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Bill Moyers on Defiling Democracy

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Posted on Dec 8, 2006
Jack Abramoff
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Bill Moyers offers this gripping and comprehensive analysis of corruption in Washington and finds that “although Jack Abramoff [right] and Tom DeLay have been brought down, the system remains as vulnerable as ever.”


 

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    “It’s a dizzying scope of perfidy and politics that boggles the imagination, and although Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay have been brought down, the system remains as vulnerable as ever,” says Bill Moyers. “The scale of corruption still coming to light dwarfs anything since Watergate. In one sense it’s the age-old tale of greed, but greed encouraged now by the way our system works. Deep in the plea agreements of Jack Abramoff and his cronies is the admission that they conspired to use campaign contributions to bribe politicians; campaign finance is at the core of the corruption. They took great pains to cover their tracks, and they might have pulled it off except for a handful of honest people, and the work of some enterprising print reporters, Senate investigators, and the ethics team at the department of justice. Following the money in this story leads through a bizarre maze of cocktail parties, golf courses, private jets, four-star restaurants, sweatshops - and the aura of chandeliered rooms frequented by the high and mighty of Washington.”

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    By Wayne Smyer, December 28, 2006 at 5:01 am Link to this comment
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    WHO ORDERED AND PAYED FOR THE MURDER OF GUS BOULIS??
      CHECK IT OUT! kEYWORDS: Adam Kidan, Sun-Cruz Casino Ships, Anthony Moscatiello, Jack Abramoff, Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio
      Are Alberto Gonzalez and Alice Fisher too stupid to make the connection? Where is the “RICO” case??

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    By Jeanne, December 12, 2006 at 10:28 am Link to this comment
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    I posted this on Tom DeLay’s NEW and IMPROVED new web site.
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    Dear Tom,
    I think you know how the country feels about you. The Bill Moyers video called Capital Crimes spells out in a very clear way how much you deceived this nation. I know you don’t care but it hurts. It hurt to know that the people we send to Washington are not there for us but are there to make a profit. You were there to make sure the Republican Party always remained the majority so that you could continue to profit.

    You are an example of what the Republican Party represents. And the blog and the comments posted that you immediately eliminated was an example of the fanfare the rest of the Republcian Party has to look forward to as they live their lives as members of the worst congress in the history of the United States.

    I’d call you names but I’m civilized. Go ahead and delete. I know what ‘far and balenced’ means to the Republican Party.

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    By DennisD, December 11, 2006 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment
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    Our political system has been broken for an incredibly long time, almost as soon as it was created I’d say someone was trying to take advantage of it - human nature being what it is. There was once such a thing as “shame” and the fear of getting caught with real serious consequences including death kept most in line. No “dream teams” of high priced lawyers then to undo the hangman’s knot.
    It’s child’s play now for any half way intelligent lobbyist and politician to circumvent what few rules they have put into place to “govern” themselves. It’s only total arrogance that gets any of them caught. Jack A. really hasn’t even started singing yet. His act begins early next year.
    Even though what he brings to light may justify grounds for the impeachment of Bu$h & Co. I’m sure Pelosi and the rest of the government co-conspirators will do nothing - afraid of what skeletons of their own may be exposed. “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” ensures the silence of almost everyone in Washington.
    This willingness of our politicians to forgive each others sins may seem magnanimous. It only shows the disdain they have for the intelligence of the American people.
    Which particular “party” they represent means nothing to their corporate masters. The only “party” going on is the one they are all having at the expense of the tax payer.
    We can change from a red to a blue tie or vice-versa every two or four years but just remember it’s still a tie and it’s choking us to death. Real revolution is all that remains.

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    By Jeanne, December 11, 2006 at 6:30 am Link to this comment
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    This is a great video. Clear, detailed. It connects all the dots (well at least the dots we have so far). When DeLay and Bush say they really didn’t know Abrahmoff it’s like saying I didn’t know my own mother. She calls everyday. If she doesn’t call I call her.

    Here’s a sweet piece from Crooks and Liars. Ahhh the power of the computer. One of Tom DeLay’s posts that he quickly took down when it didn’t go his way.

    http://www.tomdelaydotcom.blogspot.com/

    Even Tom commented on his own blog.

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    By more NEED beds, December 10, 2006 at 4:38 pm Link to this comment
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    I believe a few more NEED beds, accomodations
    are NOW “available”!  Who knows, presents appear by xxx day.

    Sincerely,
    Concerned Mother

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    By HeadlessHessian, December 9, 2006 at 4:17 pm Link to this comment
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    I watched the entrie Bill Moyers report.  Kudos to Moyers.  The details of this story are just sooooo discouraging.  It was intersting how the religious ‘idiots’ got sucked into this, and the same with the greedy casinos.  I don’t feel sorry for any of them.  That we have sweatshops in the islands is not news, but that its this pervaise is truly bothersome.

    Headless

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    By C Quil, December 9, 2006 at 1:12 pm Link to this comment
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    To follow what vet240 said, these words of Thomas Paine in “The Rights of Man” referred to the French Revolution, but they resonate here.

    “It was not against Louis the XVIth, but against the despotic principles of the government, that the nation revolted. These principles had not their origin in him, but in the original establishment, many centuries back; and they were become too deeply rooted to be removed, and the augean stable of parasites and plunderers too abominably filthy to be cleansed, by anything short of a complete and universal revolution. When it becomes necessary to do a thing, the whole heart and soul should go into the measure, or not attempt it. That crisis was then arrived, and there remained no choice but to act with determined vigour, or not to act at all.”

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    By GW=MCHammered, December 9, 2006 at 8:36 am Link to this comment
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    When the Supreme Court appointed Bush president, they kicked down the doors of democracy and now Capitol Hill is amok with the “craving disordered.” Bush traded his addiction to cocaine and alcohol for an addiction to power. And now that he’s smashed with it, the GOP must stop enabling him… he’s their creation.

    Thank you former President Bush for sincerely crumbling on the word “Defeat.” We empathize with what you were saying. Thank you Senator Gordon Smith for stepping up yesterday and exposing the current President Bush’s denial. And a special thank you Mr. Moyer for your continued example of true journalism, genuine patriotism and your voice of reason during these crazy Crucifying-America times.
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    As Pink Floyd prophetically sang, “Got to keep the loonies on the path” and “Money, get back. I’m all right Jack keep your hands off of my stack.”

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    By vet240, December 8, 2006 at 11:01 pm Link to this comment
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    When the Watergate break-in was reported and the subsquent revelations broke in the news I told acquaintances that I was not shocked by the act as an aberation, rather, I feared Nixons act was an indication of the norm. Our political system is based on the theory that off-setting political positions will assure the system will be self-cleaning. However the dynamics of the merger mentality which we have witnessed in the business community, has put too much power in the hands of too few corporations. In the last 35-40 years this process has become more dynamic. It has corrupted the political community through acts of out-right bribery. The American people need to wake up to the fact that our freedoms and our system of Governance are under great threat due to this merger of like minded persons driven solely by greed. It would appear that almost every American would sell the United States to the highest bidder .

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