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The Corporate State's Public Image Execution of Rashard Mendenhall

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Last week, after Americans ripped the last bit of meat off the bones of the alleged bin Laden kill, the herds turned their rage onto football star Rashard Mendenhall for tweeting his opinions regarding the death celebrations and his suspicions about the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11. 

Though Mendenhall's words reflect the opinions of many Americans, because of his celebrity status the media control machine quickly jumped into action, making sure that his public image execution was swift and brutal, and that other celebrities who might consider speaking their minds about 9/11 and the moral decline of America get the message loud and clear -- shut up and smile...if you even think about mentioning this stuff, your name is dead. 

As USA Today stated in a paragraph that sounds more like a threat than an insight:

"The Steelers have also run away from Mendenhall's comments. Mendenhall issued a clarification Wednesday. But it didn't help. Just more proof that athletes and celebrities should be careful before they hit the send button on their tweets."

Though as words written on paper, the First Amendment remains in the books (for now), in reality the statist culture of 21st century America and the corporate media's control over public perception neutralizes free speech through pysops (like the bin Laden "death") and mass peer pressure. Like a wired piece of cheese that electrocutes the mouse that bites it, anyone who uses their free speech to express what the state deems "unpopular" opinion is imprisoned behind walls of manufactured public scorn. The government still occasionally gives lip service to constitutional rights of free speech, although less and less as time passes and as public indoctrination urging acceptance of the police state continues. The reality makers on TV and in newspapers have seized total control of a decadent mainstream American culture, turning it against anyone who dares to tell the truth.          

People who question the official story of 9/11 have been featured as dangerous fictional villains on TV crime shows, have been falsely accused of supporting mass shooters by fake patriot mouthpieces like Glenn Beck, and associations with them have been portrayed as potentially criminal by vacant windbags like Bill O'Reilly. This is not by chance.  It is part of a continuing media campaign designed to quarantine the 9/11 Truth Movement and squash any reasonable questions about the event that the general public may have before those questions catch fire and the nation's common sense is reawakened.   

This is why, in a country that quickly forgives athletes who abuse women and do drugs, one who dampens the jubilation of the bin Laden death celebrations by holding a mirror to America's face, and who points out the obvious impossibility of the government's explanation for the Twin Towers' collapse, is essentially spat upon and crucified for all to see. As the intent of these image attacks become more obvious and more vicious...and as the lies and inconsistencies regarding events like 9/11 and the bin Laden "death" get bigger and bigger...the establishment shows its hand even more. 

Years in the future, Americans may look back on this period of history with a more critical eye as an era of darkness and deceit. However, many who lived it will likely lie to their offspring and themselves about who they were during these years, secretly ashamed of their once narrow view of the world and their inability to acknowledge the reality of the situation in front of them until it became more popular to do so. 

The solace for people who tell the truth -- like Rashard Mendenhall -- is that they'll have nothing to apologize for...not to the people overseas and at home who have died because of the American public's willful retreat from reality (as well as their consciences' surrender to brazen criminals), or to themselves for choosing to hide in the hollow embrace of acceptance by a culture that has now rebranded ignorance, death, and empire as "humanitarian" and patriotic. 

That's something more important than fame, and which no amount of money can ever buy.

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