The regular readers are capable of making this distinction on their own, as I generally have a degree of respect for those who frequent this site, but for the skimmers I add: actus rea =/= mens rea. Great Americans died defending the interests of some very bad people in the last half century. We will all answer for what we have done in this life, the good, the bad and the grey areas that only He can divine the answers to. This is not an imprecation of who went, but rather an imprecation of why we did. The larger point is crucial here, D.C. is not America, it is America™. Half the battle is knowing, the other half is living like you know.
A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers. – Aldous Huxley
Tyrants don’t always come to power in a shower of violence. Often, they sweet-talk their way to absolute power, buoyed along by a wave of populist demand for someone to save the country from economic, military and political crises. Today’s politics are presented as the irrelevant left/right and red/blue model. The real issue is truth/lies, good/evil, right/wrong. You’ll never hear the names of those with true power in ‘reputable’ publications but relegated to 21st century samizdat. Gary Webb was unavailable for comment. The permanent government wants to do things its way and won’t put up with even a president telling it to do different things.
Your ‘riot’ is someone else’s ‘rebellion’. Protesting isn’t an act of freedom; it’s an appeal to authority. You aren’t fighting for your rights; you’re slaves begging for longer chains.
Some Americans have educated themselves but that isn’t understood by those who have made their way through the bureaucracy of standard education. Educating yourself escapes the mind control process of public ‘education’. The way to destroy any nation is to confuse and divide, and the ‘public education’ has in many ways accomplished that very thing.
For over a century the ruling elite has backed and promoted both sides to every major war it manufactures, just as it has selected, backed and promoted every ‘official’ candidate who ends up president; no president over the last half century has clearly acted in the best interests of Americans except one who was executed in 11/63. We’re living in an oligarchy where a handful of power brokers control the masses because they own and control virtually all the ‘elected representatives’ who function for their owners rather than for their voters’. It’s been operating this way in America for a very long time.
People are confusing their own empathy for others with some overblown idea about group-identity. They are not the same. People are becoming afraid of their own unique existence: it’s a social fear. A new social contract is being imposed on ‘consumers’. Either you get in line, or you have no rights: it’s a totalitarian idea coming in through the back door. America isn’t a limited government under the best constitution constructed, but a devolved rogue state empire, chief among ‘developed’ and ‘former colonial’ powers killing millions, harming billions, and looting trillions.
In reaction to Trump speaking about America’s history of violence ‘our free press’ are suggesting Trump will start targeting journalists for death as we’re told happens in Russia. We’re told since 2000, there have been suspicious deaths of journalists in Russia who came out against the government there. The opposition fear Trumps dislike of the media will escalate; “Trump has made no secret about going after journalists and his distaste for any news that doesn’t agree with him here. Do you find that this is a dangerous path he is heading down?”
Speaking of “suspicious deaths,” Michael Hasting’s death was awfully suspicious. Same goes for Gary Webb, LaVoy Finicum, the Kennedy brothers, Branch Davidians, Weavers, James Traficant, Andrew Breitbart and thousands more successfully covered up. Why do they attacked those who questioned their deaths as ‘conspiracy theorists’, but now they regularly suggest ‘suspicious deaths’ in Russia are actually assassinations carried out by Putin? Trump’s comments were pointing out that America has a history of murder.
The machinery, which maintains consent, ignorance and ideological conformity with the fictitious Business Ideology of the Empire operates in the open but isn’t noticed. George Carlin said they call it the “American Dream” because you have to be asleep to believe it.
‘Consumers’ equate America with ‘our’ government because in their minds, the federal government and the country are the same thing. For them, any criticism of government is criticism of America, or, to be more precise, criticism of ‘our’ government, for them, constitutes ‘blaming America’. The federal government and the country are two separate and distinct entities, reflected by the Bill of Rights, which expressly protects the country from the federal government. If you don’t acknowledge America’s crimes, of which there are many, you confirm America’s blame and have no starting place for actual change.
