Best of the Week
Most Popular
1.Gold Price Target of USD 2,300 - GoldCore
2.Greece Banking System Collapse Monday as ECB Pulls the Plug, Capital Controls Ahead of GrExit - Nadeem_Walayat
3.Why British Muslims Are Leaving Elysium Paradise for Syrian Hell - Nadeem_Walayat
4.Greece BANKRUPT! Financial and Economic Collapse to Follow IMF Debt Default - Nadeem_Walayat
5.Extreme Gold/Silver Shorting - Zeal_LLC
6.European Empire Strikes Back Against Greek Debt Fantasy, Counting Down to GREXIT - Nadeem_Walayat
7.Gold And Silver – Three Choices: Sell, Hold, Hold and Add. A Trading Treatise - Michael_Noonan
8.Gold and Silver Price Headed for Breakdown - Jordan_Roy_Byrne
9.Greece Crisis OXI - Raul_I_Meijer
10.Flatline Investing and Dead End Debt Schemes - Doug_Wakefield
Last 5 days
Greece Referendum Vote Result Forecast Yes Win, But Depression Will Continue - 5th July 15
The Great Greek Economic Depression - 4th July 15
Happy 4th of July Stock Market Analysis - 4th July 15
The Most Pressing Reason Yet You Want to Avoid Investing in Retail Stocks - 4th July 15
Fed’s Full Normalization and the Stock Market - 3rd July 15
The U.S. Dollar's 2014-2015 Rally: Wave 3 in Action - 3rd July 15
Stock Market Where are we? And where are we Going? - 3rd July 15
Xi’s Anti-Corruption Campaign Is Key to China’s Prospects - 3rd July 15
How the New Iranian Nuclear Deal Will Impact Crude Oil - 3rd July 15
China's Stock Market Rollercoaster Ride Continues - 3rd July 15
Gold Stocks Cheap to Buy but Not for Long - 3rd July 15
Capital Controls and a Bank Holiday in Greece… Here’s How You Can Profit - 3rd July 15
Greece's Varoufakis: I will Resign if there's a 'Yes' Vote - 2nd July 15
The Student Loan Bubble: Gambling with America’s Future - 2nd July 15
Inflation Is Lurking, but This Asset Can Protect You - 2nd July 15
Three Total Wealth Stock Investor Tactics You’ll Need Because Greece Isn’t Over - 2nd July 15
Why This $5.6 Trillion Investor Profit Boom Is Set To Take Off - 2nd July 15
Greek Debt Crisis: "Too late to prepare now" - Video - 2nd July 15
Guaranteed US Dollar Death Dynamics - 2nd July 15
The Greek Stress Test & The Reality Of Incremental Changes - 2nd July 15
Forget Drachmas Greece Syriza Government Could Instruct Central Bank to Print Euros! - 2nd July 15
Greece Debt Crisis Trigger for Stock Market Crash or Bull Rally? Video - 1st July 15
Gold Stocks Break Below 2008 Low - 1st July 15
SPX Stock Market Retracement May be Over - 1st July 15
Silver Tunnel Vision 'Experts' - 1st July 15
Gold And Silver - Monthly, Quarterly Ending Analysis - 1st July 15
Europe’s Controlled Demolition - 1st July 15
The End of Dow 18,000; Bailouts No Longer Extended  - 1st July 15
Athens Mayor: Greek Government Should Resign - 1st July 15
China Stocks - This Is What a Bubble Looks Like - 30th June 15
Stocks Plunge on Greece Euro-Zone Financial Armageddon Blackmail - 30th June 15
Greece Crisis Shows Importance of Gold as Europeans Buy Coins and Bars - 30th June 15
Stock Investors Express Route to Profits in the Healthcare Sector - 30th June 15
Beyond the Greek Impasse - 30th June 15
Gold GDXJ : Impulse Move Pending - 30th June 15
Fed Interest Rate Increase Could Be Best Thing to Happen to Gold - 30th June 15
Marc Faber - Greece is Basically Bankrupt - 30th June 15
Greece - Shoot the Dog and Sell the Farm - 29th June 15
Grexit?, BIS Warning, Chinese Market Crash & Systemic Risk Shake the Global Economy - 29th June 15
The New "Sharing Economy" May Not Be the Profit Bonanza Everyone's Expecting - 29th June 15
Gold and Silver Greece and Short Positions - 29th June 15
Volatility and Sleep-Walking Markets - 29th June 15
Greece BANKRUPT! Financial and Economic Collapse to Follow IMF Debt Default - 29th June 15
Stock Market More Decline Ahead? - 29th June 15
China Stock Market Crackup - The Final Trap Looms... - 29th June 15

Free Instant Analysis

Free Instant Technical Analysis


Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

China Stocks - Where are they going?

