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  1. poncho

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    How Middle Eastern Governments Are Buying Off The US Political Process

    The quaint notion that the U.S. political system remotely resembles either a Republic or a Democracy should have been abandoned long ago. Any lingering illusions were surely extinguished last year, when an academic study empirically proved that the USA is nothing more than a corrupt oligarchy. I highlighted this groundbreaking piece of research in the post: New Report from Princeton and Northwestern Proves It: The U.S. is an Oligarchy. Here’s an excerpt from the study itself:

    Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.

    While having super rich and powerful American oligarchs running the show is one thing, the reality of the situation is actually far worse. Thanks to a recent article in Vice, we now know that foreign governments are aggressively employing their extraordinary wealth to advance their interests here on American soil. In many cases, these are autocratic regimes, which not only do not care about the best interests of the nation, they are often caught actively funding ISIS and even perpetuating 9/11 itself. Here are some excerpts from the piece:

    Remember that next time you read a report from a “think tank,” or hear one of their “expert” analysts on some mainstream media propaganda show. You’ll probably hear as much truth from them as you received from Fox News’ recently shamed “terrorism expert,” Steve Emerson.

    It appears that this trend of former powerful politicians getting revolving door payouts via shady, human rights abusing regimes represents the wave of the future. After all, why attract all that publicity by joining JP Morgan, when you can just as easily start your own consulting or lobbying firm and earn millions from the likes of say, Kazakhstan. This is precisely what former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has done. Recall: Letter Reveals Tony Blair Advised Kazakhstan’s President on How to Spin Massacre of Innocent, Unarmed Protesters.

    Even more troubling, is the fact that several of the governments mentioned in the Vice piece, specifically Qatar and Saudi Arabia, were instrumental in funding the emergence of ISIS, the latest existential terrorist threat du jour. Remember the post, America’s Disastrous Foreign Policy – My Thoughts on Iraq, in which it was noted that:

    Continue . . . http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-13/sale-highest-bidder-%E2%80%93-how-middle-eastern-governments-are-buying-us-political-process
     
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    Just one more reason we need to shrink the size of the Federal Government.
     
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    I agree but we probably lost any chance of doing that when the conservative limited government movement was co opted by the neocons and turned into the never ending global war and bigger more intrusive government movement.
     
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    whoopee!!!

    More oligarchy malarky. :1_grouphug:
     
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    "Carpro The Magnificent" will now attempt to make all the evidence disappear with just three magic words! :applause:
     
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    :laugh: You act like this stuff is new.

    There has never , in the history of the world, been a functioning republic or democratic republic. Don't you know that?

    They have all been "oligarchies", according to your criteria, and subject to the outside influence of monied interests.

    Get over yourself. This has been going on since the beginning of time. You can't fix it and you have no alternative to offer that would be palatable to anyone who cherishes freedom of any kind.
     
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    And now for the exciting finally "Carpro The Magnificent" will attempt to magically make the evidence reappear after denying it ever existed in the first place!

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