Delusions of a failed democracy

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One of the things I admire most about America’s conservative movement is its longstanding commitment to democratic action.

Many progressives complain about the last two decades of Republican dominance — in Washington, in many state capitals, and in the media.

But those center-right gains came in large part thanks to grassroots activism, relentless organizing, and devout commitment to some core ideas.

Which is why recent trends within the GOP (and conservative groups allied with the GOP) are so troubling.

While many Republicans accept recent Democratic gains for what they are — evidence of their own shortcomings and the natural give-and-take of a healthy democracy — a growing number of conservatives are raising the specter of conspiracy.

– Some Republicans have continued to hint that Barack Obama may not be an American, pointing to discredited claims about the authenticity of his birth certificate. Others continue to suggest that he may be a closeted Muslim.

-Conservatives have continued to suggest that progressive ideas (about the economy and foreign policy) are foreign or “European,” implying that they reflect an external threat to our society.

(This point is ludicrous for two reasons. First, because progressivism has a long history in American politics; second because conservatives rely on foreigners for many of their core ideas.)

-Pundits like Fox’s Glenn Beck continue to talk about “losing” their country and feeling “surrounded” by liberals.

Beck suggested recently that “political correctness” led to the recent shooting rampage in Alabama.

“But as I’m listening to him [the mass-murderer], I’m thinking about the American people who feel disenfrachised right now,” Beck said in an interview with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly.

-Similarly, conservatives have staged anti-big government “tea parties,” suggesting that their struggles are akin to those of the American colonists, who suffered taxation “without representation.”

-A growing number of conservatives, including Rep. Ron Paul, have suggested that the Obama administration is part of the “Bilderberger” conspiracy, which aims to subvert American democracy and replace it with a world government.

-Many Republicans have suggested that widespread voter fraud essentially discredits the last two election cycles, pointing to the activism of groups such as ACORN. These claims have been thoroughly debunked.

Yes, voter fraud occurs. No, it does not occur on a scale that tips elections.

-Finally, conservatives insist that their ideas have been discounted wholesale by a biased mainstream media. This claim ignores the existence of Fox News, the conservative dominance of talk radio, and the powerful influence of conservative newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal.

The reality, of course, is that America just held an election, in which the candidates were given an exhaustive hearing by the media and fair treatment at the ballot box.

Americans should be proud of the fact that we are represented by the most stable, durable, and credible democratic systems every created.

(Our political system is far more fair, transparent, and honest that it was even a couple of decades ago.)

That system will eventually produce more conservative leadership. (And, cyclically, those conservative governments will also give way to future progressive governments.)

But the revitalization of the Republican Party won’t be helped or hastened by Chicken Littles, who claim that their failures at the ballot box are the product of secret cabals or shadowy conspiracies.

posted by Brian Mann @ 3/15/2009 10:29:00 AM

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The UNITED STATES Isn’t a Country – It’s a Corporation!

 

 

http://members.iimetro.com.au/~hubbca/corp_us.htm

In preparation for stealing America, the puppets of Britain’s banking cabal had already created a second government, a Shadow Government designed to manage what the common herd believed was a democracy, but what really was an incorporated UNITED STATES. Together this chimera, this two-headed monster, disallowed the common herd all rights of sui juris. [sovereignty] 

Congress, with no authority to do so, created a separate form of government for the District of Columbia, a ten-mile square parcel of land. WHY and HOW did they do so? First, Lisa Guliani of Babel Magazine, reminds us that the Civil War was, in fact, “little more than a calculated front with fancy footwork by backroom players.” Then she adds:

“It was also a strategic maneuver by British and European interests (international bankers) intent on gaining a stranglehold on the coffers of America. And, because Congress knew our country was in dire financial straits, certain members of Congress cut a deal with the international bankers (in those days, the Rothschilds of London were dipping their fingers into everyone’s pie).  . . . . There you have the WHY, why members of Congress permitted the international bankers to gain further control of America. . . . . .

“Then, by passing the Act of 1871, Congress formed a corporation known as THE UNITED STATES. This corporation, owned by foreign interests, shoved the organic version of the Constitution aside by changing the word ‘for’ to ‘of’ in the title. Let me explain: the original Constitution drafted by the Founding Fathers read: ‘The Constitution for the united states of America.’ [note that neither the words ‘united’ nor ‘states’ began with capital letters] But the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’ is a corporate constitution, which is absolutely NOT the same document you think it is. First of all, it ended all our rights of sovereignty [sui juris]. So you now have the HOW, how the international bankers got their hands  on THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.”

To fully understand how our rights of sovereignty were ended, you must know the full meaning of sovereign:

SOVEREIGN
“Chief or highest, supreme power, superior in position to all others; independent of and unlimited by others; possessing or entitled to; original and independent authority or jurisdiction.” 
–Webster

In short, our government, which was created by and for us as sovereigns — free citizens deemed to have the highest authority in the land — was stolen from us, along with our rights. Keep in mind that, according to the original Constitution, only We the People are sovereign. Government is not sovereign. The Declaration of Independence says, “government is subject to the consent of the governed.” That’s us — the sovereigns. When did you last feet like a sovereign? As Lisa Guliani explained: 

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or a constitutional historian to figure out that the U.S. Government has NOT been subject to the consent of the governed since long before you or I were born. Rather, the governed are subject to the whim and greed of the corporation, which has stretched its tentacles beyond the ten-mile-square parcel of land known as the District of Columbia. In fact, it has invaded every state of the Republic. Mind you, the corporation has NO jurisdiction beyond the District of Columbia. You just think it does.

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