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Sinister Cabal Takes over Washington

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A sinister cabal of secret agents has infiltrated the U.S. government, working ceaselessly and tirelessly with one goal: to undermine Constitutional government, engineer economic collapse, and foment internecine conflict between races, regions and religions.

Working out in broad daylight, these agents have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams over the past half decade, and appear close to achieving most of their goals.

It is not clear whom it is they are working for, but that hardly matters. What matters is that the American nation today, such as it is, is almost unrecognizable.

The broad freedoms that once made the U.S. the envy of the world have been largely cancelled. The right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty has been scrapped. Now people are presumed guilty upon arrest, with hundreds of thousands in prison only because they had no decent lawyer to defend them. The right to be charged, to face one's accuser, and to a fair trial by a jury of one's peers is gone. Now people may be held indefinitely without charge, are prevented from knowing who said what against them, and don't get a trial, much less a jury of peers. Freedom of speech is largely gone, except for what people say privately to one another--about where it is in the People's Republic of China. The mass media have fallen under the sway of government pressures and are effectively closed to opinions and voices that lie outside of what is deemed "acceptable discourse." Meanwhile most means of communication are being secretly monitored, making people afraid to say or write anything critical of government policy.

The government has ceased to be even remotely democratic. The presidency has become a dictatorship, where the chief executive can ignore at will court orders and even acts passed by the Congress, which doesn't raise any objection to being so ignored. The courts have been filled with sycophants who cater to the needs of dictatorship. Elections are held, but the results, tightly controlled, are ignored if by some chance the public manages to vote in people who are outside of the conspiracy.

In Congress, so-called "leaders" keep a tight rein on legislation and on the powers of committees, to ensure that any freethinking politicians who might happen to slip into office, are neutered and unable to press any efforts at opening up government or acceding to the popular will.

The military is increasingly being injected into civil life, as the president is given blanket authority to call up National Guard troops over the objections of state governors, and to send active duty troops into any part of the country on his own whim, in effect declaring martial law for anything from a hurricane to a flu outbreak.

Meanwhile, the economy is being hollowed out, with taxes being virtually eliminated for the wealthy, millions of jobs exported, vast, incalculable budget deficits run up, and import barriers eliminated.

How has this wrecking campaign been accomplished with scarcely a word of protest from the American public?

The trick was to conduct the subversion out in the open.

Back in the mid-20th Century, the International Communist movement attempted to subvert the U.S., but its efforts were a laughable failure. The few spies it was able to recruit and secrete into positions of power were easily detectable, even if it meant false accusations against some whose only crime was being too liberal, and those fifth columnists who did get into government or the military never made it to a level where they could inflict any real damage.

This time, however, the enemies of America have managed to insert their agents of destruction into the pinnacles of power--the presidency, the Supreme Court, and the leadership of both parties of the Congress.

By appealing to Americans' worst fears and worst instincts, these agents have managed to actually get themselves voted into power, and now they are using that power to destroy the nation, sending our youth off into pointless wars, wasting astronomical sums of taxpayer dollars on useless military hardware, most of which doesn't work and most of which will never be used, ripping apart legislation that in prior decades had sought to protect workers' rights, the environment, etc., and gutting funds for education, infrastructure, and basic human needs like food, healthcare and retirement.

Now it appears that nothing short of a revolution will be able to oust them.

What's going to make it difficult to organize that revolution is the fact that the enemy behind this massive subversion is not some evil party or some country across the ocean. It is ourselves.

By succumbing to fear, by listening to the words of poison poured in our ears by racists and religious zealots, by refusing to do the hard work of citizenship, reading and educating ourselves about the real issues facing us as a nation and as a human race, by our selfish desire to have the easy life for ourselves while ignoring or even exacerbating the plight of others both at home and abroad, we have mindlessly turned over the wheels of government to a small group of truly evil and misanthropic people bent on absolute power for its own sake.

At some point we all may wake up and realize what we have lost, but by then it may be too late.

Still, we have to start somewhere.

I suggest that starting point is rejecting the politics of fear and hate, and ending the War in Iraq.

Americans made it clear in November that we want that war ended. Now we need to force the subversives and quislings who are passing themselves off as Congressional leaders--the Nancy Pelosi's, the Harry Reid's and the Rahm Emanuel''s of the Democratic Party--to act not in their interest but in ours.

Not one more penny for the war.

Once we win that one, we can move on to insisting that they challenge the number one Manchurian candidate in Washington, President George W. Bush.


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Dave Lindorff is a founding member of the collectively-owned, journalist-run online newspaper He is a columnist for Counterpunch, is author of several recent books ("This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the (more...)

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