Revolution or Evolution?
Can the American government be fixed?
When Britain’s 13 American colonies decided to declare their independence they thoughtfully created one of the most important documents and ideals ever written:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security...
On July 4, 1776 the colonies formally declared their independence and soon thereafter became the United States of America.
Britain did not let the colonies go easily and a war for independence dragged on. With help from France and Spain, the British were ultimately defeated and in 1782 Britain’s Parliament voted to end hostilities. The war was officially ended and American sovereignty recognized by Britain with the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
The Constitution of the United States came into force in 1789 and has been amended 27 times since. The most important amendment is the Bill of Rights.
The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the country and any laws or actions that violate it are in reality illegal, even if the Supreme Court rules that it is not a violation of the Constitution.
While the United States is presumed by most to be strictly a democracy, it was actually founded as a republic, not a democracy. The Republic form of government was meant to embody democratic principals while protecting individuals from the mob rule than can result in a strict democracy and uninformed or emotionally charged populace. It was believed that by distributing power into the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the government reason would prevail and the rights of minorities would be better protected.
James Madison said that in a pure democracy, “there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party or an obnoxious individual.”
The Republic form of government works fine until it is corrupted. Once thoroughly corrupted it may be impossible to fix because the people don’t have the power they would in a pure democracy.
Americans have too long failed to use their power to correct corruption and it has now reached the point where the U.S. is no longer a republic or a democracy but is instead an oligarchy, or plutocracy, with a populace that is merely told that they live in a democracy. Unfortunately, some Americans still believe that they live in the greatest democracy on Earth and eagerly support the erosion of their own rights by continuing to vote for corrupt politicians.
Federal Government Criminality
Is the U.S. federal government in violation of the Constitution and thereby illegitimate? Does it regularly violate international law? Has there been a “long train of abuses and usurpations”? Most Americans would answer the questions as “yes”.
The evidence of the criminality of the U.S. federal government is overwhelming. Since the list of abuses would take hundreds or even thousands of pages, we will just highlight a few of the most serious abuses.
Assassination of American Citizens
Obama is the first U.S. President to admit to ordering the murder of American citizens abroad. Previous administrations have killed American citizens outside of due process but only in secret or in the civil war.
The 7th amendment guarantees American citizens the right to not “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law”. Due process does not mean the President becoming judge, jury and executioner. It means that evidence of wrong-doing is presented to a court, charges are filed, a trial is held and the accused judged by a jury of their peers.
Some people would argue that Obama’s drone strikes are justified to save American lives from terrorism, yet most of the victims of the drone strikes are actually women and children, or other innocent people with no means to harm Americans. One of the Americans killed by an Obama ordered drone strike was a 16 year old boy.
Obama’s mass murder of children, women and innocent men, and his deliberate bombing of weddings and funerals only creates intense hatred for the United States and ensures that Americans will increasingly become targets of reprisals. The U.S. federal government also funds and arms terrorist groups and supports countries like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Pakistan and Israel who fund and direct terrorism operations. So, any claims about protecting American lives and combating terrorism is a nothing more than a flat-out lie to justify atrocities committed to perpetuate conflict and support the massive and immensely lucrative war industry. War has become America’s largest industry.
Obama claims that his murder of Americans is legal and points to a Justice Dept. memo to justify the crimes, but for a long time withheld the memo. Portions of the memo were eventually revealed but the key parts remain secret. Regardless of the justifications, extrajudicial killing of Americans is a gross violation of the U.S. Constitution, and is illegal under U.S. and international law as well.
Killing Americans abroad and getting away with it will only make it easier for the feds to justify killing Americans on U.S. soil by branding them as extremists or terrorists.
Terrorism is indeed a global threat but the first step to stopping it is for the U.S. to stop creating it and supporting it.
Imposition of Constitution-free Zones
The first Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Yet, authorities frequently ban free speech and assembly entirely or allow freedom of speech only in special zones.
State and local police regularly attack legal demonstrators and even bystanders with tasers and pepper-spray. They arrest people for exercising their Constitutional rights. To add further insult to injury, the taxpayers end up paying the court settlements to the victims of the abuse while those who ordered the abuse and carried it out go unpunished.
The federal government also restricts free speech by targeting journalists and whistle-blowers with surveillance, harassment, rigged trials and unjust imprisonment.
