Alex D. Tocqueville stated after visiting America from France after the American Revolution, “America will be great as long as America is good.”
Maybe we should ask ourselves, has America ceased to be good?
The answer, to anyone with a remotely independent and inquisitive truth seeking mind, should be obvious. The millions of dead bodies and tortured humans that lay piled upon each other, the poisoned seas, air and decimated environments intentionally pursued all for the glory, for profits and power of an American empire more powerful than any state before it, gives ample testimony to the notion that this nation ceased being good a rather few year years ago.
When we lost our soul is also a worth question, which, as some of my readers know, I have not so arbitrarily used the true birth of our empire, 1898 as the most logical, if not most convenient date. It is also pretty reasonable to say that we were really never truly good, but that there was a time when the good was in the majority and outweighed the evil that lies in all states, as it does in all hearts.
Perhaps the most accurate way to look at the American experiment and the tipping point from good to evil, is to look at the second derivative of the loss of American “goodness” as the variance between what we could have become and what we are; between the myths, produced by elites to lull us into a false sense of humanity and lofty purpose in order to control us; myths of exceptionalism that are now visibly, and likely soon, violently fraying at the revolutionary edges, and the reality that is always the result of the pursuit of raw power and undeserved, morally unjustified wealth.
Take God, Judeo-Christian moral restraints, Puritanism, and the once almost innate respect for the rule of law and place them into the garbage heap of history and what is left? What is left is the propensity of the State, of America, to become nothing more nor less than all former empires that ground themselves to dust; evil. And evil is what we have become.
We have only one hope, only one: End and Dismantle the Empire Now.
I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it.
Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.
===General Smedley Butler
I have produced Eisenhower’s farewell speech several times, I do so because it is one of the most important and eloquent in our history. If some odd reason, you have never listened to it, I will strongly suggest that you find and listen to the whole speech.
First you should be struck by the fact that it is not written for the lowest common denominator of American intelligence, but for the opposite, with the assumption that most Americans at that time were more engaged, more knowledgeable and had attention spans considerably greater than the infantile garbage that our current political discourse pukes up at us as if we were as dumb and ignorant as we collectively likely have become!
Second, even then, the warnings of this general and President were drowned out by the sounds of America’s daily lives and the elites desire to bury it.
However, the power and unassailable wealth and influence of military industrial complex was made inevitable by the subservience of the State and the expanding empire to the siren calls of Wall Street and the crony capitalist system that was solidified after the ratification of the 14th Amendment to the American Constitution.
Eisenhower’s words are always worth hearing again.
National security is the largest institution in the world and also the most corrupt institution in the world in the sheer volume of plunder of America’s financial assets.
In my opinion there are only two things red blooded Americans should ever fight for; your fellow countrymen when you are being invaded, and the Bill of Rights.
====Conspiracy Facts: Neocons Unmasked (Cunningham, Cushman)
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is tired of “the corporate interests that we go abroad to slay monsters for.”As the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, Wilkerson played an important role in the George W. Bush administration. In the years since, however, the former Bush official has established himself as a prominent critic of U.S. foreign policy.
“I think Smedley Butler was onto something,” explained Lawrence Wilkerson, in an extended interview with Salon.In his day, in the early 20th century, Butler was the highest ranked and most honored official in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps. He helped lead wars throughout the world over a series of decades, before later becoming a vociferous opponent of American imperialism, declaring “war is a racket.”