There comes a time in the affairs of a people when the covenants that bind them as a nation lose their force and foundation, where the power of the State no longer resides with the people and its decisions no longer reflect their wishes, but rather where power has come to reside solely in the hands of a few who, protecting their own privilege, are no longer bound by the promises and obligations of the covenant that first created the nation.
These United States of America have reached such a crossroads. Equality before the law or on the platform of economic opportunity, no longer exits within the nation. Freedom, as well, is a word now used without real sense or substance, principally describing avenues of public distraction and diversion. Justice has been eclipsed in the interests of power and prosperity for the few. When a nation such as ours becomes adrift in such a manner, awash in a sea of controlling power brokers and corporate elites, there are few alternatives open to achieve a proper redress of grievances.
The time is perhaps overdue for the people of this nation to make their stand against the tyranny of a system so illegitimately conceived, a system based so obviously upon pervasive corruption, trickery, falsehood, influence peddling, payoffs, and the rise of a fascist oligarchy. Terror is not something hovering out there that may destroy our precious way of life. Terror is our own creation, our own reflection. Or should I say, it is the creation of the forces now governing us. Terror is a direct product of our way of life — produced by, and producing, a system grounded in propaganda (marketing or promotion), fear mongering, and other modes of psychological manipulation or warfare directed at the people by our own elites.
Our imperial overreach now requires that the powers running this Nation no longer seek to control only international “competitors” over there, but rather that it continuously look to increase its control over its domestic population over here. And of course, we have seen this increasingly over the past fifteen years since the unfortunate incident at the World Trade Center. From the pursuit of Edward Snowden, and the attempted silencing of Julian Assange, to the police action against Occupy Wall Street, and the violence perpetrated against the North Dakota Pipeline Access protests ~ including attempts to intimidate Jill Stein, Amy Goodman, and other journalists, freedom of speech has become one of the principal victims in this rise of authoritarianism across the land. Only speech that can be paid for with hard, cold cash works as we have seen increasingly since the Citizen’s United decision.
The cynicism accompanying such a perspective is virally evident in the current election cycle, and specifically as represented in the person of Hillary Clinton. Here we find the profoundest cynicism parading around as political correctness and self-righteousness fronting for a hidden and simmering loathing of the Other, the plebiscite. The obverse of such a person is the raw rhetoric and associated repulsive-attractiveness of a Donald Trump. It is Nietzsche’s Ubermensch v. Nabakov’s Humbert Humbert. Perhaps, as the Republican nominee himself recently stated, quoting George Bush, “It is time to drain the swamp.”