#SolidaritySunday 3/18/12 #OO to #OWS #OccupyOakland #Solidarity by greendoula
American flag depicted in distress, Occupy Oakland
Before anything else, let's make a clear distinction between America and its government.
America, its people, the vast continent plus Alaska and Hawaii are not the government.
The "government", and as we'll see momentarily includes its corporate/military/political abetting partners, is a separate entity and now something almost completely unto itself. The people are superfluous, necessary foils to that government to provide a fig leaf of legitimacy and the impression it's a republic, a constitutional democracy and a government of, by and for the people.
Nothing can be further from the truth. A republic may have been the original intent of the framers, but as Benjamin Franklin famously said, "A republic, if you can keep it".
To say the least that "republic" has been lost. As to the how, when and why of that loss is the focus here, although admittedly, hardly a comprehensive compilation of all government actions.
If one looks honestly at our "government's" actions particularly since the end of W.W.II, the cold war with the Soviet Union and now what has happened since 9/11 and the global war on terrorism, it is not a stretch to see the sinister nature of many government actions and realize there's been a transformation which has taken place that is anything but positive.
In the present vernacular of "connecting the dots", connecting seemingly unrelated events and concluding they are part of some intentional scheme would on the surface seem conspiracy thinking.
But in reality the real conspiracy has been the propaganda disseminated to the American people by its government and its triumphalist, sycophantic corporate media to distract from the real nature and intentions of the government by what President Eisenhower referred to in his farewell speech in 1961 as the "military/industrial complex". He saw the lurking dangers of a structure that could unravel our constitutional democracy and turn it into a state with no bounds, unrestrained and now without any adversaries capable of containing it in its single minded pursuit of exercising hegemony over the world.
And make no mistake; Ike's fears have been realized.
Yet how did this happen?
Again, if we view any single action by our "government", (i.e. the military/corporate/political complex, a more up to date version of Ike's message to the American people), in isolation as single, unrelated events and not interconnected as part of actual covert "government" policy, it could be a stretch to consider that "government" as having sinister intentions.
But if we do look closely, in reality our "governments" actions do form a recognizable pattern of malevolence, and when connected reveal the true nature and intentions of that "government".
In that regard let's take a look at some of these seemingly isolated "government" actions and we'll see a pattern.
As indicated above, at the conclusion of the 2 nd world war the U.S. was the supreme power, alone had the A-bomb and incurred no devastation from the war unlike the Europe, Japan and the Soviet Union. Of course when the latter attained its own nuclear capability in 1950 the cold war ensued and containing the spread of "Communism" became the all but consuming policy by the U.S. and was used to justify many sinister actions that could be said to begin with the CIA inspired coup of the legitimately elected Mossedeigh government in Iran in 1953 and the subsequent installation of Shah Pahlavi as the new strongman governing Iran.