You know the government is over the top when it urges plebs to stay home and masturbate. Apparently, there is no subject, personal or public, the state does not believe it should “advise” and eventually mandate.
According to South African author Emma Sadleir, if a person posts information or opinion that is contrary to what is put out by the SA government, he or she may be convicted of a crime and sent to prison for six months.
This summer, the hosting service hosting this blog wants over three hundred dollars to renew. I don’t believe, considering the small traffic the blog attracts, this money is worth the investment. I am no longer willing to lose money on a site that has less than marginal influence and a very small readership.
I’m a senior citizen on a fixed income. I tried to put up a “begging cup” to allow readers to donate to the site. However, for some mysterious reason, the code on the page stopped working, so there is no way to make PayPal donations. In other words, this blog is a vortex sucking up money that could be used for other purposes.
I have a few followers at Patreon but that income is not enough to pay for the continuation and maintenance of the site.
The ADE blog is lucky if it gets two hundred readers a day, that is unless a larger, more trafficked site puts up a link or reposts a story.
I really am sorry to see this blog go but it is, in essence, a hobby and a vent for my opinions on a political situation that shows no sign of improving, only getting worse.
It’s time to move on. For those readers that have supported the site in the past, I am truly thankful and appreciative.
The Dem circus rolled into Iowa with an app to tabulate caucus results. It failed, miserably, and by the time I read the news this morning, there were zero results. I had a good chuckle over that one, especially after discovering the app was developed by an Obama lickspittle.
But what’s really amusing is the response by the propaganda media. After results finally did trickle in later in the day, it was determined Joe Biden was left in the dust and this upset the overpaid teleprompter readers who, of course, are expected to cheerlead the establishment favorite.
Yes, Todd, it is “catastrophic” for you, Hillary Clinton, and the rest of the establishment parasites who tell us ad nauseam they’re “public servants,” when it fact they’re self-seeking sociopaths selected to service the financial elite while peddling a raft of lies and blue sky bullshit nobody believes anymore.
But not to worry. Establishment Democrats managed to push Mayor Pete, now known as Mayor Cheat (for declaring his victory prior to the arrival of fiddled results), up above Bernie Sanders.
As of right now in the Iowa Caucus count, Bernie Sanders is ahead in the popular vote, and yet Pete Buttigieg leads in delegates. That is called a broken system. pic.twitter.com/SHpzpKats2
That’s right. Democrats out here in flyover country want Bernie Sanders because he’s not an establishment Democrat.
Citizen Democrats want Bernie the same way citizen Republicans wanted and got Trump in 2016. Flyover Democrats and Republicans, generally ignored until elections roll around, want change—not Obama fake establishment change but real change, the sort of change the elite will never allow, not without bloodletting.
It’s too bad. They will not get real, honest change—not without a revolution.
I’m not sure Hillary Incorporated will be able to sideline Sanders like it did in 2016. People are warning up to his fantasy socialism and basket of free stuff because—well, because they’ve been ripped off by the financial elite for decades, the middle class is melting, and the USG is lying about economic stats and feeding (through a bankster cartel masquerading as a federal agency) made-up funny money into the Great Corporate Casino and using its artificiality to argue —as the Stable Orange Genius tell us—this is nothing short of the Greatest Economy Ever.
The problem is most people don’t have a solid grasp of any of this. Millions believe a free stuff economy is actually possible. It’s difficult to blame them. They’ve been ripped off for so long they’ll vote for an avowed Marxist.
The second sabotage of Bernie by the DNC in favor of Joe Biden—he appears to be suffering from the early stages of senility—will piss off a lot of citizen Democrats.
Mayor Pete will not remain at the top of the list and like Trump, he’s nowhere near presidential material. Pete’s at the top of the list to block Bernie, but at the end of the day, that dog don’t hunt. The child-sniffer Biden will be hoisted to the top of the corrupt pile of shit known as the DNC.