America's Independence Day Hypocrisy

Politics / US Politics Jul 04, 2013 - 12:08 PM GMT

By: Stephen_Lendman

Politics

Ron Kovic's an anti-war activist. He was born on July 4, 1946. Vietnam combat left him paralyzed. He's wheelchair-bound.

His memoir titled "Born on the Fourth of July" became an Academy Award-winning film. Oliver Stone directed it. Tom Cruise played Kovic.


An updated 2005 book introduction said in part:

Vietnam's "disastrous war" changed his life. It affected countless "others of (his) generation profoundly and forever."

Back then was "a lifetime ago." He was 18. He has photos of how he looked. Recalling them shakes him badly. He can't do it without experiencing nightmares.

He can't face the uninjured young man he once was. His trauma still runs deep. His "beautiful body (was) destroyed, defiled and savaged."

His Vietnam experience left him "physically and emotionally haunted." It pursues, threatens and overwhelms him.

He still experiences "nightmares, constant anxiety attacks, severe heart palpitations, and a powerful, almost obsessive feeling that I would not live past my thirtieth birthday."

He lives each day like his last. He reflected on Bush wars. He envisions "another Vietnam unfolding." Today's America is far worse than then.

Washington "pursues a policy of deception, distortion, manipulation, and denial, doing everything it can to hide from the American people" its true agenda.

Flag-draped coffins return. So do "paraplegics, amputees, burn victims, the blinded and maimed, shocked and stunned, brain damaged and psychologically stressed."

They fill VA hospitals. Record numbers of active military and veteran suicides go unnoticed. Nearly two dozen vets alone die daily this way.

Doing so reveals America's dark side. Most people don't know. Little gets reported. Broken lives don't matter. War is hell. Who's knows if people aren't told. Those living it know best.

"To kill another human being, to take another life out of this world with one pull of a trigger, is something that never leaves you," said Kovic.

"It is as if a part of you dies with them. If you choose to keep on living, there may be a healing, and even hope and happiness again - but that scar and memory and sorrow will be with you forever."

Leaders promised never again. It's worse now than ever. Wars rage out-of-control. New ones are planned. Permanent war is official US policy. Today's "war on terror has become a war of terror."

On July 4, Kovic turned 67. He's no longer the whole man he used to be. He doesn't sleep well at night. Emotional and physical pain haunt him.

Many other war vets experience the same thing. Washington destroyed their lives. Visit a VA hospital and see. Is this what America stands for? Is waging war more important than peace?

"Life is so precious," said Kovic. Young generations are too special to lose.

All federal holidays reflect hypocrisy. Independence Day's no different. It mocks Jefferson's Declaration. He said governments "deriv(e) their just rights from the consent of the governed."

"That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government."

It's morally, ethically and legally just to do so. Resisting tyranny's a universal right. Protecting freedom depends on preserving it. Noncooperation with evil is fundamental.

On July 4, 1776, America gained independence from Britain. Everything changed but stayed the same. Same old, same old continued. It did so under new management.

Duplicitous politicians planned it this way. Today we'd call them a Wall Street crowd. They included bankers, merchants, planters, ship owners, lawyers, politicians, judges, slave owners and traders, speculators, smugglers, privateers, and other type wheeler-dealers.

"We the people," meant them. They created a government of men, not laws. Property owners alone had rights. Ordinary people didn't matter. They were entirely left out.

Women were thought fit only for homemaking and child-bearing. They were considered appendages of their husbands.

Blacks were property, not people. Native Americans were enemies. They were systematically exterminated. Privileged white men alone ruled.

John Jay (America's first chief Supreme Court Justice) said America should be run by men who own it. John Adams reflected the same sentiment.

He wanted it run by "the rich, the well born, and the able." They had others like themselves in mind.

Government of, by and for the people meant them alone. Democracy was verboten. So was populism. Bill of Rights protections were for them. Self-styled patriots were frauds.

In 1787, Adams and Jefferson weren't among America's framers. Adams was ambassador to Britain. Jefferson was in Paris in the same capacity.

