Saving America from Corporate-Statism
As America sinks deeper into the tyranny of bureaucratic corporatism via today's incestuous relationship between Washington and Wall Street, it is understandable why many among the citizenry have become disgusted, and it is gratifying that thousands of Tea Parties have sprung up to express patriotic outrage.
Unfortunately the "new deal" campaign approach still works, as it has been malefically doing for over 70 years since FDR and John Maynard Keynes came to visit us. Every election season artful political pitchmen hit the hustings to call for "change" and "more prosperity for the people." Their eloquence rivals the televangelists, and millions are swept up in the perennial political mantra to change the country's direction.
Of course, the promise of change is all a con. Legitimate change from the burden of bigger government would necessitate a move toward smaller government. But this is not what the statist mentalities have in mind when they preach change. They wield the word "change" as a shrewd angler wields an alluring fly. It's a deceptive hook that works because much of humanity is always looking to get more out of life than it is willing to put in. Both Democratic and Republican regimes realize this. Consequently both promise the voters more entitlements, more pork, more privileges.
Slouching Toward Gomorrah
Thus the politics of usurpation proceeds as usual. Mendacity and decadence win out. The abomination of government health care is forced upon us. Our borders become more porous with each passing month. Amnesty for 20 million aliens looms over the horizon. Washington's imperial overreach stretches to 140 countries throughout the world. Our society slouches toward Gomorrah and the death spiral of ancient Rome. Yet incredibly neoconservatives congratulate themselves with annual celebratory dinners paying tribute to their "successful stand against the enemies of freedom and high-minded culture."
Our schools, our churches, our publishers, and our entertainment industries are being infested with the serpents of Cultural Marxism. Political correctness dominates the herd mentalities and philistines who overwhelm the perceptive and productive at the polls every other November. The ignominious despotism that Tocqueville warned would come from "unbridled democracy" is stealing over our lives like the debilitating paralysis that invades the bodies of the arthritic. Yet our pundits revel in hosannas to their phony "engineered economic recovery" and how the upcoming century will finally bring us that "heaven on earth" that Rousseau, Marx and Keynes so naively promised, and that the huckster economists and social engineers of the West have been trying to stuff down our throats for 100 years now.
This is certainly not the governing philosophy in which Jefferson and the Founders meant for us to engage. Gushing hundreds of billions of tax dollars to slimy Wall Street bankers so they can puff up their bottom lines and appear to be rightful entrepreneurs is an unspeakable outrage; and it is not the way to bring about legitimate economic recovery. If we want a legitimate recovery, we need to let these dinosaurs go the way of Joseph Schumpeter's "creative destruction" so that real productivity (rather than debt induced stimulation) can come about.
In the cultural arena, giving amnesty to 20 million Central Americans, who have been indoctrinated under socialist / fascist regimes into believing they have a right to cradle to grave security, is hardly the way to restore the American Republic of self-reliance and free enterprise. It is, however, the way to pound the final nails into freedom's coffin, which is what Obama, Reid and Pelosi understand very clearly.
Allowing our leaders to get away with this kind of political-economic quackery is what the novelist Ayn Rand meant in Atlas Shrugged when she spoke of the "sanction of the victim" being the harbinger of dictatorship. It is what Aldous Huxley meant in Brave New World Revisited when he wrote that a "really efficient totalitarian state" would be comprised of "a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced because they love their servitude." They have been taught to love it by society's reigning intellectuals in the schools, the churches, and the media.
Signs of Hope
Yet despite the insidious decadence confronting us at every turn, there are signs of hope, significant signs of an awakening desire to face up to the truth – in other words, to face the root causes of our problems.
The response to the Ron Paul campaign was the first such sign. The Tea Party revolts were the next sign. And now we are beginning to see a few intrepid MSM pundits speak openly about the corporate-statist collusion of Washington and Wall Street and its connection to our economic problems. The reason why this is grounds for optimism is that if ever MSM catches on and begins to venture out from the "politically correct" statist herd, then the jig is up for the corporate-statist authoritarians and their Machiavellian hold over us.