While the government can in theory temporarily impose martial law in extreme circumstances such as when the country is under attack or an immense natural disaster, it cannot legitimately suspend the Constitution in whole or violate it as a standard policy.
Theft of Citizen’s Property
State and local police and feds routinely take citizen’s property without due process of law. This is a violation of the Constitution but was supposed to have been made legal somehow through anti-drug laws, even though the Seventh Amendment guarantees American citizens the right to not “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law” and the Sixth Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.
Innocent people are routinely stopped for no reason while driving and any significant amount of cash they have is simply taken by cops. Cops in some states are now even taking funds from pre-paid debit cards. If someone is driving a vehicle that is especially valuable or strikes a cop’s interest, the vehicle is taken. The victims must then sue to attempt to get their property back and often the cases are disallowed or they are unjustly ruled against by corrupt judges.
In many cases, victims are intimidated into signing roadside waivers disclaiming ownership of their property. The cops threaten their victims with a felony conviction of being in possession of drug proceeds. Given the incestuous relationship between corrupt cops, district attorneys and judges, the threats must be taken seriously and relinquishing one’s hard-earned property in exchange for not spending years or decades in a hell-hole prison is an easy choice for most people.
The corrupt city of Philadelphia aimed higher than cars and cash and stole entire houses in their “seize and seal” program. They would seize a home and seal it, preventing the owners from accessing their home or property within. To get access to their homes, owners would have to agree to waive key legal defenses, including the right to trial. The city stole and sold nearly 1,200 homes and other real estate between 2002 and 2012 and pocketed the cash.
Theft by government is now a multi-billion dollar a year industry known as civil asset forfeiture. According to the Institute for Justice, the federal Treasury and Justice departments alone deposited more than $5 billion into their respective asset forfeiture funds in 2014. Add to this the state and local thefts by police and you have a massive criminal operation that greatly exceeds the $3.5 billion in losses from burglary by non-government individuals.
The secret No-fly List is a serious violation of the Constitution because it denies the right to due process. It impedes a person’s free movement and punishes people who have committed no crime. Most of those placed on the list pose no threat and the only reason they are put on the list is to penalize them for exposing government corruption, promoting Constitutional rights, questioning government authority or simply having a name that makes them an easy target. The list even includes dozens of infants.
At the same time, U.S. airport security is a joke and any reasonably intelligent person who really wants to, could easily carry out a devastating attack.
The idiotic requirement to remove one’s shoes is nothing more than an exercise in control and to condition passengers to accept greater violation of their rights.
The peep-show scanners used at airports have failed to identify a single terrorist. All of the little old ladies and children that have been groped and the people who have been humiliated has done nothing but cause fear, anger and compliance among travelers.
If a stranger outside an airport put their hands on a child’s privates they would be arrested as a child molester. If a boss felt up one of his employees he could be sued for sexual harassment. But, somehow it is OK in an airport and not only do we put up with it, we stand in long lines to have our rights violated in a Constitution-free zone.
Surveillance/stop and Frisk
I have been under varying degrees of government surveillance since 1985 when I attempted to expose illegal drugs & weapons trafficking by the Reagan-bush administration under what came to be known as the Iran-contra Scandal. I had been spending a lot of time in Central America and had friends who looked to me to expose the harm caused to their countries.
At the time, I naively believed that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) actually served the interests of the American people. So, my friends gave me information and I passed it on to the DEA. That didn’t work out so well and I quickly became a target for trying to do the right thing. I was harassed and placed under surveillance not because I had done anything wrong but because I posed a threat to criminal elements within the government.
So far I have been one of the fortunate ones. Many other witnesses to the Reagan-bush crimes were murdered. Attempts have been made on my life but in each case the attempts were somehow thwarted by intervention from unknown sources. Needless to say, I know something about government surveillance.
The Bill of Rights Sixth Amendment gives Americans the right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures. Yet, Americans are stopped and their persons, phones and vehicles are searched without probable cause or a warrant. The victims are often chosen by the color of their skin or the neighborhood they live in. Cops claim that their violation of the Constitution reduces crime but in reality it doesn’t.
One’s house can be entered at any time by federal, state or local law enforcement without your knowledge in a sneak and peak and items secretly taken or items left behind to frame you with.
The National Security Agency (NSA) has staff inside regional mail handling facilities who examine the mail of anyone on their list. The automated mail sorters divert mail for selected people or addresses into a special bin for NSA inspection.
