Democracy. Should You Believe by Hal O’Leary

Democracy. Should You Believe by Hal O’Leary

Democracy. Should You Believe by Hal O’Leary. It is time for us to call into question the Democracy we have presumed to enjoy. Enjoy your day, Yareah friends.


The White House. Photo by alex grichenko

It is time for us to call into question the Democracy we have presumed to enjoy.  A quick review of the behavior of a few public officials we supposedly voted into office may be in order. “I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge” and that “people will be held responsible for their actions.”  This, a recent statement by New Jersey governor Chris Christie in an attempt to clear his name in an obvious vindictive political scandal, forces me to suspect (without proof) that the Governor may be less than forthright.  “I am not a bully,” protested Christie in a press conference, echoing Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook.” “I never doubted Obama’s support for the troops, only his support for their mission.” This, a statement from the tell-all memoir “Duty” by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, forces me to question the motives of a President who is supposedly making the decisions on his own. “Intelligence leaves no doubt that Iraq continues to possess and conceal lethal weapons.” This, a statement by President George W. Bush on March 18, 2003, now known to be a lie, forces me to accept the possibility that other officials may have lied as well. “Last night I announced to the American people that the North Vietnamese regime had conducted further deliberate attacks against U.S. naval vessels operating in international waters . . .” This, a misleading statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson in his speech to Congress on August 5, 1964, followed by a request to go to war in Vietnam, forces me to distrust all officialdom as a matter of simple precaution. “We were wrong, terribly wrong.”  “By l965-66 we had concluded that the Vietnam War was militarily unwinnable.”  This, a statement by Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense under President Johnson, from his book, In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, in which he admits deceit in continuing the war beyond any possibility of winning, forces me to question the true source of any of the above decisions. Citizens of America, does not this sordid accumulation of misguided deceit lead you to believe that all is not well with our supposed Democracy?  Does this not suggest that the officials we assume are really making decisions in the best interest of we the people may be nothing more than puppets doing the bidding of an unseen power structure with hidden motives?  Perhaps we should take a closer look at the officials we presume to have elected and question the source of campaign funds that put them into office. Perhaps we should more closely examine the campaign promises made but never meant to be kept.  Perhaps we should familiarize ourselves with all the nefarious tactics used to sway elections. Should not just the thought of vindictiveness by Governor Christie alert us to the possibility that bullying and character assassination might have become an acceptable means of destroying political opposition through intimidation?  Does not the thought that President Obama’s “lack of support for a mission” he undertook suggest that it may not have been a mission he designed?  Do not the lies about WMD by President Bush suggest that motives other than liberation of the Iraqi people may have been in play?  Should not a misleading statement by LBJ, leading to the death of more than 50,000 young Americans in Vietnam, confessed to a decade later by a remorseful Secretary of Defense McNamara, have caused us to question subsequent forays into false-flag operations?  Does not all of this make clear that we are no longer the democracy our founding fathers designed? I find it ironic to think that the very freedoms we have been manipulated into thinking we are fighting for abroad are actually being willingly surrendered here at home in response to a fear that, at best, is ill-defined if not manufactured.  I contend that these freedoms are being surrendered to what has come to be called “The New World Order.”  Call it what we will–The Illuminati, The Bilderberg Group, The Tri-Lateral Commission or The Council On Foreign Relations–it has become obvious that people power is being given over to a faction that controls the financial resources of many of the world’s nations.  It was a banker, Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild who said, “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws.” It must be understood that democracy is anathema to those who would exercise that control. Since this malady affects both the Democrat and Republican parties, perhaps it’s time for the electorate to consider a third party or a vote for independents.  A recent poll shows that 41% of the voters favor independents.  Could this be the time? SHOULD YOU BELIEVE Should you believe we have democracy, Should you believe Americans are free, Should you believe Iran’s our enemy, Should you believe in Washington, D. C, I must say you and I do not agree.   I don’t believe we have democracy. Two parties? Just a joke on you and me, For both are owned by one plutocracy. The thought that “we the people’ hold the key To what we think our country ought to be, Begins to look like base insanity. I fear it’s gone the way of chastity. It’s gone the way of truth and honesty, Or trust without which love will cease to be. We’re faced with loss of all humanity.   I don’t believe Americans are free. This so-called “War on Terror”, we should see It as a War on Freedom. c’est la vie. I fear, in honesty, we must foresee The Patriot Act as an atrocity. And the N D A A, calamity, Unconstitutional for all to see. The wiretaps do away with privacy Library use? We cannot guarantee. We’re spied on with no criminality.   I don’t believe Iran’s our enemy. While Pakistan and Israel can be At Iran’s door with nukes and openly Insist Iran has no authority To call for and expect equality. It smacks of blatant smug hypocrisy. With Gods the same, an opportunity For lasting peace and reciprocity Has given way to this iniquity. We’re told Iran must be the enemy.   I don’t believe in Washington, D. C. In homage to the A I P A C, In turn, in homage to a company Of greedy vultures, who with certainty Have used our wealth and our civility, With greed, to add to their prosperity. Their homage goes to just one entity, Themselves, and once again, it’s c’est la vie. There’s precious little left for you and me. But just to cope with this obscenity.   Should you believe we have democracy? Should you believe Americans are free? Should you believe Iran’s our enemy? Should you believe in Washington, D. C?

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Hal O’Leary is an eighty-seven-year-old Secular Humanist who believes that it is only through the arts that one is afforded an occasional glimpse into the otherwise incomprehensible. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from West Liberty University.

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