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Richest U.S. Senator, John Kerry, Rails Against 'Corrupting' Money in Politics in Farewell Address
The Weekly Standard ^ | 1-30-2013 | Daniel Halper

Posted on 01/30/2013 8:40:54 PM PST by blam

Richest U.S. Senator, John Kerry, Rails Against 'Corrupting' Money in Politics in Farewell Address

January 30, 2013
By DANIEL HALPER

John Kerry, the richest U.S. senator, railed against the "corrupting" power of money in politics in his farewell address today on the floor of the United States Senate:

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"There's another challenge that we must address and it is the corrupting force of the vast sums of money necessary to run for office," said Kerry. "The unending chase for money I believe threatens to steal our democracy itself. I've used the word 'corrupting' and I want to be very clear about it: I mean by it not the corruption of individuals but a corruption of a system itself that all of us are forced to participate in against our will."

The next secretary of state added, "We should not resign ourselves, Mr. President, to a distorted system that corrodes our democracy, and this is what is contributing to the justifiable anger of the American people. They know it. They know we know it. And yet nothing happens. The truth requires that we call the corrosion of money in politics what it is -- it is a form of corruption and it muzzles more Americans than it empowers, and it is an imbalance that the world has taught us can only sow the seeds of unrest. Like the question of comity in the Senate, the influence of money in our politics also influences our credibility around the world. And so, too, does the difficulty -- the unacceptable and extraordinary difficulty we have in 2013 operating the machinery of our own democracy here at home."

Kerry is leaving the Senate to be the next secretary of state, a position that will have him flying around the world and speaking on behalf of the American people.(Heaven Help Us)

Kerry is estimated to be worth $193.07 million dollars.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: moneyinpolitics; poskerry; senator

1 posted on 01/30/2013 8:41:03 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Wow. Just freaking w-o-w. Massive Hypocrite.


2 posted on 01/30/2013 8:45:40 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: blam

And a Republican senator earned all that money for him. Who’s doing more RPM’s in their grave right now, T. Jefferson or H.J. Heinz?


3 posted on 01/30/2013 8:51:51 PM PST by Flightdeck (My four children have been robbed)
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To: blam

“John Kerry, the richest U.S. senator”
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Only because of his wife. If it were not for her, he would probably have very little.


4 posted on 01/30/2013 8:53:22 PM PST by AlexW
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To: blam

“Corrupt” is a word he should never utter.


5 posted on 01/30/2013 8:55:40 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: AlexW

teddy’s protege never had a real job, had to sleep in his dodge at one point and “married” his way to the top twice! Lovey probably paid him to F.O.


6 posted on 01/30/2013 8:56:33 PM PST by acapesket
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To: Secret Agent Man

Has Theresa Hientz paid the taxes on the sailboat
that John Kerry has stored in Rhode Island.
He berthed it there so as to not pay Mass. taxes


7 posted on 01/30/2013 8:56:46 PM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Our enemys don't fear us ; and our friends don't trust us !! I wonder why .. (rhetorical))
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To: blam

What da ya expect ? He’s “The Cambodian Kid”. The reason why he’s still around is because GOPES are dopes.


8 posted on 01/30/2013 8:57:25 PM PST by mosesdapoet (.Should this former Chicago "Mechanic" go out of retirement ?)
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To: acapesket

“married” his way to the top twice!
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I was not aware of number one.


9 posted on 01/30/2013 8:59:55 PM PST by AlexW
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To: onyx

Especially in regards to money. Do these folks any self-awareness whatsoever?


10 posted on 01/30/2013 9:00:06 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

He told us that’s not why he parks it there. Why wouldn’t we believe him.

What difference does it make? /hillary


11 posted on 01/30/2013 9:02:16 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: blam
" "We should not resign ourselves, Mr. President, to a distorted system that corrodes our democracy,..."

Ever notice how all of these leftists Democrats always refer to America as a "democracy" and never a republic?

12 posted on 01/30/2013 9:03:57 PM PST by StormEye
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To: blam

D-bagger.


13 posted on 01/30/2013 9:05:18 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: blam

As if he didn’t buy his SOS position.


14 posted on 01/30/2013 9:06:46 PM PST by stanne
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To: blam

Mr. Kerry, I’m sorry to report that some men can’t marry into money. Consider yourself lucky.


15 posted on 01/30/2013 9:09:14 PM PST by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: blam

Tell you what, Johnny boy. Let’s start by passing a bill that forbids unions from making those massive political contributions and then we’ll get back to you on next steps.


16 posted on 01/30/2013 9:11:17 PM PST by hometoroost
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To: blam

I guess Obama’s handouts of billions or trillions to supporters and donors don’t count somehow??


17 posted on 01/30/2013 9:14:19 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: AlexW

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“John Kerry, the richest U.S. senator”
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Only because of his wife. If it were not for her, he would probably have very little.<<<<<<

Entitlement doesn’t counts!

he is still a little person (just like a millionaire Michael Moore)


18 posted on 01/30/2013 9:22:12 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: blam
"The unending chase for money I believe threatens to steal our democracy itself. I've used the word 'corrupting' and I want to be very clear about it: I mean by it not the corruption of individuals but a corruption of a system itself that all of us are forced to participate in against our will."

