Washington has turned into the thing that it freed itself from 241 years ago – a bloated and corrupt imperial power, desperate for taxes, constantly hunting down resources overseas…sustained by military might and control of the global monetary system. Arrogant beyond belief, oblivious to its own hypocrisy, and dismissive of the need to maintain the respect of other nations – the US government is a reflection of everything it was created to overthrow. 

Illustration by Rachael Bolton

“Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honour, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men” – John Adams, 2nd President of the United States.

When Adams wrote those words, America was an idea, a declaration of principle: government is the servant, people are the sovereign. This was a reversal of America’s colonial past, and was spelled out in the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…”

The Bill of Rights was subsequently created to ensure that this idea of America was underpinned in law – which is why it was written in the negative – to restrict the actions of government rather than to prescribe the rights of the citizen. Its purpose was clear – to protect the people from the government, NOT the other way round.

The same idea is echoed at every ball game, and every time an American sings the Star Spangled Banner, particularly in the crescendo: ‘The land of the free and the home of the brave‘.

John Adams, the second President of the United States and one of the world’s first economists wrote: ‘liberty once lost is lost forever.’ He believed, rightly, that government is the people’s servant.

But like any statement of principle, this must be renewed through action, and not just recital. There is a deep contradiction between the values that America espouses and the reality of how its government behaves, both internationally and at home.

Not one of the Americans that I communicate with, from the ‘left’ or the ‘right’…believe those words describe what the US has become. President Trump can make as much noise as he likes about ball players taking a knee during the anthem…but you cannot mandate belief, nor faith, nor confidence in government, however much the stock market goes up on a sea of credit. In 2017 the words ‘land of the free’ are hollow – a mockery of what the Founders intended, a mockery that is compounded by every foreign war, by each infringement of civil liberties, and in every instance a bank receives a ‘fine’ for egregious behaviour that would land you or I in jail. This is not difficult to grasp:

“The common sense of mankind demands that law shall not stop with the punishment of petty crimes by little people. It must also reach men who possess themselves of great power, and make deliberative and concerted use of it to set in motion evils, which leave no home in the world untouched” – Justice Robert Jackson, Nuremberg address.

Justice Robert Jackson called the Nuremberg defendants “men of a station and rank which does not soil its own hands with blood. These were men who knew how to use lesser folk as tools. We want to reach the planners and designers, the inciters and leaders.”

Washington has turned into the thing that it freed itself from 241 years ago – a bloated and corrupt imperial power, desperate for taxes, constantly hunting down resources overseas…sustained by military might and control of the global monetary system. Arrogant beyond belief, oblivious to its own hypocrisy, and dismissive of the need to maintain the respect of other nations – the US government is a reflection of everything it was created to overthrow.

Like Britain before it, America has become ‘The Empire on which the sun never sets‘…and like Britain did in the second decade of the 20th century, it has arrived at the beginning of the end game – the stage when the majority of other nations and peoples would prefer Washington to take its imperialism and shove it somewhere the sun doesn’t shine.

Denizens of the imperial city would scoff at such an idea of course – John McCain talks about other nations having a ‘thirst for American leadership‘. McCain may be utterly deluded, but he has a lot of ‘colleagues’ who know exactly what they are up to, and for whom they are working (hint – it’s not you):

  • Political appointees like UN ambassador Nikki Hayley.
  • ‘Think Tanks’ like Project for the New American Century.
  • Powerful foreign lobbies like AIPAC (on behalf of Israel) and Hill & Knowlton (on behalf of Saudi Arabia).
  • Corporations like Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics, who need constant war and/or the threat of war to keep the blood money flowing through their coffers

War is big business in the US, and is not confined to Washington. Each day at 5pm the Department of Defence website announces ‘Contracts valued at $7 million dollars or more’. For example, on 31st October 2017, Longbow LLC of Orlando, Florida, got $183 million for radar electronic units with the stipulation that the work will be performed in Orlando, Florida.

You can find more on this in JP Sottile’s excellent article ‘America’s Military-Industrial Addiction.

This situation I am describing here is aptly summed up by former NATO military analyst ‘The Saker’, writing in the The Unz Review:

“There is a widening chasm between the so-called ‘American values’ taught in schools and the reality of power. While officially the USA are supposed to stand for democracy, freedom and all the other good things advocated by the Founding Fathers, the disgusting reality is that the USA are in bed with Wahhabis, Nazis and Zionists. The all-prevailing hypocrisy of it all now threatens to bring down the entire US political system just as the no less prevailing hypocrisy of the Soviet system brought down the USSR. The simple truth is that no regime can survive for too long when it proactively supports the exact opposite of what it officially is supposed to stand for”.

