Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Words of Wisdom from Gore Vidal

BBC News recognized the death of Gore Vidal with a Web page of some of his choicest quotes. The last of these was used to introduce the radio announcement of his death:
There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.
What was missing from the page, however, was the quote most relevant in the current election year:
We don't have political parties: we have one political party with two right wings called the Democratic and the Republican.
I seem to recall that he also pursued the corollary to this proposition: While the Republican Party has traditionally been “the party of wealth,” Vidal’s assertion implies that wealth now “owns” both parties; and, on the basis of the Citizens United ruling, it would appear that wealth also owns the judiciary branch of our government, the one that was supposed to be the least politicized.

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