The simple fact is that we have lost our democracy (if we ever had one to begin with). Sure, the government gives us an appearance of Democracy but the facts are that the people are excluded from any decisions! In this article I’m going to provide the reader with links to most of what I claim. This is what most readers and site owners now require. Unlike the mainstream media that throws opinion out when supposedly covering the “news”, those in the alternative media now desire that their writers show proof of what they write. Here’s an example of Russia Today defending itself from charges that they are “anti-American”. Media assault on RT
I will attempt to back up everything I say with a link to the source. I’m hoping that in this way, alternative news will be a place where one can get real news that people can trust and not the kind of opinionated double speak that now dominates the mainstream media.
The facts are clear. The Congress of the United States is beholden to the corporate interests that put them in power, not the American people. (http://prospect.org/cs/articles?article=corporate_control_of_north_america)
Like Bernie Sanders that said this in 2002, I have also been warning America since 2006 when I said:
“The future of this nation is in the hands of its people, not in the hands of its corporations. To give our government to the corporate world would turn our country into a subsidiary of sorts. The way to govern a country is to listen to the will of its people, not to the power brokers. That is the difference between fascism and democracy. That is the choice we have to make. The corporate world will not see solving the problem of global warming in its best interests, or the starvation in Africa and elsewhere in the world. A corporate America will not raise the minimum wage or reduce taxation on the poor. A corporate America will not strive to build a solid sustainable middle class or an alternate source of fuel besides the fossil fuels that we are now using. A corporate America will use the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as things that have served their purpose in the past, but are no longer practical in the “New World Economy”. A corporate America will also mute our voice. Our voice will not be muted.”(http://liberalpro.blogspot.com/2006/08/corporations-and-new-world-order.html)
Well, the dirty deed has been done. The Congress has been fully co-opted by corporate interests. Don’t expect them to solve the problems that ordinary Americans face. Don’t expect them to demand that those who caused this mess in our economy to pay back the taxpayer or to face any indictments for their malfeasance. Our government wants the taxpayers to continue to bear the brunt of Wall Street’s debacle. That means even if it has to eliminate the Middle Class.
Don’t expect to vote your way out of this. The Republicans are just as bad, if not worse. Every Federal elected representative is on the take. Yes, that includes Dennis Kucinich who voted FOR Obama care along with Bernie Sanders. Maybe the only one in Congress that is squeaky clean is Dr. Ron Paul. That still only leaves one out of 535. That’s not a good percentage.
So what can Americans do about it? Well the only way I know is to demand “Regime Change”. We do it in other nations that are sovereign states, even though this is clearly contrary to Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter:
“The UN Charter’s prohibition of member states of the UN attacking other UN member states is central to the purpose for which the UN was founded in the wake of the destruction of World War II: to prevent war. This overriding concern is also reflected in the Nuremberg Trials’ concept of a crime against peace “starting or waging a war against the territorial integrity, political independence or sovereignty of a state, or in violation of international treaties or agreements…” (crime against peace), which was held to be the crime that makes all war crimes possible.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapter_VII_of_the_United_Nations_Charter
We have violated that Chapter so often, if we weren’t a member of The Security Council, with the power to veto any resolutions, I would venture to say that we would be under UN sanctions now for our actions since the end of World War II. (http://www.guernicamag.com/interviews/298/americas_century_of_regime_cha/)
Here in the United States the rhetoric coming out of Washington is that the nation is basically broke and must cut entitlements and benefits along with social programs. This is the height of hypocrisy. The facts are that the United States is still the richest nation on the planet. We have almost triple the amount of GDP for China, with only a fourth of China’s population. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_%28nominal%29)
So where is all of our wealth going if the figures above are true? I can only look at the facts to answer this. In 2010 our military budget (without additional appropriations) was $687.105 Billion. The nation closest to the U.S. was China with $114,300 Billion, one sixth of what we spend. The third biggest spender was France with $61.285 billion. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_budget) That means France spent only one eleventh of what the United States spends. Doesn’t that give you pause? It sure as hell makes me livid!
With all of that money spent to “keep us free”, it really is a way to “keep us poor”. Even the most rightwing person has to ask himself this question, if any country with a nuclear weapon and a missile system that could deliver it, what would happen if they sent three nuclear weapons to the United States and detonated them in the west, central and east, twenty five miles over this country? Because of the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) it would generate, the result would be the total elimination of our power grid, our automobiles and anything that held a computer chip in it. (including our missile silos).That would mean that the railroads and trucking would stop, all the planes would fall out of the air (3,000 is the average number of planes flying at any given time), and would result in the total break-up of this country, starvation, civil unrest in the form of looting, murder, and gang control. Where would the majority of our military be?
I have only mentioned some of the problems we face. The reality is that our lawmakers, our President and his staff (regardless of what Democrat or Republican that may be), are all controlled by the Military-Industrial-Corporate Complex, not by the American voter. What happens at the Bilderberg Conference is what direction this country will take. This is not a “conspiracy theory”, and if it is, than many, many people in the media are crazy. This is the heart of the MICC.
It is the duty of every American to uphold the Constitution and decide what form of government we desire. I’m sure that the founding fathers would not claim this nation if they saw what it has morphed into. We are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya and now Yemen with numerous other minor military adventures. How much can the American people afford? The richest people in America that control this MICC will make fortunes from these wars, meanwhile the poorest of Americans will lose whatever wealth they have.
“These data suggest that wealth is concentrated in the hands of a small number of families. The wealthiest 1 percent of families owns roughly 34.3% of the nation’s net worth, the top 10% of families owns over 71%, and the bottom 40% of the population owns way less than 1%.” (http://www.faculty.fairfield.edu/faculty/hodgson/courses/so11/stratification/income&wealth.htm)
So what alternatives do we as a people have? Well my recommendation is to do what our very own government is doing throughout the world. Regime Change, it is very clear that this government we have is not working for the people and however we vote for their corporate controlled candidates will not change the current paradigm, the only choice is revolution.
Am I serious? I’m serious as a heart attack. The only thing that we must figure out is how we go about it. Nobody wants a violent revolution. We must do it the same way that the Egyptians did theirs. Civil disobedience, persistent demonstrations and general strikes will force this government to its knees. When the government capitulates, we need to clear out the Senate, The House of Representatives, and the executive branch. We must hold a new Constitutional Convention from all the fifty states and put an interim President in place. Then we must rewrite our Constitution, saving the best of it and throwing out all the laws that have stripped it from its original intention. (The Patriot Act, The John Warner Defense Bill rider, The Military Commissions Act and the FISA Laws.)
This article and the propositions I put forth may not go over well with many of you, but put it aside. I can guarantee that before long you too will see that this is our only alternative. For those that don’t know it, I spent almost 21 years in the U.S. Army. The fact is that I should be the last person to call for regime change in America. I live comfortably on my Social Security and Military pension. Still, even though my life is good, I abhor what our government is doing to its people, the people I gave 21 years of my life to. I hope you take what I wrote seriously. I’d hate to get the backlash that I may face and have no impact on anyone. Good luck, that’s all I can say. If Americans finally admit that they have had enough, I’ll be there in the fray.
- Where America Is and What We Can Do About It By Timothy V. Gatto (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
- I Am a Dissident By Timothy V. Gatto (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)