by Jim Quinn
THE HORROR! THE HORROR!
I'm constantly amazed by the ability of those in power to create a narrative trusted by a gullible non-critical thinking populace.
Appealing to emotions, when you have millions of functionally illiterate, normalcy bias ensnared, iGadget distracted, disciples of the status quo, has been the game plan of the Deep State for the last century.
Americans don't want to think, because thinking is hard. They would rather feel.
For decades the government controlled public education system has performed a mass lobotomy on their hapless matriculates, removing their ability to think and replacing it with feelings, fabricated dogma, and social indoctrination.
Their minds of mush have been molded to acquiesce to the narrative propagandized by their government keepers.
With a majority confused, distracted, malleable, willfully ignorant, and easily manipulated by false narratives, heart wrenching images, and fake news, the Deep State henchmen have been able to control the masses with relative ease.
The unanticipated rise of Donald Trump to the most powerful role in the world gave many critical thinking, anti-big government, skeptical curmudgeons hope he could drain the swamp and begin to deconstruct the massive out of control Federal bureaucracy.
His rhetoric during the campaign about,
...appealed to many libertarian minded people.
I've watched with disgust over the last month as the promises of non-interventionism by a presidential candidate have been broken by the third consecutive president.
George W. Bush promised a humble foreign policy with no nation building.
He had criticized the Clinton-Gore Administration for being too interventionist:
With 9/11 as a convenient excuse, he invaded sovereign countries based on flawed data, passed the 4th Amendment destroying Patriot Act, allowed neo-cons to create a Orwellian surveillance state, and permitted the military industrial complex to regain its power and control over the political apparatus in Washington D.C.
With no Cold War to fill their coffers, neo-cons in Congress, warmongering think tank co-conspirators, military brass and their arms dealer cronies needed to create a new war to keep the racket going.
An unwinnable war, like the War on Drugs and War on Poverty, results in never ending funding, no evaluation of success or failure, continuous propaganda designating new enemies whenever convenient, and a narrative questioning the patriotism of anyone who argues against foreign interventionism.
After Bush's reign of error, the election of a liberal community activist as president surely would result in a dramatic reduction in military intervention around the world.
It was so certain, Obama was awarded the Nobel 'Peace' Prize for just being elected for promising hope and change. He ran against neo-con tool McCain who never met a country he didn't want to invade.
Obama's words as a candidate echoed those of Bush Jr. before he was placed on the throne by the Powers That Be.
After being elected Obama immediately changed his tune about the business of war.
He withdrew troops from Iraq as required by the agreement signed by Bush with the Iraq puppet government, but he ramped up the never ending Afghanistan war - now sixteen years old and still not won.
The vacuum left by our epic failure in Iraq allowed the rise of ISIS.
Obama essentially created ISIS by providing arms to "moderate" rebels fighting Assad in Syria.
They have left a lawless chaotic failed state, now home to ISIS, Al Qaeda, and various other terrorist factions.
Obama should have won the Nobel Drone Prize as he launched ten times as many attacks as Bush, killing thousands, blowing up wedding parties, and murdering hundreds of innocent civilians. He bombed seven countries even though we are not officially at war with anyone. He renewed all aspects of the unconstitutional Patriot Act.
Edward Snowden revealed the mass surveillance on all Americans by Obama's spy agencies.
His continued support for the overthrow of Assad, so Saudi Arabia and Qatar could build a natural gas pipeline to Europe, was thwarted by Putin.
Hysterically, after eight years of war mongering and expansion of the warfare/welfare surveillance state, Obama is now portrayed as a pacifist.
The fact is Obama, like Bush, filled his role in the imperial empire, policing the world, enriching the military industrial complex, and doing the bidding of his Deep State sponsors.
Now we have Donald Trump, the billionaire champion of the common man, who campaigned on getting out of the nation building business.
Where have I heard that before...?
Exactly one year ago, Trump gave a foreign policy speech laying out his vision for the U.S. role in the world.
He scorned Obama and Bush's foolish attempt at creating western style democracies in 3rd world den of snakes, inhabited by factions of Muslim religious fanatics.
He railed against the trillions wasted fighting worthless wars, leaving countries in anarchy, and allowing terrorists organizations like ISIS to fill the vacuum.