Below I enumerate the reasons we will be unable to effectuate meaningful political and social change in America and why I have decided this blog is pointless.
1. The wars will continue. No political solution is possible. The people are now inured to war. It is not an issue for most Americans. The media does not report the cause and effect of war in a truthful manner. If the wars are to be fought by the invisible poor and the flag-draped coffins arriving at Dover airbase are not shown—to say nothing of videos and photos of uncounted innocents killed by the US government—then most people simply don’t care. They are not motivated to do much of anything about the situation. In this way, they are analogous to the citizens of Nazi Germany.
2. Economic predation by the ruling elite, central banks, and the so-called “one percent” (actually more like 0.001 percent) will continue until the entire house of cards collapses. This will be blamed on whoever is president at the time. It may be Trump, or his successor, be he or she Democrat or Republican. It doesn’t really matter which individual gets the blame for the coming catastrophe that will result in billions of people living in poverty or near-poverty. Anyone who knows anything about how the economy really works under the “guidance” of the Federal Reserve and its cartel of international banksters understands that the president has very little influence over economic policy. The task of the president, backed up by a raft of bogus and misleading statistics issued by government agencies, is to tell lies (he may not know they are lies) and blue sky bullshit about jobs and inflation.
3. Because the corporate media does not tell the truth about the economy, most people are woefully ignorant and unprepared for the eventuality of a “Greater Depression.” This will result in civil violence never before experienced in this country and the government will respond with authoritarian measures.
4. Increasingly, we are denied to right to speak and organize politically. The state is now in the process of making sure its critics cannot be heard on social media and the internet. Narratives counter to official propaganda are now considered domestic terrorism by the FBI, the state’s political police force. Activists on the “far-right” are considered racist, xenophobic, misogynist—essentially “fascist,” although it is obvious many on the “far-left” and even “center-left” have zero idea what a real fascist is. The state in league with corporations—“public-private partnership”—are fascist in orientation. Mussolini, whom we may regard as the grand-daddy of fascism, defined his authoritarian doctrine as corporatism. For most Americans, fascists goose-step in old newsreels and shove Jews in crematoria ovens. They have no idea the credit card they use to buy their corporate latte every morning essentially renders them slaves to real fascists.
5. Donald Trump will likely escape the fate of impeachment, primarily because he is not guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors. Trump should be impeached for telling lies to the American people and engaging in war crimes, not for the patently absurd, vile, and vicious fantasies put out since 2016 by butt-sore loser Democrats led by the psychopath Hillary Clinton. It now (late December 2019) appears Trump may actually be reelected. This will result in further political and social polarization and a marked increase in violence. Again, this will provide the state with an excuse to implement draconian measures, including the rendition of political activists within the United States. The state has prepared for this since the late 60s (Rex 84, Garden Plot, Ollie North’s plan to subvert the Constitution during a “national emergency,” all should serve as examples).
6. The political strategy now used by the state—fomenting division along political, sexual, racial, and perceived class lines—will result in violence on an unprecedented scale. The so-called Left has demonstrated over the last few years that it is not adverse to openly advocating and using violence—from shooting Republicans at baseball practice to the brutality and thuggery of Antifa and other “anarchists” (they defy the definition)—as weapons to score political points.
7. As noted above, the strategy by the state and the global elite is to create division and violence that will require a violent “solution.” The Pentagon has prepared for this for at least a decade and police departments around the nation are now paramilitary organizations—largely due to the effort of the federal government and the Pentagon—that daily reveal a proclivity for violence, including the murder of unarmed and non-threatening civilians.
8. Add to this stew of social and political toxicity the probability of a regional war in the Middle East initiated by Israel and the US (and the scary prospect of a military confrontation with Russia, China, or both), and we have a situation where political repression in America will resemble that of the former East Germany and the Soviet Union. The state adores war—not only for the ability to centralize government and impose sacrifice on the people—but as a sufficient cover to eradicate all political opposition.
