The ongoing wars and rumors of war; the constant revelations of corruption; the ceaseless competition to cheat. Yet this is nothing new. Indeed, it must be renewed—returned to, like a dog to its vomit.
Endless uncertainty: War is a racket
“War is a racket,” revealed General Smedley Butler, the most decorated warrior in United States history during his time, who scoffed his own Medals of Honor—the highest award in the U.S. military.
Less than a decade later, countless United States citizens were caged for years, for refusing to participate in “allied” terrorism in Germany, Japan, and elsewhere.
A few years later, thousands of United States citizens were caged for years, for refusing to engage in United States terrorism against Korea that was so off-handed that it is commonly referred to as “the forgotten war.”
Decades later, thousands of United States citizens were caged for years, for refusing to engage in “multinational” terrorism against Vietnam and elsewhere; meanwhile, countless U.S. dissidents were caged or killed for various refusals of complicity during USA’s terrorism against Cuba.
Then Iraq again.
Then Iraq again.
Then Libya again.
All while actively terrorizing, with less immediate effect, countries such as Mexico, Iran, Thailand, and so on.
And every generation of United States terrorism generates dutiful U.S. citizens who become betrayed U.S. military veterans—some of whom go on to howl collectively at the wind, such as the “Iraq Veterans Against the War.”
Trial by fire and fraud: Law is a racket
“Jurisprudence is a racket,” outline various legal scholars, with varying degrees of candor. The United States is a nation that was perhaps conceived in (selective) liberty and the rule of (stacked) law, yet quickly it all devolved into a factionalized flurry of warlords and robber-barons: a rule not of law but of men, and typified by the Supreme Court’s judicial-review steroids, self-injected during and after Marbury v. Madison, whereupon the judiciary declared itself a Superbranch—beholden to no one, and with authority over everyone. And the declaration endured, as each successive slithering sect of legislators and executors thought it useful to tolerate the tyranny of the Superbranch, since any of the slitherers may, at some point, be themselves the blithe tyrant to flail and flay with the warped weapon. And all the while, by the by: policing matched policy—in its venal, vapid corruption.
Playing devilish God: Community is a racket
Government’s secular clergy of psychiatry, as a religion of spiritual death and moral dismemberment, joins with government’s monolith of indoctrination (masked as “education”) to castrate citizens’ humanity and circumcise their priorities—priming them for the docility and credulity necessary to tolerate endless, warrantless wars; limitless, lawless laws; and of course the communities stilted on and by apathy, fear, and greed which breed these breathless breeds.
Yet constant repentance of countless co-conspirators belies the survival of such corruption. Rather, it is corruption of no authority, which must be reborn each generation with the vanity of mindless tyrants and the sloth of bloodless patriots. For, as always:
“Let not any one pacify their conscience by the delusion that they can do no harm if they take no part, and form no opinion. Bad people need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good people should look on and do nothing.”
- Matthew 24:6.
- Genesis 6:5.
- Proverbs 1:10-33.
- Ecclesiastes 1:9.
- Proverbs 26:11.
- See Smedly Butler, War is a racket.
- See Dwight Garner, Into the lives of three deserters who did not have a good war, (New York Times, 2013).
- See Liam Stack, Korean War, a forgotten conflict that shaped the modern world (New York Times, 2018).
- See Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon, 30-year anniversary: Tonkin gulf lie launched Vietnam War, (FAIR, 1994).
- See Peter Kornbluh, A half-century later, CIA finally releases Bay of Pigs history, (Daily Beast, 2011).
- See Charlotte Alter, Reagan apologized to Thatcher for Grenada invasion, (Time, 2014).
- See Shannon Schwaller, Operation Just Cause: the invasion of Panama, December 1989, (Army Heritage and Education Center, 2008) (arguing that the invasion of Panama was a “carefully planned and well-executed attack . . . . to restore the democratically elected government”); but see Noam Chomsky, The invasion of Panama (excerpt from Chomsky’s What Uncle Sam Really Wants, 1992).
