Jimmy Carter: The U.S. is “an Oligarchy with Unlimited Political Bribery”

 

The Supreme Court case the host is referring to is this one:

SCOTUS May Overturn McDonnall Conviction

“The Supreme Court seems poised to overturn the conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnall on political corruption charges.”

“Chief Justice John Roberts said it was “extraordinary” that dozens of former White House attorneys from Democratic and Republican administrations submitted legal papers saying that upholding McDonnell’s conviction would cripple the ability of elected officials to do their jobs.”

Get that? “If you stop us from being bribed, we can’t do our jobs!” That’s both Republicans and Democrats. Can you believe it? Can you believe that corruption in this country has become so blatant that any elected official would make, not side comment when they thought the mike was off, but an official position paper to the Supreme Court of the United States demanding the “right” to be bribed.

And SCOTUS is already inclined that way.

We have legalized corruption so much it would make Richard Nixon stretch his eyes.

All the shenanigans around voting rolls and polling places and such across multiple states  is proof that voters are losing what little power remains to them.

Iowa

Nevada

Texas

Wisconsin

Washington

New York  (A voter purge and polling places opening late.)

Arizona (And this is on top of the greatly reduced polling places in minority-heavy counties)

Pennsylvania

And I can tell you that people in California have also found they have been purged from the rolls. A couple weeks ago a friend of mine in Culver City, who has lived at the same address for 16 years as a registered Democrat and voted in every election in that time (he used to work for the city, so he keeps his eye on all elections down to the municipal level), checked his registration status and found he had been dropped from the rolls.

Is Hillary Clinton going to fight to end the oligarchy and return the government to the hands of the people?

No, she’s not. (And mind you, those are just the campaign contributions. Not the speech money.) She is way too invested in the system.

Only one candidate will.

Misleading Headline Ahoy

No, Bernie Sanders was not kicked off the D.C. ballot

…But he’s not on it either. He wasn’t “kicked off” because he hasn’t been placed on it yet thanks to the Democratic National Committee.

After he swept the last three states, this happens. Both candidates submit their paperwork the same day before the deadline.

The DNC drags their feet processing the submissions, one of the DNC Board of Elections members makes makes a challenge against one candidate, and Sanders get hamstrung.

It’s getting very hard to deny that the DNC have decided that Hillary Clinton is going to be the next president and they are pulling every dirty trick they can to keep Sanders from being nominated, despite the groundswell of popular support for him.

He will mostly likely be placed on the ballot after a hearing, but this kind of shit is happening WAY too much this primary. The Democratic nominee should be elected by the people, not dictated to them by the DNC.

Back from the Dead – Politics

I did get involved and canvass for Bernie Sanders here in North Carolina. Oddly, the Sanders Campaign never got in touch and worked with the Progressive HKonJ/Moral Monday grassroots progressive movement we have had going here for three years. I found that rather odd given that the head of the this movement is Reverend William Barber II who is also on the National Board from the NAACP, whose local office was about a block down the street from the Sanders Campaign HQ. And when I canvassed in African American neighborhoods, very few people had heard of Sanders beyond “old white guy” and “socialist.” They had no idea of his record of Civil Rights going all the way back to college.

And here are some of his recent statements plus his legislative record.

It’s been very strange in the South how Sanders’ record never got out to the people, that his campaign never worked with the local existing Progressive movements.

Until this surfaced: Breaking: Report Of High Level DNC Infiltration In N. Carolina Sanders Campaign

Not only did the North Carolina division of the Sanders campaign not reach out to these groups, when these groups reached out to them, they were blocked. Also, movement in the NC Sanders campaign was very last minute. I mean, despite local groups meeting since he announced his candidacy, nothing was done to organize  or supply these groups with materials until a little over a week before the primary. We were scrambling at the last minute, and that’s too late. People have made up their mind before then.

Now, I thought Hillary (and her daughter) lying about Sanders stances on the ACA/ObamaCare was bad enough. (Sanders has never stated he wanted to dismantle ObamaCare before he has a Universal Healthcare plan in place. After all, he contributed to it.) But her campaign has gone far beyond simple false rhetoric.

They and the Republicans have gotten into serious dirty pool.

Blocking the Sander’s Campaign From Accessing Voter Data

Letters from Clinton Campaign sending voters to the wrong places and times for caucuses.

The disaster with the polling places and registrations in Arizona, a conservative state, that seems to have especially targeted Maricopa County which has large African American and Latino American populations.

Masses of voters being dropped from the rolls in several states.

A friend of mine in California who has lived at the same address for 16 years (and voted mostly Democrat in almost every election) just discovered that his name had disappeared from the rolls.

If your state primary is coming up, check your voter registration status immediately here.

Remember that your primaries go beyond who is running for President. It also contains the primaries for your national and state legislators. And what happens at the state level has a lot more effect on your daily life than the national level.

 

Such as this little gem just passed by North Carolina’s veto-proof Republican state legislature (with a Republican Governor ready to sign off on it) which goes far beyond where people go to the bathroom.

I do not have much fear of this bill as I did not when NC voted to ban Same Sex Marriage. Amendment 14, Section 1 of the Constitution states:

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

You cannot discriminate against a community based on their sexuality. You cannot deny rights and protection to one group, any group, that you give to everyone else. That is why all the state level Same Sex Marriage bans were overturned so quickly. They were blatantly UnConstitutional, as is this law.

Vote! I don’t care who you vote for, just get out on your state’s primary/caucus day and vote!