Now, Let Us Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

Maybe that’s what it’s all about. … Maybe all that happens is, you get older and you know less.

— Frank Sinatra


In Amerika today we have two parties … the Fascist Union (also known as the F.U. party) and the Phony Cooperative Baloney party (also known as the P.C.B.).

The F.U. party stands for wholesome, Amerikan values–what we used to call “rugged individualism.” We don’t use this term anymore because today we understand the dangers of “individualism”–especially among the lower classes. We know that smart and crafty people always get together to form cartels, meshing economic, political and social lives to pursue their own best interests—and to hell with everyone else! This is a law of Nature known as “survival of the fittest.” It’s also known as the “invisible hand” of the market. Even the great slave-holder, Thomas Jefferson, understood this when he wrote about “liberty” and the “pursuit of happiness.” Notice that he did not write about “justice” and the “pursuit of truth.” Today we know that “justice” and “truth” are in the eyes of the beholder. Each person has his or her own idea of what those words mean and you can’t run the New World Order with a lot of loose threads hanging out, can you?

The P.C.B.’ers pretend they serve the interests of the “common people.” You can tell how much contempt they have for us right there—we are “common,” but they are not. Well, children, there is nothing “common” about me! And, I hope, nothing “common” about you! I am proud to be part of the crew that powers the ship. Let the captains decide where the ships are going. They have all the information and we couldn’t begin to understand it even if we tried. They tell us what to do and think through the mass media—including education–, and life is certainly a lot easier when you know what to do and think. Don’t be confused by idiots like Michael Moore. There are always some crackpots who believe they’re too good to be conditioned like everyone else. In one of the renegade Moore’s classic movies, Capitalism: A Love Story—a classic example of mis-alignment, one might say—he tries to make a distinction between capitalism and democracy! Yes, you are right to snicker! There really is no distinction. Democracy is rule by the people and the people obviously want capitalism or they wouldn’t keep this system in place year after year, decade after decade—as far back as any of us can remember, even back to the glorious Roman Empire of the sanctioned history books.

To prove that we are a capitalistic democracy we have to put up with the PCB crowd. They like to parade the old platitudes like “fairness,” and “government of the people, by the people, and for the people,” and all that Martin Luther King blather about “all God’s children,” blah, blah, blah … but everyone knows they are “in on the take.” They have to raise huge amounts of money to run their silly campaigns. A lot of them are “filthy rich” themselves and they get into politics as a hobby because they’re not clever enough to make more money and create jobs for the “working poor” they’re always crying over like spilt milk. If, perhaps, they don’t have their own money, they go hat-in-hand to the corporate bosses, cut deals—wink! wink!–, promise “the people” this, that and the other while all the time knowing they can’t or won’t deliver. Sometimes, a PCB’er breaks through. Remember President Obama? Yes, you can “boo”—it’s all right. Some people say now that he actually believed his own rhetoric. “Change we can believe in!” (Yes, you can hiss!) Would someone tell me what the hell that means?

Today we know that the people cannot change anything; only the elite, the elect, the select and the carefully groomed Guardians of the New World Order have the Intelligence necessary to ensure success. They gather Intelligence from everywhere—from every corner of the globe, from every nook and cranny. No one can escape. Resistance is futile. That is why we have these cameras and microphones in the classroom, in the cafeteria, in the halls, in the library, in the lockers, in the gym, etc. … so what we say, what we do, what we think, can be constantly observed, monitored, heard, vetted, discussed, dissected, appraised, and, if need be, corrected. If need be, deleted. Remember the saying: “Our predator drones are ever watchful, vigilant, never sleeping.” (A word to the wise is sufficient!) That is why there are cameras and microphones in your homes, in your computers, in your phones, in the watches you wear, the products you buy … in the streets, in your vehicles … in fact, everywhere. It is all designed to make us better citizens of the glorious New World Order—better soldiers in the armies, better, uncomplaining workers, better consumers of so-called “junk food,” so-called “junk information.” Today we know that the Guardians are watching—and, if they want us to die sooner, well, we should all be prepared to “win one for the Gipper,” stiffen our backbones and do what’s necessary because they see the bigger picture, they know our best interests. It’s because they are watching us—and watching out for us! It’s because they know our hearts and minds and very souls—and what is good and proper for all of us—better than we do.

