Who Are We?

Under assault by a consciousness control system that insists we are doing quite well even when evidence shows we’re on the critical list, we have reason to be confused.

We were advised that combat in Iraq had ended as media swooned over 4,000 troops leaving,  without mentioning 50,000 remaining.  Or the 7,000  mercenaries who would  continue murderous policy.  Or the treasonous lies used to wreak devastation upon an innocent people murdered, made refugees and reduced to poverty as a result of our destruction of their developed  state, leaving a dysfunctional nation in its place.

We were informed that North Korea was “menacing” 30,000 U.S. military  personnel on its borders, playing what were called “war games”. If 30,000 North Korean troops were rehearsing mass murder off the coast of California, we would  not feel threatened but instead send them peace offerings of Kim Chi.  Meanwhile, our joined-at-the-U.S.-bankroll brethren in Israel continued suffering an existential crisis  because Iran may someday have  nuclear weapons which could  destroy the hundreds  already existing in the Israeli arsenal.

And we were entertained by a revival of what has come to be known as the “peace process”. These are pointless meetings offering photo-ops and blather between Israel and the United States with mis-representatives of the Palestinians, while the apartheid atrocity continues unabated. The  charade was renewed as Hamas conducted attacks on what  most of the world sees as invaders of its land. Their actions against settlers – the western term  for  armed colonialists, as they are seen by those in whose homes and on whose land they settle – was  criticized as bloody murder while complete silence was maintained, as always, about  bloody murders and dreadful conditions in Gaza.

Politicians who voted against funding health care for workers  sickened  by cleaning up the debris after 9/11 then decided that  hallowed ground should not have an Islamic cultural center built more than two blocks away from ground zero. These  parasites had no idea the project existed until it was brought to their attention by a Muslim hating blogger who, common to that breed, treats the world’s more than one billion Muslims as though they were the 19 terrorists of 9/11. These ghouls – they actually give a bad name to creatures who feed on the dead – unleashed an anti-Islamic wave of  moronic and hateful bigotry beyond anything provoked by real  problems of war,  immigration, unemployment and the overall economic crisis.

The  programmed remembrances of that tragic day of 9/11 always attempts to obliterate awareness  of the much greater slaughters it was used to provoke  and the present national threat posed by our perverse foreign and economic policies which serve wealthy minorities while driving the majority apart – and nearly out of its mind – with divisive cultural and identity  barriers. These prevent us from seeing the ominous burdens we  bear collectively and from which we have no  personal, cultural or  hyphenated protection . We are made to accept ourselves as dozens of artificially separated  minorities, but are forbidden from seeing ourselves more realistically as  two hyphenated groups:   (1)  Rich-Americans;  and (2) the-other-ninety-nine-percent-who-work-for-a-living Americans.

Our mind managers and their servants  tell us how desperately we need those wealthy people to invest in the market so that we can survive with jobs they somehow create. Belief in this economic folklore is like believing the most intelligent person in America is that Florida fanatic  who threatened to burn the Koran. If you think that’s so, don’t read any further.

The richest 1 percent of Americans now earn –  an extremely relative term – more than the bottom 50 percent combined. Back in the 1970s, the richest 1 percent collected 8 percent of the national income. By the year 2006, that rose to nearly 23 percent and continues climbing. At this point 99% of us are sharing about 75% of the income. Sounds fair, if you’re satisfied with being a serf or peasant compared to your rulers.  And while the top 100 CEOs once averaged earning 45 times more than their workers,  in 2009 the nearly incredible ratio was 1,071 to 1. But wait!  That’s not all.

The  400 richest Americans have a combined wealth of more than $1.3 trillion, which averages out to more than 300 billion dollars each. How hard do those 400 work, if at all, compared to the average sanitation, bank, school, health care, transit or other worker among the millions in that 99% below them who are the substance of daily economic life? Does the expression “democracy” have any real meaning?

We are allowed and encouraged to mobilize against  suspected 9/11 conspiracies organized by “our” government, strongly urged and manipulated to form Tea Parties in opposition to the injustices of “our” government, but forbidden from seeing “our” government as a creature of minority wealth operating against “our” interest and threatening the social and natural environment in the process while sustaining itself by setting us against one another. We are disorganized to hate others among the majority while justifiably being  enraged about material conditions which are directly controlled by minorities which might as well be invisible gods for the way we are socialized to treat or think about them.