A promising example of the new MSM intrepidity can be found in a recent 12-minute report, The Great Con Job, by Dylan Ratigan on MSNBC. This is a powerful attack upon the banking / bureaucratic con game that has been orchestrated over the past 15-20 years in America. CLICK HERE to view this remarkable video. Ratigan is one of MSM's more fearless TV journalists. How deeply he grasps the root causes of our political-economic problems I don't know. It is doubtful that he has connected the dots all the way back through the fraudulency of Keynesian economics and FDR in the 1930s, and then to 1913 where the root causes were laid for America's destruction with the inception of the Federal Reserve and the progressive income tax. But Ratigan is sharp and amazingly articulate, and he has demonstrated throughout his career that he will not play lackey to the establishment as 90% of his journalistic brethren are doing. This is why I maintain there is room for optimism.
We must remember that the Berlin Wall did finally fall. The monster state of the Soviet Union came crashing down with it – all because the ideological monopoly (which must always precede any political monopoly and dictatorship) became impossible for the communists in the Politburo to maintain. The ideological / political monopoly here in the West is not the same kind as that which plagued the USSR. Ours is voluntarily accepted by the journalistic and political players, rather than coercively enforced through legislation and police suppression. Our submission is more of what Rand and Huxley wrote about 50 years ago. It has been ingrained into us through intellectual sophistry over the decades in the schools and then reinforced by a compliant priesthood and media. Thus it will be more difficult to discredit because it is self-imposed. But unlike the Soviet patriots, we have the Internet which will help immensely.
The Ratigan Report is a very hopeful start toward building that awareness among the intelligentsia that is necessary for statism to be thwarted. Dictatorial government cannot be brought down without such an awareness among the perceptive and independent of the populace. The herd will do as it always has done throughout history – obey its masters. But the rebels, the doers, the dissidents are a breed apart. They will do the right thing once the truth has been shown to them. Then the revolution begins. And I think it has now dawned upon great numbers of American intelligentsia that the Emperor in Washington is naked, and that its rapacious godfather on Wall Street is equally and despicably devoid of legitimacy.
A Grassroots Uprising
This awareness can be built into a major grassroots uprising throughout America. This is what I have written about in The Conservative Revolution: Why We Must Form a Third Political Party to Win It. The oppressive rule of the statist elites cannot maintain itself if we will muster the backbone to stand up to it. But this will take a far more rational approach than the present level of political activism in America. It will take an exposition of the root causes of our despotism, which are the institutions of infamy enacted into law in 1913 – the Federal Reserve and the progressive income tax. But most importantly, it will take an effective third-party political strategy that can circumvent the corporate-statist elites and their control over our two major parties in America.
Such a plan is outlined in The Conservative Revolution, and is the foundation of the newly formed Conservative American Party. It is called the "Two Pillars Strategy." It is a unique, never before envisioned approach to politics that will go to the root of our problems and bring back sanity to our country. The key to its success will be its genuine reform of our tax and monetary systems. It will lower tax rates to 10% for everyone, simplify tax preparation to 10 minutes every April, neuter the Fed, and reduce inflation to zero. The "Two Pillars" reform plan will bring back millions of jobs from overseas, dramatically restore the productivity of our nation, and because of the way the tax plan is designed, it will stop the growth of the Federal Government cold and begin its automatic reduction.
A second key to the plan's success will be because of its universal appeal, the "Two Pillars Strategy" will easily get the Conservative American Party 15% in the polls, which will qualify it's candidate for the National TV Presidential Debates. This will get a vital third voice – a true limited government voice – in front of 70 million voters that can challenge the corruption and obtuseness of our two major parties. This has never been done in the 48-year history of the debates. It will electrify the country.
Conventional pundits scorn the concept of a third-party as "unworkable in America," but they are oblivious to the two major mistakes of "marginalization" and "cloning" that all third-parties have made for the past 150 years, which when corrected will allow a third-party to succeed. The Two Pillars Strategy corrects these two major mistakes. The Conservative Revolution demonstrates that a third political party (espousing freedom and headed by a candidate with gravitas) can indeed work, and that those who think otherwise are immersed in a fallacious darkness that is greatly contributing to the stultification of America.
