Uncle Sam keeps tight purse strings on programs he feels do not further his goals. Social safety nets are out -- saving the sick and desperately needy is far too expensive. He prefers to spend like a drunken sailor -- on himself. He uses the bulk of his money to attain more power and wealth by commandeering other countries' resources. Being the violent old geezer he is, endless and expanding carnage is the strategy of choice in his ongoing global plunder.
Uncle Sam needs every dollar he can choke out of his own citizens, whom he considers nothing more than 313 million individual ATMs.
He needs this money because he is grossly corrupt and egregiously irresponsible in his allocation of the money he receives. It's not that there isn't more than enough money; there is, but Uncle Sam diverts most of it to pay his cronies at the top, because whether it be his corporate partners, Wall Street parasites, predatory, thieving banksters, legions of warmongers or the now ubiquitous surveillance pimps, all must share in the spoils of their unholy alliance, and this leaves little for the rest of us.
You would think in supporting so much evil, Uncle Sam would be grateful to those who lessen his financial burden. By privately funding programs which aid the most abused, ignored and forgotten within society, conscientious activists never ask him for a single dime. Through creativity, hard work and shoestring budgets, industrious citizens have found countless ways to improve lives and circumvent our Uncle's involvement (or lack thereof).
Perhaps this is what's pissing him off.
Maybe he can't handle the fact that instead of sitting back in desperation and waiting for the moldy crumbs he flicks in our direction, some of us have empowered ourselves to help others. And we didn't need obscene wealth or elite connections to do it. Maybe because of the overbearing monstrosity he has become, he can't stand being disenfranchised and relegated to the back seat -- treatment he regularly dishes out, but obviously can't take.
Like the famous Twilight Zone episode in which a vile-spirited, adolescent bully "wishes people away to the cornfield" who don't agree with him, Uncle Sam spends an inordinate amount of time and resources on creating, then "tracking down" phantom terrorists -- social progressives to the rest of us -- to imprison, publicly smear and assassinate, both figuratively and quite possibly literally.
Uncle Sam's 'war on terror' has reached absurdly ridiculous, asinine levels. As an outlandish example -- one which sounds like a plot straight out of a comic strip -- he believes veganism (those who choose not to consume or buy animal-derived products due to their aversion to non-human suffering, environmental degradation and health concerns) constitutes a terrorist lifestyle. This is why he finds it necessary to infiltrate vegan potlucks. He feels that anyone taking a view that "ALL life is sacred" and doesn't just pay it empty, hypocritical, neocon lip service, must be a sick, twisted bastard poised to violently overthrow the government. (No one ever said Uncle Sam possessed common sense, sanity or was the sharpest pair of cleats on the field.)
His self-serving philosophy is that if a real terrorist threat doesn't exist -- invent one. He considers this a capitalistic strategy for generating and funneling vast sums of wealth to the corporate surveillance and military communities, as well as luring a complicit, ill-informed or gullible Congress into believing there is a legitimate need for funding trillions more to fight his largely manufactured version of reality.
The masses of unquestioning, compliant rubes who do his bidding, facilitate his omnipotent presence. He demands ALL in return for NOTHING and expects a joyous acceptance of his increasingly sadistic injustices.
When he feels threatened, our Uncle is a harsh taskmaster. Case in point: Individuals being illegally arrested for recording video on their cellphones. He considers the ubiquitous cellphone a weapon if it is pointed in his direction as he commits acts of unjustified barbarity against his own citizens. His hypocrisy is legendary. While giving rousing speeches espousing democratic principles to the rest of the world (ironically, in police states which he funds and controls), he crushes them at home.
Uncle Sam is the uninvited guest at the dinner table who engages in a slew of outrageous, repulsive habits which showcase his gluttony, despotism and contempt for those forced to feed his cancerous addictions. His stench invades and permeates every facet of life as he denies, rapes and splays open everyone else's privacy and rights, while increasingly granting himself god-like status and shielding his own dark and evil perversions.
While there is no concrete way of knowing whether you are on his delusion-based terrorist list, you can assume that if you are a decent, empathy-filled individual with a strong sense of fairness and justice, who is attempting to better our world through social activism, you probably are.
According to a memo produced by the FBI's Terrorist Research and Analytical Center in 1994, domestic terrorism was defined as "the unlawful use of force or violence, committed by a group(s) of two or more individuals, against persons or property to intimidate or coerce the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives."
Under current United States law, set forth in the USA PATRIOT Act, acts of domestic terrorism are those which: "(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; (B) appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; or to affect conduct by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States."
Uncle Sam's war isn't on terror. Perhaps he needs to change his catch phrase to reflect reality. He has become, more correctly, the perfect 'proxy' terrorist, creating far more destruction and fear to his citizens than any group of foreign zealots with a religious agenda ever could have. Uncle Sam's war is bent on annihilating the best humanity has to offer. Caring, compassionate people who should be lauded for getting off their duffs and unselfishly doing something to elevate humanity.
Using government agents and turncoat snitches in an attempt to provoke individuals into committing "terrorist" acts is a widespread ploy as the FBI infiltrates groups with absolutely no history of violence: Peacenik coffee clatches, vegan potlucks, Granny's knitting circles, local book club meet-ups, groups feeding the homeless and giving assistance to the poor; these are "home-grown extremists or potential al-Qaeda hotbeds" of terrorism only in the minds of those who need a good long rest in a rubber room and lots of psychiatric help.
Of course, it must now be obvious to many, that none of these government crackdowns are about terrorism or inside threats to our 'democracy'. Put simply, we currently have the finest army of corporate goons money can buy and this is the real reason social justice activists are being targeted for persecution, prosecution and imprisonment -- to smooth the way toward total enslavement by an ever more diseased system run by psychopathic monsters.
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