix this mess

thamnosma's picture

Maybe a whack job celebrity is just what we need.  I'll take it over "Jeb" or "Hilly" for the entertainment value alone.

Anusocracy's picture

Corporate Idiocracy

Idiot Corporatocracy

The public consists of idiots and the corporations consist of idiots in a dysfunctional symbiosis.

Creepy A. Cracker's picture

And government consists of all of those things plus jobs guaranteed for life, no accountability, higher pay than private sector, and multimillion dollar equivalent pensions.  They're not giving that up without a fight and they have the big guns.

We're screwed.

weburke's picture

 "And that gargantuan, if not reptilian, industry "     hahaha, hart to the rescue. 

usednabused's picture

Far too expensive campaigns? Well, where does all that money go for those shitty commercials and advertising? Directly to the MSM or in otherwords Zionists pockets. And just how will things change on that front? Creepy Cracker has it right. It will not change without a lot of blood in the streets. To revolt, people must counter much superior firepower with lots of bodies and blood.

Fun Facts's picture

Calling them a corrupt sewer is far too kind.

Our overlords in DC, all of them, are guilty of treason, sedition and crimes against humanity.

Most of them are also eminently blackmailable pedophiles, perverts and deviants.

Steve in Greensboro's picture

“Government” is just another word for the part of the Ruling Class responsible for screwing Americans and destroying the country.

Anusocracy's picture

Government is an illegitimate claim of owning a specific area of land, i.e., a country.

Dadburnitpa's picture

Chuck Norris counted to infinity - twice.

Abitdodgie's picture

There is one problem with that and that is you have to have a Gov't to overthrow , we do not the UNITED STATES is a privatly owened ,for profit Corp and everyone are that stupid that they think it is our Gov't , tell somone they are been told what to do by a Corp and they give you that glazed look like they were watching TV.

Anusocracy's picture

It doesn't matter.

The King's plantation was justified by Divine Right and the Government's Plantation is justified by the Constitution.

Welcome to the Planet of the Dupes.

detached.amusement's picture

just as easy to maintain that the current crop are the treasonous usurpers

Tall Tom's picture

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

 

Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government

 

Do you believe that the Congress that enacted U.S.C. Chapter 115 abided by the US Constitution?

 

Is not that a law which abridges free speech?

 

Just because it is codified does not mean that it is Constitutional.

 

Am I to understand that you support the state?

 

Or are you writing that you will be seeing Senator Hart in the FEMA Camp as you will also be interned?

AlaricBalth's picture

Yes Tom. I will most likely be interned.

Also, I am known for having a dry, sarcastic wit. (Although my few friends would call me half wit. :-)

Radical Marijuana's picture

It is quite the paradox, AlaricBalth, that the most treasonous are those who currently control the government of the USA, and did so more and more, over a prolonged period of time, by applying the methods of organized crime to the political processes.

FIAT CON's picture

So then a massive third political party would fall into this catagorie? As their entire purpose would be to overthrow "take over"  the existing gov and become the new one.

daveO's picture

Did he mention the FED that feeds the beast? I quit reading where he quoted the Jew York Times.

taketheredpill's picture

 

 

There's a reason we don't have cobblestone streets anymore...

 

oddjob's picture

Most are still there, just covered in a cheap coating of asphalt which aint so cheap anymore.

Beowulf55's picture

More Kabuki theater

Pot calling the kettle black

When he gives back his million dollar retirement plan with health insurance then maybe i will take him serious.

Otherwise I have to think something smells.....sedition?  stir up revolution? 

Good reason to enact Marshall law..........

This year is turning out to be a spectacular year for total chaos.......glad I have my prepping done so I can sit back and watch the sheeple reap the whirlwind.

and: I told you so just doesn't quiet say it........

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBgeCZW3upg

daveO's picture

Exactly. What took him so long? For the kids that don't remember, he was 'taken out' of the '88 election by the media to clear the path for a Bush. The same thing that's slowly, but surely, happening to Hitlery this year. Two thirds polled thought he was being shafted by the media, but it was probably all staged from the beginning.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Hart#1988_presidential_campaign

Here's how you know it was all made for TeeVee, smelled rotten in real time, to me;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_Business_(yacht)

Then, he 'presciently" warned of 9/11 attacks.

