The US Senate Finance Committee recently held a hearing on national healthcare plans, with universal healthcare created thru a government-based single-payer plan long endorsed by the vast majority of the American people not even on the table.
At the beginning of the greatest depression in recorded history -- the total collapse of the global economic system -- members of the US Congress -- employees of the American people given complete lifetime healthcare coverage by their citizen employers -- refused to even consider completely covering the urgent healthcare needs of those of us who have made their political vocations -- and their health maintenance while pursuing these vocations -- possible.
Here is a reavealing six-minute YouTube video clip from CSPAN, showing the beginning of this hearing being righteously disrupted by loudly vocal protesters, including activist physicians. All are ejected from the hearing room by security guards, to the scornful amusement of those senators on the panel, as well as what can be assumed to be corporate executives and lobbyists in the audience.
The drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that, for the first time in history, so clearly enunciated the rights of all people, was a ray of light in the darkness of the twentieth century. The fact that it was endorsed by virtually all nations has been one of the brightest hopes for the future of the world.
Yet the main annual observance of each anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is this: that most of its signatory nations, more than a half century after signing it, remain in flagrant violation of its articles. Most egregious among these violators is the one that most frequently and vociferously declares its status as the beacon of liberty to the world: The United States of America.
Part of the reason for this is, that the majority of the American people are not aware of their fundamental human rights as enumerated in this enlightened international treaty, which, having been ratified by Congress in 1948, is constitutionally the law of their land. This lack of awareness has been effected by omission, and perpetuated by America's centralized information and educational systems that are now, contrary to popular belief, corporate-controlled systems of highly effective mass mind control.
Very few of the world's signatory nations has consistently used its resources to equitably promote the welfare of their own people and their environment above their accumulation of military and economic power by all means necessary, including both clandestine and flagrant violations of human rights, both within and outside their borders.
Most of the world's signatory nations, including those who deem themselves developed, have large numbers of homeless, hungry, poor and persecuted people living in situations degraded, not only by violence and pollution, but by rapidly disintegrating social systems and behavior, with an ensuing diminishment of freedom, dignity, justice and quality of life.
All of these are open violations of fundamental human rights, as they are stated in Article 25-Section 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which reads as follows:
"(All people) have the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of themselves and of their families, including food, clothing, housing, medical care and necessary social services, as well as the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond their control."
These violations of fundamental human rights exist because the real governance of this world lies not in the nation-states which signed this historic document, but in that vast, authoritarian economic entity that presently controls the governments of nations, with genuine allegiance to none of them, nor to this Universal Declaration of Human Rights: the shadowy global financial cartel, which is in the process of endangering all life on the planet through malicious manipulation of its now-centralized corporate control of our planet's economic, energy and information systems.
Deeply embedded within these global corporate structures, revealed publicly only by their interlocking directorates, is a supremely secretive and powerful plutocracy.
This plutocracy obtains and maintains its vast wealth and power by generating fear and conflict through the use of force and disinformation, by the ongoing seduction of talent through disproportionate material reward and the reinforcement of addiction and dysfunction, and by globally controlling the distribution of resources.
This cabal has thereby undermined, at every upturn of modern history, the efforts of the world's peoples to enact their human rights, in order to keep them sufficiently subservient. It has now infected all of the institutions of human society with unimaginable corruption fed by socially-sanctioned fear, intolerance and greed.
Unchallenged hyprocrisy is both the essence of evil, and the power by which it is maintained:
The people of the developed world, particularly the majority of the American people, are complicit in this evil by engaging in denial concerning these dark forces that they are daily serving in the workplace and marketplace, and by abdication, in the public square, in order to preserve their deceptively affluent lifestyle and its fast-fading illusions of relative privilege.
It remains to be seen how long we can complacently continue to go about our daily lives, knowing in our hearts that, by our silent inaction, we are passively violating human rights that we as a people have agreed to uphold, including our own.
We countenance a government that condones capital punishment and the world's highest rates of imprisonment; that largely fails to protect the environment in which its citizens must live, and that regards the fundamental human rights of healthcare, food and water security, shelter, education, public transportation and legal counsel as commodities, privileges and social services to be rendered, rather than as fundamental human rights.
We seem largely unconcerned that, through personal, economic or natural disaster, many of our fellow citizens who have in the past served their country honorably both in peace and in war are homeless and in want, and without aid from their government or community -- as we, too, in the course of the present global depression are soon likely to be.
We seem largely unconcerned that our national political process, including our elections, has, through our apathy, become an insidious fraud by which we ourselves are fast becoming enslaved, supporting the election, appointment and contracting of traitors who fill the rotting branches of our federal government. We seem largely unconcerned that our own government, controlled by corporate interests, has not only lied to its own citizens to facilitate unjust wars of conquest, but secretly perpetrated acts of terrorism, not only upon the people of foreign nations, but upon the American people.
Such crimes against humanity -- especially our own humanity -- and against nature -- cannot much longer continue, lest much greater catastrophes than have already occurred befall us.
Even as there is now a concerted attempt by those in power on this earth to put down human rights, the people of all nations -- the other superpower -- must together rise up in an effective movement to right these human wrongs and thus declare: that all of the power and wealth of the world are not worth the price of one human life. These realizations should now therefore move us to do more than continue to write our elected representatives in vain for the remedy of our many grievances.
At this point, the vast majority of our elected representatives do not deserve to be written; they deserve to be written off. We the people in the millions need to put down our pens. We rather need to take up our long-neglected responsibility as citizens and as free people to massively but peaceably take over and take back our streets, our media, education and security centers, as well as our military bases and our government buildings.
This will quickly and effectively bring down the tyranny of this evil empire that we the people, by our negligence of human and natural rights, have helped in the recent past to create. In doing so, we shall be sanctioned by, not only by the long-neglected Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but by our own historic oracles of freedom: the American Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence that we as a people urgently need to reclaim for the benefit of all humanity.