I love social media (sometimes) because it helps us see that we are not alone and crazy. Others are as concerned as we are. What we need to do, each and every one is to pick a cause, get upset and get involved. Each of us must become pro-activists, passionate and skilled at creating nonviolently the world we know is possible, one driven not by books, religious-political propaganda and dogma, not by fear and greed, by the flowering of innate human kindness, creativity and values.
Regarding our recient newsletter:
Recall how with the fake Swine Flu pandemic ‘mandated’ was the buzz, teachers, nurses – the goal was ‘everyone’ in the world. Mandated! So the terrorists, the boggie man won’t get us. False hopes and false fears are converted into ‘false flag’ acts, designed to herd the population in profitable directions. (False Flag events are those created by a local government that points to ‘the other guy,’ the feared enemy to get the local population to go to war or give up their liberty, or do whatever they are told for the good and safety of the people. The Romans did it, Hitler did it. The USA-CIA are the best in the world at this.
Fear is ‘always’ the screen behind which our informed choices and civil liberties are taken away – and by who – by ‘the government’ that we have been sold to believe is there, like a loving parent, to protect and save us. BUT, this loving government, regardless of the original intent, has been infiltrated by corporations, that are not people, stock holders who are protected and yes mandated by law to do one thing and one thing only, that is, to make shareholders MONEY.
The soul job of a corporation and therefore the government they control with money - is to make money. One of the heads of Monsanto is now the head of the FDA, the very government body that is there to ‘protect’ us from Monsanto. Look under every department, every cabinet post, every section of the pentagon, health, and education and this same corporate corruption of the original intent of the agencies that shape our lives is there. Even the Supreme Court.
Do you really think that the members of the Supreme Court would proclaim that corporations can donate to political campaigns anything they want - wityout limits - if it did not benefits the corporations from influencing government policy?
To really appreciate what is taking place with this issue and with our government, and that means education, finance, health, corporate media, Fox-talk double speak news, our environment, our very way of life, we must wake up from the dream that the FDA and the CIA are there to protect US. After we sober up from this well publicized enchantment by design – we can act. And not before.
To get some perspective on this I offer an extremely important talk given by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr, New York City, 2004
Corporate consolidation (of government) is happening now. We are seeing the privatization of the American government and we have a government now that turned FEMA over to somebody who pays them campaign contributions. And the head of the Forest Service is a timber industry lobbyist Mark Gray, probably the most rapacious in history [Rapacious means to "rape". Not in the sexual sense but the older sense of plunder and destruction.]. The head of public land and mining industry lobby, Steven Griles, believes that public lands are unconstitutional.
The head of the Air Division at EPA is the utility lobbyist Jeffrey Homestead who’s represented nothing but the worst air polluters during his entire career. The head of Super Fund is a woman whose last job was teaching corporate polluters how to evade Super Fund. The second in command of EPA is a Monsanto lobbyist.
I did another piece in this month’s Vanity Fair that shows that the top 100 environmental officials in the Department of Commerce which regulates Fishery, Department of Interiors, Department of Energy, Department of Agriculture, at the FDA, on the EPA and even the relevant division for the Justice Department are virtually, without exception, lobbyists from the worst of the worst of the worst of these polluters. And this is happening throughout our government, not just in the pollution but everywhere else where you’re getting corporations who are now running American government.
What happens when you allow corporations to run our government? What you get is plunder. And I have to say this, the American people have to understand that there is a huge difference between free market capitalism, which is a good thing because it makes us more efficient, more prosperous, and more democratic, and the kind of corporate-crony capitalism which has been embraced by this White House.
The reason they shouldn’t be running our government is because corporations don’t want the same thing for America as Americans want. Corporations do not want free markets and they do not want democracy. They want profits and the best way for them to get the profits too often is to use our campaign financing system which is just a system of legalized bribery, to get their hooks into a public official, they use that public official to dismantle the market place, to give them monopoly control, and then to privatize the commons, to turn over our Treasury, our air, our water, our public lands, our wild life, our fishery, the shared resource of our society that give context to our community, that connects us to our past, that are the source of our values and our virtues and our character as a people, and we are turning that over, for profit, to these corporations.
We have to remember this, legally corporations cannot do good things. They cannot do true philanthropy, they can’t do things that are good for our country or for our community. When you see Wal-Mart bringing bottled water down to the Katrina victims, they’re not doing that to be good guys, they’re doing it because they think that over the long run the public view of them will be enhanced and that that will enhance their shareholder value and their dividend distribution. If they have another reason for doing it, any one of their shareholders can sue them and they will win that lawsuit. It is called wasting corporate assets. It is against the law in this country for a corporation to turn itself into a philanthropy. And if they’re caught doing it their board members will be punished and their shareholders can sue them.
We want corporations to be this way, to focus narrowly. We don’t want them to turn into philanthropies because nobody would invest in them. We want them to focus narrowly on shareholder value, BUT, we would be nuts to let them anywhere near our government because we designed them to plunder and that’s what they’re going to do to us if we let them run our country. That’s what they’re doing now. That’s why from the beginning of our national history, our greatest political leaders, Republicans and Democrats, have been warning Americans against the domination of corporate power.
Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican, said that America would never be destroyed by a foreign enemy, by an Osama bin Laden, but he warned that our Bill of Rights, our Constitution and our treasured democratic institutions would be subverted by malefactors of great wealth who would steal them from within.
Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican, in his most famous speech ever warned Americans against a domination by the military industrial complex. Abraham Lincoln, the greatest Republican in history, said during the height of the Civil War in 1863, “I have the South in front of me and I have the bankers behind me and for my country I fear the bankers more.” Franklin Roosevelt, during World War II, said that the domination of government by corporate power is “the essence of Fascism.” Benito Mussolini, who had an insider’s view of that process, said essentially the same thing. He complained that Fascism should not be called Fascism; it should be called Corporatism because it was the merger of state and corporate power.
What we have to understand in this country is that the domination of business by government is called Communism and the domination of government by business is called Fascism.
Our job is to walk that narrow trail between free market capitalism and democracy, holding big-government at bay with our right hand and big-business at bay with our left. And in order to do that we need an informed public that is able to recognize all the milestones of tyranny. To do that we need an aggressive and independent press that is willing to stand up and speak truth to power, and we no longer have that in the United States of America.
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