Thursday, September 27, 2012
I have just begun reading the book "Republic, Lost How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It" by Lawrence Lessig, the speaker in the above video.
One thing I am always amazed is to see how history tends to repeat itself or how issues from the past are still issues now without many people recognizing that fact.
The influence of money is not a partisan issue, it is occurring within simply the government.
"The Republican party is now facing a great crisis. It is to decide whether it will be, as in the days of Lincoln, the party of the plain people, the party of progress, the party of social and industrial justice; or whether it will be the party of privilege and of special interests, the heir to those who were Lincoln's most bitter opponents, the party that represents the great interests within and without Wall Street which desire through their control over the servants of the public to be kept immune from punishment when they do wrong and to be given privileges to which they are not entitled"
Who do you think spoke those words? Maybe somebody during the current election? To be honest, it could easily be switched around for the Democratic party as well.
The speaker of the above quote is Teddy Roosevelt in April of 1912, over 100 years ago...