THE HOUSE I LIVE IN - BY GREG PALAST
Comment by Henk Ruyssenaars -
FPF - July 5th 2008 - It's getting a famous quote nowadays, what Thomas Jefferson wrote two centuries ago in a letter to the Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin: "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." - Thomas Jefferson - president - 1801 1809.
THE ISSUE OF THE US $ CURRENCY IS THE BIGGEST INHUMAN AND CRIMINAL HEIST EVER, AND SINCE NEARLY A CENTURY DONE WITH GREEN INK AND PAPER BY THE PRIVATELY OWNED FEDERAL RESERVE BANK - TINYURL.: HTTP://WWW.APFN.ORG/APFN
And Jefferson was right in what he predicted: more and more people in the US "wake-up homeless". They are not anymore 'in the house they once lived in'. But people in the US and globally are not well informed by the propaganda media concerning Tent City U.S.A.: In the wake of the housing crash, 'tent cities' have been springing up in several places in California. (And not only there - HR) The story is not that new. However, it has not received much mainstream press. Therefore, many are unaware this is even happening." - Story + video at Url.: http://tinyurl.com/62ded4
When the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 18, 1787 ended, a certain Mrs. Powel nervously awaited the results. And, as Benjamin Franklin emerged from the long task now finished, Mrs. Powel asked him: "What kind of state have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" - "A republic if you can keep it" responded Franklin. And looking at the US now: the republic is really lost and the average people have lost a hell lot more.
THE HOUSE I LIVE IN
by Greg Palast
America is a nation of losers. It¹s the best thing about us. We're the dregs, what the rest of the world barfed up and threw on our shores.
John Kennedy said we are "a nation of immigrants." That¹s the sanitized phrase. We are, in fact, a nation of refugees, who, despite the bastards in white sheets and the know-nothings in Congress, have held open the Golden Door to a dark planet. We are not imperialists and that¹s why Bush lies and Cheney lies and, yes, the Clintons lied.
Winston Churchill didn¹t lie to the Brits about their empire: He said, These lands belong to the Crown, we own'm and we¹ll squeeze the value from them. "Imperialism," as Karl Marx complained, was a good word in Britain, a word that got you elected in Europe until too recently.
Ignore the few university hideouts of Europe. Go to Vietnam or to Brazil or to Morocco or to Tibet and you¹ll find the same thing: America's music, America's freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of spirit and the heartfelt friendship of Americans for others have made the USA truly "the light unto the nations." Americans are not liked worldwide, but loved - sometimes I find that weird, but it¹s true - and that drives Osama to bombs and madness. [This is crap of course, and Palast knows it. But, if he didn't write it he would loose his job. So?- HR]
IDEALS HAVE BEEN MANGLED, ABUSED, IGNORED
We are a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the cause that all men and women are created equal. It¹s silly and precious to point out that these ideals have been mangled, abused, ignored and monstered by those with plans to make us an empire. We know that.
America is indeed exceptional. That's not a boast, that¹s a job we have to do. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson burdened us with that exceptionalism in crafting the most important international law signed up until the Geneva Convention: The Alien Torts Act, in which the USA takes onto itself the right to bring civil penalties against any act of torture, political murder and piracy that occurs anywhere in the world. It is now being used in suits brought against Chevron Oil in Ecuador and against IBM for the death of slave laborers in Nazi Germany. [Waiting for the day Palast writes about 'IG Farben' and its owner Rockefeller. - Google - Take your pick. - HR - TinyUrl.: http://tinyurl.com/5as4ul]
Damn right America is exceptional. It is America that defiantly walked out of the first "world trade organization," known as the British Empire, announcing, "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal and are ENDOWED BY THE CREATOR with INALIENABLE rights, and AMONG THESE are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
NOW, THINK ABOUT THAT.
These rights don¹t come from Congress or Kings or Soviets, they come from The Creator, that is, we are born free - and 'we' are Sri Lankans as much as Minnesotans. Our rights are "INALIENABLE": no one, NO ONE, may take them away, not the Ayatollahs of Tehran or Generalissimo Negroponte at the Department of Homeland Security or the kill-o-crats in Baghdad pre- or post- Saddam. Will the snarling closet imperialists try to turn America from its cause and soul?
DAMN RIGHT THEY WILL.
That¹s why two U.S. military lawyers resigned from their posts at the Guantánamo prison camp. They wouldn¹t put up with Bush-niks tearing up their Constitution. ("We the people" own it, not "them the Republicans.") In Iran, these two guys would have been shot, in Britain arrested. In America, Bush fears them - that their story would come out - as it did. Only in America could that happen.