9. I believe we have few if any options. As noted above, the American people, by and large, are sufficiently indoctrinated and unable to organize effective resistance. It is far too easy for the state to divert the masses into meaningless and dead-end political sideshows, most obviously the idiotic circus to impeach Trump with its collection of inanities, magician illusions, lies, breaking of the rule of law, and spreading of venomous (and diversionary) hysteria.
10. I see little reason to continue posting this blog. I am, in essence, preaching to the choir, all 200 or so who daily visit this blog. Granted, many of my posts are reposted elsewhere, but the effect, educative or otherwise, is at best minimal. I see little reason to continue. I do fear many of us will be prosecuted—or at best have our internet resources curtailed—and this will be, as the endless wars, of only minimal passing concern to a majority of Americans. After all, the corporate media has maligned us as Nazis, white supremacists, and dangerous terroristic conspiracy theorists. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out where this will lead.
Endnote: I advise the small number of you who have pledged money to this blog through a monthly donation to end payments to my account. I sincerely appreciate your support but, unfortunately, I can no longer continue posting to ADE.
Ghislaine is laughing from a manse on the Brazilian Rivera.
According to the New York Post, two of the supposedly late sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein’s co-conspirators in the rape of minor girls—Ghislaine Maxwell and Jean-Luc Brunel—are hiding out in the Brazilian Rivera of Santa Catarina.
A former cop traced the pair through their phones to the posh resort, according to the New York newspaper.
The lurid front-page story of sex with children and Mossad blackmail has slipped largely from the news. Investigations into the disgusting entrapment scheme appear to be going nowhere. Both Maxwell—a documented Mossad operative—and Brunel have nothing to fear. It is unlikely they will be arrested and sent to the United States to face justice for their roles in the molestation of an unknown number of girls.
Maxwell was allegedly photographed at an In-N-Out fast-food joint in California back in August. I say “allegedly” because researchers, relying on photo metadata, say the photos are fake.
Here’s the takeaway from the sordid affair—Israel’s Mossad is free to do whatever it decides necessary to protect its special status. From stealing state secrets, pilfering uranium to build atomic bombs, dancing before the backdrop of a burning WTC where 3,000 innocents died, and killing US sailors without consequence, Israel can do pretty much whatever it wants in the United States and the West.
In fact, our “representatives” are expected to ignore murderous and racist Israeli settlers killingPalestinians and flooding schools with raw sewage, among other despicable crimes. This ongoing cruelty and inhumanity are rarely if ever reported by a corporate media celebrating Israel’s “democracy” ad nauseam.
Instead of justice and punishment for crimes against humanity, Israel receives billions of dollars every year from oblivious American taxpayers (or, more accurately, their children and grandchildren because the state now operates in deficit fashion, borrowing trillions the unborn will be obliged to pay).
As I wrote earlier this year, the culprits in this execrable political blackmail scheme will never face a judge and a jury, and will certainly never see the inside of a prison cell.
Ghislaine is laughing in your face from her manse on the Brazilian Rivera. She is an asset cherished by the criminal and pariah state of Israel and will be protected, so long as she doesn’t make the same mistakes made by her double agent father (Mossad, British intelligence), MP Robert Maxwell.
Finally, it should be noted Ghislaine’s father was given a state funeral in Israel. After all, Robert Maxwell “was behind… [Mossad’s] successful attempt to install a trapdoor in software intended for government use, allowing the Israelis a direct pipeline into a vast network of computers installed with undetectable malware,” writes Jennifer Matsui.
His daughter’s service is of equal if not greater importance—keeping pedophile influencers and “representatives” on the zionist reservation through blackmail.
Child actor latest propaganda stunt by ruling elite.
