Former Senator: American Youth Need to Revolt Against Corrupted Government

July 1, 2015   |   Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish
July 1, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) Gary Hart, the former senator from Colorado who twice sought the presidency in the 1980s, made a fervent plea for American youth to summon the courage necessary to revolt against the hopelessly corrupt government:

“The question is: by adhering to the highest principles and ideals, will America continue to have the moral authority to lead all people of goodwill? The answer remains to be seen. And that answer will have much to do with whether we have the courage to drive the money changers from the temple of democracy and recapture the government of the people, for the people, and by the people.”

Hart’s impassioned plea to wipe the slate clean, published in Time, was part of a scathing essay on the current United States government’s categorical departure from the lofty populist roots of its birth. Describing the corruption as so thoroughly interwoven that nothing shy of a gutting could affect any improvement, Hart disparaged Congress and the President alike for the hypocrisy of malfeasance come to law.

Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it right,” he argued, should be carved on every congressional doorway, every cabinet department, and even the White House, itself.”

Pulling no punches, the former senator lashed out at greed-soaked politicians afloat on an ocean of special interest and lobbying money, whose vote and character are now completely bereft of integrity.

“At the very least,” he pleaded, “we Americans cannot hold ourselves up to the world as the beacon of democracy so long as we permit, as long as we acquiesce in, corruption so far beyond the standards of the true republic that our government cannot be proclaimed an ideal for other aspiring nations.”

As the field of presidential hopefuls expands by the day, an electoral system that seems more akin to a self-congratulatory rubber stamping ploy for the interests for those involved also came under the Hart microscope. With such power and money at stake, candidates will “tap into the hundreds of millions of dollars” thrown at their campaigns so they can “game the system in highly illegal ways,” he explained.

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United—which gave corporations and moneyed interests protection under the First Amendment—was an irony so thick, Hart described it as “compound[ing] the tragedy of American democracy.” In fact, politicians’ avarice for cash, from Hart’s perspective, translates to a marketplace for influence by vote. Describing the need for fiscal transparency, as seen in a popular meme, he said:

“The five prevailing Supreme Court justices, holding that a legal entity called a corporation has First Amendment rights of free speech, might at least required the bought-and-paid-for candidates to wear sponsor labels on their suits as stock-car drivers do.”

Hart chided that were the founders—Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Adams, and Hamilton—alive to witness the modern twisted perversion of what they had intended for the country, they “would be appalled. Even more, they would be ashamed.”

“On a more personal level,” Hart lamented, how can public service be promoted as an ideal to young people when this sewer corrupts our Republic? At this point in early twenty-first-century America, the greatest service our nation’s young people could provide is to lead an army of outraged young Americans armed with brooms on a crusade to sweep out the rascals and rid our capital of the money changers, rent seekers, revolving door dancers, and special interest deal makers and power brokers and send them back home to make an honest living, that is, if they still remember how to do so.”

Such systemically permeated corruption, Hart fervidly warns, will not self-mend. Media plays the part of propagandist, he explained, by calling any other “mundane behavior” a scandal, while corruption of this scope is inexplicably absent from headlines and newscasts.

Hart bemoaned the current system as “corrosive to the soul” and said revolt would facilitate a “restoration of the Republic of Conscience,” though he advised such thinking isn’t simple, “dreamy idealism.” The original purpose of United States was rooted in political virtue currently absent, he explained, but the shared interest of the nation and future generations necessitates drastic change.

“For all practical political purposes,” he emphatically declared, “the government of the United States is for sale to the highest bidder.”

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Author: Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in May of 2015. Her topics of interest include thwarting war propaganda through education, the refugee crisis & related issues, 1st Amendment concerns, ending police brutality, and general government & corporate accountability. Born in North Carolina, she now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  1. ive told you OVER AND OVER AGAIN, police are above the law and are enemies of the people and america is a facist country whom all politicians and judges are bought and owned by corporations and the rothschild bankers. the people in power are our enemies and do NOT work for the 99% no amount of holding your hands up or holding a sign will change anything in facist nazi america! clive bundy shown that armed protest and a willingness to fight and die for what you believe in WORKS
    LET IT GO, it is not a sin to fight for the right cause, there are those that words alone will not reach,the evil 1 %, global elite, corrupt governments and coprorations are such beings, i know we the people are peaceful and gentle and dont want to hurt others, but it is because we cherish life that we must protect it. our pacifism will kill us and the whole earth. we must drop our restraints and get angry, let it go, fight back only then will we gain freedom.

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  2. You can't really say "Take some guns and shoot the bastards" without being accused of inciting rebellion.

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  3. Walter Heffron IV Sure he can. Are you expecting the government would arrest him and bring him to trial? Focusing attention on what he said is the last thing they'd want to do. As it is, the impact of his remarks will shortly fade and people will move on to the next outburst of frustration toward our government. As long as people only talk nothing will change.

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  4. Oh goody, a resistance movement! By posting something like this you're too incompetant to be a serious threat.

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