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John W. Whitehead: Politics Don’t Matter, but Your Actions Do
By Daily Bell Staff - March 06, 2016

John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. In 1982, he established The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization whose international headquarters are located in Charlottesville, Virginia (www.rutherford.org). Whitehead has won many honors as a result of his freedom-oriented writing and has participated in several Supreme Court cases. He gained international renown as a result of his role as co-counsel in Paula Jones’ sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton.

The Daily Bell: We read your article over at LewRockwell.com on US politics, “Reality Check: No Matter Who Wins the White House, the New Boss Will Be the Same as the Old Boss,” and were impressed by its realism. It pointed out the impossibility of political change in the US. Did you get positive feedback, or negative feedback or both.

John W. Whitehead: The response to my “Reality Check” article was overwhelmingly positive. Indeed, a meme that grew out of that article has gone viral. Its message – that America’s next president will inherit a shadow government, a permanent, corporatized, militarized, entrenched bureaucracy that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country – has resonated with a lot of Americans who are waking up to the fact that no matter who wins this next presidential election, the new boss will be the same as the old boss.

The Daily Bell: You used to be a columnist for The Daily Bell.  Why don’t you reintroduce yourself and The Rutherford Institute to our readers.

John W. Whitehead: I’m a constitutional attorney who believes in speaking truth to power. That really says it all. I started The Rutherford Institute in 1982 to be an organization that not only speaks truth to power but holds the government accountable to abiding by the rule of law, our U.S. Constitution. Readers can learn more about us at www.rutherford.org or follow us on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

The Daily Bell: You were fairly unforgiving in your article. You wrote, “Politics today is about one thing and one thing only: maintaining the status quo between the Controllers (the politicians, the bureaucrats, and the corporate elite) and the Controlled (the taxpayers).” Why do you think Trump is getting such a great response from Republicans?

John W. Whitehead: The American people remain eager to be persuaded that a new president in the White House can solve the problems that plague us. The want a political savior. This is not a sentiment shared only by Republicans. Time and again, Americans have turned to politics with an almost religious zeal as the answer to what ails the nation. “Change” and “Believe” campaign slogans have been trotted out, only to be eagerly picked up and chanted like religious mantras. However, we’d do well to remember that governmental bureaucracy is fervently anti-change. As for trusting or believing in a politician, James Madison put it best when he pointed out that “if men were angels, no government would be necessary.” If there is to be any real hope for change, it rests, as it always has, in “we the people” because while we may be a large part of the problem, we are also the solution. And there is great power in this.

The Daily Bell: Do you think Trump is a legitimate candidate or part of some larger complex, strategic game that is not what it appears to be? Or maybe to you it doesn’t matter …

John W. Whitehead: Listen, the candidates’ names, faces and promises change over time – Obama, Bush, Hillary, Trump – but the end result remains the same: more surveillance, more militarized police, more police shootings of unarmed citizens, more so-called terrorist attacks, more costly wars, more attempts by the government to identify, target and punish so-called domestic “extremists,” more SWAT team raids, more erosions of private property, more debt, more government contractors, more overcriminalization, more strip searches, more injustice, more political spectacles, more dumbed down-locked down schools, more ignorance about our rights, more corruption, more fascism, and more fear. Is it part of a larger, complex game …  They’re all in it together.

The Daily Bell: More and more, columnists in the alternative media are calling the US a police state. Does the current crop of candidates understand that their system is increasingly totalitarian or don’t they care?

John W. Whitehead: What American fail to realize is that the candidates for the Oval Office are not running in order to represent “we the people.” They’re vying to be picked as the next CEO of the Corporate States of America. It’s fascism with a smile.

We now live in a two-tiered system of governance. There are two sets of laws: one set for the government and its corporate allies, and another set for you and me. The laws which apply to the majority of the population allow the government to do things like sending SWAT teams crashing through your door in the middle of the night, rectally probing you during a roadside stop, or listening in on your phone calls and reading all of your email messages, confiscating your property, or indefinitely detaining you in a military holding cell. These are the laws which are executed every single day against a population which has up until now been blissfully ignorant of the radical shift taking place in American government.

