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The US rose to eminence by producing value, and by a fair percentage of citizens sharing the wealth. The further the nation has been corrupted from the stability of fairness, the faster our rate of decline. Runaway greed, lust for power, and raw capitalism have reversed our national trajectory so insidiously that not just we, but even Earth's biosphere, are in free fall. Is it more than simple coincidence that such comprehensive decline so closely parallels our prohibition of hemp?

Sure, there was a glitch 5 years after hemp was banned as the evil weed with roots in hell. Top government officials still insist, forcefully, that there is no difference between "marijuana" and industrial hemp. With that in mind, please compare marijuana propaganda and hysteria that heralded hemp prohibition and haunts us to this day, with the government's own film, Hemp for Victory, produced in 1942. We needed hemp to "win" WWII, so under duress, the feds resorted to truth.

So what changed in those 5 years? Certainly not hemp, exactly the same resource extraordinaire that has served humanity for at least 12,000 years. Priorities changed, propaganda changed. And hemp didn't change when the war ended and hemp reverted to our enemy. You might wonder, whose enemy?

Arguably, hemp is the most useful member of the entire plant kingdom. So how could nature's premier converter of sunshine and water into value, a superstar of the biosphere and powerful supporter of life on Earth be considered an enemy?

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War is our enemy. Nobody wins in war, everybody loses...except the "money changers". Ever since Jesus ran them out of the Temple with a whip (remember him, the Prince of Peace?), they have relentlessly, progressively embedded as a certain subspecies--psychopaths born without conscience, without any sense of right or wrong, without a soul; beings to whom truth and justice are alien concepts, to be in any way so much as acknowledged only under extreme duress. So yes, all of humanity loses in war, there are no winners. And coincidence has nothing to do with those at the root of hemp prohibition being the same as those who have blessed us with perpetual war.

As in the words of humanity's Rosthschild malignancy: "We own you. We will take everything."

Greed is Not Good

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Remember "Morning in America" (mourning?) when "greed is good" pealed like church bells? Reaganomics was born that morning. Even after decades of wealth gushing ever upward, hardly any of it ever seems to trickle back down. Imagine that, shucks, the whole concept sounds so...Reagan. Millions of fossil Americans can still get misty at any mention of "Dutch".

Despite reality (real reality, not Bush, or reality TV kinds), the GOP (repugnantcan party) clings tenaciously to this fiendish canard even as we approach midnight in America. Trickle-down theory...Reaganomics.

Greed is the glue that sticks wealth to wherever it rises. Greed is also the essence that keeps hemp our enemy. Hemp has every potential to spread wealth down through the workers who actually create wealth, potential to energize regional economies--perfect antidote to the plague of globalization, that concentrator of wealth into, as George H. W. Bush described, "...higher, tighter and righter hands." Same hands now steering humanity toward hell; hands with the stickiest fingers, and the greatest distance from those passe' concepts: humanity, and commonwealth--or common good.

War is All Hell

Keeping track of all our current wars gets increasingly difficult, especially with CorpoMedia so focused on future targets, such as Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Lebanon, Russia, China...even, as certain tea-party princesses have said, the "country" of Africa.

After so much of our manufacturing base has been gutted, fully one third of it within the first decade of "America's century" (four-fifths of that during the Bush/Cheney nightmare); and with so many other good jobs herded offshore, it might seem that war and financialization are becoming our primary industries. Plunder and casino, rape and manipulation, destruction and parasitism, murder and financial malignancy...the future is so bright we've gotta wear headlamps.

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The farcical War on Terror is a dream come true for the money changers. The war against a ghost that could never surrender because it's, well, a ghost. Forever war. And the slimiest war mongers of all feverishly masquerade as hardcore fundamentalist Christians. The Prince of Peace would puke.

Almost seems we can't engage anything without declaring war on it. And talk about (intentionally?) miserable aim. The War on Terror, besides being a lurid excuse for pirating resources, especially oil, and "spreading freedom and democracy", it cloaks a maniacal assault on our Constitution (with or without "boots on the ground") to render the US a police state. Such irony might have only one viable competitor....

The War on Drugs

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Rand Clifford lives in Spokane, Washington. His novels and earlier essays can be found at

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