“The truth is that the State is a conspiracy designed not only to exploit, but above all to corrupt its citizens.”—Leo Tolstoy
Excellent Tolstoy quote from John Whitehead’s piece below, in fact truer words have rarely been written. American’s have been exploited, robbed, coerced, dictated to and murdered, not just by local police in the hundreds, but through our governments insatiable appetite for war, in the millions. The rot and corruption that eats at this nation lies not just in Washington either, but has become so ubiquitous, the honest, moral and civic minded citizen is the rarity.
We will puff and hem and haw over the recent incidents of the use of excessive force by the nation’s police and we will stress our moral outrage over the revelations of torture that we all knew about when it was fresh, we will dance and jump over the impunity in which we are dictated to and manipulated by our rulers and we will do nothing in the end. We will do nothing, because it is too late and our minds are no longer ours. We have become one with the Borg.
As it was once written “mene mene tekel upharsin”, so it has been again.
Being a citizen in the American police state is much like playing a game of cards against a stacked deck: you’re always going to lose. The game is rigged, and “we the people” keep getting dealt the same losing hand. Even so, we stay in the game, against all odds, trusting that our luck will change.
The problem, of course, is that luck will not save us. The people dealing the cards—the politicians, the corporations, the judges, the prosecutors, the police, the bureaucrats, the military, the media, etc.—have only one prevailing concern, and that is to maintain their power and control over the country and us. As long as they are dealing the cards, the deck will always be stacked in their favor.
We’re in trouble, folks.
We have relinquished control of our government to overlords who care nothing for our rights, our dignity or our humanity, and now we’re saddled with an authoritarian regime that is deaf to our cries, dumb to our troubles, blind to our needs, and accountable to no one.
Even revelations of wrongdoing amount to little in the way of changes for the better.