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So how should we "really" refer to these United States of America?

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So how should we really refer to these United States of America? A banana republic? How about an oligarchic plutocracy? They both fit quite admirably with what we've become. Actually I prefer the more vernacular US of BS. Sure it's crude, base, coarse and of course "politically incorrect" but take a close look at America.

In almost every area one can think of it's pretty much the same. Truth and honesty is what we're indoctrinated with, yet in reality we're a country imbued with dishonesty and lying. Hell, even with little kids nowadays it's the parents always yammering "good job" here and "good job" there. My god, leave the little tyke alone. He, she will get it together without the constant praising fearing without it he'll somehow become a failure.

Think about it; from the way we conduct war to being held personally accountable, the "American dream" to our "color blindness" on race, from "official" Washington to the "independent" MSM, and how it's all dispensed to the people, it's all the same BS.

We go to war to bring "freedom and democracy" to the people we invade and occupy. That's how "dubya" Bush put it to the American people. We commit torture but call it "enhanced interrogation techniques". We kill innocents in those wars but refer to it as "collateral damage"; come on.

This didn't all begin with our latest wars against "terrorists". In Viet Nam, it was the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Communists and every VC we killed were the "enemy" including women and children. "Winning" that war was calculated based on the number of "enemy" reported killed. Read Nick Turse's, "Kill Anything That Moves" where "My Lai" wasn't an aberration-as the Army said it was-but an everyday occurrence. Terrorists are just the latest manifestation of a contrived, mortal "enemy" we're told we must fight.

Now everyone we kill are all called "terrorists", insurgents, al Qaeda, Taliban, ISIS. But of course our killing with drones and missile strikes isn't "terrorism" it's what; winning the "hearts and minds"?

Go back further to our wars and "diplomacy" with our own indigenous people. It was all part of what we were taught in our schools called, "Manifest Destiny". Well that was manifested with every treaty "official" Washington brokered with the true natives of this country being broken. The indigenous know it and now live with the circumstances that was forcibly thrust upon them. Plundering, confiscating the land and what's now called genocide was really what it was about. You know, "from sea to shining sea".

As far as who is held to account for their actions today, it's mostly the poor, black or brown, those profiled, harassed, rousted and often killed but rarely are the police held accountable for their actions.

In the Ferguson police killing of Michael Brown, the grand jury exonerated officer Darren Wilson even though one of those testifying had earlier admitted to prosecutor Bob McCulloch to not being at the scene-which he later publicly stated she "clearly wasn't present at the scene"- yet he let the panel hear her false testimony and they subsequently voted to acquit Wilson. As for McCulloch I believe he remains as the prosecutor in Ferguson.

We're supposed to be "color blind" when it comes to race and ethnicity and enforcing the law, yet it's not just Ferguson where the injustice is occurring it's a country wide phenomenon. Our largest minorities are those disproportionately incarcerated. Justice? What justice? And for whom?

The "American dream...a hoax. "Work hard, get an education, get a good job, get married and own a big house". Maybe that's true for a handful but the reality for most college students is debt for life. There's over a $trillion in college student debt with outrageous interest rates tacked on. Too many are working as bartenders and wait staff. They can't find jobs in their area of study as outsourcing of jobs has become endemic.

As "Americans" we embrace "capitalism" and despise "socialism". Yet when the financial "masters of the universe" and the big banks brought the financial system to its knees with its fraudulent excesses in 2008, they were "bailed" out by the FED and the US Treasury-and unlike college students now get $billions in FED loans at near zero interest rates. It was government "socialism" that came to the rescue keeping the vultures afloat but sold as a "bailout" to the public. As far as "accountability" for the fraud they committed, other than a few millions in fines-and always with the stipulation they admit no wrongdoing as part of the settlement- that were miniscule and insignificant compared to the billions they made with their financial scheming, it was simply a financial bump in the road. And most significantly none went to jail. How's that for equal justice under the law!

Our "defense" industry, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman -the big five of the lot- are considered as "independent" corporations but they're all pretty much owned by the Defense Department-formerly known as the "War Department" until changed after WWII-as the bulk of their earnings is from government spending called innocently as "fiscal" policy. Well that fiscal policy goes to the tune of a $trillion each year when all expenditures are considered i.e. armaments, over a 1000 military bases, wars and occupations, homeland security, NGO's directly funded by the government, the NSA, CIA, independent contractors, NASA, the VA et al. All against "enemies" not really a threat but conjured up as so to the public to make them fearful so "official" Washington can justify the bloated, unnecessary expenditures.

Every other 1st world post industrialized country has public health insurance for all, in essence a single payer, Medicare type system run by the government. Accept for those 65 and older on Medicare in this country we now have "Obama" care, the Affordable Care Act system still leaves millions without health insurance. But it sure increased the "benefits" to the private health care behemoths, essentially a monopoly with no competition- whereby they divide the country into distinct areas so they don't compete with each other, akin to the mafia, that is inefficient, has excessive overhead costs but sold as the best health system in the world while in actuality its 37th in the world in delivering health care. So to an imagined "good ole boy" who remarks, "We ain't got no stinkin socialized medicine in this country. What are ya some kinda commie or somethin?" Ah, but I digress.

And lastly- there's no way to elaborate on all the BS befouling America in such a short piece; just substitute your own; the crock is endless - there's the corporate MSM. What may have been a time of an independent free press, naturally skeptical of government with investigative journalism unearthing official wrongdoing has descended into what can best be described as the "ministry of propaganda", a compliant, complicit, enabling organ of the state.

It "informs" us alright but mostly with lies, distortions and misinformation rather than keeping the public informed with the truth as it really is, not some fictionalized version to keep it in good stead with "official" Washington.

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