Then there are the laws constructed for the elite, which allow bankers who crash the economy to walk free. They’re the laws which allow police officers to avoid prosecution when they shoot unarmed citizens, strip search non-violent criminals, or taser pregnant women on the side of the road, or pepper spray peaceful protestors. These are the laws of the new age we are entering, an age of neo-feudalism, in which corporate-state rulers dominate the rest of us, where the elite create the laws which can result in a person being jailed for possessing a small amount of marijuana while bankers that launder money for drug cartels walk free. In other words, we have moved into an age where we are slaves and they are rulers.

Unfortunately, this two-tiered system of government has been a long time coming. The march toward an imperial presidency, to congressional intransigence and impotence, to a corporate takeover of the mechanisms of government, and the division of America into haves and have-nots has been building for years.

The Daily Bell: You wrote a book, Battlefield America: The War on the American People, that goes into this issue. Can you expand on it?

John W. Whitehead: We’ve walked a strange and harrowing road since September 11, 2001, littered with the debris of our once-vaunted liberties. We have gone from a nation that took great pride in being a model of a representative democracy to being a model of how to persuade a freedom-loving people to march in lockstep with a police state. What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse. Since then, we have been terrorized, traumatized, and tricked into a semi-permanent state of compliance. The bogeyman’s names and faces change over time – Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and now ISIS – but the end result remains the same: our unquestioning acquiescence to anything the government wants to do in exchange for the phantom promise of safety and security.

In the years since 9/11, the Constitution has been steadily chipped away at, undermined, eroded, whittled down, and generally discarded to such an extent that what we are left with today is but a shadow of the robust document adopted more than two centuries ago. Most of the damage has been inflicted upon the Bill of Rights – the first ten amendments to the Constitution – which historically served as the bulwark from government abuse. Set against a backdrop of government surveillance, militarized police, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, eminent domain, over-criminalization, armed surveillance drones, whole body scanners, stop and frisk searches, roving VIPR raids and the like – all sanctioned by Congress, the White House and the courts – a recitation of the Bill of Rights would understandably sound more like a eulogy to freedoms lost than an affirmation of rights we truly possess.

My latest book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, was a follow-up to my 2013 book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State. It makes clear that  the Constitution has been on life support for some time now. We can pretend that the Constitution, which was written to hold the government accountable, is still our governing document. However, the reality we must come to terms with is that in the America we live in today, the government does whatever it wants, freedom be damned.

The Daily Bell: In your recent article, you mentioned a scientific study by Princeton researchers showing that the United States of America “is not the democracy that it purports to be, but rather an oligarchy, in which ‘economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy.’” Can you expand on how this system works? Is it motivated purely by money or does it have “control” as its priority? Who actually calls the shots in the US – is it foreign bankers or just a complex mixture of elite interest groups?

John W. Whitehead: Surveillance cameras, government agents listening in on your phone calls, reading your emails and text messages and monitoring your spending, mandatory health care, sugary soda bans, anti-bullying laws, zero tolerance policies, political correctness: these are all outward signs of a government – i.e., a societal elite – that believes it knows what is best for you and can do a better job of managing your life than you can. This is tyranny disguised as “the better good.” Indeed, this is the tyranny of the Nanny State: marketed as benevolence, enforced with armed police, and inflicted on all those who do not belong to the elite ruling class that gets to call the shots.

That said, it really doesn’t matter what you call them – the 1%, the elite, the controllers, the masterminds, the shadow government, the police state, the surveillance state, the military industrial complex – so long as you understand that no matter which party occupies the White House in 2017, the unelected bureaucracy that actually calls the shots will continue to do so.

The Daily Bell: You mentioned that according to law professor John Baker, “There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime. That is not an exaggeration.” How is this possible? How can the US survive as a civilization when its lawmaking is so irrational? Is it because these laws have not all been applied yet all the time? And if the Federal government becomes more desperate for money, won’t more laws be enforced more consistently simply for purposes of intimidation?

John W. Whitehead: Having allowed our fears to be codified and our actions criminalized, we now find ourselves in a strange new world where just about everything we do is criminalized. So  how did we go from enacting laws to make our worlds safer to being saddled with a government that polices our social decisions? As with most of the problems plaguing us in the American police state, we are the source of our greatest problems. As journalist Gracy Olmstead recognizes, the problem arose when we looked “first to the State to care for the situation, rather than exercising any sort of personal involvement… These actions reveal a more passive, isolated attitude. But here, again, we see the result of breakdown in modern American community – without a sense of communal closeness or responsibility, we act as bystanders rather than as stewards.”

