Thursday May 23, 2013
America: The Counter-RevolutionDaniel Johnson Salem-News.com
In the “democracy” that America has evolved to, money counts more than people.
(CALGARY, Alberta) - I’ve been watching the build-up forty years. The counter-Revolution has broken out. I’m talking about the American rich against you and everyone else. The middle class is being decimated and the ranks of the poor continue to swell. You can say goodbye to America as a democracy or republic or whatever term you want to use. It's the rich and propertied who are taking back their country.
The American Chamber of Commerce is on the attack and I don’t expect them to take any prisoners.
The Chamber has spent record amounts in the current election cycle—90% of it going to Republicans. They’ve spent nearly $1.5 million in television ads in New Hampshire to defeat Representative Paul W. Hodes, a Democrat running for the Senate.
Here’s the invisible army: The Chamber has about 300,000 members and nearly half of its $140 million in contributions in 2008 came from just 45 donors.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, despite its platitudes about small business, represents the largest corporations in the country. And those corporations are controlled by a handful of people. The people on the Forbes 400 list control assets of $1.4 trillion. Who controls the banks, insurance companies and giant corporations, controls America.
In 2003 the Chamber had an overall budget of about $130 million; this year it is spending $200 million, and the Chamber and its affiliates allocated $144 million in 2009 for lobbying, making it the biggest lobbyist in the United States.
The war is now out in the open and America is about to become a rigid class society. Those of you who have guns with the thought of protecting the nation and the Constitution against government tyranny have been blindsided. It’s too late to do anything. You can’t even make your votes count because the media manipulate the sheep and you end up with organizations of confused people like the Tea Party—people who think they are defending democracy when really they are defending the rights of Big Owners. You can bet the house (if you haven’t already been foreclosed) that their interests are not the same as the rank and file American citizen.
In the “democracy” that America has evolved to, money counts more than people. In past elections, the votes were counted, now they are going to start weighing them.
Daniel Johnson was born near the midpoint of the twentieth century in Calgary, Alberta. In his teens he knew he was going to be a writer, which is why he was one of only a handful of boys in his high school typing class — a skill he knew was going to be necessary. He defines himself as a social reformer, not a left winger, the latter being an ideological label which, he says, is why he is not an ideologue. From 1975 to 1981 he was reporter, photographer, then editor of the weekly Airdrie Echo. For more than ten years after that he worked with Peter C. Newman, Canada’s top business writer (notably on a series of books, The Canadian Establishment). Through this period Daniel also did some national radio and TV broadcasting. He gave up journalism in the early 1980s because he had no interest in being a hack writer for the mainstream media and became a software developer and programmer. He retired from computers last year and is now back to doing what he loves — writing and trying to make the world a better place
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