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I Am A Dissident

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Congress has surrendered its authority by giving the executive branch the power to make war. It is no longer a co-equal member of government. We can compare the Senate to the Senate of Rome after their republic failed. Our president can make war whenever and wherever he wishes. We have become a nation that thrives on war. A nation who's largest economic sector is the military industrial complex. A situation Eisenhower warned us about in his last speech to the nation.

America, once an idea that spawned into a nation, is no more. The ideals that were voiced during its conception are no longer the ideals of the two corporate controlled political parties that run this nation. This nation now serves the interests of the wealthiest of Americans as seen in the Wall Street bailout where casino economics brought this country to its knees and the American taxpayer was made to foot the bill to pay for their criminal escapades. Yet, not one of the Wall Street bankers has been charged with any crime! Now our government is using the nation's debt (that doubled due to the bail-outs) to call for the dismantling of Social Security and Medicare, two programs that Americans have paid into all of their working lives. The establishment that runs this country wants to claim for itself all of the wealth and leave the average American citizen with nothing. It's not enough for them to have most of the wealth; they want all of the wealth.

The demise of America is taking place in front of our eyes. The government cries poverty when any measures are introduced in Congress that would fix our infrastructure or rebuild our industrial base or even stop the threat of global warming. These same people however always have the wherewithal to support spending on the military, even though we spend over half the military spending of the entire planet!

The legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren is in all respects, a broken nation. We have taken the richest nation on Earth and plundered it. The people that we entrusted to safeguard our republic have used that trust to line their pockets. Insatiable greed has left this nation so far in debt that we may never see our way out of it. Our civil liberties have been savaged by this American security-state we now live under. The president has the authority to assassinate anyone, anywhere, including American citizens! We have the burden of the Patriot Act that allows the government to search our homes and property without a warrant. We have the Military Commissions Act that allows the government to declare you a "terrorist" and strips you of your legal rights.

  We have become a nation that sees the people in Guantanamo as so dangerous that we cannot give them a trial for their crimes, even though we tried the remaining leaders of the Third Reich! They must be dangerous indeed!

Americans that believed that Barack Obama would bring us change were deluded. Unless the majority of Americans stand up against these two corporate controlled political parties, we can only look to many more years of war and seeing our remaining civil liberties stripped away.

America was an idea and an ideal. The ideal of America is dead and buried, but the idea of America can live on. They can kill an ideal, but they can't kill an idea. The idea of America is still carried by those who remember what we originally set out to do, to create a nation "By the people and for the people". Let us hope that idea never dies.

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Tim Gatto is Ret. US Army and has been writing against the Duopoly for the last decade. He has two books on Amazon, Kimchee Days or Stoned Colds Warriors and Complicity to Contempt.

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