"The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy."
~ Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope
On November 4th 2008, millions of Americans went to the polls believing the "change" they were voting for included a scaling down and the eventual end of the wars of empire in Iraq and Afghanistan. The voter’s voice had been heard in the 2006 elections concerning their feelings towards these illegal and immoral wars, but now was their perceived chance to change the view from the top. Instead of a scaling down of the wars, the new administration has brought about continuation of these wars for empire that includes escalation in Afghanistan and the shuffling of forces in Iraq. This shuffling consists of the withdrawal of some military assets while increasing the number of private contractors. The bottom line is still the same.
The paradigm of Republican (right) versus Democrat (left) politics in America has led this country to the calamity of total socialism and the loss of individual rights. Since I have been of voting age, this has been the scenario. Nixon had to be elected to free us from the tragedy that was the Vietnam War; Jimmy Carter was elected to free America from the debacle that was Watergate; Reagan was elected to free the nation from the indecisiveness and economic blunders of the Carter Administration; Clinton was elected to change the economic policies of Reagan and George the First; George W. Bush was elected to bring us back from the nausea of Clinton’s constant and overwhelming personal issues; Obama was elected to stop the illegal wars and the infringements on personal freedoms, the very core of the Bush Administration. Tragic is it not that each and every political savior has led us deeper and deeper into the abyss? Obama is no different. Voting for the lesser of two evils has brought us the promised product: evil.
A great majority of Americans refuse to accept the fact both parties are controlled by the same power cabal, just as Professor Carroll Quigley pointed out in his book, Tragedy and Hope. Instead, they embrace the concept of party politics over those of individual freedom and liberty. The paradigm of supporting your party or candidate of choice, even when they are involved in unconstitutional and/or criminal activities, takes on greater priority than supporting the Constitution or liberty itself. Party first, regardless of the crimes committed, has relegated this country to being led by criminals and the loss of individual liberty.
Long ago, the ruling elite determined the greatest threat to its goal of one world government was sovereignty and self-determination. In order to accomplish their goals they realized the two parties must have the appearance of being adversarial while maintaining the stated objective. They decided to adopt the military strategy of divide and conquer. Diversity and the hyphen became their weapons of choice. Americans could not be seen as all being under the same umbrella politically, so they had to be divided. Calling some Native-Americans and others African-Americans or Jewish-Americans assured polarity among the citizenry and eliminated unity of purpose. Initiating these divides along racial lines was a master stroke; now anyone who opposed the illegal or unconstitutional programs of another faction could be marginalized by insisting their opposition to the criminal acts was based on racism.
The attack on the Confederacy became a necessity. Not only did the government of the South in 1861 express as its purpose the quest for sovereignty and self-determination, they also represented a revolt against oppressive taxation as a tool of control. Revising history to show the South was motivated by racism would obscure from future generation the true goals of the Confederacy and their willingness to defend, with their very lives, the ideal of self-determination. Even then, some of the leaders of the Confederacy could see the goals of the ruling elite. General Patrick Cleburne would say, "It means the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy; that our youth will be trained by Northern schoolteachers; will learn from Northern school books their version of the war; will be impressed by the influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors, and our maimed veterans as fit objects for derision…" Today, the goals of tyranny have been reached, for many, even those who trace their ancestry to the South, have denounced the war that killed nearly 700,000 Americans, many of them non-combatants, as a war to perpetuate slavery. In actuality, the message delivered through the pages of history to those who believe in the right of self-determination is: if you dare challenge the right of government to control your life, you will be hunted down and eliminated.
History is resplendent with the demonization of those who have sought the right to determine their own fate without the interference of government. American Indians were referred to as savages and red devils, while those who supported the Confederacy were referred to as rebels and traitors. Today we are simply referred to as terrorists, which is true, because the very idea of an individual living a life free of government interference and control terrifies those of the ruling elite. Ruling the world without the willing compliance of those ignorant enough to fight, die and provide the sweat of their brows would become impossible.
It is my opinion that the election of Barack Obama may have been our last chance to secure freedom and the rights of the individual. Before you quit reading in disgust, hear me out. Had John McCain been elected, we would have continued with our illegal wars and other fascist doctrine. Republicans would have continued the chant that we were being "protected" from future calamities such as 9/11, that infringements on our liberties, such as the Patriot Act and the John Warner Defense Authorizations Act were necessary to keep the war, "over there" and to stop Domestic Terrorism. The Democrats would have continued with their anti-war rhetoric and posturing. Basically, the rush to pure Socialism would have continued at the normal frog-boiling pace. With Obama, we have now the same fascist doctrine of illegal aggressive wars and infringements on liberty combined with in-your-face Marxist Socialism.
Those who voted for Obama believing it would end the wars have now seen they were conned; those Middle-Class Whites who voted for Obama to salve their feelings of latent racism have seen race used as a defense of tyrannical theft and ever enlarging government and its quest for total control of our lives. The possibility of the loss of the right to possess the tools of liberty have led millions to the purchase of firearms and ammunition, many for the first time. In the month of August 2009 alone, over one million requests to purchase firearms were received at the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) of the FBI. The rumors of vaccines and laboratory prepared viruses prepared as a tool for population control and the threat of military and law enforcement forced vaccinations have alarmed millions. "Obama" and "Change" bumper stickers, once quite numerous in my rural part of the world, have all but disappeared. In other words, a mentality of resistance to the combined forces of Fascism and Marxism seems to be taking shape.
The power elite and their shills in the media will continue to proclaim as racists any who would oppose the socialist criminal takeover in this country. The advocates will refer to this criminality as a religious experience, but they will also offer up their "opposing views" commentators in an attempt to quell active protests. Having someone in the media who represents the view of the opposition has become standard operating procedure for the media. When Clinton was in office, we had Limbaugh, O’Reilly and Hannity; when Dubya was in office the opposition found solace in Olbermann; now the opposition finds a new friend in a much richer and suddenly reformed Beck. Believing one has a proponent in the national limelight keeps many on their couches and out of the streets.
Believing there to be a political solution to the mess we are now in is folly indeed. The government owns the entire game: political parties, the congress, elections, law enforcement, the military, the courts and the ability to forcibly take whatever it wants under the fear of death. Our opinions and concerns mean nothing. Writing letters to these thugs is a waste of time. If they cared about our opinions, the banks would never have been bailed out nor the latest Supreme Court Justice confirmed. The opinion of the people no longer matters; live with it.
It was rumored that during the Dubya administration, a congressman in a western state voiced his written concern to the administration concerning the departure of the Republican Party from its core beliefs and supporters, especially those who supported the Second Amendment and opposed abortion. Supposedly, this representative received a memo from the desk of Karl Rove stating: "Do not concern yourself with those who support the Constitution and oppose abortion, they have nowhere else to go."
Folks, face the music, advocates of liberty and self-determination have nowhere else to go.
Michael Gaddy [send him mail], an Army veteran of Vietnam, Grenada, and Beirut, lives in the Four Corners area of the American Southwest.