Every state begins with an initial act of illegality, murder or theft or both. The owners of the new state hire some gofers to create a ‘myth of origins’—a bullshit story inspiring national pride. Ours was taxation, rather than genocide. Later, a “Christian nation” was also a much needed spin. That our founding fathers, with the previous terrifying European example in mind, wanted nothing to do with religion is beyond the scope of this post, but it is still a fact nonetheless. We are neither of honorable beginnings nor are we Christians.
Hollywood and American Glory
America has always had a special place in the hearts of people all over the world. The major event that triggered America’s pristine and admirable image was its birth. America was founded on the principles of Enlightenment (when reason took over), mostly by world-renowned intellectuals, our founding fathers. Later, Hollywood (film, television, and music) kept this perception of Pax Americana alive, regardless of growing ugliness at home.
Hollywood kept projecting these admired beautiful human universals—the quest for truth; good always wins over evil; justice always prevails; the poor farmer gets his farm back from the evil hoarder; and finally the poor handsome boy, rather than the ugly rich fuck, gets the girl. The world loved us; they ate this shit up. It is Utopia. Who would not want that?
The Founding Fathers
There is no a priori reason for assuming that the neoconservatives of today and the Founding Fathers share similar ideologies and no amount of wishing it were so will make it so if it isn’t so. On the other hand, the differences—when admitted by some guilty right-winger—cannot be appealed to when they suit and denied when they do not.
The Founding Fathers were not common men. They were students of the Enlightenment: Eggheads who learned from Kant, Descartes, Paine, Hobbes, Hume, and others. By today’s conservative standards, they were socialists, un-American heathens.
More than half of the fifty-five members of the Constitutional Convention studied in colleges in America and Europe (especially England). The other members were self-educated. Benjamin Franklin, for example, would have changed his diet immediately if he found something like Reagan or Pat Robertson in his shit. Therefore, people like Bush and Joe the plumber were hardly represented among the politicians who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, an unmatched American marvel. Furthermore, before the writing of the constitution, James Madison presented extensive material, including books sent by Jefferson from France, on confederations and states, to his fellow delegates. The Founding Fathers did not consult God; they researched their work like men of science.
Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, John Adams, would never, even under pain of death, have a beer with Limbaugh, Bush, McCain, Palin, the death skeleton Ann Coulter or that idiot Michael Steele.
Unfortunately, the Founding Fathers’ legacy did not hold for long. Gradually, the underlying American religious fundamentalism and lack of education promoted anti-intellectualism, anti-rationalism, and pseudoscience that survives today. The last of the learned prophets and defenders of American intellectualism, the great Ralph Waldo Emerson—essayist, philosopher, and orator of “The American Scholar”—was defeated.
Malicious Audacious Hypocrisy of the Lame Thoth © 2009
Post Civil War and Reconstruction era in the late nineteenth century comes the Gilded Age with an explosion of population and consequent excesses of wealth and poverty. Robber Barons—like John D Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, and J.P. Morgan—needed to justify their thievery. They hired none other than the Anti-Christ himself: William Graham Sumner, a Yale University political scientist, who concocted an ideologically driven pseudoscience to rationalize social injustice. Sumner, the most influential social Darwinist of his time, and his followers theorized that millionaires like J.P. Morgan are descendants of the first hominids to stand on two legs, while the poor descended from creatures that lacked opposable thumbs and stood on all fours. Sumner decided that the business titans of the Gilded Age were “a product of natural selection” and fair ‘scientific’ market competition.
Incidentally, the United States is almost an entire continent that started out with the most abundant natural resources available on the planet. Natural resources translate into money; money buys skill, and skill builds nations. That is it. Without natural resources—that is, capital—capitalism means shit.
“First you destroy those who expose the spin. Then you destroy those who know what the spin is, and who also know that those destroyed before were in fact the ones who exposed the spin. But real barbarism begins when no one can any longer judge or know that what he does is barbaric.”
Adapted from Ryszard Kapuscinski (b. 1932), Polish Journalist. “A Warsaw Diary,” in Granta, no. 15 (Cambridge, England, 1985).
In any Kleptocracy, autocracy, corpocracy, or dictatorship, the citizens are well aware of the injustices they endure, and yet the corrupt government-run media glorify social justice and demonize inequality and nepotism 24/7. No nation on the planet, regardless of its system of government glorifies social injustice, except America. I tried very hard to find a name—something-ocracy—for our system to no avail, although, Kleptocracy is a close fit. In America, the big money owns the media, the politicians, the clergy, and many scientists. Together they promote an irrational cultural mindset leading the people to vote against their own interest; it is insanity.
For example, many billionaires from Bill Gates to Ted Turner have frequently said that they personally neither need nor want their tax breaks. Wealthy kind Americans would rather the government tax them more and spend that money on education and/or healthcare. Meanwhile, thousands of corporate media-instructed poor American patriots are out on the streets carrying signs against “socialized medicine,” “redistribution of wealth,” and “gay marriage.” These ferocious protestors always look and sound angry even though they do not know what cause they are fighting for; they have no clue why the pastor at church or Limbaugh on the radio told them to march. This motif of unnatural vulgarity is probably triggered by their long frustrating search for someone to spell-check their signs.
When the corporate-appointed useless middleman (for example, insurance companies) is robbing the citizens and the citizens know that they are being robbed by the middleman, but the citizens still blindly protect and promote the middleman; what do you call that? I call it malicious audacious hypocrisy of the lame.
The Status Quo
Billions of dollars worth of television airtime and newspaper columns are wasted on distracting staged fights—one hundred percent red, white and blue American bullshit—between “experts” over Obama, the economy and healthcare, and many more billions are being wasted on bullshit wars. Even better, billions of dollars were just paid to bankers and Wall Street executives as salaries and bonuses—aside from the bailout money—for stealing and gambling our money away. Meanwhile the Congress and the states are cutting the very few programs that help the poor; unemployment is getting closer to 20%; people are still losing their homes and the banks are not giving loans.
1. 1. Dissolve all insurance companies, failing banks and any “middleman” entity.
2. 2. Bring home all American troops, except those in states that request our help. Deploy enough troops to our borders. Deploy the Marines and to major cities to fight internal terrorism: gangs. Violence must be eradicated in America.
3. 3. Assign the CIA and Special Forces to fight terrorism abroad.
4. 4. The trillions saved on 1 and 2 are more than enough for free healthcare, free higher education and creating millions of jobs.
5. For Christians the road to salvation is simple. Get your Lord’s name right. His name is not “Jesus” or “Jesús, Hesoos”. His Mother, Maryam (Syriac and Aramaic word or Hebrew miryam, mÄ“r·yäm') called Him Yeshua-- The word "Jesus" is actually a mis-transliteration of a Greek mis-transliteration—and called her husband Yosef. Yeshua did not know any Peter, John, James or Philip; get the names of the apostles right. Because Saint Cephas/Kephas (Hebrew/Aramaic origin meaning Rock), the real keeper to the keys of the kingdom, will be pretty pissed off when you get his name wrong.
“To raise the poor’s standard of living is in the best interest of the rich.”
The poor is the only relevant political issue now. Beware of parasites and gofers that make a living defending the status quo and discussing other “issues.”
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