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Hemp, and Empire

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Rand Clifford

"...the continuous consolidation of money and power into higher, tighter and righter hands."

That was GHW Bush's answer to reporter Sarah McClendon's question in 1992 regarding what Iran-Contra was all about. He also told her that, "If the American people really knew what we had done, we would be chased down the streets and lynched."

Extraordinarily candid of "Poppy" Bush, revealing not only the fundamental goals of Iran-Contra, but also the ultimate goal of financial Elites, now and always. For those people who really pay attention, Poppy's candidness was generic, dredging up moans of, "Oh...really?" And to our distracted masses who chronically pay little attention, it was mere wasted insight, naked truth--especially the part about what the American people would do if they "...really knew what we had done..." Can you imagine mainstream media (MSM...also known as, CorpoMedia) giving the masses truth about what is being done to them? CorpoMedia tells the masses exactly what they want the masses to believe; truth is irrelevant. They call it "perception management". What do you think about having your perceptions managed?

And speaking of lynchings...even with the list of treasonous candidates so bloated, and growing every day, there will be no lynchings--at least not until the masses learn to think for themselves instead of simply slogging along in a fantasy land spun for them by CorpoMedia, slogging along imagining there is meaningful truth amid the monolith of daily official lies; imagining TV has anything to do with reality, especially, "reality" TV.

So what about our representatives in Washington D.C.? In 2009 the average net worth across the Senate was $13,989,022.98, led by Herb Kohl, a Democrat from Wisconsin, who was worth an estimated $214,570,011 in 2008. In the House of Representatives there are actually a few who officially declare a negative net worth...while the highest net worth goes to Darrell Issa (R-California), almost $165 million. Such are the monied hands our government OF The People, BY The People, FOR The People has been financed into. Are you a multi-millionaire? Is your neighbor? How many multi-millionaires do you know personally? These are not The People, and they are not FOR The People.
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After the Supreme Court recently ruled that there are no limits to the amount of money corporations may spend to influence elections, ownership of our government OF the Elite, BY the Elite, For the Elite, though obvious for so many years, has now been officially cemented--even beyond such contemporary jokes as "e-voting". Who do you think is laughing?

Perhaps it only makes sense that the Elite own our government, since they own practically everything else. In 2009, the wealthiest 10% of Americans owned 71% of all US assets, with the wealthiest 1% owning 38%. And if that lopsided distribution of wealth isn't hideous enough, our recent collapse of financial markets because of Wall Street Casino devilry turned into the greatest upward transfer of wealth in history. All we can expect is more of the same, especially considering the quadrillion? dollars worth of casino currently being obscured on Big Bank balance sheets.

By the way, the bottom 40% of Americans control 0.2% of wealth in America.

The way things are going, if we can somehow avoid extincting the human species, it won't be long before a handful of oligarchs and their minions, the "...higher, tighter and righter hands", control virtually all of the world's wealth, while everyone else is essentially a slave.

However, there IS a natural ally that has been saving people for thousands of years, one powerful enough to save us even from our globalist/imperialist/capitalist miasma. That natural powerhouse older than money is hemp.
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Hemp...a more useful, beneficial crop is hard to imagine. Throughout the history of civilization hemp has been the ultimate famine buster; hemp seed is our best source of vegetable protein, one of nature's finest foods. Legendary also for its versatility, hemp today offers thousands of products that could replace so many modern consumer goods with natural, often cheaper and better alternatives...one has to wonder if it will ever be legal again to farm industrial hemp in America, considering its potential for reallocation and spreading around of wealth.

In the early days of our "republic", in many situations it was illegal not to farm hemp. Then in the early 1930s, machinery to greatly reduce the labor-intensity of hemp farming was developed. Popular Mechanics magazine, in February of 1938, ran a cover story praising the new machinery to make hemp so competitive, hailing hemp as "The New Billion-Dollar Crop". Alas...it was already looking black for hemp; in 1937, congress had passed an illegal tax law that essentially outlawed hemp farming in the United States. Surprise!

"Reefer Madness" was being hammered into the heads of Americans by William Randolph Hearst's national chain of newspapers, with help from other media. Then came WWII, and the feds' new film "Hemp For Victory!" They glorified hemp as an indispensable ally, doing all they could to entice farmers into growing hemp for the war effort. They actually told the truth.... Hemp helped us win the Big War...then the feds resumed their mantra about marijuana being the "Assassin of Youth". Any hard evidence of "Hemp for Victory" went down the memory hole, they hoped....

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Rand Clifford lives in Spokane, Washington. His novels and earlier essays can be found at http://www.starchiefpress.com/

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