Jimmy Carter: America Is Not A Democracy Anymore (AUDIO)

AP

Former President Jimmy Carter called the United States an “oligarchy” with “unlimited political bribery,” on a radio program this week.

Responding to his thoughts on unlimited campaign financing, Carter told Thom Hartmann on the “Thom Harmann Program” that, “it violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system.”

“Now it’s just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the President,” Carter said. “And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and congress members.”

Carter’s comments are similar to the findings of a Princeton study released last year that the United States has morphed into an oligarchy from a democracy.

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