No question, the USA holds itself exempt from the legal standards of this world - which are execrable. Whose standard should we adopt? China¹s torture standard? Britain¹s Secrecy Act as a standard? Switzerland¹s Nazi-money-protection standard? - [Why not the Nuremberg Principles? - HR - Url.: http://www.icrc.org/ihl.nsf
I WENT TO JAIL TO OPPOSE IT
Only in America would a Lyndon Johnson order federal troops to protect Black school kids' right to attend class. You don¹t have to tell me that Johnson then ordered the slaughter of three million Vietnamese - I know, I went to jail to oppose it. But go to Vietnam today and ask what people they most admire? Mention Russians, they laugh; mention Chinese, they may hit you; mention Americans and they say (to my astonishment, I¹ll admit), ³We love Americans.²
They don¹t love Bush. That¹s because George Bush is not an American. Look, I didn¹t think much of Bill Clinton, and he dropped into some of the worst quasi-imperial habits of the New World Trade Order. But Clinton was also more popular worldwide than the pope and pizza combined because he represented that American sense of giving-a-shit, empathy and sincere friendship which are hallmarks of America¹s Manifest Destiny. - [HR: Web Results 1-10 of about 1,180,000 for Clinton + crook. - Help yourself via TinyUrl.: http://tinyurl.com/5z24do]
Yes, America does have a Manifest Destiny - to Let Freedom Ring - which the evil and greedy and pernicious would twist into a grab for land and resources and ethnic cleansing. And so the Manifest Destiny of the journalists in our shitty little offices in New York and London is to expose these motherfuckers. [Im ashamed to mention that 90% of those formerly called 'journalists' have been bought, bribed and bullied and/or have sold themselves. The right term now is 'propagandists' and war advocating criminals. - HR - TinyUrl.: http://tinyurl.com/6797pc]
RONALD REAGAN SAID, "AMERICA IS THE SHINING CITY ON THE HILL."
And he hated it, doing his best to turn it into a dark Calcutta of the helpless. And when that didn¹t work, George II tried to drown us in the Mississippi.
Go back to Taos, New Mexico, Voting Precinct 13. What you¹ll find there is Pueblo Native war veterans who raise the flag every day and will fight and die for it, knowing full well that the fight must also be taken to the pueblo¹s racially biased voting booths.
Howard Zinn, a shining historian on our hill, reminds us, "It should be understood that the children of Iraq, of China, and of Africa, children everywhere in the world, have the same right to life as American children." - [* - HR]
AFRICA¹S NEO-COLONIAL PRESIDENTIAL DRACULAS
Damn right, they do. That¹s what Jefferson meant by "inalienable." And they won¹t get their rights to life and liberty from Osama's Caliphate of oil states or China¹s money-crazed "Communism" nor half of Africa¹s neo-colonial presidential Draculas or the puppet princes installed today in Iraq by George Bush.
Bush is so far away from his refugee loser roots that he just doesn¹t get what it is to be American. So he steals the one thing that every American is handed off the boat: a chance. When they take away your Social Security and overtime and tell you sleeper cells are sleeping under your staircase, you don't take a chance, you lose your chance, and the land of opportunity becomes a landscape of fear and suspicion, an armed madhouse.
YOU WANT TO SAY THAT GEORGE BUSH IS AN EVIL SONOVABITCH? I¹D GO FURTHER: HE¹S UN-AMERICAN. AND THAT¹S WHY HE LOST THE ELECTION.
[andend] - Story at Url.: http://www.GregPalast.com
* Palast has the same problem as Zinn: they beat around the Bush concerning the inside job of 9/11. They avoid to write about a couple of things and do not want to see 'the elephant in the room'. - TinyUrl.: http://tinyurl.com/np823
* This is what the inhuman Empire's financial usury system does to countries and continents: the worst picture depicting African reality, the vulture waiting for a child to die... - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/2akfyy
* Because these criminals are guilty of infanticide too! The United Nations Children Fund: "More than 10 million children around the world die before their fifth birthday every year", according to a June 2008 and 'very underreported' report by UNICEF. - Source: 'The Tide Online' published in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/4w7jw6
* FOREIGN NETWORK AT FRONT OF CIA'S TERROR FIGHT - Joint Facilities in Two Dozen Countries Account for Bulk of Agency's Post-9/11 Successes - Washington Post - November 18, 2005 - Url.: http://www.washingtonpost.com
* The "visible and audible leaders" are mere puppets who dance on command. They have no power. They have no authority. In spite of all the outward show they are mere pawns in the game being played by the financial elite. - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/2zj7wl
* HITLER: AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN? - History's warning regarding a compliant media. - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/2xcbce
*NEWSPAPERS (AND OTHER MEDIA) MAINTAIN THAT THEY ARE ENTITLED BY A ³PRIVILEGE² TO LIE, etc., by proxy that is, by printing the lies, etc. of others without verification and/or qualification. Yet, that is not the whole of it. - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/3a8c9p
* Al Qaeda The Database - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/dtn4u
* CHENEY ORDERS MEDIA TO 'SELL' ATTACK ON IRAN - Url.: http://www.infowars.com
* WHY U.S. AMERICANS (AND MANY IN OTHER COUNTRIES) WILL BELIEVE ALMOST ANYTHING THEIR 'GOVERNMENT' AND PROPAGANDA MEDIA TELL THEM - Url.: http://www.rense.com/general78
* THE GLOBAL ELITE: WHO ARE THEY? - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/2y5854
* AMERICA (PLUS THE EUROPEAN UNION, AFRICA, LATIN AMERICA, JAPAN ETC. ETC.) PLUNDERED BY THE GLOBAL ELITE - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/2gfynw
* THE USE OF THE PHRASE ŒANTI SEMITISM¹ IS PURE NONSENSE - Many only claim to be jewish, so they can hide behind the false phrase when their global criminal and inhuman activities rightfully are attacked. - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/y8fwhf
* THE US IS A 'CRIMOCRACY' - Christopher Bollyn: "This is how the U.S. government, which I call a "crimocracy" works. - Url.: http://www.rumormillnews.com
* PULITZER PRIZE FOR A HOLOCAUST DENIER - Url.: http://www.cemab.be/print.php
IT'S DANGEROUS TO BE RIGHT, WHEN YOUR GOVERNMENT IS WRONG - VOLTAIRE
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