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Has the "Deep State" overplayed its hand?

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What's it gonna take for the majority US people to get past the American "Deep State" indoctrination and propaganda we've all been subjected to, wake up, recognize it for what it truly is and demand change? As Frederick Douglas said over a century ago, "Power concedes nothing without demand. It never has. It never will."

I don't know what it will take. Maybe too many are so fearful of losing their jobs they won't risk anything to jeopardize themselves or their families welfare.

Many are probably aware how sinister our government has become but their conscience and integrity has been so deeply compromised and submerged they choose to say and do nothing. Why "rock the boat" is their motto. At least I have a job." That goes for what's left of lower middle and middle class job holders. The upper middle class of professionals may have some of the same tendencies but many are tenured professors who essentially have the freedom to speak out but have chosen to accept the government grants and corporate endowments, keeping mum rather than supporting let's say what Edward Snowden exposed with the NSA's illegal electronic data mining surveillance of everyone which is clearly unconstitutional. Is any of that brought up and discussed in our law schools? But I digress.

In America many are in desperate straits, loss of jobs, long term unemployment, home foreclosures, bankruptcy, college student loan debt over a $trillion, soaring health care costs, homelessness et al. I believe many have reached the point where they have nothing to lose. But nationwide they are in separate enclaves, scattered, disconnected and alienated from others facing similar conditions. Though many have reached the point where they believe they have nothing to lose they are disorganized with no leadership able to articulate and interconnect the misery with the government causing that misery.

A revolt could have occurred in the fall of 2008; if Wall Street was stormed going after the primary perpetrators behind the financial collapse. Going after those "masters of the universe" who requested a $700 billion government bailout of the banks too big to fail, including the $80 plus billion to AIG the insurance behemoth that should have defaulted after insuring all those toxic assets.

Of course such a rebellion never occurred. The people did tell the Congress to vote against the bailout which initially didn't pass. But a week later the wayward sheep got scared by their "leadership" and the bailout package passed.

So there is realization by many(most) people in America both left and right "things" are not so "shiny" from sea to shining sea.

Getting back to the indoctrination. It's been ingrained from the beginning. Standing and reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance" from day one in school. Instructed to dive under our wooden desks in case of a nuclear attack-which we did unthinkingly not yet aware of the absurdity of the idea.

Today we're bombarded with endless commercials, many from the "War", ah Defense Department promos of our military storming out of helicopters, the Navy "In the world to do good", professional baseball games focusing on veterans in the stands, standing and singing "God Bless America" as if it were the national anthem during the 7th inning stretch.

In contrast, "Black Lives Matter" came about with the wanton killing of innocent black and brown people murdered by police with the shootings caught on camera. Yet in almost every case exoneration and no convictions.

Think about it, in South Africa, now under majority black rule I believe such killings by police would never be tolerated. The perpetrators would be held accountable and prosecuted.

But here in the US, Afro-Americans comprise some 12% of the population. The white population may or may not be over 50% but most of these people see the police as serving and protecting the public. So instinctively, they support the police as do most prosecutors and grand juries hearing complaints of police brutality.

No convictions of police may arouse the black community-lately all six police officers were exonerated in Baltimore over the murder of Freddie Gray. Yet what of the white communities in their manicured suburban sub divisions? Have they become aroused of innocent, profiled black and brown people being gunned down by police in the streets, then in response take to the streets in protest? Of course not.

Maybe that's the intent of the unelected "deep state"; keep the people divided, squabbling with each other over the "Donald" and the "Hillerator"-as if either would make a difference- separated and alienated but most importantly being good consumers; all of it meant to keep people distracted from the sinister machinations their government is committing domestically and all over the world.

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