Hart gave a speech before the American international law firm Coudert Brothers on September 4, 2001, exactly one week before the September 11 attacks, warning that within the next 25 years a terrorist attack would lead to mass deaths in the U.S. Hart met with aviation executives in Montreal, Canada, on September 5, 2001 to warn of airborne terrorist attacks. The Montreal Gazette reported the story the following day with a headline, “Thousands Will Die, Ex-Presidential Hopeful Says.”[42] On September 6, 2001, Hart met with National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to urge, "You must move more quickly on homeland security. An attack is going to happen."[43] In a subsequent interview with Salon.com, Hart accused President George W. Bush and other administration officials of ignoring his warnings.[41]

Reminds me of Cheney and BHO giving multiple warnings of 'dirty bombs'. If TPTB follow the 9/11 template, the dirty bomb/Marshall Law countdown most likely begins after the sock puppet leaves office. This way they can get whites to be more compliant.
flash338's picture

I don't put any faith in a bunch guys in their twenties waring women's jeans to reform anything.

large_wooden_badger's picture

Skinny jeans... best way ever to sort the men from the boys

thamnosma's picture

They are wearing women's jeans because they've had  their nuts cut off.  The new transgender class. 

Conax's picture

\i/  < -- modern boyz

ersatz007's picture

I upvoted you because I can only assume this is an oxford comma?

WTFUD's picture

The Veterans fought to maintain this corrupt system.

If they now unite and march on Vichy DC armed to make amends then i support them.

WillyGroper's picture

Armed?

You can be disabled with RF or liquifed with a laser.

Might as well take a knife to a gun fight.

Handful of Dust's picture

Most Viet Vets I know regret their involvement esp the ones missing limbs or part of their sanity.

Soul Glow's picture

And the pussified elders are fat, slovenly, and dependent on pensions.  

That was clever.  How's that working out for you?  Good?  Then keep it up.  Keep it right up.

El Vaquero's picture

The elders are still working so that they can have better foodstuffs than Alpo Souffle. 

 

JRev's picture

“How can a people who have struggled long years under oppression throw off their oppressors and establish a free society? The problems are immense, but their solution lies in the education and enlightenment of the people and the emergence of a spirit that will serve as a foundation for independence and self-government.

If Caesar had been as virtuous as he was daring and sagacious, what could he, even in the plenitude of his usurped power, have done to lead his fellow citizens into good government?… If their people indeed had been, like ourselves, enlightened, peaceable, and really free, the answer would be obvious. ‘Restore independence to all your foreign conquests, relieve Italy from the government of the rabble of Rome, consult it as a nation entitled to self-government, and do its will’.

But steeped in corruption, vice and venality, as the whole nation was,… what could even Cicero, Cato, Brutus have done, had it been referred to them to establish a good government for their country?… No government can continue good but under the control of the people; and their people were so demoralized and depraved as to be incapable of exercising a wholesome control.”
-Thomas Jefferson to John Adams on the Fall of Rome 

Have you ever found in history one single example of a nation thoroughly corrupted, that was afterwards restored to virtue? And without virtue, there can be no political liberty. … Will you tell me how to prevent luxury from producing effeminacy, intoxication, extravagance, vice and folly? … Yet all these things ought not to discourage us from exertion, for … I believe no effort in favour of virtue is lost, and all good men ought to struggle, both by their counsel and example.”
-John Adams' response to Jefferson's inquiry 

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Fat, slovenly, effeminate drunkards too long steeped in the extravagance of Empire... sounds a lot like the Boomer Bitches to me. Say what one will about Millennials, I've never had one SHOUT IN MY FACE AND TRY TO FIGHT ME for trying to spread Truth. Only in the 50+, 401k crowd do you get such a response. What did Jefferson say about the predicament we now find ourselves in?

"These are the inculcations necessary to render the people a sure basis for the structure of order and good government. But this would have been an operation of a generation or two at least, within which period would have succeeded many Neros and Commoduses, who would have quashed the whole process."

Tell me now, Boomerville, are YOU the generation that Jefferson spoke of in this passage, or the loud-mouthed girly-men to which Adams referred? Not you PERSONALLY reading this, I'm sure you're probably a swell cat. But your peers are on par with the twenty-somethings of America for being massively entitled shitheads. Like Father, like Son I suppose.

detached.amusement's picture

brutus et al should have hired men who would have finished the job and not had pity on a "gravely" "wounded" "man"

Clarabell's picture

I'll tell you who the Boomers were, they were the ones who ended the Viet Nam War and the draft. The Boomers were the ones who advanced the Civil Rights movement. The Boomers were organizing and were out in the streets fighting for change in this country. There was a brief period in time when the powers that own and control this country were actually fearful of the people. When the White House was surrounded by demonstrators, Nixon and Kissenger were afraid they would be lynched. The Boomers actually effected change. It's true it didn't last long. We thought we were passing the torch to the next generation. It turns out the next generation and the one after that were nothing but a bunch of sniveling, whining, pantywaists that we can't get out of our basements.