by John W. Whitehead
August 10, 2015
"The shaping of the
will of Congress and
the choosing of the American president,
has become a privilege reserved to the country's
equestrian classes, a.k.a. the 20% of the
population that holds 93% of the wealth, the
happy few who run the corporations and the
banks, own and operate the news and
entertainment media, compose the laws and govern
the universities, control the philanthropic
foundations, the policy institutes, the casinos,
and the sports arenas."
Being a citizen in the American
corporate state is much like playing against a stacked deck: you're
always going to lose.
The game is rigged, and "we the people"
keep getting dealt the same losing hand. Even so, most stay in the
game, against all odds, trusting that their luck will change.
The problem, of course, is that luck
will not save us.
As I make clear in
America - The War on the American People, the people dealing
the cards - the politicians, the corporations, the judges, the
prosecutors, the police, the bureaucrats, the military, the media,
etc. - have only one prevailing concern, and that is to maintain
their power and control over the citizenry, while milking us of our
money and possessions.
It really doesn't matter what you call
them - Republicans, Democrats,
the 1%, the elite, the controllers,
the masterminds, the shadow government, the police state, the
surveillance state, the military industrial complex - so long as you
understand that while they are dealing the cards, the deck will
always be stacked in their favor.
Incredibly, no matter how many times we
see this played out, Americans continue to naively buy into the idea
that politics matter, as if there really were a difference between
the Republicans and Democrats (there's
Politics is a game, a joke, a hustle, a
con, a distraction, a spectacle, a sport, and for many devout
Americans, a religion.
In other words, it's a sophisticated
ruse aimed at keeping us divided and fighting over
two parties whose priorities are exactly the same.
support endless war
engage in out-of-control
ignore the citizenry's basic rights
have no respect for
the rule of law
are bought and paid for by Big Business
about their own power
have a long record of expanding
government and shrinking liberty
Most of all, both parties enjoy an
intimate, incestuous history with each other and with the moneyed
elite that rule this country.
Don't be fooled by the smear campaigns
and name-calling. They're just useful tactics of the
psychology of hate that has been
proven to engage voters and
increase voter turnout while keeping us at each other's throats.
Despite the jabs the candidates volley
at each other for the benefit of the cameras, they're a relatively
chummy bunch away from the spotlight, presenting each other with
awards (remember when Jeb Bush presented Hillary Clinton with
a Liberty Medal for her
service to the country), attending each other's weddings (Bill and
front-row seats for Trump's 2005
embracing with genuine affection.
Trump's various donations to the
Clintons (he donated to
Hillary's Senate campaigns, as well as the Clinton
Foundation) are not unusual.
Remember, FOX News mogul Rupert Murdoch
hosted a fundraiser for Hillary's
Senate reelection campaign
back in 2006 and contributed to her presidential campaign two years
In fact, FOX News has reportedly been
one of Hillary's biggest donors for the better part of two
Are you starting to get the picture? It
doesn't matter who wins the White House, because they all work for
the same boss:
many corporations actually hedge their bets on who will win the
White House by
splitting their donations between Democratic and Republican
We're in trouble, folks, and picking a
new president won't save us.
We are living in a fantasy world
carefully crafted to resemble a representative democracy. It used to
be that the cogs, wheels and gear shifts in our government machinery
worked to keep our republic running smoothly.
However, without our
fully realizing it, the mechanism has changed. Its purpose is no
longer to keep our republic running smoothly. To the contrary, this
particular contraption's purpose is to keep the corporate police
state in power. Its various parts are already a corrupt part of the
Just consider how insidious, incestuous
and beholden to the corporate elite the various "parts" of the
mechanism have become.
Perhaps the most notorious offenders and
most obvious culprits in the creation of the corporate-state,
Congress has proven itself to be both inept and avaricious,
oblivious champions of an authoritarian system that is
systematically dismantling their constituents' fundamental rights.
Long before they're elected, Congressmen
are trained to dance to the tune of their wealthy benefactors, so
much so that they spend
two-thirds of their time in office raising money.