Is this all a pipe dream, "delusional rantings of reactionaries that refuse to accept modernity," as the leftist establishment will surely try to portray it? Not at all. It is a thoroughly researched, powerfully designed, revolutionary plan to take back America starting in 2012 with the two pillars of tax and monetary reform, combined with two additional pillars of immigration and foreign policy reform. Eminent scholars and pundits have endorsed the "Two Pillars Plan." A 90-minute documentary is presently being made about it by the acclaimed film maker, James Jaeger, of Matrixx Entertainment. It is titled Spoiler: How a Third Political Party Could Succeed.
In a front page USA TODAY article, Tuesday, April 20, 2010, Richard Wolf writes that, "The nation's fastest-growing political party is 'none of the above'....For the first time since Gallup started asking in 1992, both major parties are viewed unfavorably by most Americans. Nearly four in 10 voters call themselves independents, Gallup says." It is from this rising sea of discontented independents (40% of the electorate), combined with fed up Republicans and Democrats (probably another 20%), that the impetus will come for the third-party revolution necessary to save America. All it takes is 35% of the vote to win in a three-man race.
If we as citizens want to stop the runaway freight train of debt and delusion that is consuming our myopic politicians in Washington, if we want to stop the suicidal immigration policies and imperialistic militarism that are destroying the last vestiges of the American Republic, then we must challenge the monopoly that corporate-statists have over our politics. We must open up the system by injecting a rational third voice into the process.
Breaking the Monopoly
Democrats and Republicans will not tell the truth to voters; they are bought off by the corporate-statists. Our schools will not tell the truth; they are controlled by the corporate-statists. Our media will not tell the truth; they are owned by the corporate-statists. Only a third political party can break this monopolistic grip. But it has to be a REAL third-party that can garner the necessary 15% in the polls so as to qualify for the National TV Presidential Debates where it can forcefully contest the philosophical fraud and political perfidy of the Demopublicans in front of 70 million viewers. This, the Conservative American Party can do because its revolutionary "Two Pillars Strategy" will circumvent the two flaws that have doomed all conventional third-parties for the past 150 years.
Imagine Ron Paul (representing Constitutional conservatism) and Patrick Buchanan (representing cultural conservatism) – one as Presidential candidate and the other as Vice-President – on a Conservative American Party ticket in 2012. Imagine them confronting the Democratic-Republican monopoly in front of 70 million viewers on nationwide TV during the 2012 Presidential debates. Imagine them giving half-hour lectures on the major TV networks prior to each of the three debates like Ross Perot did in 1992. Imagine a Paul / Buchanan ticket campaigning throughout the heartland. It would inspire conservatives, libertarians, independents, blue dog Democrats, and Tea Parties everywhere. Imagine the potential! They wouldn't win, but they could launch a true patriot party that could win in the next two election cycles. What's important is that the restoration of the Republic could begin in 2012. The ground is being laid right now. A passionate book has been written, and a galvanizing film is being shot. The grassroots of our country are being sown for a momentous paradigm shift in American politics. The Conservative American Party is, in the words of Victor Hugo, "an idea whose time has come."
Posted by Mark Y on 04/28/10 12:14 PM
Great summary of how we got in the mess we are in and how we can get out of it! With around 25% of American voters identifying with the “tea party” movement and large numbers in both parties dissatisfied with their party, it certainly does seem as though Ron Paul could win the presidency running as a third party candidate. The only thing I am not sure of in Hultberg’s piece is using Pat Buchanan as the VP. Ron Paul polarizes people perfectly – he polarizes the elitists/statists against all the regular citizens. Buchanan however, polarizes people culturally. I would be afraid he would weaken the appeal of Dr. Paul.
I think the best case scenario would be Ron Paul running as the Republican candidate. I believe he would win in a landslide as Reagan did in the 1980’s running on a platform similar to Ron Paul’s. The difference would be that Ron Paul would aggressively pursue the actual implementation of that agenda. This gives me hope!!!!
