I have often wondered why I have not been able to get people to understand that our government is both corrupt and criminal. I frequently find myself doubting my abilities as a writer because I simply cannot get people to see that simple fact.
I have always felt that the principles outlined in Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the beliefs held by our nation’s Founders are as obvious as the nose on my face, so if I cannot get them to understand these things then the fault must lie with me. Then I ran across a quote by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov which caused me to reevaluate my position. What Asimov said was, “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
So maybe it’s not me, maybe it is the overwhelming majority of the people who inhabit this country. Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that the approval rating for Congress hovers around 6% yet the re-election rate for incumbents in Congress is close to 90%? Why is it that the people of this country re-elect these people when they feel they are doing such a bad job?
Aside from a few select friends, most people I know vote for candidates based upon which party they belong to, or upon the one who makes the best sounding promises which will benefit them as individuals. Very few ever stop to think about whether the things these candidates campaign upon are even authorized by the Constitution. In fact, if one were to ask, and get an honest answer, most people would tell you that the Constitution is nothing more than a historic document that has no real relevance in the world we currently live in. Most people I know couldn’t begin to tell you what the purpose of a constitution is, let alone what ours says. Far too many people seem to think that our government is all powerful and that we are duty bound to obey whatever laws it passes. For some reason they think that the government is more powerful than the states, or the individual, which simply is not true, they are our servants, not the other way around.
In 1791, Thomas Paine, author of the pamphlet Common Sense which helped stir the hearts of many in the colonies towards independence, wrote another pamphlet entitled The Rights of Man. In it Paine writes, “It has been thought a considerable advance towards establishing the principles of Freedom to say that Government is a compact between those who govern and those who are governed; but this cannot be true, because it is putting the effect before the cause; for as man must have existed before governments existed, there necessarily was a time when governments did not exist, and consequently there could originally exist no governors to form such a compact with.”
Do you understand that because it is imperative that you do. We created government, and therefore the creator is supposed to be more powerful than the creature it creates. Have you ever watched any of those science fiction movies like The Matrix, or Terminator? In them man creates machines which end up ruling over them when these machines were originally designed to serve them. Well, that is our government, a creature created by the people to serve us, which now rules over us without any regard to the document which gave it life…the Constitution.
Getting back to Paine’s Rights of Man, he goes on to say this about what a constitution is, “A constitution is a thing antecedent to a government, and a government is only the creature of a constitution. The constitution of a country is not the act of its government, but of the people constituting its government. It is the body of elements, to which you can refer, and quote article by article; and which contains the principles on which the government shall be established, the manner in which it shall be organized, the powers it shall have, the mode of elections, the duration of Parliaments, or by what other name such bodies may be called; the powers which the executive part of the government shall have; and in fine, everything that relates to the complete organization of a civil government, and the principles on which it shall act, and by which it shall be bound.”
Our Constitution, written in 1787, and ratified by the states in 1789, established our government. It outlines which powers it shall have, as well as the limits to their powers. When they were ratified in 1791 the Bill of Rights became part and parcel of the Constitution, thereby placing the rights protected by it OFF LIMITS to any legislative act, by both the federal and state governments. That is the law, which supersedes all others. (Article 6, Clause 2 U.S. Constitution) Therefore anyone, be they in the state, or federal government which violates the terms of the Constitution is a criminal. And anyone who votes without understanding the nature and purpose for which government is created, could be considered criminally negligent because their ignorance aids and abets those who would usurp, [use something without the right to do so] powers not granted them by the Constitution.
Yet today we have people who vote solely for a candidate based upon their party affiliation without the slightest consideration as to whether any of them have the integrity to uphold their oath to support and defend the Constitution. Yet this belief that the only viable option is to vote for a Republican or a Democrat grants both parties immense power which almost ensures that a constitutionally minded candidate never has a chance of getting elected.
This is exactly what George Washington said about political parties, “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
In a 1912 volume of The Outlook Teddy Roosevelt is quoted as saying, “The bosses of the Democratic Party and the bosses of the Republican party alike have a closer grip than ever before on the party machines in the States and in the Nation. This crooked control of both the old parties by the beneficiaries of political and business privilege renders it hopeless to expect any far-reaching and fundamental service from either.”
Unfortunately reality is much worse than the fact that the candidates we choose from have no regard for their oath to uphold the Constitution. The truth is that they have prostituted themselves to a small group whose agenda they must adhere to if they wish for their political career to continue. You can call these people the shadow government or you can go further by specifying which groups and organizations these people belong to, such as the CFR and the Bilderberger Group. Yet they are the real power in this country, and they don’t give a rats ass about the limits of power granted their puppets by the Constitution.
