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Ben Sargent

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  1. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 12 months ago

    Done and done.

  2. PepeLePew2010

    PepeLePew2010 said, 12 months ago

    Only in America

  3. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, 12 months ago

    Yep, the clown car full of conservative wing-nuts managed to elect a dimwit who packed SCOTUS with their ilk, who favor a return to the “good old days” of the robber barons. Look at the Ryan budget, and you’ll get an eyeful of what Republican governance is like. Look at the SCOTUS rulings and see that plutocracy trumps democracy. Way to go, Florida ’04.

  4. charliekane

    charliekane said, 12 months ago

    Those with the gold making the rules?
    Priceless!

  5. Basqueian

    Basqueian said, 12 months ago

    Yep, I can see the future, and it ain’t pretty. Class-less society is pretty much a goner. Soon, we will all be serfs and masters again.

  6. Meh~tdology

    Meh~tdology said, 12 months ago

    “The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.”
    - Franklin D. Roosevelt

  7. echoraven

    echoraven said, 12 months ago

    @masterskrain

    It has always been that way (at least in our life times); just now it’s less covert.

  8. Alabama_Al

    Alabama_Al said, 12 months ago

    People, look up the definition of the word “plutocracy”. It’s a term you’re going to hear a lot in the next few years.

  9. Alabama_Al

    Alabama_Al said, 12 months ago

    @Meh~tdology

    It was alleged that Theodore Roosevelt was motivated to intensify his “trust busting” policies on one incident. Roosevelt one day received word that his Secretary of the Treasury placed a personal telephone call to J.P. Morgan about an important issue; the call was refused and the Secretary was informed that Morgan couldn’t be bothered talking directly to “government employees”. Roosevelt was incensed that a financier would have the arrogance to place himself superior to the U.S. Government.
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    Some people today would actually cheer Morgan, but I really don’t know why they would. When private conglomerates abused their powers – as the “Robber Barons” of T. Roosevelt’s day most certainly did – who will protect the interest of the people if not government?

  10. DLee4144

    DLee4144 GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    We all need to know who is supporting the candidates. That is who they will be working for. They have no choice if they want to stay in office, you have to do the bidding of the person who is paying your way. Just the same as we all do in our jobs. So, before going to vote, look it up on the internet. Open Secrets is a good site, but there are plenty. If the candidate is getting his money from small donors, he is going to be working for the middle class. If his donations are from corporations or 1%er, don’t figure he is going to go against them and do anything for the middle class. It would be political suicide.

  11. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, 12 months ago

    Below is apart of an article I copied & paste for your perusal: Titled IS AMERICAN DEMOCRACY HEADED TO EXTINCTION?, written some months ago by Stein Ringen, author and Professor Emeritus at Oxford University.

    Meanwhile, the health of the U.S. system is even worse than it looks. The three branches of government are designed to deliver through checks and balances. But balance has become gridlock, and the United States is not getting the governance it needs. Here, the link between inequality and inability is on sharp display. Power has been sucked out of the constitutional system and usurped by actors such as PACs, think tanks, media and lobbying organizations.
    In the age of mega-expensive politics, candidates depend on sponsors to fund permanent campaigns. When money is allowed to transgress from markets, where it belongs, to politics, where it has no business, those who control it gain power to decide who the successful candidates will be — those they wish to fund — and what they can decide once they are in office. Rich supporters get two swings at influencing politics, one as voters and one as donors. Others have only the vote, a power that diminishes as political inflation deflates its value. It is a misunderstanding to think that candidates chase money. It is money that chases candidates.
    In Athens, democracy disintegrated when the rich grew super-rich, refused to play by the rules and undermined the established system of government. That is the point that the United States and Britain have reached.
    Nearly a century ago, when capitalist democracy was in a crisis not unlike the present one, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis warned: “We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” Democracy weathered that storm for two reasons: It is not inequality as such that destroys democracy but the more recent combination of inequality and transgression. Furthermore, democracy was then able to learn from crisis. The New Deal tempered economic free-for-all, primarily through the 1933 Banking Act, and gave the smallfolk new social securities

  12. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, 12 months ago

    Thank you all for your thoughtful and insightful posts. You can see the danger, and I hope you are also finding ways (besides these posts) to make a difference. It’s noteworthy that all the opposition can offer on these posts are the nasty one-liners from the trolls – perhaps the message is finally sinking in.

  13. lopaka

    lopaka said, 12 months ago

    Anyone remember the Impeach Earl Warren bumper stickers? Got a new one – Impeach Them All.

  14. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, 12 months ago

    Even one of their own, Gov. Jindal, lamented (before being slapped down by the RNC machine) “We’ve become the party of Stupid”.
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    Duh?

  15. SABRSteve

    SABRSteve said, 12 months ago

    In order to be elected, one needs to raise money. I wish it weren’t so, but that’s the reality.

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