Let’s examine this ‘exact opposite’ in greater detail:

1. The last three presidents elected by the American people ran on a platform of non-intervention – they lied:

a) Here is George W Bush during his first election campaign in 2000:

I’m not sure the role of the United States is to go round the world saying this is the way it’s got to be…we stand alone in terms of power, so if we’re an arrogant nation they’ll view us that way, and if we’re a humble nation they’ll respect us…I don’t think our troops should be used for ‘nation building’…I’m concerned that we’re over-deployed around the world…I don’t want to be the world’s policeman, I want to be the world’s peace-maker…

b) Here is Barack Obama during his first campaign in 2007:

I will promise you this…that if we have not gotten our troops out (of Afghanistan) by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do, I will get our troops home, we will bring an end to this war…you can take that to the bank.

c) And here is Donald Trump in April 2016:

We should work with any nation in the region that’s threatened by the rise of radical Islamic terrorism…we’re getting out of the nation-building business and instead focusing on creating stability in the world. Our moments of greatest strength came when politics ended at the water’s edge.”

Having promised the electorate that they would withdraw from the foreign intervention business, these administrations have delivered the following….so far:

  • An illegal war in Iraq.
  • The destruction of Libya – a state that is now so ruined that slave markets operate openly.
  • A failed attempt at regime change in Syria, which was conducted through terrorist proxies.
  • A continuous military presence in Afghanistan with no end in sight.
  • $5 billion invested in the overthrow of the elected government in Ukraine, fronted by John McCain and Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, wife of neoconservative strategist Robert Kagan – during a Democratic administration.
  • A military build-up around North Korea, including periodic ‘decapitation drills’ and a refusal to rule out a first nuclear strike.

The net effect of Washington’s duplicity has been hundreds of billions of dollars, the loss of countless lives, and of course huge profits for the banks and the corporations that ALWAYS make money out of state sponsored slaughter.

2. Washington is a debt slave to the banks

It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning” – Henry Ford.

Henry Ford said that if people understood the basic premise of a debt system based on fiat currency and the permanent damages inflicted by inflation, they would surely riot. And he would know. He profited handsomely doing business with the Nazis during WWII.

The government, the Fed, the banks and the overwhelming majority of ‘economists’ propagate the belief that banks are financial intermediaries – i.e that they take in deposits from savers in exchange for interest, which are then lent out to borrowers at a higher rate of interest – the difference between the two is the banks’ profit, which they earn for providing the service and taking the risk of borrower default.

This is a myth. What actually occurs is that banks create credit out of ‘thin air’, more accurately by computer keystroke, which is then lent to borrowers at compound interest, effectively providing the banks with a constant return on the productivity of the entire system…in exchange for…bookkeeping entries.

Under such a system, wealth trickles up not down.

Whenever you hear a public figure talking about ‘trickle down’ or the ‘wealth effect’ please know this: you are being lied to – that is not how the system works.

In short – the banking system is a scam.

It is outside the scope of this piece to describe the technicalities of the system. For that please refer to the work of Professor Richard Werner here.

If you are wondering why our highly qualified ‘economists’ don’t talk about this…if you are puzzled at how they could study economics for decades without understanding how money works…please be reassured that these folks are not unfeasibly stupid…it’s worse than that I’m afraid…they are liars.

Here is a short clip of economist Bernard Lietaer describing a conversation he had with a peer: Nobel Prize Winner, author of ‘The Conscience of a Liberal‘, Professor Paul Krugman of Princeton. It’s a short clip of 43 seconds and is totally self-explanatory. Having watched it, please keep a lookout for Professor Krugman’s liberal conscience, and be sure to email it back to him if you find it.

The bottom line is that the government, and through them, the taxpayer, are effectively ‘interest slaves’ to the banks. If you add up all the interest that the US federal government paid over the years 1870-2009, it comes to a total of $7.8 trillion. In 2009 the total public debt of the US stood at $12 trillion. In other words 65% of the debt was accumulated interest. Total debt was £38,850 per man, woman and child in the US and interest represented 26% of the federal outlays.

These figures do not include Social Security, Medicare or any of the other entitlements that are ‘hidden’ off-balance sheet. The debt has expanded to $20 trillion in the 7 years since 2009, and according to the Office of Budget and Management (OBM) the curve for interest is expected to go almost vertical between now and 2020.

This money will never be paid back, and it is not supposed to be.

It is supposed to provide the banks with a constant source of income and an ever-increasing proportion of the wealth of the nation.

This is rent on your existence – how do you like them apples?

3. There is no effective ‘opposition’ in Washington

On the majority of issues that make the greatest impact on the lives of ‘normal’ human beings, Americans and ‘foreigners’ alike, the Democrats and the Republicans are so similar as to make very little difference:

  • As I’ve already described, neither party is willing to make a committed stand against foreign wars, and neither party is willing to challenge the banks.
  • Both parties are willing to sub-contract economic policy to a group of blinkered academics who work for the banking cartel – the Federal Reserve. Both parties take money…lots of it…from Wall Street, K Street, and other vested interests.
  • Neither is willing to challenge Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine for fear of upsetting the Zionist lobby. Both have been willing to turn a blind eye to Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen, despite repeated warnings from the UN that Yemenis are undergoing starvation and an epidemic of cholera previously unimaginable in the 21st Century.
  • Both are in favour of the surveillance state. The FBI and the intelligence services do come in and out of favour with each party, but this depends entirely on whether one of their own is being investigated – the desire for the truth is absent – ‘winning’ is the only thing that matters.
  • The absence of effective opposition on the issues that really matter is exemplified by the soap opera that is ‘Russiagate’. The Democrats, unwilling to accept defeat, desperate for someone to blame, and supportive of the need for a bogeyman to keep the defence money flowing (AKA in bed with the neocons), are obsessed with any piece of ‘information’, however ludicrous, that can keep this pathetic farce alive. You can find an excellent analysis of this in Caitlin Johnstone’s article ‘Russiagate Explained’.