Defending America often involves publicizing, criticizing, condemning, and opposing wrongdoing by ‘our’ government.The federal government, and specifically the national-security establishment part of the federal government, has become their daddy, mommy, provider, protector, and their god so they get so worked up whenever anyone, including the president, dares to suggest that their federal parent/god has been wrong in any way. Children don’t like anyone criticizing their parents and religious types don’t like people questioning their gods.
When true believers speak about ’our’ government, and specifically about the Pentagon, the troops, and CIA, they talk in terms of ‘mistakes’. It’s always the Russians or the Chinese, the Iranians, etc. who are intentional criminals. When ‘our’ government does something wrong, it’s just a ‘mistake’, like pushing the wrong button on the soda machine, so the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqi children during the 1990s are an ‘innocent mistake’. Those killings were intentional. These people refer to the invasion of Iraq as a ‘mistake’. What type of mistake are they saying that it was? Was it a mistake because it’s turned out to be such a disaster for all concerned, or are they saying that it was a mistake because Bush, the Pentagon, and the CIA allegedly innocently thought there were WMDs in Iraq? If concern about WMDs had been a genuine mistake, wouldn’t they have apologized and gone home?
True believers tripped over themselves to thank the troops for their service in Iraq/Afghanistan, without bothering to notice that their ‘service’ consisted of intentionally killing people who were opposing the unlawful invasion and war of aggression against their country as you would do here.
The national-security state way of life has destroyed ‘consumers’ consciences: their sense of right and wrong. It has made them morally blind, unable to recognize the wrongdoing of ‘our’ government and, in fact, made them ever-eager to come to the defense of their federal god whenever it organizes any new crime. The Corporatocracy remains at the top of the power pyramid because it can always afford to buy as much democracy as it needs for the state to protect its power and profits. You are what you do.
Government power corrupts any person or group that comes in contact with it. Every group thinks that if only they were in possession of government that they would do things differently. This is delusion as few are benevolent enough to handle this responsibility. We keep the trappings of democracy, including seemingly free elections, while ‘our’ leaders control the election process, the media and the scope of permissible debate.
What sick person votes for any evil even if it’s the lesser?
‘Our free press’ is official propaganda owned and operated by our owners and is doing their assigned job in steering public perceptions. Media diversity is illusion as six corporations own ninety percent of ‘our free press’. Show me any ‘librul’ corporations.
The TV talking head is quite satisfied to obtain all his information from ‘reputable sources’. This mainly means government and corporate spokespeople. Not a problem. Every other source, for the talking head is murky and unreliable. He doesn’t have to worry his pretty little head about whether his sources are trustworthy. He calculates it this way: if government and corporations are releasing information, it means there is news to report.
It’s heartwarming that The New York Times and The Washington Post are troubled that President Trump is loosely throwing around accusations of fake news. It’s nice that some ‘consumers’ now realize that truth does not reliably come from the mouth of every senior government official or from every official report. Yet, it was only recently when the Post and Times were eagerly promoting plans for silencing or blacklisting independent news sites that didn’t toe the line on what ‘our’ government and its allies were claiming was true.
Polls go opposite government actions so often you can’t count. Freedom? Elections? Defense? These adventures are being pursued ostensibly ‘to make the world safe for democracy’. However, whenever the Empire takes over a foreign country, it puts in place a puppet government which isn’t the textbook definition of democracy. ‘Our’ government never misses an opportunity to portray the Russians as evil aggressors; a designation more suited to America. Repeatedly Russia has tried to tone down the level of aggression, while the Empire has been conducting a shoving match with the Russians, goading them into conflicts.
Enter the Russians. Given their history of interfering, and getting all those millions of voters in ‘red’ states to vote for Trump, and, given their propensity to favor anti-gay, anti-feminist, and reactionary religious views, it should come as no surprise that they had a hand in pushing him into power. It had to be them because things are so wonderful here and the hildabeest was such a wonderful candidate so there’s no other explanation for Trump winning.
– Craig Dudley