The inspection also includes private courier and shipping services. Many of my packages sent by courier used to all be routed through an inspection facility in Washington state, even if the package was coming from and going to nowhere near Washington. Now there are many more inspection facilities for UPS, Fedex and other services. I have had many packages sent by overnight express take more than a week to be delivered because their are diverted for inspection.
A deep-black intelligence agent told me that all electronic communications worldwide are recorded by the NSA and monitored by truly intelligent Dna-based computers. The NSA’S immense biological-electronic mind doesn’t just monitor key-words or selected individuals but uses a wide array of information about us to create in-depth profiles on every person on Earth and assigns and maintains a threat level for each of us. However, the threat level is not about the propensity for violence or criminal behavior but the opposition that one has to the system. The more aware and informed a person is, the higher their threat level and the more likely they will be selected for intervention.
Highly intelligent people have warned repeatedly of the dangers of advanced artificial intelligence (AI), yet our government has created the most advanced and massive AI specifically to consider us as the enemy.
Is it any wonder that James Cameron saw his Terminator story in a vision – of our future perhaps?
Previously, the NSA kept much of their information to themselves and a few select clients. The Snowden Leaks were likely a CIA operation intended to replace the Director of the NSA with one more friendly to the CIA and ensure that the CIA started getting the full benefit of NSA intelligence. Their operation seems to have worked.
I once caught the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) using a popular anti-virus program to send them an index of my computer hard-drive. I called the DIA and left a message asking them to just talk to me if they had any questions about my activities. Instead of talking to me they broke into my house and trashed all my computers with a powerful electromagnet.
It isn’t just the NSA that is watching and listening. Local police departments regularly listen in on cell phone conversations without warrants.
Cell phones are used not just as warrantless tracking devices but all calls are recorded and scanned for data of interest. If someone is one of the tens of millions of people around the world designated for closer surveillance their phone is modified to act as a burst transmitter and it secretly records all relevant sound. The data is compressed and uploaded to satellite by burst transmission at a power that greatly exceeds radiation safety regulations.
You can check your wireless electronic devices to see if they have been government hacked by using a simple microwave meter to monitor the device’s transmissions when turned off. If there are bursts of activity at high power you can assume that all sound within range of the device is being continually recorded and transmitted for analysis and possible future use against you. However, by the time you read this they may have switched to a less detectable method.
It is generally safe to assume that everything you communicate by any means could be recorded and analyzed in violation of the U.S. Constitution. It is the policy of many government agencies at different levels to violate the Sixth Amendment.
One should be aware that many of those directly targeted for death by drone were chosen merely because they expressed anger towards the U.S. government by phone or text or expressed anger near someone with a compromised wireless device. Most were not chosen because they actually had the means to harm American citizens.
Increasing numbers of counties and cities are jailing people who can’t afford to pay fines for simple things like parking or traffic violations. Many of the fines are for bogus charges.
Being jailed for being poor only worsens the person’s poverty and ensures their rage against the system.
This is another gross violation of the Constitution.
Overthrow and Subversion of Foreign Governments
While the U.S. Constitution does not prohibit the federal government’s suppression of democracy in other countries and the overthrow of democratically elected governments, it is a violation of international law. It not only causes needless suffering and death in the countries affected, it also harms Americans by making the United States the most hated nation on Earth. It makes it more difficult for American companies to do business around the world. It ensures that Americans become a target for reprisals and impoverishes America while empowering a vile criminal element.
The United States overthrew Iraq’s democratically elected government in the 1950s to install Saddam Hussein in power because he would provide American oil companies with cheap or free access to Iraq’s oil. America overthrew Iran’s democratically elected secular government for the same reason. This destroyed the future of both countries.
In Afghanistan, the U.S. created and funded the Mujahideen to fight the country’s democratic government because it was friendly with Russia. This drew in the Russians to help the Afghan government. In doing so, the U.S. ensured the emergence of the Taliban and its continued rise to power and the rise of jihadism.
According to the prestigious Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, America’s wars against the people of Iraq and Afghanistan will ultimately cost taxpayers about $6 trillion, which is about $75,000 for every American household.
$75k could convert a home to solar power and put a new Tesla model 3 electric car in the driveway, which could then create savings of up to $10k a year in electricity, gasoline, oil changes and tune-ups. It could pay for a college education, or pay off a mortgage.