Unfortunately, even in the face of outright corruption and incompetency on the part of our elected officials, Americans in general remain relatively gullible, eager to be persuaded that the government can solve the problems that plague us – whether it be terrorism, an economic depression, an environmental disaster, how or what we eat or even keeping our children safe.

We have relinquished control over the most intimate aspects of our lives to government officials who, while they may occupy seats of authority, are neither wiser, smarter, more in tune with our needs, more knowledgeable about our problems, nor more aware of what is really in our best interests. Yet having bought into the false notion that the government does indeed know what’s best for us and can ensure not only our safety but our happiness and will take care of us from cradle to grave – that is, from daycare centers to nursing homes – we have in actuality allowed ourselves to be bridled and turned into slaves at the bidding of a government that cares little for our freedoms or our happiness.

The lesson is this: once a free people allows the government inroads into their freedoms or uses those same freedoms as bargaining chips for security, it quickly becomes a slippery slope to outright tyranny. Nor does it seem to matter whether it’s a Democrat or a Republican at the helm anymore, because the bureaucratic mindset on both sides of the aisle now seems to embody the same philosophy of authoritarian government, whose priorities are to remain in control and in power.

The Daily Bell: Obama’s lifestyle is one of a billionaire and his vacations run into the millions of dollars. Do Americans agree with this sort of profligacy – and why aren’t there more complaints about it?

John W. Whitehead: We now find ourselves at a point where, for the first time in history, Congress is dominated by a majority of millionaires who are, on average, 14 times wealthier than the average American. Making matters worse, as the Center for Responsive Politics reports, “at a time when lawmakers are debating issues like unemployment benefits, food stamps and the minimum wage, which affect people with far fewer resources, as well as considering an overhaul of the tax code,” our so-called representatives are completely out of touch with the daily struggles of most Americans – those who live from paycheck to paycheck and are caught in the exhausting struggle to survive on a day-to-day basis.

Indeed, although America is supposed to be a representative republic, these people – who earn six-figure salaries and inhabit a world exempt from parking tickets, where gym membership is free and health care is second-to-none, where you only have to work two, maybe three days a week and get 32 fully reimbursed road trips home a year, travel to foreign lands, discounts in Capitol Hill tax-free shops and restaurants, free reserved parking at Washington National Airport, free fresh-cut flowers from the Botanic Gardens, and free assistance in the preparation of income taxes – neither represent nor serve the American people. They have instead appointed themselves our masters.

Many of our politicians live like kings. Chauffeured around in limousines, flying in private jets and eating gourmet meals, all paid for by the American taxpayer, they are far removed from those they are supposed to represent. Such a luxurious lifestyle makes it difficult to identify with the “little guy” – the roofers, plumbers and blue-collar workers who live from paycheck to paycheck and keep the country running with their hard-earned dollars and the sweat of their brows.

Sadly, electoral politics have been so thoroughly corrupted by corporate money that there is little chance, even for a well-meaning person, to affect any real change through Congress. Whether it be the Oval Office or the halls of Congress, the road to the ballot box is an expensive one, and only the wealthy, or those supported by the wealthy, are even able to get to the starting line.

What we are faced with is a government by oligarchy – in other words, one that is of the rich, by the rich and for the rich. Yet the Constitution’s Preamble states that it is “we the people” who are supposed to be running things. If our so-called “representative government” is to survive, we must first wrest control of our government from the wealthy elite who run it. That is a problem with no easy solutions, and voting is the least of what we should be doing. “What they don’t want,” noted comedian George Carlin, is “a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests.”

The Daily Bell: We’ve come to believe there are so many lies emanating from Washington and “The City” in England that almost nothing government says can be trusted. What’s your perspective?

John W. Whitehead: What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing.