Recall the Kuwaiti incubator baby hoax. It was foisted on a gullible public as part of a huge propaganda push prior to the first Bush invasion of Iraq. A Kuwaiti girl, supposedly a volunteer at the al-Addan hospital in Kuwait during Saddam Hussein’s invasion in 1990, tearfully told the Congressional Human Rights Caucus Iraqi soldiers had stolen baby incubators, leaving premature infants on the hospital floor to die.
“Of all the accusations made against the dictator,” author John MacArthur observed, “none had more impact on American public opinion than the one about Iraqi soldiers removing 312 babies from their incubators and leaving them to die on the cold hospital floors of Kuwait City.”
The incident never occurred. It was fake news, war propaganda designed to manipulate the emotions of the public and drum up support Bush the Elder’s illegal war against Iraq.
“At the Human Rights Caucus… Hill & Knowlton [a public relations firm] and Congressman [Tom] Lantos had failed to reveal that Nayirah [the 15-year old girl testifying] was a member of the Kuwaiti Royal Family. Her father, in fact, was Saud Nasir al-Sabah, Kuwait’s Ambassador to the US, who sat listening in the hearing room during her testimony. The Caucus also failed to reveal that H&K vice-president Lauri Fitz-Pegado had coached Nayirah in what even the Kuwaitis’ own investigators later confirmed was false testimony.”
16-year-old Greta Thunberg’s emotional accusations about climate change went viral on the internet and social media. The event was as staged and choreographed in a similar fashion to Nayirah’s testimony. Instead of tears, young Greta played the victim.
Greta Thunberg is right about one thing – we are on the the edge of a mass extinction of many different species. However she is wrong about the cause of this. The world's ecological problems stem from over population.pic.twitter.com/ks5m4OIWbW
Naturally, the corporate propaganda media turned the teenage actress into a hero.
"Greta Thunberg showed the world what leadership, courage, and sacrifice look like – contrasted to the selfishness of Donald Trump, who only looks out for himself. Trump's egotism was illustrated yet again when he mocked Thunberg’s speech" #GretaThunberghttps://t.co/A8GVuKLEKa
That’s right. This girl is an actress, so she has experience reading from scripts and pretending to be something she is not.
Greta’s globalist-sponsored act was a hit at Davos, where she lectured the elite on their carbon footprint earlier this year.
Wolter Berends, writing for the Dutch news site Novini, puts the wholly fake and pre-arranged Greta act into perspective. Misconceptions about the young Swede, Berends writes, began before she took to the world stage.
The misconception starts earlier. Namely with the assumption that the Fridays for Future movement was created by the young Swede. That’s wrong, the plan is a few years older. While the media hype around Greta Thunberg erupted in 2018, the Plant for the Planet Foundation held a global youth summit three years earlier in Bonn. An outcome of this meeting can be found on the website climastrike.net, where it is called: “At the Global Youth Summit in May 2015 we came up with the idea of a global school strike for climate protection.” It then took three years [to establish] Greta Thunberg as the appropriate spokeswoman, then attributing her the authorship of the idea for the school strikes.
Plant-for-the-Planet is a globalist effort to brainwash highly susceptible children and mold them into intolerant activists, not unlike the character portrayed by little Greta Thunberg, method-acting angry at adults for destroying her future.
Here’s the backstory on Plant-for-the-Planet. It is “partnered” with the Avina Foundation, the Club of Rome, and the Global Marshall Plan. Avina is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, while the Club of Rome, a cabal of the global elite and corporatists, published The Limits to Growth in 1972.
The report, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, argues in favor of population control and rolling back civilization to save the planet. The Club of Rome was founded in 1968 “during a meeting at Rockefeller’s private house in Bellagio, Italy. The meeting was organized by Aurelio Peccei, an Italian industrialist who had close relations to the Olivetti Corporation and Fiat. He claimed to have solutions for world peace and prosperity, which could be accomplished through a New World Order,” writes Derek Willis.
The Club of Rome was established with 75 prominent industrialists, economists and scientists members from 25 nations. The Bilderberg Group and the Club of Rome are the most important foreign policy arms of the Round table, which is led by the Committee of 300… Many of the Club of Rome members were drawn from NATO.”
