THE SHEEPLE AWAKEN
by Rick Davis, USA
The political process in America has become so divisive, so broken, and so unresponsive to the people it is supposed to serve that the citizenry is beginning to realize that their interests, no, their very way of life, is in peril. It is truly a great awakening. Did it happen overnight? Heavens no. The wealthiest interests around the globe have been attacking American democracy for generations, for instance the global banking interests such as the Rothschild empire and their many banking minions, such as Lehman Brothers, J. P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Citi or BofA, working through what is almost laughingly called “the Fed” or the Federal Reserve Bank, WHICH THEY PRIVATELY OWN, have almost completely destroyed the U.S. and Global economy and created a chasm between the wealthiest and everyone else by using debt to create a system of permanent economic serfdom. Thus we have the birth of the 99%.
Equally to blame (or credit) for this awakening are monied interests like Big Oil, six global oil companies which almost unilaterally dictate our energy policies; the wretched global pharmaceutical empire which profits (obscenely) on diseases it has created more than cured; the insurance industry (though closely linked with the bankers) which has seized control of everything from our civil justice system to healthcare; mega-corporations like GE, Disney, News Corp, Time Warner, and Viacom control virtually all of the radio, video, entertainment, and print media so that we are spoon fed only the information THEY want us to have.
Then, an administration more fascist than democratic headed by the foursome of Bush, Cheney, Rove, and Rumsfeld was installed by the most conservative elements to ever serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, to complete the disconnect, the five bought and paid for conservative justices on the Supreme Court, Roberts, Thomas, Scalia, Alito, and Kennedy have gone through amazing legal gymnastics to create the abomination known as Citizens United v. FEC, a decision that has literally rocked the very foundations of our democracy by equating money with free speech and giving individual first amendment free speech rights to these very corporations that literally threaten the very existence of our democracy. How did we get here? How did we the people allow it to happen? That explanation would require a book’s worth of historical information, but suffice it to say that it is one of the biggest frauds perpetrated on a global scale over the past century and more by the wealthiest and most powerful people and interests on the planet. We can’t say we weren’t warned. In 1938 in an address to Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated,
“Unhappy events abroad have re-taught us two simple truths about the liberty of a democratic people. The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself.
That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any other controlling private power.
The second truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if its business system does not provide employment and produce and distribute goods in such a way as to sustain an acceptable standard of living. Both lessons hit home. Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing.” [emphasis added]
So here we have it, the perfect storm – a wrecked economy, corporate control of government which is totally disconnected from the public that believed that they elected it, and a huge media brainwashing or propaganda machine, the likes of which the world has never seen. They, the corporate overlords, overlooked one thing, however. What happens if the sheeple (you and me) start asking questions and looking for information on other sources such as the internet, and using this new technology to communicate and share this information?
I honestly do believe that the current Occupy Wall Street is a response to the Tea Party extremists and inspired by the “Arab Spring” movement to protest and oppose oppressive government. The Tea Party honestly started out as a grass roots protest itself in opposition to taxation and government spending and waste. However, that movement was soon corrupted by well-monied very conservative corporations such as the Koch Brothers empire to become a tool of the most radically conservative elements of the Republican party. In essence, that movement was literally hijacked by corporate America for the use and benefit of the conservative elements of the established Republican Party.
So the question becomes, what makes OWS different? Will it be hijacked by liberals and progressives and just become another part of an established party? After participating in a local Occupy rally here in Jackson, Mississippi, I can honestly say that I see no way that it can happen. Why? Because of the diversity of the views and the sincerity, coupled with anger, fear, and yes, determination to make a difference I simply can’t imagine how either party could corrupt it or even stop it at this point. First of all OWS isn’t “built” or organized around a single issue, but at the same time they tend to stay away from social issues like abortion and gay rights which should HAVE NOTHING to do with government or legislation in the first place.
At the Occupy Jackson event, I met and debated with followers of Ron Paul as well as Obama supporters and Bush bashers. There was a complete spectrum of political view and thought, but there was a common thread. That is that our economy and way of life and our government itself has been hijacked by these 1% of the wealthiest citizens and WE WANT IT BACK! OWS protesters simply want their voices and the message heard and government returned to the people where it belongs. Lofty goals indeed, but attainable? That’s the answer for which we, the 99% are all searching. Now, we shall see. My personal opinion is now that the genie has been let out of the bottle, the sharing of information, goals, and a united determination to initiate change will NOT go away, but continue to grow. I hope to hell I’m right, but I am sure that there is occurring a fundamental shift of consciousness that is taking on a life of its own. Perhaps, just perhaps, it will help initiate the return of the democratic republic we once knew as United States of America from the present Fascist States of America.