Played out on the national stage and eagerly broadcast to a captive audience by media sponsors, this farcical exercise in political theater can, at times, seem riveting, life-changing and suspenseful, even for those who know better. Week after week, the script changes—the presidential election, the budget crisis, the fiscal cliff, the Benghazi hearings, the gun control debate – each new script following on the heels of the last, never any let-up, never any relief from the constant melodrama. The players come and go, the protagonists and antagonists trade places, and the audience members are forgiving to a fault, quick to forget past mistakes and move on to the next spectacle. All the while, a different kind of drama is unfolding in the dark backstage, hidden from view by the heavy curtain, the elaborate stage sets, colored lights and parading actors.

Such that it is, the realm of political theater with all of its drama, vitriol and scripted theatrics is what passes for “transparent” government today, with elected officials, entrusted to act in the best interests of their constituents, routinely performing for their audiences and playing up to the cameras, while doing very little to move the country forward. All the while, behind the footlights, those who really run the show are putting into place policies which erode our freedoms and undermine our attempts at contributing to the workings of our government, leaving us none the wiser and bereft of any opportunity to voice our discontent or engage in any kind of discourse until it’s too late.

It’s the oldest con game in the books, the magician’s sleight of hand that keeps you focused on the shell game in front of you while your wallet is being picked clean by ruffians in your midst.

The Daily Bell: You write, “According to a Gallup poll, Americans place greater faith in the military and the police than in any of the three branches of government.” How is this possible with all the lying going on?

John W. Whitehead: The coup d’etat wresting control of our government from civilians and delivering it into the hands of the military industrial complex happened decades ago, while our backs were turned and our minds distracted. Consequently, we now find ourselves in the unenviable position of longing for an elusive peace while trying to rein in a runaway militarized government with a gargantuan and profit-driven appetite for war.

Over the past half century, America has actually been at war more than we’ve been at peace. In fact, the U.S. has been involved in an average of at least one significant military action per year, “ranging from significant fighting in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan to lesser incursions in such far-flung countries as Kuwait, Bosnia, Pakistan, Libya, Grenada, Haiti and Panama… That total does not count more limited U.S. actions, such as drone strikes it now is carrying out against suspected Taliban insurgents in the Middle East.”

Here’s the problem, though: what happens to all those hefty profits for the military industrial complex when you start to scale back on 50 years’ worth of wars abroad? For example, the price of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan alone have cost taxpayers upwards of $1.5 trillion – that breaks down to roughly $10.54 million per hour since 2001 – which does not include the billions being spent this year alone on the Department of Defense ($254 billion and counting), on nuclear weapons ($9 billion), and on an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter weapons system ($4 billion and counting).

If war is a business, as it has become, in order to maintain a profit margin when there are no more wars to be fought abroad, one would either have to find new enemies abroad or focus on fighting a war at home, against the American people, and that’s exactly what we’re dealing with today. (In fact, domestic “terrorists” – citizens with anti-government views – have become frequent targets in military training deals. Just recently, it was revealed that the Ohio National Guard conducted a training exercise in which Second Amendment advocates were portrayed as domestic terrorists.)

This dangerous military expansion is one that outgoing president Dwight D. Eisenhower, a retired five-star Army general, warned against in his 1961 farewell address. Frankly, it’s a speech that bears re-reading for its chilling insight into the vastness of the military industrial complex, its grave warning against allowing the military to lead the way in dictating national and international policy, and its sound advice to “guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex.” As Eisenhower noted: “The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

Thus, the question is no longer whether the U.S. will be consumed by the military industrial complex. That happened when we failed to heed Eisenhower’s warning, and in the fifty years since, the already burgeoning military industrial complex has given rise to a security industrial complex, a.k.a. corporate surveillance state. Together, they serve as the iron-fisted right and left hands of the police state that now surrounds us and profits from us.

The Daily Bell: Governments usually don’t trust their people and in the US this trend seems more and more pronounced. Can you give us ways that the federal government is arming its regulatory authorities and civilian police around the country as well?

John W. Whitehead: We now find ourselves navigating a strange new world where the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) annually hands out millions of dollars’ worth of grants to local police agencies for military weapons, vehicles, training and assistance. These grants also provide for law enforcement and terrorism prevention and typically include planning, training and exercises, such as the training exercises that were scheduled to take place in Boston around the same time that the Boston Marathon bomber detonated several homemade backpack bombs.