His arguments sounded like they were being spoken by Ron Paul...
He clearly ran as a non-interventionist.
Trump rationally promised to have peaceful relations with the other two nuclear superpowers.
He was diplomatic, lucid and non-confrontational when talking about the two countries neo-cons love to hate.
His promises of improved relations lasted about as long as it took the Deep State to create a blatant false flag in Syria.
There seems to be a common theme when it comes to how all presidents end up doing the bidding of the military industrial complex as soon as they settle into the Oval Office, no matter what they said during their campaigns.
Trump is the latest example of talking diplomacy, no nation building, non-interventionism, and not putting boots on the ground, and then doing the exact opposite within weeks of taking office.
The game plan is tried and true. The Deep State either creates or provokes a false flag event to set in motion the pressure to respond militarily.
They utilize their propaganda emitting media mouthpieces to spread disinformation and create the opinions of the non-critical thinking masses. Dramatic visual images and a storyline with an evil villain are essential to properly influencing a pliable, easily misled, oblivious public.
The use of false flag events, fake news, and staged graphic photographs to control and manipulate public opinion has been utilized for decades by the Deep State to push the country into military conflict craved by the military industrial complex.
We've known for almost a century war is a racket, as described by General Smedley Butler in 1935.
We were warned by the most respected general of the 20th Century about allowing the military industrial complex to gain control over our government and politicians.
Eisenhower experienced the influence of the Deep State from the military perspective and firsthand as president.
Sadly, his hopes for an alert and knowledgeable citizenry keeping the military industrial complex under wraps were dashed on the shoals of a purposefully failing public education system and a relentless propaganda campaign championing never ending war.
Those controlling the levers of power have understood the power of propaganda since Edward Bernays taught them how to manipulate the public mind with his theories of propaganda in 1928.
He believed the masses were driven by biological urges which needed to be channeled and guided by highly intelligent corporate elite overseers.
His contempt for the masses was born out in his corporate fascist view of the world.
He believed our dangerous animalistic urges needed to be subdued to keep society sedate and controllable by those constituting the invisible government (aka Deep State).
He trained the controllers to use propaganda in order to mold the minds of the masses in a way most beneficial to the state.
The use of propaganda and the flogging of false flag narratives by the corporate media acting as mouthpieces for the Deep State has worked wonders and resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of American boys and innocent victims (collateral damage according to neo-cons) around the world.
An explosion that sunk the USS Maine was used by William Randolph Hearst and William McKinley to provoke a war with Spain in 1898.
The Gulf of Tonkin incident was a false flag used by LBJ and the war party in 1964 to kick off the Vietnam War, resulting in over 58,000 American deaths, 153,000 Americans wounded, hundreds of thousands mentally scarred for life, and the deaths of over 2 million Vietnamese.
For who...? For what...?
The American boys sacrificed on the altar of the Deep State were nothing but cannon fodder in the warped minds of McNamara, LBJ, Westmorland and the rest of warmongering elitists.
Only the military industrial complex benefited, as the burgeoning welfare/warfare state resulted in raging inflation during the 1970s.
As time passed, the propagandists have become immensely more sophisticated in their messaging, psychological assessment of a dumbed down American populace, and manipulation of patriotism, symbolism and emotions to run roughshod over those opposing nonsensical, illegal, and immoral military intervention around the world.
The most successful technique utilized by the Deep State for the last few decades has been "atrocity propaganda".
Appealing to the emotions of people who have been indoctrinated by government schooling to feel rather than think has been wildly successful in controlling the agenda.
Atrocity propaganda was initially employed to sway public opinion to support the First Gulf War against Saddam Hussein, engineered by Madison Avenue maggots from Hill and Knowlton on behalf of the Kuwaiti government.
In emotional testimony before Congress an unidentified 15 year old girl, who happened to be the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the U.S., gave false testimony that she had witnessed Iraqi soldiers take babies out of incubators in a Kuwaiti hospital, take the incubators, and leave the babies to die.
This propaganda successfully convinced a clueless public to support our involvement in the Gulf War. With the end of the Cold War, how could the military industrial complex generate immense profits without enemies?
