#UNRIG: Liquidate Congressional Wealth Under RICO Law and Give It Back to the People

#UNRIG: Liquidate Congressional Wealth Under RICO Law and Give It Back to the People

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Ben Bartee started this petition to US Attorney General Merrick Garland

An #UNRIG demand

An empirical 2014 social science study using highly accurate multivariate analysis found that "economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence."

This is not compatible with a functional representative democracy, which the United States is -- in theory. 

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18 U.S. Code § 1961 (RICO), per the Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute, explains the RICO law:
"racketeering activity” means (A) any act or threat involving murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion... which is indictable under... provisions of title 18, United States Code: Section 201 (relating to bribery)"
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The demand is straightforward: the serving federal Attorney General will do his or her job by prosecuting every member of Congress receiving bribes for bribery, a criminal offense under federal law.

Members who are convicted under due process per the US Constitution will forfeit the entirety of their financial assets under RICO provisions. 

This proposition makes all the sense in the world; the economy is in shambles due to the incompetence and indifference of the ruling class; the majority of members of Congress are millionaires; nearly everyone by this point understands that they are party to the largest organized crime syndicate operating in the United States.

In fact, if a Congress member hasn't yet amassed tens of millions as an elected government representative, he or she is on the relative "poor" end of the spectrum. Several congress members are hundred-millionaires.

None of these people earned their vast wealth through merit. They are not particularly skilled. They don't work harder than anyone else (Congress is only in session about 150 days per year). Generally speaking, they are thoroughly unimpressive specimens.

The standard US politician's one truly outstanding characteristic – the reason he occupies the positions that he does – is his total lack of a moral compass. This is the engine that generates his economic success. As Harry Truman put it, "You can't get rich in politics unless you're a crook.”

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