Given all of that:

  • Why would an American citizen trust either party to take a principled stand on anything?
  • Why would anyone doubt for one moment that given a choice between meeting a commitment to citizens and taking money from vested interests, neither party will have a moment’s hesitation before taking the money?
  • Why would any foreign power trust America to keep its promises?
  • Why, for instance, would Kim Jong-Un be willing to give up his nuclear programme when he’s seen what happened to the last two guys who did that – Saddam and Gaddafi?

The answer to each question is simple: They wouldn’t. Nobody in their right mind would.

President Abraham Lincoln predicted the corporate takeover of America. If he knew only knew the half of it…

Conclusion

The obsession with left vs right is a distraction from the vested interests that are the real enemy – the takers – those who manipulate each end of the spectrum, and in many cases fund both sides in a sick game of ‘Heads I win, tails you lose’. Politicians are bought, economists are screened, the media is groomed…the public is brainwashed. Personally I am not interested in blaming brainwashed people. I’m interested in exposing the parasites running the game.

If America wants the world to respect its ‘values’, then behaving in a way that makes a mockery of them is a very bad idea. So is showing a total disregard towards other people’s way of life.

The threat to the idea of America is not coming from overseas – it is coming from Washington.

The threat is not ‘left’ vs ‘right’; the threat is Government vs. The People.

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 and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavour to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed” – Abraham Lincoln, November 1864.

MarkGB

MarkGB

MarkGB is a retired businessperson with 35 years experience of working with people from 30 countries and six continents.He is is not a member of any political party and does not represent any vested interests. He offers an independent view on economic and political events as they unfold.
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7 thoughts on “Government vs The People

  1. Much wisdom.

    FYI, to avoid giving your critics an excuse to carp over details:
    1. the patently insane US Ambassador to the UN’s surname is “Haley” not “Hayley”.
    2. IIRC, The Saker was a Swiss military analyst. Switzerland is not a NATO country.

  2. This is an excellent overview of the oligarchic capture of American politics. As an American, I find it strangely comforting to know that the rest of the world is aware that we have lost our frigging minds. The voter recalcitrance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election has got ruling class panties in a knot over here and they are pulling out all the stops to wrest back control of the narrative. The corporate owned media in the U.S. Is aggressively pushing an increasingly narrow worldview, the most oppressive effect of which is not so much misinformation or biased reporting, but the suggestion that there are no rational opposing views. I appreciate the outside perspective on American politics that I have found in the articles on this site. I particularly enjoyed this writer’s grounding of his analysis in the aspirational quotes of U.S. historical leaders. That being said the final quote by Abraham Lincoln, although often cited, is probably a misattribution. (See https://www.snopes.com/quotes/lincoln.asp)
    You Brits keep up the good work for your estranged cousins ” living in the heart of the beast.”

    1. I’m afraid you shouldn’t look to us for salvation…it’s a neoliberal nightmare here too.

      We have politicians telling us we should accept authority whilst trillions (that’s thousands of billions for clarity) of dollars of speculative money wash through our capital every single day serving no social purpose other than seeking to make its already-rich owners even more rich. We too are commanded to refer to these people as ‘wealth creators’.; we too are lectured that they are good for us, and that we certainly shouldn’t tax them or they’ll leave and that would be terrible.

      Meanwhile, the potholes in our roads get bigger, the number of policemen on the streets gets smaller and our hospitals find it harder and harder to cope.

  3. Good stuff if rather depressing…

    I would add to the list of ‘distractions’ the current obsessions with ‘gender’ and ‘identity’ politics, which appear to be bordering on obsession in some quarters. Fiddling whilst Rome burns.

    The financiers do appear to have everything in their cold clammy death grip – I’m constantly shocked by how carrying vast sums of personal debt has become totally normalised in countries such as the USA and UK (and they not the only ones by a long way).

    Emerge from college with tens of thousands of debt…then take on a 35 year mortgage (no good..? Oh well have a 40 year one then. It’ll be fine…) – sunk in debt and shackled to the corporate lifestyle before you’ve had a chance to experience anything.

    What the hell will happen to society if interest rates are forced to rise? Totally painted into a corner, with stagnant wages and price inflation increasing – despite the fact that statistic is laughably manipulated for political expediency.

    I guess in this new ‘free-market (ha!) socio-capitalist world it will be up to the state to sort out the mess.

  4. All debt is a claim on future productivity and resources. The day is rapidly approaching when there will not be enough productivity and resources to satisfy those claims. That is the day the entire Ponzi scheme will crumble.
    But where is the detailed economic manifesto to replace it?

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