Today we celebrate our independence from the oppressive taxation and monetary policy of the United Kingdom. Today the United States government’s monetary policy and taxation is nearly identical to the very reasons our forefathers fought and died to free our country. That is the United States now confiscates approximately 25%-33% of your income. In addition, our currency is issued by a centrally controlled bank. These two things that inspired the very revolution that created our country.
But we don’t care. We blow shit up, drink our beer, and have a merry old time. Because we live in the “greatest country on earth,” the good old USA. Where at least I have my freedom.
But many countries have freedom. Europe is full of people that do not believe they are unduly oppressed. So is Japan. Australians feel pretty good about their way of life.
So what’s so damn special about America anyway?
Well ….we have the most criminal society. A larger percentage of our population is in prison than any other country on earth.
Land of the free indeed.
Well …there is our way of life. The American dream. That if you work hard, stay in school, and stay determined you can earn your way up the socio-economic ladder.
What’s actually true in this world is that 1% of the population controls 90% of the wealth, and the other 99% of us spend our time trying to get our piece of the remaining 10%. The system is systematically stacked against anyone whos lineage is below a certain income bracket. If you don’t start out ahead you have to work 100 times as hard just to give your kids the chance to start out even (you yourself are screwed, but if you work really hard you may be able to give your kids a chance to not be screwed).
The founding fathers believed in a social contract between the government and those governed. That if the government ever failed the governed it was the citizens right, no privilege, to revolt against that government.
No matter how bad our government fails us, we will never revolt. There are two reasons for this: the media and the military.
The United States military is way too well funded and armed to be defeated by any citizens’ militia. No one would ever try. The US could declare martial law, revoke all civil liberties, and basically set fire to constitution, and the sheep that make up this country would roll over and take it.
The other reason this is true is because of the media. Not just the news networks. The entertainment as well. As long as most people have enough prosperity to eat, sit at home, and watch TV there will never be a revolution in this country. Never.
Does there need to be one? That’s debatable. I don’t know the answer.
But I know this: the spirit of the constitution and the bill of rights is in a coma. It is NOT alive and well in our society today.
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