Saturday, August 27, 2011
By Carl Herman, National Board Certified Teacher in economics, government, and history, who blogs as the Nonpartisan Examiner at Examiner.com. Carl was one of the leaders who launched the microcredit movement, and is a tireless activist for peace and justice.
Don't be confused by the title. Carl - like all of us at Washington's Blog - is against violent revolution, following instead the non-violent paths of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. As we have previously written:
I am NOT calling for the overthrow of the government. In fact, I am calling for the reinstatement of our government. I am calling for an end to lawlessness and lack of accountability and a return to the rule of law. Rather than trying to subvert the constitution, I am calling for its enforcement.
My friend and colleague for justice, Washington’s Blog’s author, invited me to “guest blog.” I’ll provide two. First: Gandhi’s conclusion of the essential importance of speaking Truth. Second: a 4-part series to document that current US wars are unlawful, US economic policy is massive criminal fraud, and that these “emperor has no clothes” facts are lied about by US corporate media in constant deception.
I appreciate Washington’s Blog’s author for the intellectual integrity and moral courage to document powerful facts; as I appreciate readers’ thoughts, words, and acts of virtue - Carl Herman
“Constitutional governments and aristocracies are commonly overthrown owing to some deviation from justice…the rich, if the constitution gives them power, are apt to be insolent and avaricious… In all well-attempered governments there is nothing which should be more jealously maintained than the spirit of obedience to law, more especially in small matters; for transgression creeps in unperceived and at last ruins the state, just as the constant recurrence of small expenses in time eats up a fortune.” – Aristotle, Politics, Book V. 350 B.C.E.
“The people — the people — are the rightful masters of both Congresses, and courts — not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it.” - "Abraham Lincoln, [September 16-17, 1859] (Notes for Speech in Kansas and Ohio)," Page 2.
Revolution is from the Latin, revolutio, a “turn around” of political power.
The US public would revolt and end unlawful US wars and banksters’ rigged-casino fraud if they understood and embraced the central facts of these issues. This four-part series of articles provides the central facts, invites passionate public response, and proposes specific revolutionary public action.
Please share the Revolution to end unlawful US wars and return trillions of our dollars to constructive work. With millions of lives at stake (perhaps billions), there is nothing more important for public participation.
Part 1: Open proposal for US revolution: end unlawful wars, parasitic/criminal economics
These four articles are academic in language and documentation. My citizen advocacy paper, Government by dicts, has additional resources. _______________________________________________________________________________________________
We the People:
Current US wars are unlawful. The US economy is transferring unprecedented wealth of trillions of dollars every year to financial elite within corporate cartels that have captured their government regulators. American public recognition of the facts is crippled by corporate media propaganda.
The factual claims of unlawful wars and transferred trillions from taxpayers to cartels are easily verified as objective data, and substantiated by recognized experts cited in this paper. Indeed, you’ll discover that once obfuscating spin is removed, the facts are not contested and therefore uncontroversial. The breakthrough for US Revolution is causing critical mass of public recognition of the “emperor has no clothes” obvious regarding war and money.
One obstacle is public belief in “American exceptionalism”: “it can’t happen here” or we’re “too modern” for such criminality to exist. This belief exists despite the acknowledged history of every other developed country in the 20th Century engaging in wars of aggressive invasion disguised by government propaganda as “defensive,” and/or wars for empire. Abraham Lincoln empathized with this feeling:
“I know the American People are much attached to their Government;--I know they would suffer much for its sake;--I know they would endure evils long and patiently, before they would ever think of exchanging it for another. Yet, notwithstanding all this, if the laws be continually despised and disregarded, if their rights to be secure in their persons and property, are held by no better tenure than the caprice of a mob, the alienation of their affections from the Government is the natural consequence; and to that, sooner or later, it must come.” – Abraham Lincoln, Lyceum Address, 1838.
This revolution is similar to the Civil Rights Movement if Dr. King had asked you directly for your help, or ending parasitic imperialism if Mohandas Gandhi had asked you personally for your help. How you help is up to you. Look to your heart and mind’s best inspirations. My specific proposals for your consideration are in the last section.
The Civil Rights Movement was a function of transformative civic education with a critical mass of Americans standing for justice under the law. Its foundation was recognition and enforcement of the 1868 legislative victory of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution that promised equal protection under the law.