More recently, the organization published The Club of Rome: Climate Emergency Plan, based on dubious climate science produced by the UN’s IPCC. It calls for population reduction and the impoverishment of billions—the organization argues economic growth shouldn’t exceed 1%—an effort led by “governments, business leaders, the science community, NGOs and citizens” to dismantle civilization.
The German Marshall Fund is a “transatlantic” organization established in 1972 on the 25th anniversary of the Marshall Plan. It is also pushing hard on the climate change scheme to force draconian measures on the civilized world. Much of Europe has agreed western civilization must be rolled back if the planet is to be saved.
As the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Trends finds, only six percent of Americans list fighting climate change as a top priority for their country, while 20 percent of Europeans think it should be on the top of the list for their leaders. According to the Pew Global Attitudes survey, 52 percent of Germans consider climate change a serious problem, but only 46 percent of the French, 40 percent of the British, and 37 percent of Americans agree.
The global elite and its cronies are now pulling out all stops to force the climate agenda down our throats—and there is no better way to do that than to exploit children. The “save the children” mantra is recycled continually, most recently in regard to “gun violence,” that is to say the effort to fully demonize and eradicate the Second Amendment.
For many, it is difficult to argue with a child, especially when that child claims our supposedly selfish behavior endangers her future.
Going against narratives can cost you your liberty and life.
Do you believe Epstein is dead?
Do you think he’s buried in an unmarked grave?
I can’t and won’t take this at face value.
The government and its corporate media have been caught many times telling outrageous and deadly lies—lies that cost around a million and a half Iraqi lives. But we don’t talk about that. It’s not part of the discussion. Only facile and delusional incidents—real, twisted, and often manufactured—are part of the discussion.
The federal prison system, one of the most corrupt institutions on the planet, said Jeffrey Epstein died by his own hand in a prison cell designed to prevent suicide. The hallway cameras didn’t work, so no video evidence and the warden’s men were asleep at their posts, so the supposed suicide went unnoticed until it was too late.
Some believe Jeffrey was whisked out of the prison in the middle of the night and taken to a remote place where he will never be discovered, sort of like Hitler disappearing in the wilds of Patagonia.
I can’t say this happened.
I have no evidence.
I also have no evidence Epstein was murdered, although this is what I think happened. It’s the only thing that makes sense. He suffered the fate of his handler’s father, Robert Maxwell, a Mossad operative.
Nobody knows who killed Maxwell. He is said to have been a triple agent working for Israel, Britain, and Russia. Such operations are a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, as Winston Churchill said.
I don’t trust the supposed Epstein autopsy report. It says the pedo had broken neck bones. This was attributed to an alleged suicide by hanging. The corporate media published this as a fact without bothering to see evidence and simply going on the word of a government report that said Epstein’s hyoid bone was broken. In the past, alleged suicides were later said to be homicides, primarily due to studies showing this bone rarely breaks in suicide hangings. It is more common in strangulation.
But never mind this, even though it was published by the corporate media. The state is not looking for a murderer (one of their own, obviously), and the media is not looking for one, either. The media has its script—Epstein killed himself, these things happen in prisons (broken cameras, sleeping guards), even maximum-security prisons, and anybody who says otherwise is a conspiracy theorist, incidentally last week declared as probable terrorists and the number one threat facing America right behind a couple mentally ill white supremacists saying mean things about people.
In a reality-based world, we discover that most mass shootings are not committed by white supremacists or “far-right” radicals. Most of these crimes are committed by street gangs fighting for turf in a war manufactured by the state—the long-running war on drugs. If we take a look at the stats, we see that most of the shooters and their victims are black.
I shouldn’t say that.
It’s now a punishable crime to say members of a state-sanctioned protected group are anything but aggrieved victims.
