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Thursday, November 17, 2005 

Ask not what your Empire can do for you...

...Ask what happened to our once great Republic.

Credit to Richard M. Dolan whose ideas inspired this.

Empires, hmph! These conquering monoliths of greed seem to pop up every now and then. Let's start off with some shiny pictures to titillate the gooey, gray matter trapped in our skulls. (Apologies to anyone who just ate or is planning to do so)

Roman Empire - 44 B.C.

British Empire - 1900 or so
And that leaves us with; drum roll please!

The U.S. Empire - circa 2003

Alright then. Visuals aside, there's something wrong here and most of the citizenry has not a clue. In fact, most of them probably wouldn't even want to buy a clue.

The U.S. is not a republic anymore. It hasn't been for quite some time. Republics tend to thrive off of a pair of central issues like oh, say, being free and sovereign.

Yeah, that whole notion of freedom tends to get marred by an imperial march. For instance, have a looksee at our recent Patriot Act. Or the flow of information from our government. It's a singular, closed point of view. No wiggle room allowed if you're interested in understanding the other side's point of view. You tout the company line or you're branded as part of the uncaring, savage minority who doesn't stand for anything decent.

As to that distortion, I mean distribution of information. Citizens are not able to govern themselves without truths. If our ideals and message to the rest of the world is based off of information riddled with deceptions, how can we truly reign in the government when we see fit?

Empires love war. They want to hug war, take war out to dinner, and fall asleep on the beach next to war.

War fuels empires in the utmost of ways. It forces an overwhelming majority of a population to don a blind-patriotism for at time being at least. This is a buffer period where the government can pretty much tell you that the moon is made of Snickers bars and you'll believe it. If you can't see the benefit of that for our corrupt government, then just stop reading.

As such, we are given wonderous documents with cheeky names like Domesitc Security Enhancement Act and Patriot Act II. All designed to tear appart anything that resembles the basic rights given to us by our Constitution.

War allows government to be so blatantly dishonest with the citizens to whom it reports, that any form of self-government is inherently doomed for a lengthy period of time.
  • We put officials in office because they represent our ideals.
  • Officials then proceed to feed us distorted information.
  • Citizens have no notion of truth, unbeknownst to them, and support what is put infront of them.
Our government is then free to run amuck. Wars against religion(s), wars for resources, wars to further an insidious globalization policy, and perhaps matters far more obscured.

Who is responsible for this mess?

Back to the bulletpoints! Yaaay! (These are in order)

  • Us - for being so weak-minded that we are simply led around by the short and curlies.
  • The Power Elite - a group so sinister, and even more secretive, that it makes Kevin Spacey's character from Seven seem like a boyscout.
  • The Media - for not having the fortitude to collectively bitchslap the two just mentioned.
  • The U.S. government - they're pretty much in the same boat as we are but couldn't do much about it even if they understood what was happening.
  • Religion - just because.

All of which leads to empire. The U.S currently has 900+ bases in over 50 countries around the world. This essentially means that any of those countries who allow the U.S. to have a military installation, is our bitch at the snap of someone's fingers. The empire has spread far and wide; rivalling only the Roman and Ottoman empires in terms of the diverse nations it has dug it's talons into.

If you're not enraged by the few facts that have been revealed here, then you need to do one of two things. Read more on this subject or find a pair of red, white, and blue underoos with a crucifix on the crotch and wear them on your head.

Credit to Richard M. Dolan whose ideas inspired this.

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