The wasted $6 trillion could fix all of America’s decayed infrastructure and supply plenty of well paying jobs. It could pay for a national health care system that actually works and doesn’t just enrich the medical mafia and parasitic insurance companies.
Instead, it has paid for the deaths of more than a million innocent people, made some evil people very wealthy and powerful and traumatized another generation of well-meaning American soldiers. It has also created a growing international terrorist force that can’t be stopped by force alone and won’t stop till it has its revenge.
In Honduras, the U.S. backed a coup that removed the democratically elected government and put narcoterrorists in power. This has resulted in the deaths of countless journalists, environmentalists and democracy and justice activists. It has further impoverished the country and robbed it of hope.
Why did the U.S. suppress democracy in Honduras? Because their President wanted to raise minimum wages and was friendly with Venezuela’s democratically elected and popular President, Hugo Chavez.
When Washington says that it is “supporting democracy” it usually means the opposite. In Guatemala and El Salvador, American democracy in the 1980s meant that the U.S. created and directed death squads that kidnapped, tortured and murdered more than 200,000 people. Most of those killed were the best and brightest and most qualified to lead their countries out of poverty and improve living conditions while strengthening democracy.
Once the death squad money stopped flowing, the CIA helped their killers become drug lords, who continue to terrorize their countries and continue to flood the U.S. with drugs and drug gangs. Honduras and El Salvador are the murder capitals of the world, thanks to American democracy building.
In most of Central America, American foreign policy has condemned the people to crime, despair and extreme poverty. Millions of Central American refugees are trying to find some place they can survive and these refugees will put increasing pressure on the U.S. economy and infrastructure.
America’s death squad model of democracy is now being used in Syria, Iraq and other countries.
The United States has more than 660 military bases outside the country. It has so many bases that it doesn’t seem to actually know how many it has and is unwilling or unable to provide an accurate accounting of them, just as it refuses to account for $10 trillion in taxpayers money that it is legally required to account for.
While there are a few exceptions, U.S. foreign policy does not result in democracy, a safer world or human progress. It usually results in death, poverty, corruption and despair. Yet, instead of decreasing its interference in the affairs of other nations, the U.S. is expanding it and by doing so it is ensuring its own demise.
Other nations will not tolerate American belligerence and interference in their affairs forever.
Replacing the democratically elected government of Ukraine with rabidly anti-russian neo-nazis and putting missiles on Russia’s door-step in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the American war industry is forcing Russia to once again become our enemy.
Russia has recently made repeated threats that it won’t continue to tolerate U.S.-NATO aggression much longer and if pushed further will respond with all means possible, including nuclear weapons.
Do we really want to start a nuclear war to support our war industry’s profits?
Can it be Fixed?
Americans still have the right to vote and could theoretically vote for people who are not corrupt and who could create positive change. But most Americans will continue to vote for the candidates mainstream media (MSM) tells them to vote for and feel good about their choice. They don’t realize that there are candidates that MSM doesn’t mention and if they did become aware of them they believe that if the media doesn’t promote a candidate they aren’t worthy of a vote.
Perhaps only 10% of registered American voters have the capacity to vote intelligently. The good news is that over 40% of Americans eligible to vote aren’t even registered to vote. This means that if the 40%+ voted with the intelligent voters, some positive change could be created, provided that the electronic voting machines didn’t flip their votes or the Electoral College didn’t betray the will of the people.
The problem with a republic or democracy is that it takes an informed and intelligent populace to make it work. If the populace chooses to not be informed and makes poor choices in the voting booth, the country ends up with the kind of criminal regime that America now suffers and probably deserves.
Revolution of Evolution?
Given the fact that the current U.S. government is far worse than the British government that America’s founding father’s declared independence from, what would the founding fathers do if they were here now?
The method they chose in 1776 could simply not work today. If a group of influential people collectively announced their independence from the federal or state government they would initially just be ignored and likely lost in the noise that overwhelms most people. If they took up arms they would be imprisoned as domestic terrorists or killed on site. America’s prisons are full of political prisoners who sought to create positive change. Most of them have no hope of ever getting out because they could inspire others to seek change.
The U.S. has the capacity to imprison millions of additional people and has already identified all of those that could pose a threat. Armed resistance to the world’s most powerful military force is simply not a viable option unless every American stood up at the same time, and the won’t happen.