As Reuters reports,
"For many lawmakers, the daily
routine in Washington involves fundraising as much as
legislating. The culture of nonstop political campaigning shapes
the rhythms of daily life in Congress, as well as the landscape
around the Capitol.
It also means that
lawmakers often spend more timey
listening to the concerns of the wealth than anyone else."
With the 2016 presidential election
shaping up to be the most expensive one in our nation's history,
with estimates as high as $10 billion,
"the way is open for
an orgy of spending by well-heeled interest groups and super
rich individuals on both political sides."
Yet even after the votes have been
counted and favors tallied, the work of buying and selling access to
the White House is far from over.
President Obama spends significant
amounts of time hosting and attending fundraisers, having
held more than 400 fundraising events over the course of his two
terms in office. Such access comes with a steep price tag.
It used to be that
$100,000 got you an overnight stay
at the White House. Now it will cost you
$500,000 for four meetings a year with President Obama.
Yet as Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig
"[H]ow does a man, as a person, run
the nation when he's attending 228 fundraisers? And the answer
is not very well
pretty terrible for your
ability to do your job. It's pretty terrible for your
ability to be responsive to the American people, because - let
me tell you - the American people are not attending 228
fundraisers. Those people are different."
The U.S. Supreme Court - once the last
refuge of justice, the one governmental body really capable of
rolling back the slowly emerging tyranny enveloping America - has
instead become the champion of
the American police state, absolving
government and corporate officials of their crimes while
relentlessly punishing the average American for exercising his or
Like the rest of the government, the
Court has routinely prioritized profit, security, and convenience
over the basic rights of the citizenry.
Indeed, law professor Erwin
Chemerinsky makes a compelling case that the Supreme Court,
"justices have overwhelmingly come from positions of
privilege," almost unerringly throughout its history,
sides with the wealthy, the privileged, and
For example, contrast the Court's
affirmation of the "free speech" rights of corporations and wealthy
donors in McCutcheon vs. FEC, which does away with
established limits on the number of candidates an entity can support
with campaign contributions, and Citizens United vs. FEC
with its tendency to deny those same rights to average Americans
when government interests abound, and you'll find a noticeable
Of course, this triumvirate of total
control would be completely ineffective without a propaganda machine
provided by the world's largest corporations.
Besides shoving drivel down our throats
at every possible moment,
the so-called news agencies which are
supposed to act as bulwarks against government propaganda have
instead become the mouthpieces of the state.
The pundits which pollute our airwaves
are at best court jesters and at worst propagandists for the false
reality created by the American government.
"We the people" now belong to a
permanent underclass in America.
It doesn't matter what you call us -
chattel, slaves, worker bees, drones, it's all the same - what
matters is that we are expected to march in lockstep with and submit
to the will of the state in all matters, public and private.
our complicity in matters large and small, we have allowed an
out-of-control corporate-state apparatus to take over every element
of American society.
Our failure to remain informed about
what is taking place in our government, to know and exercise our
rights, to vocally protest, to demand accountability on the part of
our government representatives, and at a minimum to care about
the plight of our fellow Americans has been our downfall.
Now we find ourselves once again caught
up in the spectacle of another presidential election, and once again
the majority of Americans are acting as if this election will make a
difference and bring about change - as if the new boss will be
different from the old boss.
When in doubt, just remember what
comedian and astute commentator George Carlin
had to say about the matter:
The politicians are put there to
give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't.
You have no choice. You have owners.
They own you. They own everything. They own all the important
land. They own and control the corporations. They've long since
bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses,
the city halls.
They got the judges in their back
pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they
control just about all of the news and information you get to
hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars
every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want.
Well, we know what they want.
They want more for themselves and
less for everybody else, but I'll tell you what they don't want.
They don't want a population of citizens capable of critical
thinking. They don't want well-informed, well-educated people
capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that.
That doesn't help them. That's
against their interests.
They want obedient workers. Obedient
workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines
and do the paperwork…. It's a big club and you aren't in it.
You and I are not in the big club...
The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems
to notice… Nobody seems to care. That's what the owners count
It's called the American Dream,
because you have to be asleep to believe it.