America’s Founding Principles Are in Danger of Corruption
Welcome to the age of vanity politics and campaigns-for-hire. What would our founders make of this nightmare?
Four qualities have distinguished republican government from ancient Athens forward: the sovereignty of the people; a sense of the common good; government dedicated to the commonwealth; and resistance to corruption. Measured against the standards established for republics from ancient times, the American Republic is massively corrupt.
From Plato and Aristotle forward, corruption was meant to describe actions and decisions that put a narrow, special, or personal interest ahead of the interest of the public or commonwealth. Corruption did not have to stoop to money under the table, vote buying, or even renting out the Lincoln bedroom. In the governing of a republic, corruption was self-interest placed above the interest of all—the public interest.
By that standard, can anyone seriously doubt that our republic, our government, is corrupt? There have been Teapot Domes and financial scandals of one kind or another throughout our nation’s history. There has never been a time, however, when the government of the United States was so perversely and systematically dedicated to special interests, earmarks, side deals, log-rolling, vote-trading, and sweetheart deals of one kind or another.
What brought us to this? A sinister system combining staggering campaign costs, political contributions, political action committees, special interest payments for access, and, most of all, the rise of the lobbying class.
Worst of all, the army of lobbyists that started relatively small in the mid-twentieth century has now grown to big battalions of law firms and lobbying firms of the right, left, and an amalgam of both. And that gargantuan, if not reptilian, industry now takes on board former members of the House and the Senate and their personal and committee staffs. And they are all getting fabulously rich. -- Source. (See More.)
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at least one occasion, President Eisenhower was heard to say by
those in the room, “God help this country when somebody sits
this desk who doesn’t know as much about the military as I do.”
President Eisenhower's transcribed text
fellow Americans: This evening I come to you with a message
of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with
you, my countrymen. We have been compelled to create a permanent
armaments industry of vast proportions. Three and a half million men
and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment.
The total influence, economic, political, even spiritual, is felt
city, every state-house, every office of the federal government. We
recognize the imperative need for this development yet we must not
to comprehend its grave implications. …
In the councils of government
we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence whether
sought of unsought by the military-industrial complex. The potential
disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must
the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic
NOTE: Within the tiny orange sliver at the botton is the Food Stamp program.
QUESTION: Has the U.S. government become a criminal enterprise?
"BRIBERY: The offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of something
of value for the purpose of influencing the action of an official
in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties." What about 'Citizens United' campaign contributions?
September 20, 1963, President John F. Kennedy
gave a speech at the United Nations that proposed converting
the “moon race” to a cooperative venture with the Soviet
not an action favored by corporate-military-industrial interests.
NOTE: This damning video has recently disappeared. Truth prevails, however! Truth cannot be destroyed.
Now, here's Kennedy's missing video-text from above...
What the corporate complexes do not want you to see.
SPECIAL NOTE: Some observers allege it is this speech that persuaded
corporate-military-industrial interests to conspire to kill President
"The basic problems facing the world today
are not susceptible to a military solution."
and Gentlemen: The very word secrecy is repugnant in
a free and open society, and we are as a people inherently and
historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and
secret proceedings. For we are opposed around the world by a
monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covet
means for expanding its sphere of influence; on infiltration instead
of invasion; on subversion instead of elections; on intimidation
instead of free choice. It is a system, which has conscripted
human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit,
highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic,
intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its
preparations are concealed not published; its mistakes are buried
not headlined; its dissenters are silenced not praised; no expenditure
is questioned; no secret is revealed. That is why the Athenian
Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy.
am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting
the American people, confident that with your help man will be what
he was born to be, free and independent." -- John F. Kennedy
are Eisenhower and Kennedy talking about? Watch this video.
"Capitalism as practiced in this the Age of Aquarius is hopelessly flawed.
Today's capitalists have it all backwards. This is the new paradigm: Serve
consumers and profit will follow, i.e., service trumps the dollar. Those
who fail to put serving consumers first will become irrelevant."
currently stands to profit the most from the processing of our
delivery of energy and medical care, and from each social conflict
The all-pervasive corporate-military-industrial-financial-energy-medical
"The truth is more like this: 9/11 was orchestrated by a criminal
enterprise that's infiltrated and compromised various sectors of our
government as well as the private sector and the military. Not good as
a sound bite but closer to the truth...Everyone seems to have a hand in
this...CIA, FBI, Bush admininstration, various corporations and the
elites bastards that run them, the military, FAA, the list goes on."
big to fail is too big to spare."
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Points To Ponder
are entering the Age of Aquarius on November 11, 2011.
It will be a new time. The entire psyche is changing. You must
purify the mind, body and soul to be real, innocent, and sattvic
(pure). Elevate yourself to be angelic. This Age, which you will
serve, is an Age of awareness and experience.” Yogi
corporation's first purpose is to makemoney for its
stockholders, not to serve the needs of consumers. The
Gulf Coast oil disaster is an example of what can happen
as a result of a corporation's obsession with profits and their
indifference and insensitivity to peoples' needs." OpticianryReview.com
the history of the food and drug multi-national corporations,
good idea not to consume many of their products. For instance,
if you look
at the history of aspartame, how it
got approved, and how it still remains
on the market, there's plenty of reason to use great caution." Hari S. Bird
purpose is to serve others. Service is an intrinsic
value, not a value to be added. Those institutions that are
of the Piscean Age whereby success was measured by money must now adopt the Aquarian Age paradigm, 'To
serve is to succeed,' or soon disappear." H. S. Khalsa
to the power and corrupting influence of Big
Pharma, the teaching of
nutritional science and the use of vitamin and herbal supplements
taught to any significant extent in our medical schools. The obvious
that teaching this science reduces the use of prescription
drugs."H. S. Khalsa
certain settings, we can see the synergetic equation, 1 plus 1
manifest as a dynamic movement whereby 'me' morphs into 'we'.
Wall Street movement is just such a phenomenon." 1 Plus 1 Equals 11.com
corporations discover that their people are their
ultimate assets instead of their perpetual liabilities, everybody's
economy will prosper and grow." See The
Thank You Economy.
are putting consumers at risk! They
exist to make money for stockholders, not to serve the needs of the consumer.
They're about sales, not about service.
It's a matter of profit over prudence.
Too big to fail is too big to serve.
To serve is to succeed. See 'Doctors' video.