Sorry, Jean Kerry, but you are getting the cart and the horse backwards. The trillions of dollars in money spent by the government, taxed by the government and regulated by the government is the corrupter. It will attract a few million dollars in campaign contributions, but that is nothing compared to the power wielded by elected officials. To put it simply, campaign money won't make a politician a whore because they are generally whores long before then.

19 posted on 01/30/2013 9:43:49 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: blam

I’ve never understood why wealthy liberals never get attacked for being part of that evil 1% at the top. Why is this?


20 posted on 01/30/2013 9:50:52 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: blam

I’ve never understood why wealthy liberals never get attacked for being part of that evil 1% at the top. Why is this?


21 posted on 01/30/2013 9:51:11 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: ReformationFan

John F. Kerry could only succeed in demonic-rat politics.
He’s otherwise a complete loser.


22 posted on 01/30/2013 9:55:56 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

23 posted on 01/30/2013 10:13:20 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: blam

Politics corrupted money, especially after the Annis Horribilis of 1913. There were genuine problems with plutocracy going back to the origin of the Republic. But we opted for aegresct medendo (or a cure worse than the disease) by sending gubmint in to regulate wealth, lest wealth own gubmint. Now wealth owns gubmint more than other, when the seething masses aren’t using it to steal their money. Everyone uses it against everyone, you see, which doesn’t sound like the best of all regimes to me.


24 posted on 01/30/2013 10:23:07 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane

Wealth owns gubmint more than ever, I meant.


25 posted on 01/30/2013 10:24:16 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: blam; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

The ugliest and richest gigolo in US Senate’s history!


26 posted on 01/30/2013 10:26:54 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: blam; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

Say, did Tayressa marry him in one of her drunken fits, or was it to become eligible for a green card?


27 posted on 01/30/2013 10:28:40 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: KarlInOhio

It’ll attract contributions to buy politicians to get at the money because the money is there. That’s what government is for, according to people like Kerry: taking money from here and sticking it over there, among other things. Whattya expect, people not to try and get at it, especially considering some of it is, in fact, theirs.

Takes money to make money. I prefer capital formation and such. But this is the system preferred by statists the world over. If they didn’t want moneyed corruption they wouldn’t mess with the economy. Then the rich would use government to invade other people and take their money the oldfashioned way. Ar least I’d be left alone.


28 posted on 01/30/2013 10:31:15 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: blam

What a crock of shit hypocrite he is as usual. His wife funds far left foundations to influence everything political, start at home Jonny Boy.

Old article on the wife’s loot:

http://petes.us/teresaheinz.htm


29 posted on 01/30/2013 10:38:01 PM PST by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85)
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To: blam
People like Kerry... You have to wonder. Could you sleep well, at night? Could you pick up a Bible, for example, if you were Kerry, and not be afraid that it would burst into flames at your touch?

It's difficult to conceive of a greater "apology" to Hanoi, for that big "misunderstanding" we once had with them forty years ago than to appoint this wretched individual to the seat once held by Dean Acheson, Dean Rusk and Henry Kissinger.

Obama's game of the ceaseless hustle, the seemingly endless stream of outrages, faints and thrusts, boasting and threats, and self-aggrandizement, designed to distract, divide his opponents, works (with the slavish help of his groupie newsreaders).

There is no other way to explain how his nomination sailed through, and few better examples of how low the Democrat Party has sunk than for him to have received their nomination for president in 2004.

I was an activist liberal Democrat, up to the middle 1980's, right up to the point Walter Mondale became the Democrat presidential nominee in 1984, largely by suggesting the "doctrine of separation of Church and State" meant Christians should butt out of American politics, plus the fact that he was so obviously a true-believing socialist.

Then Ronald Reagan came to Texas and gave that prayer breakfast address at the opening of the GOP Convention, that year. I was already alienated and unwelcome among Democrats, so their nominee insisted. But in that speech President Reagan merely said "politics and religion are, by necessity, related," and I knew I was not the problem. The Democrats of the New Left were, and I eventually came to believe, after years of study, I was not just in the wrong Party, but that Party presented a clear and present danger to the safety of the Republic.

Six years later I finally registered as a Republican... first and foremost to oppose the Democrats, not to compete in another "league."

Now there are so many professional Republicans who insist their future success depends on surrendering the culture war, the language, etc., to the Democrats.

I still say it's spinach, and I still say to hell with it.

30 posted on 01/31/2013 12:56:52 AM PST by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: Flightdeck

LOL! When TerAYza dies her kids will make sure JFK gets put on an allowance of their Dad’s money


31 posted on 01/31/2013 3:03:35 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: tina07

Can’t we just wait for TerAYza to start hostessing State Department dinners with a beer bottle in her hand and sharing her recipe for gin-soaked raisins

Maybe Kerry’s insecure flat-chested daughter will wear her see-through dress and showcase her tats again - perhaps the first time in history the world has seen the tats of a SoS daughter?


32 posted on 01/31/2013 3:07:50 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: Revolting cat!

Pass the Gin Juice Con raisins!


33 posted on 01/31/2013 8:08:14 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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