All you need to know about “American democracy”: Money gets power. Power gets money. But we live in a country where many people still believe that politicians want to do good.
Students at U.S. colleges and universities: Most should not be there. Especially Chinese studying science.
Professors at U.S. colleges and universities: Most should not be there. They are not teaching anything worthwhile.
Thousands of “administrators” with six-figure salaries at U.S. colleges and universities: Almost none of them should be there. Many should be in prison.
The latest $70 billion dollar “defense” budget: Only a small fraction actually defends the American people. Many essential actions for defending the American people are not carried out. Many of the overseas expenditures are ill-advised and invite blowback. We live in a country in which many people believe that dropping deadly drones on civilians in Afghanistan is “defending America.”
Current censorship efforts on social media and of independent thinkers: Speech is not censored because it is false---it is censored because it is true. The Powers-that-be have no interest in suppressing what is false, which indeed they often propagate themselves. Their censorship is of truths they don’t want known.
Multiculturalism at the movies: The film 12 Strong, concerns the U.S. Special Forces Team that was the first into Afghanistan after 9/11 and made a successful raid on the Taliban. The movie version of the event includes among the 12 a black and a Mexican, both of whom are given more screen time and personality development than all but two of the soldiers. There were no such persons in the all-white combat unit. We have seen the minority pandering often in the media. What is the cost of distorting history? Dr. Johnson observed that those who distort the record are enemies of humanity.
Looking again at 9/11: A government which spent $3 billion per annum on “intelligence” was not able to prevent this attack. In fact, a group of low IQ foreigners with plastic knives were able to blow up part of the headquarters of the “greatest military on earth.” The malefactors were mostly Saudi Arabians who should not even have been in the country, and were financed by Saudi Arabians. President Bush responded by protecting his Saudi Arabian friends, urging Americans to go shopping, and launching an illegal and catastrophic war of choice against Iraq, which had nothing to do with the matter. He and his honoured advisers justified this with LIES. When later called to account for the lies which cost much in American lives and treasure and in permanent disruption of peace and permanent danger to Americans, they shrugged. Bush’s actions were the clearest act of treason in American history. Nobody has been called to account and almost no attention has been paid to the actual facts of this major event. The Founding Fathers accepted it as vital that rulers be held accountable for their deeds.
The “war on terror”: The U.S. government has militarily supported terrorists in Syria against a legitimate government which keeps stability and tolerates Christians. Some of these terrorists are associated with those who have attacked the U.S. Why? How can this possibly be in the interest of the American people? Donald Trump was wrong when he claimed “we defeated ISIS.” The Syrians and Russians defeated ISIS despite all the U.S. could do to prevent it under the discredited neocon delusion of “regime change.”
Fall of the Soviet Union: The end of expansive Communism with the fall of the Soviet Union offered one of the greatest hopes ever seen for lasting world peace. The U.S. government destroyed this hope by continuing to taunt Russia and interfere with matters on its immediate borders. This cannot possibly be in the interest of peace or the welfare of the American people. Why is a President who promised not to do this now enthusiastically doing it? Inquiring adults want to know.
Charlottesville: A false history of this event has been institutionalised in the news media, public discussion, and even in documentary films. According to this tissue of lies, a riot of “white supremacists” and “neo-Nazis” was justly suppressed. The truth: The organisers and participants in “United the Right” had a legal meeting permit to hear speeches. Instead, they were attacked by busloads of “antifas,” some with phony Nazi uniforms and many with deadly weapons—pistols, flame-throwers, etc. Any violence by the “alt-right” was defensive. The city government and police force stood by while the antifa worked their violence and then used that as an excuse to suppress the legal gathering. The few leftists arrested for violence were not prosecuted. The event participants were. And one poor fellow has been sentenced to 400 years in prison for what was at worst involuntary manslaughter. What are we to think of a regime that rests upon enforced lies?
LBJ declared war on poverty. Nixon declared war on cancer. Nancy Reagan declared war on drugs. Bush declared war on terrorists. Trump declared war on illegal immigration. How are the wars going, folks?
Joseph R. Stromberg
3/22/2019 08:25:54 am
Succinctly devastating. A summary to end all summaries.
3/22/2019 09:01:43 am
Thanks to Dr. Wilson for another outstanding essay. General Smedley Butler's 'War Is a Racket' is always worth another reading. Warisaracket.com. The appointment of warmonger and Dixie-hater Nikki Haley to the Boeing board of directors is a prime example of the racket. As UN ambassador, she was always a reliable mouthpiece for attacks/military interventions, i.e., bullying the rest of the world. Halliburton, Boeing, Raytheon, GE, Lockheed Martin, et al, can't make billions of dollars in profit each year if Uncle Sam is not 'at war' with somebody.
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Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews