What is the Biggest and Oldest Lie in US History?
By Dale Ruff
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
"Those who can be persuaded to believe absurdities can be persuaded to commit atrocities."
Short (relatively) and sweet: the Biggest Lie is as old as the Constitution, that America is a land of equality and liberty and a democracy.
Fact 1: Of all advanced nations, the US is the most unequal. The 6 Walmart heirs who created nothing and do not work, have more wealth than 100 million Americans.
Of the working poor, 1/3 are so badly paid they qualify for food stamps, which gives them $4.20 a day for their 3 square meals. If you work for Walmart, you have to apply for welfare to feed yourself and your family.
Originally, 50 years ago Sam Walton had a buy-America policy and 95% of his merchandise was American made. Today Walmart buys 95% Chinese.
Fact 2: A good measure of liberty is how many people are walking around free and how many are locked up. The US has the largest population of prisoners and the highest rate of incarceration in the world. By this objective standard, we are the least free nation.
Also, debt is a form of slavery, and the average US household now has $16,000 credit card debt, $28,000 auto debt, $50,000 student debt, and $172,000 mortgage debt for a total of over $250,000 total debt. By comparison, most Russians (80%) own their homes and have no mortgage debt.
Fact 3: The US is not and never was a democracy. The Constitution was written by 95% slave owners and the first 7 Presidents were slave owners, Washington being the largest slave owner, and Jefferson being the next largest, both being in the top of slave owners.
Because these slave owners (many of whom had opposed the American Revolution, justified by the principles of equality and consent of the governed) wanted to control the new nation, and because they were in the minority they devised several means to allow the minority to rule as they feared democracy and equality.
The Senate voting scheme now allows Montana and Wyoming, with a combined 3% of the population of California, to have twice as many Senators and votes. Rural, conservative states with less than 15% of the population can block the will of the 85% represented by more urban states.
Thus the slave owners in the South, with a minority of citizens, used the Senate scheme, as well as counting slaves as 3/5th of a person in the census for determining Representative in Congress. The census also determines the votes in the Electoral College, which is able to overturn the vote of the public as a firewall by the elite against the rule by majority. Bush II and Trump being recent examples of the Electoral College blocking democratic rule, equality, and consent of the governed.
Thus the Constitution betrayed the stated founding principles of equality and consent and instead created an oligarchy of slave owners. A good source for this history is Jensen's classic The New Nation.
When slavery was abolished, the new oligarchy was composed of bankers and other large corporations, which continues to this day. The Trump regime now has 6 Goldman-Sachs alumni in key positions running the country.
First Chief Justice, Founding Father, and slave owner John Jay betrayed his favoring of corporate fascism when he said, "The country should be run by those who own it."
A recent objective study of policy by Northwestern University researchers found that public policy is dominated by a tiny elite of the wealthy, while the public input is close to zero. In addition, 97% of elections are won by the party with the most money, thus subverting the voice of the people in favor of the will of the wealthy. This is a system of oligarchy known as plutocracy.
Two of our last 3 Presidents (Bush Jr. and Trump) were those who lost the public vote. The majority of Americans support programs like single payer healthcare, a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, raising the minimum wage, universal background checks for gun purchases, repealing the Electoral College, etc. but none of these proposals even come up for a vote, as Congress is controlled by Big Money.
When losers win, imbeciles come to power; when imbeciles come to power, the Deep State rules.
And so, in conclusion, the biggest and oldest lie of all is that we are the land of the free, a democracy, and exceptional. We are in fact the most imprisoned population in the world, with the greatest inequality of any of the 35 advanced nations, and our government is controlled by Wall Street and the giant corporations. The U.S. form of government is accurately described as corporate fascism.
When money rules, imbeciles come to power. When imbeciles come to power, the Deep State rules.
Our most radical democrat, Tom Paine, wrote:
"Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interest, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions."
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