U.S. Is Oligarchy, Not Republic
Comment by Julio Severo: This article, published originally by WND, addresses a very real problem in the U.S. As a pro-life and conservative Christian, I have to reach the same conclusion. Abortion was legalized in the U.S. in 1973 in the administration of President Richard Nixon, considered a conservative and of the Republican Party, also considered as generally conservative. In that time, the absolute majority of the American people was against abortion. In fact, the U.S. was then the most Protestant nation in the world. However, there were big business groups interested in the legalization of the unborn’s killing. The Supreme Court, which legalized this heinous crime, imposed it on all the U.S. states, violating the independence of each of them. In the issue of the so called gay “marriage” the same problem is happening. Most of the American people do not want this aberration. Yet, interest groups want to impose this aberration on the population. If then there is a “democracy” in the U.S., it is working just for those having more power and money. It is not working for the defense of life and family. It is in the full reality, as my definition, a “government of money, by money, for money.” Read and spread the following article:
A recent study by professors Martin Gilens of Princeton and Benjamin I. Page found that the U.S. now resembles more of an oligarchy than a democratic republic.
“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”
The author of a recent commentary about oligarchy in the 21st century, Matthew Continetti, of the Free Beacon, might even suggest that last phrase be repeated.
“Mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”
In a recent interview with TPM, Gilens stated, “I’d say that contrary to what decades of political science research might lead you to believe, ordinary citizens have virtually no influence over what their government does in the United States. And economic elites and interest groups, especially those representing business, have a substantial degree of influence. Government policy-making over the last few decades reflects the preferences of those groups – of economic elites and of organized interests.”
“Since Reagan, every president has come from Harvard or Yale. Because these are considered the most prestigious education institutions in the United States, the graduates that they produce are funneled straight into Washington or are given positions in some of the major media outlets,” Marc E. Fitch said.
“It’s a belief that merely by attending these schools you are somehow a superior individual and deserve a position of power. You don’t see too many peanut farmers like Jimmy Carter or generals like Eisenhower even trying to go into politics anymore. Even Sarah Palin was mocked for the college she attended. I think that, in itself, could be the cause of the separation of the policy makers from the people.”
The affluent attend elite universities that are among the most fervently leftist and liberal institutions in the country. Gilens states that the affluent tend to hold more socially liberal positions than the majority.
“We’d see, perhaps ironically, less liberal policies in some domains like religious or moral issues. Affluent people tend to be more socially liberal on things like abortion or gay rights.”
Gilens cites the lack of a Worker’s Party or Socialist Party as part of the problem but Fitch says… they are often just replacing evil with a greater evil.
“You would just end up with more of the same. This is a deeper cultural issue about personal responsibility and honesty. You can throw as much money as you want at a politician but it is his or her job to put their constituency before their own pockets. That is not happening in any way. Until we consider moral character over celebrity in politics we will keep ending up in this position.”
Noted the study, “Who governs? Who really rules? To what extent is the broad body of U.S. citizens sovereign, semi-sovereign, or largely powerless?”
Gilens said, “Both parties have to a large degree embraced a set of policies that reflect the needs, preferences and interests of the well to do.”
Edited by Julio Severo from WND article: Study: U.S. is oligarchy, not republic
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