Soon after Obama became President, when the subject of legally exploring any illegal acts of the previous administration, Barack took the position that he, "... wanted to look forward and not backward." I was astounded! I could not think of a single case in all of the history of law that was not dependent on understanding the history of that case. How could a Constitutional Professor Of Law, make such a statement? I certainly don't want to pursue that avenue of thought, here! I have come to believe that if we don't know where we came from, nor where we are -- then we probably just don't exist.
With that in mind, let's take a very brief and partial overview of where, as a nation, we have come from since WWII. I'd like to start from that timeframe because it was a period of time in our nation's history when both good and bad far reaching events began. On the negative side of the ledger, we experienced the genesis of the CIA, with many of its original founders coming from remnants of the Nazis. There was Eisenhower's warning of the rising power of the Military/Industrial/Congressional Complex and the ensuing, and still fully unresolved, Korean Conflict.
Simultaneous to those negative historical events we experienced an un unprecedented rise in the Middle Class. Our WWII veterans were given access to low housing loans, financial supports for education, as well as unprecedented medical and retirement benefits. Additionally, tax rates for the wealthy were in the 90 percent range. We invited all who wanted to work to help improve our national infrastructure -- which included a state of the art national highway system. Times were good for the majority of our citizenry.
I'm not going to discount this period by the fact that several other major industrial countries had taken a beating as a result of the war and were unable to be economically competitive. Even so, we -- as a nation -- provided much to most of the financial support that was used to help our previous enemies rebuild. To top it off, in order to help prevent any future wars, we became founding members of the United Nations. Indeed, as a nation we had been instrumental in saving the world from fascism and then we went on to set a glowing example of what a democracy with a flourishing capitalistic economy could accomplish.
However, there was a dark undercurrent that was flowing barely noticed, just below the purview of most of us. There were flaws that began to show themselves in various ways. To this day, Ike's warning has never been given the grave respect that it deserves and as a result, our nation has been continually, or nearly continually, in a state, or near state of war, ever since.
Consider wars like food. When you put food into your body it provides a temporary form of nourishment that constantly needs replenishment. However, when your body has extracted all of the nutrition, what is left is eliminated. So it is with war. Feeding an economy by creating weapons of war does make the economy temporarily grow. However, once the war has used up the weaponry, all that is left is waste and a dependent economy that continually demands to be fed again.
When the Dulles brothers (John Foster and Alan) came to Truman with their plans for a new Central Intelligence Agency that included refuges from the Nazi spy network, Harry was explicit in his demand that the CIA was to be use strictly for intelligence gathering for the benefit of the Executive branch and was NOT to be used as an actionable policing arm of the government. That requirement was rapidly ignored and became publicly observable with the infamous Bay Of Pigs fiasco.
Next, let's look at the really nasty undercarriage of how our democracy has been taken over by an out of control corporatocracy. To do so, one has to dust off and dig behind the commonly projected history of our country. For example, examine what the Boston Tea Party was all about and understand that it was primarily the first attempt by the Colonist to reject British corporate control of the tea sector of their economy. After the Revolution, the Founding Fathers made sure that the corrupting power of the corporations of Europe, were not to get a foothold in the United States.
From the inception of our country until 1886, corporations were very severely regulated. They had to be formed with a stated purpose and when that purpose had been accomplished, their charter was to expire. They could lose their charter if they participated in politics, broke the law or violated any number of other restrictions. However, in 1886 a law clerk, in a minor and out of the way court proceeding, inserted a rather simple phrase into the margin of the ruling in that court case and thus initiated the long, slow, insidious process of "liberating" and "humanizing" corporations from their previous legal restrictions.
Today, in the United States and throughout most of the rest of the world, corporations -- which are the favorite, custom designed legal tool of the rich -- control virtually every aspect of our country. They own enough of Congress, the Executive and Judicial branches to get their way and they control the elections, as well. Using our political system, they have taken over the Military, CIA, FBI, Homeland Security and any other government agency or office that they desire or need. They run the banking systems and Wall Street, of course. Most of the major forms of media are dominated by corporate forces, as well. As for environmental concerns, forget it since they own control of our very environment, as well.
Face it, as citizens of the US, we are nothing much more that a labor and consumer pool that has to be manipulated and controlled for the benefit of the corporations " who have now become eternal super-humans with powers vastly more potent than the rest of us mere mortals.
SO, what can be done? How do we reverse all of the madness that is -- at an accelerating rate -- stripping us of even our basic rights as human beings? How do we take back our country from an unprecedented attack -- the likes of which mankind has never experienced? Where are the historical precedence that can be used to thwart this cancer that is devouring all of humanity, as well as the rest of all sentient beings on our little planet?
Certainly, it seems like we have tried everything. We have written our congress representatives and news outlets, signed petitions, became active in local politics and national conventions, donated time and money, demonstrated, marched, resisted in a non-violent manner and even voted -- all to little or no avail. Since violent revolution seems to be our last resort, what else is left?
Movements! In case you haven't heard, or maybe forgot, the majority of major changes throughout history and the world, came about through movements. Think back to the famous movements that shifted the course of history. Now, recall what they all had in common -- notable leaders; Gandhi, Martin Luther and Martin Luther King, Jr., Caesar Chavez, Winston Churchill, Lenin (they all weren't "good"), George Washington and the Founding Fathers, et al.
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