You can call me a lunatic for believing in this, but enough people who have served at various levels in our government have spoken of them, and their words were, for the most part, unheeded.
Going back as far as the 1860’s, President Abraham Lincoln, whom I despise for having obliterated States Rights, warned, “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of the country will endeavor to prolong it’s reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”
President James Garfield, who, like Lincoln, was also assassinated, once said, “Whoever controls the volume of money in our country is absolute master of all industry and commerce…and when you realize that the entire system is easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.”
In a 1912 speech entitled The Progressive Covenant with the People, Theodore Roosevelt said, “Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.”
In the New Freedom, (1913), Woodrow Wilson stated, “Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”
In 1922 New York City Mayor John Hylan said, “The real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, state and nation. Like the octopus of real life, it operates under cover of a self created screen…At the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller Standard Oil interests and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both political parties.”
In a 1933 letter to Colonel House, political advisor to Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt wrote, “The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson.”
In a speech delivered on the Senate Floor, William Jenner (R. Indiana) stated, “Today the path to total dictatorship in the United States can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by the congress, the President, or the people. Outwardly, we have a Constitutional government. We have something within our government… representing another form of government which believes our Constitution, is outmoded and is sure that it is the wining side… All the strange developments in foreign policy agreements may be traced to this group who are going to make us over to suit their pleasure.”
Congressman Wright Patman, who from 1965-1975 served as chair of the United States House Committee on Banking and currency, said, “In the United States today, we have two governments. We have the duly constituted government and then we have an independent, uncontrolled and uncoordinated government in the Federal Reserve System operating the money powers which are reserved for Congress by the Constitution.”
Even members of the Supreme Court have spoken of this shadow government. Judge Felix Frankfurter once said, “The real rulers in Washington are invisible, and exercise power from behind the scenes.”
I could go on and on with these quotes, but I think you get the picture. These are all insiders who knew of what they speak, and yet the American people still have faith that they still have some say in what their government does. People say that if something of this nature were true then the news would have told them about it. C’mon, do you really believe that, do you honestly think the news media is telling you the truth?
On the floor of the House of Representatives in 1917, U.S. Congressman Oscar Callaway stated, “In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press…They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers.
An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.”
Former editor of the New York Tribune John Swinton is quoted as saying, “There is no such thing as an independent press in America, unless it is in the country towns. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print.
I am paid $150.00 a week for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for doing similar things. If I should permit honest opinions to be printed in one issue of my paper, like Othello, before twenty-four hours, my occupation would be gone.”
Physicist Albert Einstein said it best, “The ruling class has the schools and the press under its thumb. This enables it to sway the emotions of the masses.”
Or, to quote George Carlin, whose observations were often more truthful than anything you hear on the news, “Forget the politicians. They are irrelevant. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice! You have OWNERS! They OWN YOU. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear.”
But the sad truth is that maybe only one out of one hundred people who read this will even begin to consider that what I have said might possibly be true. The rest will continue to go about their lives believing that we live in a free country where our elected representatives have OUR best interests in mind.
And, as I have already shown, even then if some of the people reading this actually began to believe it, they would still go out and re-elect their Congressman or their Senator because they are the lesser of two evils.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said that “Knowing is not enough; we must apply.” Well, for over a decade know I have been writing about our government, the Constitution, and how our government has been corrupted and no longer abides by the limits the Constitution imposes upon it. Yet aside from a handful of people I know, how many of you reading this have applied the information I have provided? Not that it would do much good, but how many of you reading this have EVER taken the time to write, or call your elected representatives to voice your displeasure with a piece of legislation? That’s what I thought.
So, if you really want to know what’s wrong with this country, don’t look to the government, go find a mirror and take a look at who is responsible for all the problems this country faces. It is because you don’t care enough about what is happening to educate yourself and get involved.
Thomas Paine once said that “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” So, if some day you finally wake up and realize that America no longer is the land of the free, think about something Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus at MIT once said, “For those who stubbornly seek freedom, there can be no more urgent task than to come to understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination.” Because the truth is that very little of what you believe to be true about our government actually is true, it is all lies fed to you to keep you believing that we still have a republic when the truth is that our republic has been dead for years because the people have neglected their duty to watch over their government.
May it rest in peace…