by Kim Shady
“The government’s us. These officials are elected by you.” – President Obama in a speech about gun control
Democracy is a form of government that is said to have the power reside with the people. It comes from the Greek words “demos” (people) and “kratos” (power). It is a political system in which the majority rules. A couple of obvious problems here: 1.) The majority isn’t everyone, and may only be 51%. 2.) What is popular is not always what is right.
America was founded as a Republic. (“A republic, if you can keep it.” – Benjamin Franklin). A Republic is a country governed by elected representatives and an elected leader, with supposed checks and balances and constitutional limits. This system of government still doesn’t keep popular opinion at bay. The government ignores the Constitution, and the People ignore it due to popular opinion or popular politicians.
Not only have the lines been blurred between a Democracy and a Republic in America, this government has already taken it to an even more oppressive level. Today, this country is run by oligarchs. An Oligarchy is a system of government in which all of the power is given to a dominant class; government by the few. Researchers in a joint study by Princeton and Northwestern universities concluded that “the U.S. government now represents the rich and powerful, not the average citizen” and “U.S. policies are formed more by special interest groups than by politicians properly representing the will of the general people, including the lower-income class.”
As Obama once declared, “The devil’s in the details.” Just recently regarding the Bergdahl swap, he said, “It was unanimous among MY principles in MY government.” Just as those before him, he makes many decisions via Executive Order, bypassing Congress. The evidence of the American Oligarchy can also been seen by noticing that there are different rules for the government than the citizens. If you behaved like your government, you’d be arrested. The government can steal, kidnap, and murder and call it taxation, arrest, and war. You cannot steal from your neighbor to feed the poor. You cannot kidnap people for not obeying your commands. You cannot kill anyone when it’s not self defense. Nor should you be able to.
These things happen in all forms of government, however, the police state in America has also become a very serious issue. The banks and tyrants are in control. You can be forced to purchase products from the large corporations. You are robbed through monetary policy. You can be indefinitely detained, targeted for killing, arrested for filming cops, tracked, and spied on. The government expects transparency from you, but secrecy for them.
People are angry with the government. “Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Likely U.S. Voters now fear the federal government, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Forty-seven percent (47%) do not, but another 17% are not sure.” Why? If “we” are the government, we would not be jailing ourselves for crimes without victims. America has the largest prison population in the world, and the highest incarceration rate in US history is happening right now. Furthermore, “we” did not declare war with other nations. “We” did not starve their children through sanctions. “We” don’t have conflicts with the people living in other countries.
Government is not an instrument for social service. It is a monopoly on the use of force and violence in a conquered geographical territory. It uses propaganda, such as the term “democracy”, to make you believe you have some sort of say in matters, but the speech of the political class is solely used for self preservation of power. They will allow debate within certain parameters, but the debate must remain inside their power box. They do this to maintain your compliance. It is the job of the political overlords to convince us that “we” should give up freedom for security. They use bogeymen, as though all can be wiped out with legislation and dictates, while pointing their fingers at so-called domestic terrorists for calling them out on it. Now they want to increase their monopoly on violence by restricting gun ownership even further than they have in the past. If the U.S. is already an Oligarchy, what will happen if they succeed? They won’t be giving up their guns, only the rest of us will be asked to, because “we” are NOT the government.