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RFD #69: Jimmy Williams on Money in Politics

Dylan Ratigan on September 23, 2011 15:20

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    Jimmy Williams, a frequent contributor on The Dylan Ratigan Show, sits down with Dylan to talk about the launch of our effort to get money out of politics as the first step to reviving and taking back America.

    As Dylan described it on The Huffington Post, "Every politician out there is going to rail against special interests, except, ironically, the ones who are honest about working in a corrupt system. It's up to us, to we the people, to claim this government as ours. It's not going to happen because we placed our trust in a class of people who repeatedly betray us. It's going to happen because of people who put their bodies on the line, like those at the Wall Street protests. Like them or not, they have decided that enough is enough. And I think I've decided the same."


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    • Insight Inc.
      Insight Inc. on October 17, 2011 16:09

      You need a Back-Up plan and I have an idea. Ask every politician to answer a short questionnaire that will allow them to be categorized into one of 16 Personality Types. This will reveal and give Insight into their inner beliefs and will be more important to know than anything they say. I offer this questionnaire and will prepare a Personality Type report for Jimmy Williams and Dylan Ratigan to show them how valuable this is. Please contact me at or

    • David Noël
      David Noël at 5.56 on September 26, 2011 11:17

      "Government's job is to create an environment so that the private sector creates jobs."

    • TheBluesBrothers
      TheBluesBrothers on September 24, 2011 03:20

      . . . And Thomas Jefferson has this to say: (curtesy of Wikipedia)Rebellion
      In the 1780s Jefferson saw occasional upheaval as a natural event. In a letter to James Madison on January 30, 1787, Jefferson wrote, "A little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical...It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government."[171] Similarly, in a letter to Abigail Adams on February 22, 1787 he wrote, "The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all."[171] Concerning Shays' Rebellion after he had heard of the bloodshed, on November 13, 1787 Jefferson wrote to William S. Smith, John Adams' son-in-law, "What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."[172] In another letter to William S. Smith during 1787, Jefferson wrote: "And what country can preserve its liberties, if the rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms."[171]

    • WKeithH001
      WKeithH001 on September 24, 2011 02:35

      I have been trying to convince people for years of this, and I am ready to join and help spreading the word and get something done as I am a firm believer we need to get government back for the people as meant to be.

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