Posted by Larry on 04/26/10 12:30 AM
Great article, BUT - good luck in achieving a third party. The elite will just change the rules to evade any such event.
Mr.Hultberg comes so close to hitting the nail on the head, so to speak, by the title of "Saving America from Corporate-Statism." Corporations are formed for one purpose and that is to make money. Right? Now what is the definition of the "United States?" Well, let's see. Google or Startpage this "28USC3002" and/or choose the Cornell University law site:
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This document is the definition section of the US corporate CODE!
Then go down to item (15) for the "legal" definition of the "United States." Surprise, surprise! It's defined as a CORPORATION. Now just HOW did this occur? The De Facto US STATE was set up in 1868 as a corporation. It only acts as if it adheres to the US constitution. Instead, it is "governed" by the US code. It is the de facto United States.
Did you ever wonder why your "name" on all your legal documents(Birth cert., driver's license, Social Security card(owned by the corporation, i.e., not yours), bank account, marriage license, Home mortgage deed, etc., etc., is all in upper case letters?
This "name" represents the fictitious entity that is YOU, and this fictitious entity is defined as a slave under the *corporate* entity called the "United States."
The real person "you" is a SOVEREIGN being of flesh and blood. If you don't actively renounce this fictitious "you", you legally admit, by default, that you are a slave under (and owned by) the corporate entity and must adhere to all corporate "laws" (codes) ever enacted, even to pay "your" income taxes fixed by the corporation. Neat, huh?
Next step: check out the "Restore America Plan" at Click to view link. God be with you! Is DB brave enough to post this?
Posted by Michael on 04/25/10 03:13 PM
@Ingo and Acudoc:
You say the only answer is to repeal the 17th Amendment, and the house of cards will tumble? I think you might have missed the point of the article.
The current 2 party system would/will not allow the 17th Amendment to be repealed. Not sure if a 3rd party would will really take hold, it would be nice. Regardless, as long as Ron Paul runs in 2012, no matter what party, this country still has a chance.
Posted by Philip Barton on 04/25/10 07:21 AM
This is indeed an idea whose time has come. I greatly admire your realistic, long-term approach Mr. Hultberg,, but would not entirely agree that a win in 2012 is inconceivable.
When the winds of change blow through the system, anything is possible. Note that in the UK a previously fringe party is polling remarkably well... merely because they are a fringe party. They are offering nothing except same old, same old. A 'fringe' party genuinely offering change just might surprise us all.
Posted by Gilly on 04/24/10 10:13 PM
We already tried this. Ross Perot ran for president. He quit the race when 'somebody' threatened his daughter. Ultimately he got back in and was a spoiler that got Clinton elected. Still it would be great fun to watch the establishment squirm.
Posted by Gul on 04/24/10 07:26 PM
The cronyism between Washington and Wall Street is explained in detail in the book "The Myth of the Robber Barons" **ISBN: 9780963020314** by Burton W. Folsom. This book is worth reading for students of Economic History in the United States.
Thanks DB for allowing the forum for individuals like Hultberg, Vieira, and others to write about what is best for the United States.
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Posted by Edward Mike on 04/24/10 07:04 PM
A social worker, Mulsifar Shariff, years ago, investigated conflict and conflict resolution, and concluded that conflict between competing entities (in his experiment, boys' camp cabins)can only be resolved by having a "super-imminent," transcendent goal, like sabotaging the camp water supply. Everyone pulled together and the ringleader boys went home great friends. If we ever will have such a goal in this country it is now. I believe the reasonable among us can all pull together, just this once, to save our Republic. But we best be about it.
Posted by SP on 04/24/10 05:13 PM
Well said, straight to the to the point, I truly enjoy Mr. Hultburg's work.
Thanks Bell for another great introduction.
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Posted by Charles B. Reitz on 04/24/10 05:05 PM
I am in agreement with most of your article. Since first voting Republican in 1944 for Mr. Dewey, I have voted in the interest of true Republican ideals. I found little disagreement with Mr Robert Taft, Mr Barrty Goldwater, some with Mr. Ronald Reagan and almost complete disagreement with Bush I and II and a complete advoidence of McCain.
