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America: The Counter-Revolution

In the “democracy” that America has evolved to, money counts more than people.

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(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.

  • Prudential Financial has given the Chamber $2 million
  • Dow Chemical $1.7 million
  • Goldman Sachs, Chevron Texaco, and Aegon, a multinational insurance company based in the Netherlands—more than $8 million
  • The News Corporation (Murdoch) $1 million
  • Health insurance providers gave at least $10 million to the Chamber last year, all of it anonymously, to oppose President Obama’s health care legislation

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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Daniel November 2, 2010 1:18 pm (Pacific time)

Jay DJ is correct a handful of very wealthy and powerful individuals and corporations are becoming more powerful . We both know the bottom line for any business is the bottom line . To achieve this goal America is being poisoned physically and mentally to make a large profit for a few . From unhealthy imitation toxic foodstuff to mind mumming violent media . To a healthcare system based too much upon the dollar than on prevention and affordable healthcare . To fear mongering and MIC war drumming thru controlled MSM . Many people flood over the border because there are jobs , provided by American businesses looking for cheap labor for dirty backbreaking work . Again the bottom line . Also add in the fact that the NAFTA taxpayer supported corn undercut the small corn farmer in Mexico and forced them under . Yes Jay we do have the brightest minds in the world flowing here , altho it is slowing down as the quality of life goes down and the anti immigrate sentiment increases .

DJ: In yesterday's NYT, Bob Herbert begins with:

"The clearest explanation yet of the forces that converged over the past three decades or so to undermine the economic well-being of ordinary Americans is contained in the new book, 'Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class.'”

Herbert says,"the book describes an “organizational revolution” that took place over the past three decades in which big business mobilized on an enormous scale to become much more active in Washington, cultivating politicians in both parties and fighting fiercely to achieve shared political goals. This occurred at the same time that organized labor, the most effective force fighting on behalf of the middle class and other working Americans, was caught in a devastating spiral of decline. Thus, the counterweight of labor to the ever-increasing political clout of big business was effectively lost."

Read the whole column: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/02/opinion/02herbert.html?_r=1&hp


Jay October 27, 2010 9:50 am (Pacific time)

Daniel Johnson as per Friedman and those of his ilk, why do people from around the world come here? We have 300 millions plus living here, with tens of millions living here illegally. The latter group skews many different data bases that you listed. Unfortunately we will never have enough jobs for people who drop out of school and do not equip themselves with the skills they need. We have a growing underclass that will adversely impact us far into the future, but we will still continue to grow ourselves out of this economic downturn. I see some dark domestic times ahead for this quickly growing underclass. Even if we seal our borders completely we will not be able to stop the violence that is coming. I pray some very bright minds figure out something, but it looks bleak. We will no doubt get far more violent than Paris and London, and I believe things will deteriorate very soon, couple years. Our gang activity is picking up all over the country, so I expect civilian groups will develop for protection. Our law enforcement has been hamstrung for years now and they simply will not be able to keep us safe. I live in a very low crime area but my neighbors are well organized for self-protection. This is happening all over. These are not some kind of whacko militant groups some in the media like to describe, but groups very similar to what existed in the 18th and 19th century, just more advanced. Lot's of former combat vets and retired law enforcement. As they say, a stitch in time... Look at not long ago some posters wrote how safe and friendly Mexico was. Things change fast and people should prepare for all contingencies from natural calamities to manmade ones.

Daniel Johnson October 26, 2010 10:09 pm (Pacific time)

 More breaking news from Thomas Friedman's column in today's NYT: America is sixth in global innovation-based competitiveness, but 40th in rate of change over the last decade; 11th among industrialized nations in the fraction of 25- to 34-year-olds who have graduated from high school; 16th in college completion rate; 22nd in broadband Internet access; 24th in life expectancy at birth; 27th among developed nations in the proportion of college students receiving degrees in science or engineering; 48th in quality of K-12 math and science education; and 29th in the number of mobile phones per 100 people.

He concludes his column with: "A dysfunctional political system is one that knows the right answers but can’t even discuss them rationally, let alone act on them, and one that devotes vastly more attention to cable TV preachers than to recommendations by its best scientists and engineers."


