Excerpted from: Death of Democracy: The Erosion of Freedom Doctrine of the Second American Revolution By J.C. “Jake” Laughton
Chapter 1 A Renewed Purpose: The Erosion of Freedom
John Kennedy once said, “Let us be the masters, not the victims of our history”. Current US Senator and Presidential Candidate and former First Lady Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying, “We’re all in it together”. President Bush calls America the “Ownership Society”. Not only does he believe it but he supports it with his Policies. To paraphrase a commonly used expression in America, 1% of the population of the US owns and controls 85% of it. Recently I watched George Carlin doing a comedy stand up show on HBO; in one bit from his show he called the People that run the US “The Owners of America”. In the Michael Moore movie “Sicko”, Americans who now live in France tell us the Government there is concerned enough about its people to enact laws that not only protect them but give them extra things to make their lives easier. Some of the things mentioned include full health care, but 5 weeks of PAID vacation each year. 5 weeks of paid vacation each year makes them nicely rested and refreshed and as a result France has one of the world’s highest productivity rates from its workers.
When asked why the French government gave them all these great perks, the answer was straight forward and to the point, “Here the government is afraid of the People, in American the People are afraid of their government”. Most important here is the fact that over 90% of the French people vote. Voting is the power that the people have in a democracy. In America people are afraid that if they stand up to the government that the government will take away its freedom, but this is already happening. In the pages that follow I show you how this is happening and the key factors that point directly to it. We as a nation are being lead towards a time and place in history where democracy no longer exists. In fact Democracy is all but gone already. Democracy was established here in America to fight the financial oppression of England’s King George, not only taxation without any representation, but price fixing and the elimination of open competition that allowed the British to charge whatever price it wanted for its goods. Democracy is where the people elect others to enact laws, rules and regulations that serve their collective conscious for the common good of all.
Nowadays, corporations pay lawmakers, through huge campaign donations and fabulously extravagant FREE vacations and trips, to enact laws, rules and regulations for the good of the Corporations ONLY, with no regard to the People who are supposed to have that sole privilege. If 1% of the US population owns so much of it, what exactly does that mean? For you and me in the 99% group, what it means is this; there are 3 million people worth at least $1 million that is exactly 1%. So in the US there are 297 million people who do not have a million dollars or are not worth one million dollars. There is a shift in what defines the middle class, people like me who a few years ago would have been considered middle class can no longer say that. Anyone who does not yet have a worth of one million, but has income of more than $250,000.00 per year can be labeled as middle class. To truly be “middle class” you either have to have an income that will earn you a million in less than 5 years or be in the class of millionaires who have a worth of fewer than 2 million dollars. Those who are worth more than 3 million dollars are not the upper class, but the “super class”.
And those of the 297 million Americans who are not worth a million dollars are the “sub class”. Back about 20 years ago give or take a few years, there was a commercial on TV with a man saying, “ I make more money than my father made during his life but I have so much less and can’t afford to give my family all the things that my dad did”. The commercial was about starting an account to save for your retirement, given the statement made by the man in the commercial, how could he or anyone save for their retirement? One of my favorite retirement benefits (and I am being sarcastic here) is the 401K that companies use to lure minimum wages employees. How is a single person that can’t afford even the rent for an apartment, going to be able to contribute to a 401K plan? In the last 30 years every price in America has risen nearly 1000% with some prices going higher then that. Our government leaders are knowingly creating a situation where a dictatorship may quickly come to be. President Bush has suggested that he would like to be dictator of America. The term doctrine is used to refer to a principle of law, in the common law traditions, established through a history of past decisions, such as the doctrine of self-defense, or the principle of fair use.
My message is delivered in what I call the ‘Erosion of Freedom’ doctrine made up of 4 factors they are,
1. Freedom is taken away by stifling and controlling your money, this control over your finances is being accomplished with high prices on everything you buy.
2. Elections are being manipulated to get puppet candidates in office; the greatest example of this is the Election of George Bush.
3. Creating and maintaining a climate of fear is central to this discussion. Creating fear also has a side detriment in that it quite often creates Panic Buying.
4. The government is actively involved in creating higher prices in the Meat, Diary and Produce industries. In the pages that follow you will read examples of this taking place now. I use personal information, facts and opinions to illustrate to you what I am describing and how you can start doing something to change this downward spiral and restore true freedom for you, your family and your descendants for generations to come. The first super hero ever created was Superman. His Credo was “To Fight for Truth, Justice and The American Way”. In the 2006 remake “Superman Returns” Superman’s credo is now Truth, Justice and that other stuff! So why was “and The American Way” dropped? To be less objectionable to an international audience? Are they saying that the OLD “American Way” is dead and gone? This book is not just about the current President George Bush, but since it was written while he is in office he gets lots of the blame for the problems in the US today. George Bush is just one shining example of the poor leadership that has lead us to this point in American history.
There are horrible things going on in this country, I feel that if Americans don’t act now, these trends will continue regardless of who is our president. Democracy, our democracy has been swept away. In my 47 years, I have often heard the phrase used in regards to a Dictator in a foreign land, “That absolute power corrupts absolutely” President Bush has been caught on tape saying, “I wish this was a dictatorship, it would be easier to handle”. Usually a dictator is at least a smart person, but Bush is out there in LALA land, a 1-dimensional product of wealth and privilege. Chapter 2Recent Evidence
Recently I came across a new book by noted Best Selling author Naomi Wolf.
The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot by Naomi Wolf Book Description from Amazon.com
Wolf explains how events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century’s worst dictatorships such as Germany, Russia, China and Chile. Recent history has profound lessons for us in the U.S. today about how fascist, totalitarian, and other repressive leaders seize and maintain power, especially in what were once democracies. The secret is that these leaders all tend to take very similar, parallel steps. The Founders of this nation were so deeply familiar with tyranny and the habits and practices of tyrants that they set up our checks and balances precisely out of fear of what is unfolding today. We are seeing these same kinds of tactics now closing down freedoms in America. Reviews for the End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot by Naomi Wolf
“You will be shocked and disturbed by this book. Most Americans reject outright any comparison of post 9/11 America with the fascism and totalitarianism of Nazi Germany or Pinochet’s Chile. Sadly, the parallels and similarities, what Wolf calls the ‘echoes’ between those societies and America today, are all too compelling.”
—Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights
"Naomi Wolf sounds the alarm for all American patriots. We must come together as a nation and recommit ourselves to the fundamental American idea that no president, whether Democrat or Republican, will ever be given unchecked power."
—Wes Boyd, co-founder, MoveOn.org