Surveillance and infiltration of every progressive online and offline group means that one could not build a support base over time. There is no potential for a mass movement unless it was almost spontaneous and massive (viral). Creating a viral political movement might be possible but would be risky for all involved.
The reality is that most Americans are so overwhelmed by media and just trying to pay their bills that they don’t have the time or attention span for change or the willingness to risk imprisonment to change something that is maybe not yet so bad for them. The ancient Romans found that the masses could be controlled with bread and games. Not much has changed since the days of gladiators. Now it is fast food, mass media and cartoonish political candidates.
Most of America’s potential young revolutionaries are eating junk food, playing video games, texting or updating their Facebook page. They are certainly not out having heated political discussions in a dimly lit dive or loft apartment as they might have been in a preInternet age.
Many of those who are willing to stick their necks out are misguided and believe that merely attending demonstrations is going to somehow change things. They don’t realize that opposing what they don’t want isn’t going to create what they do want.
Certainly protest has its place and is necessary at times, but it will not rid government of the sociopaths and psychopaths who do the bidding of criminal corporations. It will not replace a corrupt Supreme Court that continues to violate the Constitution and betray the people.
The primary reason that the United States has been eroded is not just the conspiracy of evil men (and women), but the choices each of us make every day. The evil that infests the world serves the purpose of showing us what we don’t want and the consequences of our neglect. It encourages us to create what we do want. We just have to play closer attention to get the message and understand that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive..., it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.
The Way Forward
It is time to clarify what we do want and make different choices, and there are many good choices that we can make that will create positive change.
Instead of being consumers of corporate media that is designed to mislead and control us, we can become the media and spread our own informed messages and support other real media. When you give CNN, MSNBC, Fox or other ‘network’ media your attention you are choosing to be lied to and let someone else do your thinking for you.
We can let advertisers who support bad media know that we will boycott them if they continue to support disinformation media and encourage them to support beneficial media.
We can think for ourselves instead of letting others tell us how to think. We can share our thoughts with others, even when it goes against the messages being beamed out by mass media.
We can insert ourselves into local government and recruit other intelligent and good people to displace those who don’t serve the needs of the people.
Instead of buying the products of corporations that try to control our government we can boycott them and let them know why.
We could even be as bold as America’s founding fathers and create a new political system and put an end to the corporate controlled two-party system.
I have thought about the creation of a new political party to end all political parties. It would be called the Sustainable Prosperity party and it would create sustainable prosperity by taking our power back from criminal multi-national corporations, end all lobbying and convert the corrupt war industry into a constructive force of good to mitigate and adapt to climate change (our greatest threat). It would engage the people in government and give them the information they need to make wise choices. It would end all political parties and transform government into a useful service, controlled by us, the people.
Electronic media negates the need for representatives. We can evolve beyond the republic political model, do away with the existing Congress, become a new Congress and make our own choices. Instead of having corruptible representatives make choices for us, we the people could consider both sides of an issue and make our own choices based on accurate information and sound judgement. If we make a mistake we can learn from it and correct it.
It is true that few people have the time, attention span or capacity to understand complex issues and many would make bad choices, but that could change. Instead of spending hours a day zombied-out in front of mind-control TV programs we could participate in a government issues channel and choose to educate ourselves on the important issues so that we could make good decisions.
At the same time that I have such fanciful thoughts, I accept that trying to fix the mess that is the American government may be impossible and that it may be delusional to think that it can be fixed. But I also realize that some of those who have made a real difference were somewhat delusional, or maybe they just saw possibilities that others did not yet see.
Just because the great American experiment in democracy is failing now, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be fixed and succeed. Failure is what fuels our evolution and it is only by learning from it that we can succeed.
“Failure provides the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.” ~ Henry Ford
“Every great cause is born from repeated failures and from imperfect achievements.” ~ Maria Montessori
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot ... and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed.” ~ Michael Jordan
“There is something to be said for keeping at a thing, isn’t there?” ~ Frank Sinatra
I still have faith in the people to make sound choices when given an honest and forthright playing field. The criminal element is the minority and good people are the majority.
I believe that it is time to wake up, step up and take back our country! Who is with me?
Declaration of Independence drafting committee presenting its work to the Congress. Painting by John Trumbull
Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson working on the Declaration. Painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1900.
Surveillance drone over New York City. Photo: Ivan Cholakov / Shutterstock.com