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The Dark Side of America Emerges From the Shadows, Rears its Ugly Head

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Who pose as objective journalists but are really in the business of conditioning the minds of Americans to remain passive and silent even as they see their nation in a state of deterioration; pseudo-journalists on TV, radio and in newspapers who are experts at twisting and manipulating the news to promote the agenda of those who want to control this nation by destroying its democracy. While there are still some respected, objective journalists in America, the profession of journalism has now been contaminated by the few mammoth media empires that control it and use it to spread the doctrine and propaganda of the corporate world.


Who work to eliminate vitally important social programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and others that are in distinct danger to be absorbed and controlled by the political and financial sectors of the dark side. The vast majority of Republicans, joined by some Democrats, together with the masters of corporate finance, are anxious to convert the resources that support and maintain these programs into a part of the gambling operations that go by the name of Wall Street, the stock and bond markets and their speculators.


Who stir up hatred, bigotry, racism, to create deep divisions among the American people. When has America been so very divided by so many opposing elements and factions? Racism, bigotry, homophobia, chauvinism and other manifestations of disdain or hatred of others, instead of being eliminated by a positive evolution of this society, are rapidly increasing. If the news organizations of this nation had acts of hatred and violence removed from their agenda, they would have nothing of real importance to report and they would slowly dry up and wither away.


Who use religion to promote and spread their own brand of polluted political ideology across America. One of the worst terms that I have ever heard is a "sociopathic Christian." Obviously that's not only an oxymoron but it is also a complete possibility because the two words are diametrically opposed. But the term is often used to describe sociopaths who call themselves Christians. And what do we hear from the religious leaders of America, from those should be preaching the message of peace and "do unto others as you would have them do unto you?" Nothing but silence and more silence.


Who shamelessly take corporate $ to keep their political jobs. Pity these weak-kneed, corrupted politicians who have reduced themselves to no more than slaves and facilitators of Corporate America. They live on the dark side of the Congress where funds for the war machine are continuously approved with no discussion or debate, where laws to regulate the financial sector are either watered down or are never even considered; where Corporate America rules with an iron fist, and where this nation's most critical problems have been erased from the Congress' useless agenda.


Who have decided to insult and disrespect the women of America. This is one of the dumbest, most irrational acts in political history. These GOP agents of gender bias and domination have really gone off the deep end as they are in the process of trying to destroy the rights that have taken the women of America so long to obtain; they want to take down Planned Parenthood, eliminate a woman's right to choose, ban the use of contraceptives, and eliminate laws granting equal pay to women, as was recently done by Governor Walker and his Wisconsin GOP controlled legislature. When these political hacks and fools decided to declare war on the women of this nation, they may have committed political suicide; at least we can hope so -- but could America be so very fortunate, so very lucky?


Who blindly support Israel's brutal, overly aggressive military actions in the Middle East and who accept, condone and applaud Israel's cruel and inhuman actions against Palestinians; especially, the barbarous attacks on the people of Gaza. Those who have no sense of empathy or mercy for the Palestinian people who have, for decades, been the victims of suppression and oppression by the government of Israel. Those who relentlessly beat the drums of war against Iran and will do everything in their power to make it happen.


This dark force is a menace to this nation and our democracy; it has the potential power to destroy this nation from within if its twisted ideology is allowed to run rampant and unchecked. If it succeeds in gaining full control over this government then America will become a living hell. It is a force that poses an extreme, imminent danger to the future of America; it is a force that we must combat and take down.

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