The Party left me in 1990. I joined ranks with the Constitution Party and ran under the Party for two runs at State Represenitive.
It was apparednt to me then as it is now, third parties are doomed to fail UNLESS you could get all Conservative/Liberaltaran/Constatutional forces united behind one candidate, one cause. Forget it.
Trying to get Conservatives of any ilk to agree is like herding cats! We all believe that we are right and the other view of the same problem is wrong, even if is some small thing as wording. Our foes know and exploit this, greatly.
I returned to the Republican Party with the emergence of Ron Paul. I had admired his work in Congress and his weekly talk bit for the telephone. I really thought his ideas would catch on but I forgot the elites money and power.
Now I am involved in trying to take the Party back, one precinct, one County, one State at a time. We are making progress. Good progress. If we fail, and so far we haven't, then is the time for a third party. Your way requires the news media (HA!) Our way does not.
Posted by Foy Brown on 04/24/10 11:34 AM
Jesse Ventura got slammed one to many times.
Posted by Tim on 04/24/10 10:57 AM
I wholeheartedly agree, but I think you will have a better chance if you put a conservative African-American or a Latino somewhere on the ticket.
Posted by Kevin on 04/24/10 10:32 AM
I was fortunate to acquire a pre-publication copy of the book referred to here and I was impressed with the practical, functional message it contains. I would urge everyone to get a copy and tell their friends and family about it.
The patriots of America need a common focal point that will multiply our power by working on a common goal. The tea parties, the We The People campaign with the articles of freedom, etc are outstanding efforts. But to change Washington and restore our Liberty, we need to win elections and to do that we need to re-educate the citizenry. Getting on the Presidential debates could change the game.
Posted by Floyd on 04/24/10 08:15 AM
Why are you building us up and than state that a Paul/Buchanan ticket couldn't win? Of course they could win if the election was a FAIR contest. But therin lies the problem!
Posted by Roberto Alvarez on 04/24/10 08:03 AM
The Libertarian Party has existed since 1972 as an alternative to the growing tyranny of big government. If only people were to visit their website. The Libertarian Party believes in small government, more private enterprise, almost no taxes, and no intervention in the affairs of other countries.
Posted by Jones on 04/24/10 05:07 AM
Until that time when enough Americans regain the spirit of their forefathers the talk, rhetoric and conjecture will continue.
This fellow actually demonstrated some of the outrage and eloquence of the original founders in his "Thomas Paine" videos. A lot of people caught fire as a result of watching his message.
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The story is that he was summoned to the Whitehouse by Obama and after that you never heard much from him again. Much like the magical conversion of Dennis Kucinich after his plane ride with Barry...
Posted by Acudoc on 04/24/10 03:38 AM
When the American people finally and fully understand the scam----that the legal tender is created ex nihilo when we sign interest-bearing promissory notes to institutions owned by financial elites (not real entrepeneurs---I love that you made that point), and is not authentic money at all, we will see the light at the end of the tunnel. Neo-feudalism will not sit well with the newly-awakened electorate, and with an honest money the American experience might just receive a beautiful rejuvenating infusion.
Thanks for your inspirational words.
Posted by Ingo Bischoff on 04/24/10 02:37 AM
The cozy relationship the federal politicians have with the big corporations and Wall Street, should not be broken up by forming a third party, but instead the States should repeal the 17t Amendment. Once the 17th Amendment is gone, the new Senate will repeal the 16th Amendment. When States have to raise revenue to pay for the Federal Government, I guarantee that the Federal Government budget won't be bloated.
There will be 50 States competing for people, talent and capital. Any State taxation system that is not optimal will lose productive assets to a State which is more friendly.
Government power will be at the local level, because that is also where all the taxes are raised. This is the kind of political economy the founders wanted for us, not this socialist paradise
President Obama envisions for us.
Instead of the formation of a third party, let's repeal the 17th Amendment. We will then again be governed by our independent sovereign State governments, instead of a centralized Federal Bureaucracy in Washington.