Peeling the Skin Off The Washington Banana Republic

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When
plunder has become a way of life for a group of people living
together in society, they create for themselves in the course
of time a legal system that authorizes it, and a moral code that
glorifies it.

~
Frederic Bastiat

While
both the Bush and Gore campaigns claim to want a speedy end to the
election crisis, each side only wants a quick end if they can claim
the presidency. Yes, each candidate may perhaps be a statesman at
heart and personally want to save the nation from more turmoil,
but the special interests behind each party have far too much money
spent and plunder planned to walk away from this contest for the
"good of the nation." This will be a drawn out affair
with both sides involved in a public relations campaign to cover
up the real reasons for the legal actions and delays.

Forget
all the claims to the contrary about defending the American political
system, the Constitution, the peoples right to choose a leader etc.,
this election crisis is purely about plunder of productive working
Americans and little else. Every 2 and 4 years, the "approved"
politicians representing the special interests of the closed two
party monopoly parade around and campaign for voters to decide which
party and politicians gets approval to plunder them for the next
election cycle.

What
is at stake are which special interests will receive the bulk of
the taxes plundered from working productive Americans the next four
years. Will a Republican Congress and a Republican President primarily
benefit the global corporate establishment, the oil industry and
military special interests in the case of the Republicans? Can the
Democrats counter the small Republican majorities in Congress by
holding on to the Executive Branch which will guarantee an orderly
division of the "spoils of plunder" to the minority voting
blocks, trial lawyers and liberal global financial establishment
of the Democrats?

These
are the real money questions that will be settled in Florida and
this has nothing to do with democracy, voting or "the American
political system." The American political system functions
like any other Banana Republic. While the politicians smile and
wear expensive suits, these "actors and con men" are really
little different from the "figure head" dictators in army
fatigues that once ravaged many of the less developed nations. This
is all about spoils, political patronage and plunder.

Those
in power, (the closed two party monopoly and their "behind
the scenes" special interests) simply battle to maintain control
so they can plunder the wealth produced by the private sector. So
look beyond the rhetoric and double speak and watch the desperation
of both parties as they desperately battle for plunder and peel
the skin off the Washington Banana Republic.

What
could shorten or end this growing crisis? Notice, I don't use the
news media claim that this is a constitutional crisis? This has
little to do with the American republic's original Constitution
as both the established protections of our republic and Constitution
were destroyed by Lincoln's unconstitutional war and victory against
the Confederate States of America.

The
American people, North and South, went into the {Civil} war as
citizens of their respective states, they came out as subjects.And
what they thus lost they have never got back.

~
H.L. Mencken

Watch
the American stock and bond markets – when they begin to negatively
react to this situation, one side or the other will suddenly appear
conciliatory and for the "good of the country" one side
in this contest will capitulate. Remember, this is all about money
and when the market loss risk begins to exceed the loss of political
plunder gain, the crisis will end.

Maybe
some good will come out of this political impasse but it is probably
wishful thinking on my part to hope that the majority of citizens
will wake up to the controlled political empire that has controlled
Washington and plundered the American people since that time.

The
worst forms of tyranny, or certainly the most successful ones,
are not those we rail against but those that so insinuate themselves
into the imagery of our consciousness, and the fabric of our lives,
as not to be perceived as tyranny.

~
Michael Parenti

November
11, 2000

Ron
Holland is a financial and political writer and investment consultant
living in Asheville, NC. His personal website is found at www.ronholland.com
The quotes are from Freedom Quotes found at www.ronholland.com/quotes/intro.htm.

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