This is NOT America anymore
October 2, 2012 by Brandon Smith
Many of us in the liberty movement find ourselves searching for a
distinct root cause of the trials and tribulations of American culture —
the Holy Grail catalyst that, if unraveled, would save this country and
heal the septic wounds covering the landscape of our hobbled society.
The obvious answer would be to remove the global elites who are
poisoning the well from the picture entirely. Yes, this has to be done
eventually. However, we must also identify how those elites have been
able to so thoroughly con the masses of this Nation for so long.
What inherent weakness has made us susceptible to manipulation? For this question, there are no
easy answers. If I had to choose a single frailty of our collective
psyche as paramount to our downfall, I would say that Americans most of
all are confounded by their own patriotism. We often embrace the ideal
without knowing what it really means.
There are in fact two kinds of patriotism: the concrete and the
imagined. Many Americans fall haphazardly into the fantasy of being
patriotic. They define patriotism upon the exploits of the mainstream
and of the government in control at the time. They become cheerleaders
for the establishment instead of stalwart champions of their country’s
founding principles. In fact, true patriotism is not about
blindly defending one’s nation or leadership regardless of its
trespasses; true patriotism is about defending the philosophy that made
one’s nation possible in the first place — even if that means standing
against the power structure in place today.
I often hear the uneducated and unaware claim that America and its
principles have been a bane to the rest of the world. They say America
is at the center of the vampire squid, flailing its vicious tentacles
against innocent foreign civilizations. This is an oversimplification at
best. The crimes that these well-meaning but naïve activists scorn
cannot be attributed to “America” because the American ideal has been
completely abandoned by those in the seat of power in our modern era. We
do not live in “America” — at least, not the America that the Founding
Fathers and authors of the Constitution created.
America has been ransacked and deformed into a hideous lampoon of its
former self. This has been done for the most part through the
destruction of the guiding principles we pretend we still hold onto as a
culture, but in reality have abused and cast aside. If we are ever to
undo the damage that has already been done, we have to rediscover what
the original design of America was. Wailing and growling about the
inadequacies of the present do nothing unless we establish where it is
that we have fallen from grace. What is America supposed to be? What did
the Founders truly intend?
America Is Supposed To Be Controlled By The People
The concept of a republic revolves around a reversal of the
traditional narrative of power. Throughout most of history, government
stood at the top of the pyramid, where the hands of a few dominated the
destinies of the citizenry. The future was a matter for the elites, not
the peasants, to be concerned with. The American republic, as designed
by the revolutionary colonists who defeated the old oligarchy, flipped
the role of government to servant rather than master. The goal was to
make government tangible and accountable rather than abstract and
untouchable. The America of today has no such accountability anymore.
We have a two-party system that pursues the mechanizations of
globalism in tandem, not in contest. When both parties have the same
desires and goals, when both parties collude to remove civil liberties
rather than protect them, and when both parties are funded by the same
corporate backers, there is no such thing as change through the process
of elections. Anyone who claims that government corruption can be
punished through the ballot box hasn’t the slightest clue how our system
really functions. They think we are still living in the original
“America,” one that values the voice of the people.
When the government decides to push through banker bailouts, the
Patriot Act, the National Defense Authorization Act, etc., all while
ignoring opposition by a vast majority of citizens, it is clear that the
paradigm has shifted and the American value of representation by and
for the people is lost.
America Is Supposed To Prosper Through Free Markets
One of the first acts of the American Revolution in the fight against
British tyranny was to decouple from British economic dominance. They
stopped relying on goods produced in England and peddled by the European
merchant class and began making their own. From homespun clothing to
homemade rifles, Americans created a legitimate free-market environment.
Free markets are systems controlled by the people, thriving on the
natural functions of supply and demand. They are not administered by
bureaucracies or corporate hierarchies that manipulate the economy to
fit preconceived political and social ends.
Free markets are decentralized markets. Corporations were never meant
to exist, according to Adam Smith, the architect of traditional free
markets. Today’s framework operates on centralization and the removal of
options and choices, which is facilitated by the imbalance and lack of
accountability in the corporate legal structure.
