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By Mark Albertson

October 28, 2016





The day of coronation for the next emperor or, for that matter the first empress, of the American Empire is fast approaching.  A lackluster economy, the tiresome litany of perpetual war, the inexorable marginalization of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the accelerating demise of the Middle Class, urban decay, the fractured nature of American society, . . . and the best American Exceptionalism can offer is a divisive, cultureless blowhard who brings to the table distortions of the most sordid variety, while daily polluting the air waves with pronouncements designed to appeal to those members of the electorate who have not advanced beyond a fifth grade reading level; and who in turn is opposed by a dissembling corporatist who regales her minions with expectations founded on empty liberal phraseology, while at the same time engaging in such perversions as enlisting neocons to organize and support pseudo-Fascist coups in places like Ukraine in an effort to maintain the Great Game of absconding with other people's resources in an effort to perpetuate Pax Americana.


How is it possible, then, that a nation which indulges in such self-serving delusions, such as that of being the gold standard of representative government, send to the seat of power such low brows wedded to the machinations of the omnipotent.  Gone it seems are the days when a Harry Truman refused the offers for positions on corporate boards of banks and large corporations with such replies as, "The American Presidency is not for sale."  Now everything is for sale, as per such antitheses of representative government as Citizens United, the Patriot Act and the Lewis Powell Memo, that Manifesto of American Fascism.


One answer to this shameful dilemma perhaps can be found in war.  In 1970, economist Harry Magdorf did a study on militarism and imperialism.  He offered that in the 2,340 months of America's existence, 1,782 months had been spent on warlike activity of some type.  War, it has been said, often kills off a nation's best and brightest.  Consideration must be given, then, to the possibility that such conflicts as the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam, has left us with a distressingly low gene pool of talent for political office in contemporary America.


Despite obvious differences among the major candidates, with regards to disposition, gender and political experience, in the end, it will be merely a matter of how the ether will be applied, as the suborning of the Middle and Working Classes will persist unabated; lobbyists will buy and sell Republicans and Democrats in their inimitable and timeworn fashion; America's Royalty will continue to pillage both foreign and domestic economies.  The wholesale perversion of globalization has produced such basket cases as Syria, Iraq, Libya and Ukraine; while such domestic counterparts can be found in Camden, Detroit, St. Louis and Memphis.  And while burgs such as Mexico City, Baghdad and Kabul are viewed as bastions of corruption, come home to a Washington D.C which is little better than that off-ramp on I-95 between Sodom and Gomorrah.


At a recent Democracy For America meeting, Jim Himes, Democratic Representative for the Fourth District, admitted his disappointment at Barak Obama, the Democratic President for his failure to properly consult with Congress prior to joining with the Europeans to turn Libya into another political, economic and social disaster.  It is quite enough that chief executives bypass the Constitutional obligation of deferring to Congress for a Declaration of War, but now also to consider the War Powers Act of 1973 largely irrelevant?  According to the Library of Congress, the War Powers Resolution, Public Law 93-148, 87 Stat. 555, is to "insure that the collective judgment of both the Congress and president will apply to the introduction of United States Forces into hostilities."  That these are now meaningless words are now evident in the face of perpetual war which afflicts this Nation, and, to which there seems to be no end in sight.


The ongoing slide into despotic government is irreversible when understanding America's current governmental posture as a Corporate State.  The phenomenon of Trump will not vanish with his demise; and the supporters of Vermont's favorite son will continue to press ahead with "liberalizing" the Democratic denomination of the Corporate State.  In this they will almost certainly fail, since those enjoying the fruits of unlimited money and power will utilize same to maintain the status quo.  It would seem, then, that those practitioners of the Our Revolution movement of Bernie Sanders need to heed the lessons of history before engaging in or referencing their movement as a revolution.


Revolutions are not for the weak at heart.  They take commitment and tireless devotion to the movement.  Revolutions are not about altering the system in question; they are about destroying the present system and replacing same with another.  That's why they are revolutions.  Or in the words of Thomas Jefferson, "The tree of liberty is watered with the blood of patriots and tyrants."  For revolutions, be they concerted political actions or armed struggle, share a an overriding commonality . . . the willingness to die.  Minus this essential ingredient, there is no revolution.


Hillary is hardly a solution; in essence she will maintain that race to the bottom.  The responsibility for salvaging representative government lies with the People.  It is only with the People that the ship can be righted, and can only be so unless they resurrect a functioning system of representation overseen by the People.  And it is only through such actions by the People, the true guardians of representative government, that insures that such inglorious subalterns as Clinton and Trump will never succeed in undermining the Rule of Law.

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