I can say it for the present without too much friction—this is a small blog with at best modest reach—but what about in six months or next year after the election? How long will I be allowed to practice the First Amendment? I have not preached or advocated violence against any group or individual. I am not passing out weapons to terrorists like the CIA in Syria.
But that doesn’t matter.
It is possible very soon many of us—or at least a select group of higher visible individuals—will be arrested and prosecuted for providing aid and comfort to a terrorist group which, like al-Qaeda and ISIS, is not what the government says it is.
The white supremacist “threat” is 99 percent fictional. Of course, there are actual white supremacist criminals committing crimes along with millions of other people. This will always be the case.
But I digress. The point is that the state and the ruling elite engage in serious, even unprecedented violence around the world, killing untold millions, and the national attention is turned on a handful of idiots with swastika tattoos, thanks to an orchestrated propaganda campaign designed by the state and transmitted with grotesque fury by corporate media.
This blog and what I write may be considered an exercise in mental illness and a tool for the radicalization of would-be terrorists. It may also be considered a fount of hatred and racism because I often criticize Israel along with my own country. I point out politically incorrect facts like the one above on real mass shooting statistics.
Trump signed on to an effort by Congress to set up a structure allowing law enforcement and the state to confiscate your firearms if you say the wrong things on social media.
You can see where that is going and what the result will be. Dead cops and dead citizens who still believe there is a Constitution and a Bill of Rights.
So how long before they take our computers and deny access to the internet? How many of us are on a domestic terror watchlist? Is it possible, now that the Pentagon is involved, conspiracy theorists will face malware attacks, denial of service attacks, and missiles down their smokestacks, as an anonymous Pentagon official said about cyberattacks a few years ago?
No, they’re not telling the truth about Epstein.
The affair was one of those rare mistakes showing the public how our rulers operate and what their predilections are.
The crater is now being covered over—attention diverted, criminality excused—while the behavior continues: blackmail and extortion. In order for things to work properly, there must be a system guaranteeing silence and secrecy. There must be serious punishment for transgressors.
It is serious business exposing the crimes of the state, like Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, and Chelsea Manning discovered.
Not that it matters. A Walsh administration would be pretty much like the Trump administration.
This would be true in one crucial regard—support for Israel.
Joe and The Donald share this ugly obsession, this support for apartheid, slow-motion ethnical cleansing (so we won’t notice), and attacks against Syria and Iraq, and Lebanon once again (this time Israel says it will kill a whole lot of innocent civilians as it once again tries to destroy Hezbollah).
Walsh, like Trump, wants Israel to annex the occupied territories. He advocates “the combined wrath of Israel and the United States” to force the Palestinians to accept continued military occupation, land theft, and ethnic cleansing.
As a freshman Congressman, I am pro-Israel first and pro-peace second. True peace in the Middle East will only come when that is our nation’s stated policy and not the other way around. Most U.S. presidents have followed the old paradigm and tried to be an honest broker between the two sides. President Obama seems only to pay lip service to even that role, and clearly his sympathies lie with the Palestinians. He is not capable of achieving peace in the Middle East because he is not pro-Israel.
It is interesting Walsh believes—along with the rest of the MAGA crowd—that Obama worked against Israel during his tenure. This is categorically untrue. Obama paid empty lip service to the Palestinians and sided with Israel. He told Netanyahu and the Israelis “so long as there is a United States of America, Ah-tem lo lah-vahd (You are not alone).”
White House officials were reported in the Israeli press today saying they are willing to immediately sign a memorandum of understanding on a record-large military aid package that would give Israel more money per year than any nation in US history.
The difference? Obama didn’t grovel at Netanyahu’s feet or yammer platitudes about the eternal love of the United States government for “the only democracy in the Middle East,” which is, of course, another lie. He did not change the “special relationship,” merely underplayed it while the Benjamins went from American taxpayers to colonialist settlers who not only hate Arabs and Muslims but Americans as well.
