American Propaganda By Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
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Dandelion Salad
Aug. 17, 2010

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When will the people of this nation understand that those they trust to guide them and protect them have nothing but contempt for them? Everyday there are people who have no work and have used up their 99 weeks of unemployment insurance, they are called the 99ers. Every day the people of this nation look into their television sets and hear the propaganda of a nation that is hell-bent on empire because they fear their own imminent collapse. This won’t affect the trans-national corporate hierarchy; they will just move to another country, it’s all the same to them. There is no patriotism and no loyalty to the United States among those that sit on the mantle of power.

The majority of Americans are decent, hard-working people, but they are none the less… stooges. They have been indoctrinated from birth to believe in a set of core values that are designed to keep them subservient and docile. They are the victims of propaganda that emanates from the government and the corporate media, designed to lead them to believe that we are “defending democracy” even though we have no real democracy of our own.

We exist under an oligarchy and have existed under it from the time of our nation’s inception. The Constitution was designed not for the common man, but for those that had the wealth to exercise power. In everything that we see and hear, the powers that be (and have always been), tell us that we under threat. What are these threats? The answer is that a threat is anything that will allow those wealthy people that run this nation to make a profit. The profit motive is what drives this nation. It has destroyed the lives of ordinary citizens, workers and our military and shows no sign of abating.

The current war in Afghanistan was orchestrated so that our military expenditures could be justified, so that military armaments could be produced by the Military Industrial Complex while the American public learns about the war from the corporate media from bloodless, sanitized, government approved footage that makes the war seem more like a football game than human carnage. Meanwhile, as this nation sinks into irrecoverable debt, the military spending goes on and on. The American people know that something is wrong, but they can’t come to grips with the fact that those elected to see to our general welfare, really don’t give a damn what happens to the common man. The corporate world has become global, what happens to America does not concern them, the bottom line; profit…is really their only bottom line.

The fact that 80% of us only own 7% of the wealth of this nation is not talked about. The fact that corporations and the rich pay less percentage of income than the middle class is not talked about. The fact that the middle-class is almost gone is not talked about. While our industry has been outsourced to other countries, Wall Street makes money by moving financial inventions such as derivatives around like a classic shell game.

Capitalism is looked upon as something sacred. The mantra of “Free Enterprise” has been hammered into our heads by corporate propaganda since birth. Rarely does one read about the government’s shooting of men, women and children by the military and corporate goons when this country tried to implement trade unions. Our “revised” history books make scant mention of the imprisonment of the “Wobblies” during the Wilson Administration. Every major attempt to improve the lot of the workers in America has met with resistance from not only from the Capitalist bosses, but from the government that was charged to look out for its people.

The so-called “Tea-Partiers” are deluded and indoctrinated. They oppose taxation in its entirety. They are brainwashed to believe that taxation of the rich will result in job losses and an erosion of the middle-class. They can’t help it; they are hammered everyday and have no idea that they are being manipulated by the oligarchs of this nation to do their bidding. Look at the professional politicians that are supported by the tea party, they are almost to a man (or woman) rich. Who is fooling whom?

It is time to hold those in power responsible. This has nothing to do with a political party or even politics itself. The time for politics has come and gone. Working “inside the system” has come and gone. The “system” is their “system”. We need to mobilize and take action against those that would make us serfs. We need to take to the streets, and by our numbers convince this corrupted government that we are becoming ungovernable. Control is their only sacrament, only when they feel that they will lose this control will they be supplicant to the people.

When King Louis the 16th asked his Prime Minister if this was another protest, he replied “No Sir, It’s a Revolution”.

Contact Tim at: Read Tim’s Complicity to Contempt and Kimchee Days or Stoned Cold Warriors from Oliver Arts and Open Press.


We Hold These Truths… By Timothy V. Gatto

“All the News That’s Fit to Print” by Ed Dunphy

Who’s the boss? by Ed Dunphy

Michael Parenti: Deep Ideology: How Reactionary Agendas Shape Political Awareness (must-see)

Manufacturing Consent (1992)

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4 thoughts on “American Propaganda By Timothy V. Gatto

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  2. “Taking to the streets” is a metaphor. You are exactly right, however being civilized and courteous to those in power is useless at this point. As we boycott and strike, we need to show solidarity with numbers, ig: Taking it to the streets.

  3. For starters, all people have to do is stop trusting the politicians, stop believing any news the mass media feeds them, and question what’s really happening here.

    I don’t think taking to the streets is the answer. Getting in their face, holding them accountable, replacing the politicians, making the system work, holding a constitutional convention to devise a better system, operating out of sovereignty, networking with people in other country’s in a resistance movement, prosecuting acts of treason, war crimes, and other conflicts of interests and acts of self-interest, creating alternatives to our corrupt judicial system, and changing our ideas about wealth and who we show respect and admire… these are fruitful endeavors, I believe. But there are collective actions that could work better than taking to the streets, such as everyone just staying home and not going to work to support the war. Not paying taxes. Not buying BP’s gas. Every demonstration needs some kind of action that hurts their pocketbooks. MLK knew this very well. Why have we forgotten? Social change comes through strategizing, not just taking to the streets. You have to think, “What will work? What’s effective?” And if we succeed, what comes next?

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