Afterwards, Stormin Norman Schwarzkopf was glorified as the brilliant courageous hero. The masses need a hero to worship.
Whether 9/11 was a false flag or a monumental security blunder, it was hijacked by the neo-con faction within the government to wage perpetual war and turn our country into a surveillance state.
A critical thinking citizen or honest journalist might wonder how the 342 page Patriot Act, which changed 15 existing laws and created entire new agencies, could be written, debated, and signed into law within 45 days of the 9/11 attack.
It almost seemed like it was already written, awaiting the opportune time to implement. The War on Terror had begun.
The Deep State managed to create a war against a tactic, which could never be won. It has done wonders for the military industrial complex, as arms industry stocks have risen 400% to 500% since 2001 versus the 100% rise in the SandP 500.
War is a profitable racket...
The neo-cons immediately began their propaganda campaign to invade Iraq, even though they had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11. There were virtually no religious Muslim zealots inhabiting the country. Hussein hated bin Laden and his ilk.
The propaganda machine, driven by Cheney and Wolfowitz, churned out false stories about 9/11 involvement and the imminent threat from Hussein using "WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION".
The Colin Powell show on national TV convinced the fearful American populace to support the invasion of a country who threatened us in no way, without a declaration of war from Congress.
The invasion of Iraq set the precedent that presidents can wage war around the globe with no legislative approval.
The invasion became a reality TV show called Shock and Awe. In retrospect, the Iraq War was either a colossal error of judgment or exactly what the Deep State had in mind.
The ultimate financial cost of our Middle East adventures will exceed $6 trillion, while 4,400 young men gave their lives, 32,000 were badly wounded, thousands more are afflicted with PTSD, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed or maimed, all for a worthless cause. Iraq is now a failed state, with Muslim terrorists controlling large swaths of territory.
The warnings from men of stature, integrity and nobility like,
...have gone unheeded by an increasingly dumbed down, iGadget absorbed, intellectually lazy, willfully ignorant, emotionally stunted populace.
They question nothing. They believe whatever the boob tube tells them to believe. Their extreme level of normalcy bias allows the Deep State to maintain control and become outrageously bold in their lies, misinformation, and ability to convince the masses of the most ridiculous narratives.
Only one voice in the wilderness remains.
Speaking truth to power only creates change if an educated populace says enough is enough.
In Part Two (below) of this article I will detail various recent false flag and propaganda episodes which are being used by the Deep State to push the world toward war.
The acceleration of events based on false narratives, appeals to patriotism, and fake news puts the lives of millions at risk, with no comprehension of how they are being manipulated through propaganda techniques refined to a science. Imperial empires always fall due to their hubris and military overreach.
We are being led into a heart of immense darkness...
into the heart of darkness"
Instigating a march to war through the use of unfounded fear, misinformation, staged photo ops, and appealing to passions and prejudices was as revolting to Albert Einstein in the 1930s as it is today to normal thinking individuals.
It seems the level and intensity of the propaganda campaigns has ratcheted up dramatically in the last half dozen years and appears to be reaching a crescendo as we speak.
It's almost as if 'they' (The Deep State - The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government) are frantically trying to maintain the status quo, even as the worldwide financial Ponzi scheme of debt approaches the point of collapse.
The domestic conditions
in Europe, North America, and Asia are deteriorating rapidly. The
propaganda doled out trying to convince citizens their financial
situation is not worsening has failed.
This is the major reason
Trump was elected. People were desperate for someone who offered
them a promise of economic revival and reduced government
interference in their lives.
Unpaid for tax cuts will not save us. Unpaid for shovel ready infrastructure projects will not save us.
countries with tariffs will not bring manufacturing jobs back.
Excessively low interest rates will not spur investment, but it will
create a pension crisis and impoverish senior citizens.
Passing an Obamacare lite healthcare plan that keeps mega-corporation insurance companies and hospitals in charge solves nothing. The demographic time bomb of boomers turning 65 cannot be reversed.
Providing the appearance
of normalcy and improvement by artificially boosting the stock and
real estate markets to all-time bubble highs only makes the coming
crash that much more devastating.