WATCH: Take a look, “Inside Trump Heights.”The first Israeli settlement to be named after a sitting US president.
After dealing with Obama’s lack of support for 8-years, President Trump has restored the U.S.’s relationship with Israel. pic.twitter.com/aqPCcJeLQO
Joe’s not going to make it. Republicans will stand by their man, the contemptible Donald Trump, come hell or high water.
If Joe Walsh successfully divides the Republican side of the two-headed hydra and empowers the neocon Never Trump faction, the Democrats will take back the White House next year. They might do this anyway without Walsh’s help. If Trump wasn’t an ogre, his standing might be a little better, not that it matters. If the bottom falls out of the economy between now and the election, Trump will most certainly not be re-elected.
The national security state will remain and US foreign policy will continue regardless of who sits in the White House or the state of the economy.
Joe’s more of the same, albeit outwardly more well-mannered.
Congress is a den of influence buying, corruption, and fraud.
I’ll begin by saying I am not an Ilhan Omar supporter. She is dangerous due to her support of identity politics and the Gang of Four—also known as the Squad—agenda that, if implemented, will be a death knell to America.
However, that absurd and destructive agenda is not the primary reason she is now being targeted. Congress wants to get rid of her because she consistently criticizes Israel. Anything less than enthusiastic support for the apartheid state of Israel is not permissible in the greed and corruption besmirched halls of Congress.
"An Israeli NGO has filed a petition to have US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar barred from entering the country when she arrives for an upcoming tour because she supports boycotts of Israel" via Times Of Israelhttps://t.co/UMVuNtIyBt
It appears Omar has violated marriage, immigration, and tax laws. These are serious accusations.
It must be said, however, there are worse violations occurring in the House and Senate. Billions of dollars are spent every year to influence our supposed “representatives.” Special interest groups, lobbyists, PACs, 527s, and a variety of organizations, foreign and domestic, are engaged in aggressive influence peddling.
Banks, financial firms, insurance, and real estate corporations top the list, followed by “ideology/single issues,” lawyers, corporate labor unions, the “defense” industry, and a long list of interlocked transnational corporations.
The fabled Boston Tea Party wasn’t so much about taxation as a demonstration of opposition to the stranglehold the East India Company had on the colonies. The founders mistrusted corporations. “After the nation’s founding, corporations were granted charters by the state as they are today,” writes Stephen D. Foster Jr.
Unlike today, however, corporations were only permitted to exist 20 or 30 years and could only deal in one commodity, could not hold stock in other companies, and their property holdings were limited to what they needed to accomplish their business goals. And perhaps the most important facet of all this is that most states in the early days of the nation had laws on the books that made any political contribution by corporations a criminal offense.
“I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1816.
“Banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they can have done or ever will do good,” noted John Adams.
The current Congress—largely made up of self-seeking sociopaths, lawyers, and revolving door opportunists calling themselves “public servants”—are the polar opposite of what the founders had in mind. Congress is now an open bazaar where corporate-bankster money talks and the American people are only relevant every four or eight years.
If Rep. Omar broke the law, she needs to go. However, the same can be said for just about every member of Congress. It is currently not illegal for banks, corporations, and for foreign governments to influence Congress, although it should be, as I’m sure Jefferson and Adams would agree.
The current environment of influence and vote-buying was created with the passage of the 14th Amendment after Lincoln’s “civil war.” It allowed lawyers for corporations, in particular, railroad corporations, to argue that equal protection under the law not only applies to individuals but corporations as well.
By 1978, a divided Supreme Court agreed that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend money on state ballot initiatives. This was extended by the Citizens United decision in 2010.
Transnational corporations and international banks now largely control Congress, the courts, and the Executive. And yet we are expected to be outraged by a Somalian woman who may have committed marriage and immigration fraud.
Compared to the larger fraud perpetrated by banks and corporations on the American people, the sins of Ilhan Omar are a minor issue.