Now, let us stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Poet-playwright-journalist-fictionist-editor-professor, Dr. Gary Corseri has published work in Dissident Voice, The New York Times, Village Voice, CommonDreams and hundreds of other publications and websites worldwide. His dramas have been produced on PBS-Atlanta, and he has performed his work at the Carter Presidential Library. Gary can be reached at Read other articles by Gary.

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  1. David said on October 20th, 2009 at 9:17am #


    I refer you to Scene Five of O’N eill’s play, “The Hairy Ape,” penned in 1921 and described by the author as a comedy.

    This is where the common folk stand in the view of our elected and unelected officials. We are now rendered repulsive and nearly invisible.

  2. Gary Corseri said on October 20th, 2009 at 11:58am #

    Thanks, David. Good comment.

    O’Neil is one of my favorites, principally for “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” and “Desire Under the Elms.” I know “The Hairy Ape” in bits and pieces. I’ll check out your allusion.


  3. Angela Heller said on October 20th, 2009 at 2:05pm #

    As always I find your work both frightening and enlightening. I have just finished reading Dan Browns new fiction book “The Lost Symbol”. As with his other book “The Davinci Code” I find I have to read these books in front of my computer and keep looking up all the organizations, rituals, etc., that he states as factual. While reading your article and having read all about the New World Order; Freemasons, Noetic Sciences, Illuminati online, and your own book Holy Grail, Holy Grail, it has opened up a wealth of knowledge and information I had never imagined. I read Conspirators’ Hierarchy: The Story of the Committee of 300 by Dr. John Coleman online. These are his words, not mine: “A One World Government and one-unit monetary system, under permanent non-elected hereditary oligarchists who self-select from among their numbers in the form of a feudal system as it was in the Middle Ages. In this One World entity, population will be limited by restrictions on the number of children per family, diseases, wars, famines, until 1 billion people who are useful to the ruling class, in areas which will be strictly and clearly defined, remain as the total world population.

    There will be no middle class, only rulers and the servants. All laws will be uniform under a legal system of world courts practicing the same unified code of laws, backed up by a One World Government police force and a One World unified military to enforce laws in all former countries where no national boundaries shall exist. The system will be on the basis of a welfare state; those who are obedient and subservient to the One World Government will be rewarded with the means to live; those who are rebellious will simple be starved to death or be declared outlaws, thus a target for anyone who wishes to kill them. Privately owned firearms or weapons of any kind will be prohibited.”

    Then I re-read your article again and to be honest it scares the hell out of me. My world as I have known it for 61 years is nothing like I thought it was, my fears grow every day just by watching the news propaganda.

    I think I would rather be less informed, listen to Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett and dream, for I have been dreaming all these years and am afraid to wake up.

    We need to know, we need to be informed, but as with me, it may scare the hell out of us.

  4. Jeremy said on October 20th, 2009 at 7:44pm #

    We know that smart and crafty people always get together to form cartels, meshing economic, political and social lives to pursue their own best interests—and to hell with everyone else! This is a law of Nature known as “survival of the fittest.” It’s also known as the “invisible hand” of the market.

    Actually, the invisible hand has nothing to do with political cartels. Cartels, or monopolies, can only exist under two circumstances:

    1. Political power: forcing “customers” to buy the good or service (see: public education system, USPS, Amtrak, etc)

    2. Economic power: attracting customers with goods and services delivered at a fair price.

    The second method of obtaining a monopoly is only theoretical as it has never existed in any market.

    It really upsets me when well-intentioned people misdiagnose our problems and end up blaming the free market. It just ain’t so!

  5. Gary Corseri said on October 20th, 2009 at 11:00pm #

    Thanks for your comment, Jeremy.

    Pedagogically speaking, you may be giving the article too “close” a reading

    It is, of course, a satirical and ironic piece. The speaker here is rolling out platitudes one after another. That’s part of the game. She’s an unreliable narrator or witness. Her purpose is to indoctrinate the students. So, she’ll throw out phrases and definitions which may or may not be wholly or partly applicable. The point is confusion of disciplines and murkiness. The System, in fact, is full of cliches that “good citizens” will live and die by and sometimes kill for. The goal of this sort of “education” is mis- and dis-information, obeisance to authority, obedience.

  6. kalidas said on October 21st, 2009 at 8:00pm #

    “it is easy to wake up someone who is really sleeping, not someone who is pretending”