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Is America Evolving Into A Totalitarian State?

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America has become a Democracy in name only; a system of government, actually a Republic, that is under attack by elements situated with the U.S. government itself. The supreme power that determines the direction of this country is no longer vested in the people but rather is solely held by the government.  

 

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If our democracy is truly a thing of the past, then exactly what kind of a system of government do we now have? While some might call it totalitarianism others would say it is authoritarianism. So let's see what Wikipedia says about this issue:

 

"Totalitarianism is an extreme version of authoritarianism. The term 'an authoritarian regime' denotes a state in which the single power holder - an individual dictator, a committee or a junta or an otherwise small group of political elite - monopolizes political power. However, a totalitarian regime attempts to control virtually all aspects of the social life including economy, education, art, science, private life and morals of citizens." And, further that "The officially proclaimed ideology penetrates into the deepest reaches of societal structure and the totalitarian government seeks to completely control the thoughts and actions of its citizens."

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History has shown that there can be different forms of totalitarianism. There is one form of this system of government that seems to describe America quite well; it is called "totalitarian democracy" and it can be described, according to Wikipedia, as "a system of government in which lawfully elected representatives maintain the integrity of a nation whose while granted the right to vote, have little or no participation in the decision-making process of the government. Sound familiar?

 

Or America might best be described as "totalitarian capitalism" in which the governing of this nation is carried out by the government and Corporate America in promoting common objectives and a common agenda, neither of which are connected to the needs and interests of the American people. To my way of thinking there is not a doubt that America is and has been evolving into totalitarian capitalism.

 

Yes, that's it; that's a very accurate description of what is happening within America today. Yes, we have the right to vote and cast our ballots for the candidate that we favor for a given elective office but that's where the process of our involvement in government comes to an end. Think not; then just consider how this government functions and totally excludes the wishes and interests of the American people as illustrated in the following:

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This people of America really do not support and, actually, are very opposed to this country's many unjustifiable invasions and occupations of other nations. They do not want to continue having to pay hundreds of billions and trillions of dollars of their taxpayer dollars for war and empire building. But, the opinion of the people means nothing and is completely ignored as this government that has no intention of backing off its agenda of endless war.

 

The people of America want and deserve jobs, the vast majority wants to earn their money, they don't want to have to rely on unemployment checks, food stamps and rely on other government assistance to survive. They watch as the middle class is being torn down, as the American Dream morphs into a nightmare and they ask, "How can this be happening in this, the supposed wealthiest nation in the world?" The members of Congress as a whole, tightly controlled by Corporate America that has disavowed the American worker, meekly obey their masters and refuse time and again to enact any form of job creation legislation.

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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites (more...)
 

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