It wouldn't have mattered either way. Elder statesman Benjamin Franklin was too enfeebled to participate. He observed without exerting influence. Washington's was a legend in his own time.

His presence held things together. Students today don't know he never got past the fifth grade. Franklin was mostly self-taught. Only 25 of 55 delegates attended college. Hamilton dropped out.

Framers crafted a future corporate state. They wanted wealth, power and privilege alone served. Equity and justice for all were quaint artifacts. Ordinary people were exploited.

Promoting the general welfare meant serving them. Presidents were empowered as virtual sovereigns. It's mostly true in times of war. Checks and balances exist in name only. Constitutional provisions exclude what matters most.

Michael Parenti calls it a "conservative document." It protects America's "bourgeoisie('s freedom to) invest, speculate, trade, and accumulate wealth." It legitimizes capital's divine right.

Holiday celebrants ignore US history. Students aren't taught it in school. Making them good citizens alone matters. Doing so excludes America's dark side.

It's no democracy. It wasn't created as one. It never was beautiful. For sure, it's not now. Native American genocide was perhaps the greatest ever.

It was unparalleled in scope and ferocity. It continues in new forms today. Killing an entire culture is longstanding.

"Kill the Indian, Save the Man," explained Ward Churchill. Doing so's entirely ignored in mainstream discourse.

Howard Zinn said America committed genocide "brutally and purposefully." It was done "in the name of progress." General Phillip Sheridan explained, saying "The only good Indian is a dead Indian."

The African holocaust was just as grim. It reflected 500 years of colonization, oppression, exploitation, and slavery. Much of it trafficked to America.

Black Africans were captured, branded, chained, force-marched to ports, beaten, kept in cages, and stripped of their humanity. They were sold like cattle. During the Middle Passage, millions perished.

They were packed like cargo under deplorable conditions in coffin-sized spaces. Sometimes they were placed one atop one another.

They experienced extreme discomfort. They had poor ventilation, little or no sanitation, and overall appalling conditions.

Dysentery, smallpox, blindness-causing ophthalmia, and other diseases became epidemics. Conditions below deck were dark, filthy, slimy, full of blood, vomit, and human excrement.

Women were beaten and raped. Claustrophobics became insane. Others were flogged or clubbed to death. Anyone thought to be diseased was dumped overboard like garbage.

Zinn called American slavery "the most cruel form in history: the frenzy for limitless profit that comes from capitalistic agriculture; the reduction of the slave to less than human status by the use of racial hatred, with that relentless clarity based on color, where white was master, black was slave."

Celebrants have other thoughts in mind. They're enjoying outings, picnics, barbecues, ballgames, outdoor concerts, parades, fireworks displays, visits to the shore, and other type recreation.

Suffering millions today don't matter. America's dark side isn't known. Permanent wars are someone else's problem. Sacrificing freedom for security goes unnoticed.

Monied interests alone benefit. Ordinary people are ruthlessly exploited. Patriotism means going along with what's wrong. Independence Day celebrants do it unwittingly.

The New York Times called July 4 "a salute to the brave." The Washington Post highlighted an "Independence Day Watermelon Bash."

The Wall Street Journal said "fireworks light up the skies." The Chicago Tribune noted "fireworks, festivals and parades." The Los Angeles Times featured recipes.

All mainstream news fit to print isn’t worth reading. Television created a nation of morons. What’s most important is suppressed. Managed news misinformation substitutes for truth and full disclosure. Junk food news entertains.

Imperial wars go unnoticed. So does homeland repression. Class war raged for decades. A race to the bottom reflects official US policy. Unconscionable poverty, unemployment, hunger, homelessness, and despair go unmentioned.

Celebratory relaxing matters more. Unreported truths aren't told. Wars of aggression aren't liberating struggles. Civil liberties aren't suppressed for our own good.

War is America's national pastime. Independence Day glorifies what requires condemnation. Dark side reality reflects unconscionable harm.

Independence Day hypocrisy suppresses what demands highlighting. Don't expect complicit media scoundrels to explain.

By Stephen Lendman
http://sjlendman.blogspot.com

His new book is titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War"

 

http://www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html

Stephen Lendman is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization. He lives in Chicago and can be reached in Chicago at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to The Global Research News Hour on RepublicBroadcasting.org Monday through Friday at 10AM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on world and national topics. All programs are archived for easy listening. © 2012 Copyright Stephen Lendman - All Rights Reserved Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.


© 2005-2015 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

Biggest Debt Bomb in History