Anonymous October 26, 2010 7:48 pm (Pacific time)

Jay..just read your post. SOrry to say but daniel is correct. What daniel does not understand tho, is that canada is just another leg of the U.S. Owned by the same central banks, the same elite. What happens to the U.S. is happening to canada. If the canada G20 meetings did not prove that, nothing will. Total marital law. In fact, media in canada being censored is worse than the u.s. and the u.s. has patriots that may sometime stand up. canada has already bowed down. I know what is in store for the U.S.. from the elite by reading their books. I use to have no clue what is to become of canada until lately. THey are a leg/state of the U.S. owned by the same people. What happens to us happens to them. Cananda is nothing more than the 51st state of the U.S. owned by the same people. This is what daniel disagrees with, and just doesnt get. But his facts in this article are correct.

Anonymous October 26, 2010 7:23 pm (Pacific time)

We borrow money from our grandchildren to bailout banks, insurers, hedge funds, private-equity shops, car companies, states, unions, houseowners, new car buyers, new house buyers. Meanwhile China is using its surplus to buy every natural resource that's for sale, anywhere on the globe. And not one word from Obama or anyone in Washington. We are so supremely f**ed in the long run, exhibiting the mass insanity of all empires in decline. Fighting wars, spending massively, encouraging consumer debt, monetizing the national debt and destroying the greatest currency history has ever known - the once mighty U.S. Dollar.

Jay October 26, 2010 6:29 pm (Pacific time)

Daniel J it appears that you have no audience for your "highly unsupported" opinions based on your 40 years of empirical insight.

My article is based on facts, not opinions. Refute them if you can. 

Anonymous October 26, 2010 2:21 pm (Pacific time)

I started preparing for this 10 years ago, and have done well. I can prepare financially, I can learn the tactics from the elite and make plenty of money, and know what to plan for, but there is nothing I can do about our civil liberties being taken away, martial law etc. People need to wake up. Adam Khadan, a cia operative, speaks, and now we have homegrown terrorists. Which means, you dont have to be extreme islam now. Which means, I can say "stop the Afghan war", and be considered a terrorist, I can be detained without attorney, forever, and be tortured. All legally now. Getting the picture here? I am financially prepared, but still pissed. Why isnt everyone else? Well, the flouride, and a majority of the population on anti-depressants might have something to do with it. We are sooo screwed. People better wake up, because the things I have been speaking of for almost a decade are frickin here now. p.s. I'm not really pissed, everything is fine. (just in case the dhs is reading this) :-) Go Obama!

Jay October 26, 2010 11:34 am (Pacific time)

And yet with all this wealth concentrated in so few hands, even the poor American citizen manages to live far better than the majority of the rest of the world. I just saw a show that had over 100 union members who were steaming mad about their dues being used for partisan politics, that is for candidates and issues they are against. You should note that the largest amount of money being put into the election this year is by unions and the majority of unions are public unions, which means it's us taxpayers that are having our money spent on candidates we abhor. Also how much money has George Soros given to his causes? If you see what the polls say about what concerns Americans it is about the policies of Obama and the economy. If the conservatives win the house then the stock market will spike. If and when we get a fixed tax rate, then jobs will be developing very quickly, and the doomsayers will move on to different topics. It happens all the time like that and I've been observing on an academic level since JFK was killed. The vast majority of Americans favor the free market and capitalism and also hope to become financially well off. It's the American dream and why we are the richest country. Even with China's quickly developing weath, her citizens live horribly and their economy is built on a very flimsy foundation. We in America have weathered hard times and we always come back. That will not change in the far distant future.

Soros has given tens of millions, but he doesn't try to hide his contributions.

Bush and the Republicans had eight years to bring the world and the American economy to its knees. And people now blame Obama who hasn't even had two years to undo any of the damage. He is being blamed for the bailout, but that was implemented by Bush just before he left office. That's why America is going down the drain. Most of the people are too confused or too stupid to figure it out.

Daniel Johnson October 26, 2010 8:32 am (Pacific time)

Breaking news: America’s highest earners - the 74 people who made more than $50 million US - on average saw their pay rise to a record $519 million US each, according to Social Security Administration data.

Combined, this wealthy bunch took home $38.4 billion US last year, up from the $11.9 billion US earned by 131 individuals with wages above $50 million US in 2008.

Need I say more? 

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