Okay, catchup time here.
On the prez screwing everyone over; (this is just one example)
It’s simply ludicrous for Obama to rationalize his actions on the grounds that he obtained permission from the U.N., NATO or the Arab League. The U.S. Constitution neither requires nor allows any of that; though it does require that Obama get permission – an explicit war declaration – from the U.S. Congress. He hasn’t done this, which is an impeachable offense, regardless of whether his predecessors committed the same wrong.
The article is from Forbes website
Fund raising is not a bribe. Fund raising is raising money for campaigns. Politicians can't use the funds they raise for personal purposes. While it might seem kinda cool to refer to campaign funds as bribes that is not legally or technically accurate.
Everything the Nazi party did in their day was also legal. Legislating criminal actions to become legal didn't make the Nazi's crimes any less culpable in the eyes of the rest of the world, did it?
When it costs a billion dollars to elect a president, not to mention the fact that only two players get a run for the home plate, while the Greens candidate gets locked up for attempting to attend the presidential debate, alarm bells should be ringing all over the nation.
To think that the billion dollars comes from fewer and fewer people, as the corporates continue their globalist takeover tactics, simply means that the president owes lots of favours, to very few players.
You like this system, Parados? There's senators that admit to the corruption endemic within their ballpark, but that's the system they work within, and when you can make your first million in three years, what kind of person is attracted to the job? Noble-minded selfless people-servers? Or small-time crooks hoping to crack the bigtime?
The only stories I can find refer to Boehner handing out campaign contribution checks on the floor. While it is a violation of the House rules, it isn't bribery to accept campaign contributions.
Boehner hands out 'tobacco checks' on floor of House
In late June of 1995 then-GOP Conference Chairman John Boehner handed out "about a half-dozen" checks from the political action committee of tobacco company Brown & Williamson Corp. to fellow Republicans on the floor of the House.
Boehner's chief of staff Barry Jackson stated, "We were trying to help guys who needed to get their June 30th numbers up, their cash-on-hand numbers up. All leadership does this. We have to raise money for people and help them raise money."
Boehner was forced to stop handing out the checks when two freshmen Republicans, "appalled by it," confronted him and voiced their displeasure. Boehner's reaction was one of tempered apology, "I thought, 'Yeah, I can imagine why somebody would be upset. It sure doesn't look good.' It's not an excuse, but the floor is the only place you get to see your colleagues. It was a matter of convenience. You make a mistake, admit it and go on. I just feel bad about it." (Associated Press, 5/10/96)
Article is from SourceWatch
Your arguments are nothing but opinion calling campaign contributions bribes. That is nonsense. While the campaign laws may be bad in some respects it doesn't automatically make following the laws bribery.
Your arguments are also opinion. A Princeton study
into the workings of the political process proves that America isn't a democratic republic, and hasn't been (by definition) for a couple of decades now.
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.
That’s a big claim. In their conclusion, Gilens and Page go even further, asserting that “In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule—at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes. When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover … even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it"
Delve a little deeper, and you'll find that the electoral process itself is not only deeply indebted to the oligarchy, but not even interested in the will of the average American.
Mr Imposter wrote;
Most countries have problems with bribes and corruption, and when caught are charged with the crimes.
Not so. Not one single banker from the 2007-8 financial crisis has served so much as a day in prison for their crimes, and yes, they did commit crimes, and congressional hearings proved that they did. Sure, there were some fines handed out, but in dollar terms, the fines added up to a tiny fraction of the profits, and with bankster bailouts, and bonuses paid, it was a big win for the gamblers on Wall street.
...the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, in its final report, uses variants of the word “fraud” no fewer than 157 times in describing what led to the crisis, concluding that there was a “systemic breakdown,” not just in accountability, but also in ethical behavior.
As the commission found, the signs of fraud were everywhere to be seen, with the number of reports of suspected mortgage fraud rising twenty-fold between 1996 and 2005 and then doubling again in the next four years. As early as 2004, FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker was publicly warning of the “pervasive problem” of mortgage fraud, driven by the voracious demand for mortgage-backed securities. Similar warnings, many from within the financial community, were disregarded, not because they were viewed as inaccurate, but because, as one high-level banker put it, “A decision was made that ‘We’re going to have to hold our nose and start buying the stated product if we want to stay in business.’”