Our republic has been destroyed by corruption

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David Rothkopf’s commentary (“The Whole System Is Rigged,” April 4) on the state of corruption endemic to our financial and political systems is the best summation I have read yet. I’d even take it one step further to declare that our republic no longer exists and the Constitution is all but dead.

Benito Mussolini stated that “fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” If Wall Street, Big Business and the military-industrial complex aren’t the dominant bedmates of every inside-the-beltway politician then God didn’t make little green apples and it don’t rain in Indianapolis in the summertime. The problem is these apples are not only rotten to the core but the whole barrel is bad.

If you think your vote will still matter in electing the next corporate-selected president then maybe you have been a bit too caught up in the circus of March Madness while satiating yourself with a pepperoni pizza. We live in a nation where corporations are persons, where the uber-rich have bought Washington, where corporate gangsters steal with impunity.

Leonard Cohen sang years ago that “Everybody knows that the dice are loaded … everybody knows that the boat is leaking … everybody knows that the captain lied … everybody knows that the Plague is coming … everybody knows.” If you’re one who still doesn’t know you’ll soon find out.

Unfortunately, there is no way to change the systemic corruption of our system but to wait for its inevitable collapse or have another revolution. I, for one, would be glad to help sharpen the blades on the guillotine.

STEVEN CRICHLEY
South Side Slopes


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