Politics vs Democracy – Rule of the People
The Athenians had enjoyed relatively fair and just government for a long period until their leader Cleisthenes was banished by Isagoras, his political rival, with the aid of the Spartan army.
Upon attempting to dissolve the council they met with the resistance of the masses of Athenians, who were happy with their current form of government, and were forced to the Acropolis, outnumbered and surrounded, where they were made to surrender in defeat.
The Athenian people, now in control of their city, recalled Cleisthenes to lead them once again, but as a newly free people. This was the birth of modern Democracy. Rule of the people.
The Magna Carta
When the Barons revolted against King John, it was as a result of a number of poor leadership decisions made including increased taxation, unsuccessful wars and religious strife. Swearing an oath they were to « Stand fast for the liberty of the church and the realm » they demanded the Charter of Liberties be recognized by King John.
A series of negotiations took place culminating in the agreements that were to be known later as the The Magna Carta. This document would serve as a fore-bearer to the Constitutions of the United States as well as those of France and a number of other countries.
The British Empire
Open revolt by the colonists, against the British Empire, began in 1775. It was not in response to any single event, but rather a series of events that turned a people, who less then two decades earlier had been proud to call themselves subjects of the British Empire, into a people demanding to sever their ties to the crown.
Following the costly French and Indian War, a series of new taxes were levied in order to pay the war debts. The Sugar Act, Stamp Act and Townshed Acts were among these. Until this time, the colonies had not known any direct taxation.
Smuggling of the newly taxed goods became widespread. Groups such as the Sons of Liberty would tar and feather, beat or lynch tax collectors and other officials often killing them in the process. In response, the Crown placed additional ground forces amongst the colonists.
The Boston Massacre
The Boston Massacre in 1770 in which 5 colonists were shot and killed in response to their throwing snowballs at soldiers in anger, was used as an example of the cruelty and oppression the colonists faced. In 1773 it was the Boston Tea Party, in response to the Tea Act, that led to the intolerable acts which outlawed town meetings and closed the Boston Harbor.
Each new act of defiance was met with increased presence of British soldiers and new laws restricting colonists rights to expression and assembly. In 1775 British soldiers were ambushed attempting to confiscate weapons caches. These were the battles of Lexington and Concord, the first military confrontation of the American Revolution.
These people did not revolt lightheartedly, but with the seriousness that comes with knowing that failure meant at the very least imprisonment or death. They undertook their uprisings because they knew what they were doing was just and necessary.
Decline of Freedom
The last 100 years have seen a decline in freedom and an increase in taxation in order to maintain a series of unpopular wars and covert actions both abroad and domestically: Wars against political systems and ideologies in nations around the world that are so far removed as to have little effect on our well being. The assassination, overthrow and ousting of political leaders that refuse to bow to the whims and desires of the political and intelligence powers; and the repression of undesired behaviors at home.
Federal Reserve Banking System
On another front, the currency and banking systems have been subject to gradual change, taking a solid, gold backed currency and eventually removing all ties to existing value – allowing money to be created from thin air. This devalues the savings and earnings of all by increasing the money supply and causing inflation. This has been used to covertly lower the standard of living for all over time.
We Were Warned
Thomas Jefferson stated regarding central banking: “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 them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered”.
In 1912 a group of Corporate Moguls met on Jekyll Island in Georgia, and what we were warned of is precisely what happened.
The Federal Reserve, which is not a Federal organization but a private entity run by private banks is the offspring of this meeting. With the power to control the money supply and interest rates, they were able to accomplish what our third president warned us against a full hundred years before.
The Military Industrial Complex
In his farewell address, President Eisenhower went off script and made an appeal to the people of America, not just from his time, but to future generations as well, to beware of “unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”
Since that time, the US has constantly been in a series of conflicts and wars throughout the world including Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War, the Persian Gulf conflicts and various covert operations in South America and Africa. Lobbyists from these corporations have made sure that the ”Defense Budget” is never decreased.
Government Sponsored Aggression
In the early 90s we saw a series of government assaults on those who attempted to live outside of the system such were the atrocities of Ruby Ridge and of Waco.
A power hungry government clashing with counter cultural movements arising in the mid 90s formed a brew which could lead only to the events that came to be known as the Battle for Seattle where the whole downtown became an impromptu battleground during the WTO protests.
Anti-globalization sentiment and a desire for real change domestically continued to grow until September of 2001 when the infamous events of the 11th of that month transpired. Regardless of what you believe actually occurred that day, what came next is not in dispute.
Enter the Patriot Act
A new era of government intrusion began on that day. The Patriot Act, having once failed to be voted into law due to its violations of constitutional rights, was suddenly railroaded through Congress under the pretense that to fail to do so would lead to disaster.
A shell-shocked nation accepted the trade off of liberty for temporary security. As Benjamin Franklin warned “He who would trade essential liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.”
As a result, today, anyone wishing to board a flight or enter certain Federal Buildings must subject themselves willingly to humiliating and potentially dangerous naked body scans or may opt out to be treated as some kind of antagonist and be subjected to a very personal pat down. While many argue for the TSA, they have to date stopped not a single terrorist.
The police actions at the G20 protests in Pittsburgh and the DNC in Denver as well as the various Occupy Movement actions attest to the intent of the Federal Government’s desire to prevent any kind of dissent.
When the people took to the streets to voice their desire to not “bail out” the banks, Congress ignored the people and handed over 10 Trillion dollars in a series of aid packages distributed to the very entities behind the problem.
The mainstream media is complicit in steering discussion away from these and other real issues, featuring the likes of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan as lead news while true stories go unreported.
It’s Just “Business”
Just 15 years ago, one was called a conspiracy theorist when bringing up the NSA or the Bilderberg Group. Today they are just another part of business as usual. What will be business as usual tomorrow ? FEMA internment camps ? Micro-chipped population ? Gun confiscations ? Big-Brother internet? The Corporate States of America is no longer a government by the people, for the people.
The preamble to the Declaration of Independence has a few words of advice for future generations :
“…That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…”