If we, the people of these United States,  are ever to be a united nation we have to penetrate the lead curtain of misinformation in which we are imprisoned and begin thinking as a population with a collective destiny which demands collective action. We have a serious social identity crisis and cannot save ourselves by making war against ourselves. But if we want a peaceful world and safe environment, we need to break out of  the mental prison in which we’ll remain as long as we are kept separate, and unequal by the controllers of what goes into our minds under the false label of information.

Frank Scott writes political commentary which appears online at the blog Legalienate. Read other articles by Frank.

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  1. Don Hawkins said on September 11th, 2010 at 8:00am #

    America where Capitalism is the best path to prosperity. On CNN a few minutes ago it was said after 911 they didn’t beat us we went on with business as usual. The talk on Fox New’s is about the people effected by 911 the fathers the wife’s the children the President just talked and was that jet’s flying over? I think the President said they didn’t beat us our very way of life yes the man has a real way with words. So it goes all nothing more than a difference of opinion, thinking who is right and who is wrong.

    But we decide
    Which is right
    Which is an Illusion

    The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Sagan

    Momentary masters of a fraction of a dot and Capitalism I guess that’s what the present system is called here in the greatest nation on Earth this day the fathers, wife’s, children and that’s the majority of the fathers, wife’s, children well the few who seem to enjoy the orange chicken in an air conditioned tent full speed ahead and we love you very very much; I’ll bet they do.

    “There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity.

    “We now return control of your television set to you, until next week, at the same time when the Control Voice will take you to………..

    Nothing more than a difference of opinion, thinking. Key work thinking.

    Ignorance is Strength: If the population does not know that anything more can exist, or that they are being lied to, or that change is possible, they aren’t going to care. If a few human’s can manage to keep it’s population so ignorant that they do not question what they are told, no weaknesses within what the few human’s say will ever be found. unknown author

  2. Don Hawkins said on September 11th, 2010 at 3:01pm #

    Get out the vote some mighty big elections coming in November. It sure looks like somebody want’s to take America back. Is there any difference between the people in power now and the ones who want the power back; not much. Now just on the off chance that train is coming down the track in more way’s than one do these different sides know this? Oh they probably have a pretty good idea and do they also know the illusion will not last much longer that am not sure of maybe they do. Only two months to get those electrons moving on TV and the web and what a web it is. We are right they are wrong Socialists, big government do you want the Bush years back and on it goes. This of course going on as we are all go down the drain in not such slow motion. Then they will fight some more and veto comes to mind got to make it seem real. Send in a donation for the party of choice freedom doesn’t come cheap. They need are help well somebody needs help. Although these few seem to need more help than others. Yes a republican controlled congress and for me I will be kind of busy moving to the far North did I sell my clothes yet oh yes along long time ago. If you can’t beat them join them well some do that and there’s a name for that, wimps. Oh Mr.Star Fox New’s on the line it’s Rupert. Got to make it look real yes indeedy.

  3. Don Hawkins said on September 12th, 2010 at 2:46pm #

    We’re in a giant car heading toward a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit.
    David Suzuki

  4. Don Hawkins said on September 12th, 2010 at 3:29pm #


    Cat four remember the good old day’s Cat one’s and two’s ten short years ago. Well in another ten short years probably not arguing over where wer’re going to sit but for now we are still told to go shopping what a vision what a plan. It’s the economy stupid, really.

  5. teafoe2 said on September 12th, 2010 at 4:52pm #

    Only 7K US mercenaries in Iraq? wonder where this well-meaning writer gets his information.

  6. teafoe2 said on September 12th, 2010 at 5:01pm #

    The writer has arrived at the point at which he is ready to start investigating the reasons why that which he complains of exists.

    btw, “it’s the economy stupid” is a misleading catchphrase. I wonder how Don finds time to watch so much television.

  7. Don Hawkins said on September 13th, 2010 at 3:42am #

    I read more than I watch TV and still work seven day’s a week and how do I do that old Chinese secret.

  8. Don Hawkins said on September 13th, 2010 at 7:24am #

    Cat 5 as of this morning smokin and just on the off chance the least of what’s coming down the track.

  9. Don Hawkins said on September 13th, 2010 at 3:11pm #

    Made a mistake only Cat 4 plus but still smokin.