The year 2011 seems to
have been the nexus for the Deep State to create new enemies and sow
the seeds of discontent and revolution around the globe. U.S. troops
withdrew from Iraq in 2011, while troop levels in Afghanistan
The U.S. economy was headed back into recession as the temporary effects of the Fed's QE heroin injection and Obama's massive porkulus plan were leading to the inevitable drug withdrawal and fall back into recession.
The Deep State managers
had to act fast. They needed new enemies, more wars and more QE.
After the democratically elected replacement turned out to be a Muslim extremist, we fully supported the next coup which placed a military dictator in charge. He just got a grand welcome from Trump a few weeks ago.
I guess military
dictators are OK when they do what we say.
A stable country was turned into a terrorist haven overnight. It's now a lawless hellhole inhabited by ISIS, Al Qaeda, and various other Muslim terrorist factions.
Along with the vacuum
left in Iraq, Libya became a breeding ground for terrorists, armed
by the U.S.
Just as U.S. military presence in the Middle East began to wane, all hell began breaking out across the region. McCain and his band of neo-con world changers helped arm the "moderate rebels" fighting against the suddenly evil Assad.
became ISIS, who now suddenly
became the new bogeyman to be feared by Americans, as professionally
produced videos of beheadings and other atrocities began to be
disseminated by the mainstream media.
The propagandists ignored the inconvenient fact Assad was fighting against ISIS and Al Qaeda. They ignored the fact Assad ruled over a secular country - not a country run by religious American hating Muslim zealots.
Fighting against Assad
and ISIS doubled the arms dealers' profits...
Virtually all of Europe is dependent upon Russia to supply their natural gas.
The Deep State's retaliation for Putin's support of Assad was to overthrow the democratically elected president of the Ukraine who had rejected NATO for a closer partnership with Russia.
The U.S. instigated coup
and installation of a subservient puppet led Putin to put Crimea
under Russian control and support Ukrainian rebels as they fought
the new regime. This dramatic increase in tensions between NATO and
Russia again generated more profits for the military industrial
complex. Missiles and troops are pouring into the NATO countries
Syria and Russia, with Iran and North Korea providing occasional fear mongering diversions, became the focus of the neo-cons and their pliant media mouthpieces.
The false flag downing of a Malaysian airliner over the Ukraine was blamed on Putin and Russia.
No radar proof or
physical evidence was ever presented implicating the Ukrainian
rebels. They were winning the civil war and the U.S./NATO needed to
turn world opinion against Putin.
When this atrocity
propaganda failed to work, the Deep State turned to heartstring
pulling photographs of dead and injured children, with a consistent
narrative spewed by every media pundit as instructed by the
The picture of a three year old Syrian boy who drowned when his boat from Turkey to Greece capsized was spread across the world on every media outlet for a week as faux outrage against Assad and Putin was ramped up to hysterical levels.
The picture was also used to promote the continued Muslim invasion of Europe.
How could Europeans turn
away these 'nice people'?
George Soros' master plan was working perfectly.
As usual, the American public swallowed the propaganda, hook, line and sinker.
The picture suddenly appeared and was disseminated on every mainstream media outlet in the country for days, with pontificating pundits tearfully portraying Assad as a butcher.
No context, no proof he was injured by government forces, and no proof it wasn't just a staged photo op like previous attempts.
This last ditch attempt
to convince the world to support a Syrian invasion also failed. This
atrocity propaganda game loses its impact on a video game addicted,
ADD ridden, SJW populace fairly quickly.
Trump's non-interventionist rhetoric regarding Syria and unwillingness to declare Putin an evil enemy of America during the campaign resulted in an all-out assault by the Deep State to derail his candidacy, falsely claiming he was a puppet of Russia.
claims and vitriolic propaganda campaign against Trump to elect Deep
State candidate of choice -
Hillary - led to a heroic effort by the alternate
media across the internet countering the mainstream media propaganda
with facts and reason.
The undermining of
Trump's presidency began before he took office as the propaganda
machine kicked into overdrive, with non-stop media squawking about
Russia hacking the U.S. election in favor of Trump.
Putin as 'an
evil manipulator, controlling Trump,' was the meme flogged 24
hours a day by the Deep State to keep Trump on the defensive.