Ending wars of choice speciously masked as “defensive” is founded upon the US-initiated 1945 legislative victory of the United Nations Charter (UN). Protection of public money is in multiple statutes with its spirit in the Preamble of the US Constitution.
The benefits of US Revolution against just these two areas of US political, economic, and media “leadership” crimes are literally peace, trillions of dollars annually freed for constructive investment (yes, trillions every year as I’ll explain, document, corroborate from experts known to you, and prove), transformation of how Americans see themselves in the global community, and perhaps the final breakthrough for humanity to close its entire recorded history of political/economic relationships of vicious antagonism with the transformation of realized cooperation, justice, universal dignity, and unprecedented freedom.
The following proposal for Revolution will take about an hour of your time to read and further time to verify factual accuracy of the claims. However, if you’ve spent more than an hour thinking about the broad national civic education breakthrough to end a vicious history of wars and predatory capitalism, this investment of reading is worthwhile. You’re receiving the comprehensive facts and context of 30 years of my academic and professional work.
Revolution requires intellectual integrity and moral courage, citizen. Although I will present factual claims that are objective data anyone can verify, you already know that some people, even with title and positions in leadership, will viciously spin to avoid public scrutiny to the data. High school education provides everyone with the academic training to identify and crush unprofessional attacks that distract attention away from the facts.
Stick to the facts. You can do it.
You’ve heard of Princeton’s Professor Frankfurt’s 2005 bestselling book that describes how Americans are attacked by political and media “leaders” accurately described in the title: On Bullshi*.
“Bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant… bullshi* is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.”
The alternative, of course, is your declining to participate in this Revolution, and not intervene in the murder of millions of human beings in unlawful war, impoverishment of billions of human beings, theft of trillions of our dollars, and corporate media propaganda to hide these Crimes Against Humanity. “Propaganda” is accurate; their lies of commission and omission are obvious when pointed out, as you shall see in this proposal for Revolution.
You will either rightfully receive appreciation for your role in this Revolution or disappointment for rejecting the opportunity. This will come from your family, friends, and the public. Your acts will also reflect for all time in whatever spiritual spheres of influence exist to benefit us.
I respectfully remind you of the ancient Greek insult for those who chose non-participation in the most important policy areas; so powerful it has remained un-translated in our language today: idiot.
Other transformative leaders have eloquently written of your position of choice. I’ll allow Rene Descartes to speak of the human condition that we must earn breakthroughs into new light, then present the facts of unlawful US wars and parasitic/criminal US economics.
"But now, after having once and for all put to the test the judgments of men, I here again approach these same questions regarding God and the human mind, and at the same time treat the beginnings of the whole of first philosophy, but in such a way that I have no expectation of approval from the vulgar and no wide audience of readers. Rather, I am an author to none who read these things but those who seriously meditate with me, who have the ability and the desire to withdraw their mind from the senses and at the same time from all prejudices. Such people I know all too well to be few and far between. As to those who do not take care to comprehend the order and series of my reasons but eagerly dispute over single conclusions by themselves, as is the custom for many-those, I say, will derive little benefit from a reading of this treatise; and although perhaps they might find an occasion for quibbling in many spots, still it is not an easy matter for them to raise an objection that is either compelling or worthy of response."
- Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy, 1641, "Preface to the Reader." Descartes is considered the founder of modern philosophy, the founder of analytical geometry (which led to calculus), and a founder of the Scientific Revolution. Descartes was well-known in his age, but highly controversial. His work was condemned by the Roman Catholic Church in 1633, and his books put on the Index of Prohibited Books in 1663. The University of Utrecht condemned his work in 1643, where he had previously taught.
In respectful appreciation of the hour or so we’ll spend together, please understand the art of my communication to you must balance respect for your time with the requirement for sufficient documentation to prove these disturbing claims beyond any reasonable doubt.
"At first blush, a man is not capable of reporting truth; he must be drenched and saturated with it first."
- Henry David Thoreau, I to myself: an annotated selection from the journal of Henry D. Thoreau, 1837. Thoreau, like Abraham Lincoln in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, recognized the claimed “reasons” for a “defensive war” against Mexico were obvious lies when inspected.