I have to laugh every time I hear someone attack “capitalism” and
free markets as the source of all our ills. America has not had the
pleasure of free markets for at least 100 years (since the construction
of the private Federal Reserve, a collusion between banking and
government interests). No one alive today has ever seen an actual
American “free market.” So to blame free markets for our modern failings
is rather thoughtless.
America Is Supposed To Have A Reserved Foreign Policy
The Founding Fathers specifically sought to keep America out of
foreign entanglements and haphazard alliances. They knew from experience
that the elites and monarchies of Europe often used wars as a means of
consolidating power and keeping populations in relative fear. They were
well aware of the methodologies of Niccolo Machiavelli and knew that
forced alliances were a trap used to ensnare nations into unnecessary
conflict and financial dependency while keeping the masses subservient
through false patriotism.
Today, our government has utterly violated the original principles of
reserved foreign policy, especially in the past century. The excuse
always used is that “we are under attack,” yet we usually discover later
that these “attacks” were actually fabricated by our own leaders. From
the sinking of the USS Maine, to the sinking of the Lusitania, to the
Gulf of Tonkin and beyond, for the past 100 years, Americans have been
presented with false flag threats used as leverage to convince us to
become entangled in foreign engagements. This strategy has become so
common that elitists now openly admit their intentions to commit future
false flags in order to draw us into yet another war, this time with Iran.
The current policy of “exporting democracy” has not only been a
complete failure (just look at Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan,
etc.), it is also a total affront to the foundation of the American
dynamic. Patriotism in the name of interventionism is foolhardy and
America Is Supposed To Respect Individual Rights
The Founders witnessed the extreme abuses of government firsthand:
invasion of privacy, invasion of property, wrongful arrest and
imprisonment, loss of representation, overt and malicious taxation,
thuggish law enforcement, and the targeting of those who dared to
dissent in their speech. The excuse used by the British for their
tyrannical behavior was, essentially, national security. In the end,
though, the elites’ actions had nothing to do with security for the
populous and everything to do with what they saw as opposition to their
hegemony. Our government has become a mirror image of the elitist
power-mongers of Britain in the days of the revolution. Absolutely
everything the colonists fought against has been re-established by the
globalists in our political structure today, once again, all in the name
of national security.
We have seen the enslavement of our money supply and general economy
by the Federal Reserve; invasive and violent taxation through the
Internal Revenue Service; loss of privacy through the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance and the Patriot acts; loss of property rights
through multiple agencies including the Bureau of Land Management, the
Environmental Protection Agency, the IRS, the Food and Drug
Administration, etc.; the militarization of law enforcement through the
Department of Homeland Security and Federally dominated fusion centers;
potential loss of habeas corpus through the NDAA; and even wrongful
arrest against those who merely speak openly of their discontent (look
into the case of Marine veteran Brandon Raub for a taste of what is to
What Have We Become?
Those who rally behind the America of today rally behind a façade —
an empty shell devoid of the heart and soul that gave life to this once
great experiment. I do not support what America is. I support what
America was and what it could be again if the truth is adequately
smashed into the faces of the currently oblivious public. If this
country is content to suckle from the putrid teat of globalism and
forsake the moral force of conscience that gave it life, then it has
become another place — an alien land.
I have heard the argument that America is meant to be a kind of
chameleon meant to change its stripes and adapt to the demands of the
era. I have heard it argued that the Constitution and the principles of
the Founding Fathers are outdated and inadequate for our new age of
technological wizardry and terrorist ideologies. This is pure
intellectual idiocy. The principles of freedom never expire. Individual
liberty is inherent and eternal. It is the driving force of every great
accomplishment in the history of mankind. The Constitution and the Bill
of Rights embody the spirit of the eternal battle of individual liberty.
There is no adaptation. There is only freedom or tyranny.
It is time for us to decide what kind of Americans we wish to be: the
deluded rah-rah puppets of a desiccated totalitarian society or the
watchmen on the wall. Will we be the keepers and protectors of the vital
core of the American identity or will we be fly-by-night consumers of
the flavor-of-the-day political carnival, eating every sample from the
elitist platter in an insane attempt to replace our free heritage with a
sleek, sexy rehashed form of top-down feudalism?
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