Based on the slow
progress on his domestic agenda of immigration reform, Obamacare
repeal, tax cuts, infrastructure spending, and trade reform, it
appears Trump decided to take the advice of neo-cons within and
outside his administration and distract the masses with some new
As McArthur so accurately described seven decades ago, the incessant propaganda of fear is what enriches the military industrial complex.
"Our country is now geared
to an arms economy
which was bred in an artificially induced
psychosis of war hysteria
and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda
General Douglas McArthur
In Part Three (below) of this article I will discuss how Trump has been co-opted by the Deep State into doing their bidding with military intervention and bullying across the globe.
It's just a continuation of imperialism run rampant.
Empires always decline
and fall due to military overreach and economic bankruptcy.
The American empire will be no
May 07, 2017
Knowing a vast swath of the American populace is incapable of critical thinking or able to discern between fake news and factual events, the Deep State and their media lackeys unquestioningly promoted the story of children being killed by a sarin gas attack by Assad.
The photos of rescue
workers helping victims without gloves immediately invalidated the
narrative, as the rescue workers would be dead if they handled sarin
gas victims without protective gear.
They did not ponder why Assad would commit such an idiotic atrocity when he was clearly in control of the battlefield and on the verge of defeating his American funded rebel enemies.
Despite not one iota of
proof or evidence, they had successfully used their propaganda
mainstream media machine to keep Trump on the ropes. Putin's
unwavering support for Assad and success in defeating the
ISIS/Al Qaeda/American rebel forces made the Deep State even more
He took the bait and
launched the 59 missiles into Syria, doing virtually no damage to
anything vital to Syria's war effort. They were launching planes to
attack rebels from that base the next day.
The overwhelming cheers from liberal and conservative media outlets were deafening.
Schumer, Pelosi and all the usual neo-con suspects
were ecstatic. Trump's poll ratings jumped. The majority of the
non-thinking public applauded the tough guy act.
It was all captured on film so it could be played over and over on,
...and the rest of Deep State network TV.
The corporate media dutifully provided casualty counts even though they had no way of verifying anything they reported.
This was essentially a
propaganda film to pump up the spirits of the heavily indebted,
iGadget addicted, clueless masses.
Everything looks like a
nail when all you have is a hammer. It's much easier being a foreign
interventionist and pleasing the Deep State, than draining the swamp
and going to war against the status quo like he promised during the
His first two military parlays played so well, he decided it was time to teach the crazed midget lunatic in North Korea whose boss. Trump ordered carrier groups to sail towards North Korea. He's been test firing ICBM rockets as a warning.
He's been threatening
China unless they do something to get the height challenged dictator
under control. The propaganda machine has been trying to strike fear
into the hearts of Americans with bullshit storylines about him
nuking the U.S.
If he ever has a nuke, he
has no means of delivering it effectively. The drivel about him
hitting the U.S. with a nuke is laughable, but the deceitful
neo-cons act as if he could do it.
The Deep State would love to provoke a war with North Korea. They have no concern for the millions of South Koreans who would become the latest collateral damage of the imperialist American Empire.
War means profits. Maybe a clash with the Chinese over the South China Sea islands could be arranged. Placing missiles on the border of Russia and conducting NATO war games certainly isn't provocative.
The United States is not in danger of being attacked by North Korea, Syria, Iran or a bunch of cave dwellers in Afghanistan.
Russia and China are not threatening our vital interests. We spend more on the military than the next seven countries combined, but the narrative sold to the gullible public is how our military has been gutted and needs hundreds of billions more funding.
When the cost of past
wars and the surveillance state expenditures are included, the U.S.
spends in excess of $1 trillion per year.
Policing the world is expensive for the citizens, but enriching to those doing the policing and supplying the police.
Without a central bank printing press and man-made inflation, American presidents and their Deep State (The Deep State - The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government) backers couldn't oppress countries throughout the world with the threat of instantaneous annihilation or invade without a declaration of war - as mandated by the Constitution.
America's imperial empire may be more technologically advanced and larger than previous empires, but there is nothing special or new about imperialism.
The policy of wielding influence and power through the use of military and economic force by empires over smaller weaker countries has been played out through the centuries.
Whether it was the Roman,
Dutch, Ottoman, or British empires, they all declined and fell due
to military overreach, civic decay, and economic decline.