- See Augusto César Sandino, To abolish the Monroe Doctrine, (George Mason University).
- See Shannon Collins, Desert Storm: A look back, (U.S. DOD, 2019).
- See Anthony Faiola, Bombing of Yugoslavia awakens anti-U.S. feeling around world (Washington Post, 1999); see also Wayne Madsen, The destruction of Yugoslavia: A template for America’s future policy (Strategic Culture Foundation, 2016).
- See Council on Foreign Relations, The U.S. war in Afghanistan: 1999-2019, (2019).
- See Council on Foreign Relations, The Iraq war: 2003-2011, (2019).
- See Mark Thompson and Bobby Ghosh, The CIA’s silent war in Pakistan, (Time, 2009).
- See Eric Schmitt and Charlie Savage, Trump administration steps up air war in Somalia, (New York Times, 2019).
- See Robert F. Godec, Statement on the DusitD2 hotel terrorist attack, (U.S. Embassy in Kenya, 2019).
- See Dominic Tierney, The legacy of Obama’s worst mistake, (The Atlantic, 2016).
- See Maria Andersen, Why the US needs to stay out of Uganda, (CATO Institute, 2012).
- See Tara Copp, US to remain in Iraq ‘as long as needed,’ command says, (Military Times, 2018).
- See Robert Fisk, This moment will go down in history: the US has given up on the overthrow of Assad in Syria, (Independent, 2018).
- See Karoun Demirjian, Senate rebukes Trump with vote ordering U.S. military to end support for Saudi-led war in Yemen, (Washington Post, 2019).
- See Ryan Browne, US strikes Libya for first time under Trump, (CNN, 2017).
- See Deroy Murdock, Remember Fast and Furious’s Mexican victims, (National Review, 2012).
- See AIPAC, A history of Iranian attacks on Americans, (2018); see also Nathan A. Sales, Countering Iran’s Global Terrorism, (U.S. DOS, 2018); but see Rick Gladstone, Iran Sanctions Explained: U.S. Goals, and the View From Tehran, (New York Times, 2018) (explaining how economic terrorism against Iran is sometimes lifted when it suits U.S. interests); and see Todd S. Purdum, Clinton to order trade embargo against Teheran, (New York Times, 1995) (reporting on political promises made by then-President Bill Clinton to elements of the Zionist shadow government of the World Jewish Congress in New York).
- See Vickie F. Li, Child-sex tourism to Thailand: The role of the United States as a consumer country, (Pacific Rim Law & Policy Association, 1995).
- See Iraq Veterans Against the War.
- See Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, (1864).
- See Tessa M. Gorman, Back on the chain gang: Why the eighth amendment and the history of slavery proscribe the resurgence of chain gangs, 85 Calif. L. Rev. 441 (1997).
- See Melvin I. Urofsky, Marbury v. Madison, (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2019).
- See Ben Shapiro, It’s time to end judicial review, (Townhall, 2005).
- Before his well-earned assassination, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia remarked, with his trademark blithe churlishness, that because of the immense power which each successive, corrupt judiciary routinely fiats for itself (with the complicity of the other two branches of government), now every appointment to the Supreme Court amounts to a “mini-constitutional-convention.”
- See Christine Hauser, Florida police chief Gets 3 years for plot to frame black people for crimes, (New York Times, 2018).
- See Jessica Wright, The real reasons autism rates are up in the U.S., (Scientific American, 2017).
- See Kristine Phillips, Florida sixth-grader arrested after dispute with teacher over pledge of allegiance, (Washington Post, 2019).
- Lysander Spooner similarly spoke of the U.S. Constitution as one of “no authority,” in the sixth part of his No Treason treatise (1870).
- A slave-raping U.S. Founder with a heart of gold once proudly remarked, in his Letter to William Stephens Smith (1787), that “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants.”
- See JS Mill, Inaugural address at University of St. Andrews, (1867).