But I feel like the crazy
uncle at the family reunion who is shunned and ignored when I bring
up the blatantly obvious facts regarding our fiscal situation.
The House just passed an
Obamacare replacement bill that won't cut your premiums or
co-pays, and will keep insurance conglomerates, hospital
corporate drug company cartels in
charge of your healthcare.
Trump is no Tea Party Republican.
He's a big spending, big tax cut, big military, pretend fiscal conservative without the guts to touch entitlement spending or war expenditures - the two budget areas driving the country towards bankruptcy.
Trump's recent conversion into a warmongering neo-con, policing the world with his cruise missiles, MOABs, carrier fleets, and boots on the ground remind me of Apocalypse Now, one of my favorite movies about imperialism and madness.
Francis Ford Coppola's
brilliant movie was a modern day updating of Joseph Conrad's
Heart of Darkness.
Rational moral men cannot
carry out the orders of sociopathic politicians and generals without
ultimately losing their minds.
While they justify their
imperialism with rhetoric about democracy, fighting evil, and doing
God's work, reality is the opposite of the propaganda peddled
by the imperialist emperors of evil.
While the men running the
show at the top describe their invasion and subjugation of foreign
peoples as a benevolent project of civilization, people like Kurtz,
who are tasked with the dirty work of suppression and
extermination through the use of violence and intimidation, are
driven mad in the process.
Assenting to obvious mistruths and propaganda is essentially co-operating with and enabling evil.
When citizens fail to
hold their leaders accountable for blatant lies, false narratives,
and despicable propaganda storylines, they become evil themselves.
By remaining silent as the State operates without constraints, a humiliated populace loses its will to resist evil deeds done in their name. A society of impotent, passive, normalcy bias racked people is easy to control and manipulate.
Appearing normal in a world gone made is not a sign of true normalcy, but a sign of madness and abnormalcy...
If Huxley considered American society to be inhabited by millions of abnormally normal people in the 1950's, I can only imagine what he would think of our deviant, irrational, utterly mad civilization today.
In this profoundly abnormal society my views are considered absurd and the ravings of a chicken little.
"To die for an idea, it is unquestionably noble.
But how much nobler it would be
if men died for ideas that were true!"
It's crazy talk for me to point out how Wall Street bankers committed the largest control fraud in world history and were rewarded with a $700 billion taxpayer bailout, free money from the Fed, larger market shares, record bonuses, no prosecutions, and now control of the White House from the inside.
Kurtz symbolizes the imperialism of empires enforced through the ruthless application of power, craven terror, economic retribution, armed intimidation and military attack.
As the empire grows in
power, degenerates morally, becomes more corrupt, and develops an
overwhelming level of arrogance and hubris, decline and fall are
inevitable. Madness and imperialism go hand in hand.
We are witnessing the perilous effects of imperial hubris as Trump and his arrogant advisors provoke conflict in multiple hotspots across the globe with nuclear armed nations. Imperialists are always sure their malevolent machinations will end in victory.
They never consider the
potential unintended consequences of their actions, like global war,
nuclear annihilation, millions of casualties, or the fall of their
They believe their
"brilliant" strategy, tactics, and propaganda campaign will surely
result in success, as their opponents/victims are weaker and not as
skilled in diplomatic manipulation and military aptitude.
The object of power is
power to these traitorous men.
As Trump has broken promises,
...and has now been captured by the neo-con warmongers, the best argument for his presidency has been,
That is true.
The Supreme Court won't
go further left, taxes won't go up, the EPA won't regulate
industries out of existence, illegal immigration will be reduced and
ridiculous social justice bullshit won't be pushed down our throats
by the Feds.
They are doing everything
in their power to keep the status quo in place.
After World War II, as the size of the empire grew to heights never seen in world history, the level of hypocrisy, propaganda, maliciousness, immorality, and hubris has grown exponentially.
The madness of the men running this colonial empire is concealed through the moral ambiguity and faux patriotism utilized to confuse and mislead a willfully ignorant populace who long ago relinquished their citizenship responsibilities to men they have never seen and never voted for.
The American Empire is slithering along the edge of a straight razor.
Only real judgment enforced by alarmed critical thinking armed citizens can defeat the Deep State at this point...