Believe it or not, these Live Active Shooter Drill training exercises, carried out at schools, in shopping malls, and on public transit, can and do fool law enforcement officials, students, teachers and bystanders into thinking it’s a real crisis. They come complete with their own set of professionally trained Crisis Actors playing the parts of shooters, bystanders and victims in order to help “schools and first responders create realistic drills, full-scale exercises, high-fidelity simulations, and interactive 3D films.” One Crisis Actors website, funded in part by the Dept. of Justice, even provides actors with a guide to suspicious behaviors they should study and adopt, as well as makeup recommendations, in order to better play their parts in training exercises.

Now it’s easy to write off as conspiracy-minded and sensationalist any suggestion that the government could be so calculating and diabolical as to not only deliberately plan and execute a terror exercise but pass it off as an actual event. It’s easy to do so, that is, unless you’ve started to question whether your government actually exists to serve you, as growing numbers of Americans have. It’s certainly easy to do so unless you’ve started to read up on those less savory aspects of our nation’s history, the parts not included in public school textbooks, in which the government has, in fact, engaged in downright immoral and, at times, criminal behavior, including “giving hepatitis to mental patients in Connecticut, squirting a pandemic flu virus up the noses of prisoners in Maryland, and injecting cancer cells into chronically ill people at a New York hospital.”

And unless you’ve reached a point where you believe that the government views you as little more than a dollar sign, and prioritizes your rights far below your monetary worth, then you may not have a hard time believing that the government, marching in lockstep with the military and security industrial complexes, sold you out long ago.

The Daily Bell: You mention “The FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) facial recognition system, which is set to hold data on millions of Americans.” Can you explain what that will do and why the FBI wants it?

John W. Whitehead: This is the next wave in the surveillance state’s steady incursions into our lives. The FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) system is a $1 billion boondoggle that is aimed at dramatically expanding the government’s ID database from a fingerprint system to a facial recognition system. NGI will use a variety of biometric data, cross-referenced against the nation’s growing network of surveillance cameras to not only track your every move but create a permanent “recognition” file on you within the government’s massive databases.

By the time it’s fully operational, NGI will serve as a vast data storehouse of “iris scans, photos searchable with face recognition technology, palm prints, and measures of gait and voice recordings alongside records of fingerprints, scars, and tattoos.” One component of NGI, the Universal Face Workstation, already contains some 13 million facial images, gleaned from “criminal mug shot photos” taken during the booking process. However, with major search engines having “accumulated face image databases that in their size dwarf the earth’s population,” it’s only a matter of time before the government taps into the trove of images stored on social media and photo sharing websites such as Facebook.

Also aiding and abetting police in their efforts to track our every movement in real time is Trapwire, which allows for quick analysis of live feeds from CCTV surveillance cameras. Some of Trapwire’s confirmed users are the DC police, and police and casinos in Las Vegas. Police in New York, Los Angeles, Canada, and London are also thought to be using Trapwire.

Using Trapwire in conjunction with NGI, police and other government agents will be able to pinpoint anyone by checking the personal characteristics stored in the database against images on social media websites, feeds from the thousands of CCTV surveillance cameras installed throughout American cities (there are 3,700 CCTV cameras tracking the public in the New York subway system alone), as well as data being beamed down from the more than 30,000 surveillance drones taking to the skies within the next eight years. Given that the drones’ powerful facial recognition cameras will be capable of capturing minute details, including every mundane action performed by every person in an entire city simultaneously, soon there really will be nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, short of living in a cave, far removed from technology.

NGI will not only increase sharing between federal agencies, opening up the floodgates between the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Defense, but states can also get in on the action. Going far beyond the scope of those with criminal backgrounds, the NGI data includes criminals and non-criminals alike – in other words, innocent American citizens. The information is being amassed through a variety of routine procedures, with the police leading the way as prime collectors of biometrics for something as non-threatening as a simple moving violation. The nation’s courts are also doing their part to “build” the database, requiring biometric information as a precursor to more lenient sentences.

The Daily Bell: From what authority does a facility like the FBI obtain the rationale for the work it does? The FBI is now in something like 100 countries around the world even though it was supposed to be a purely domestic agency. How did this expansion happen? Did Congress mandate it? And how did the FBI come to exist in the first place? Is it unconstitutional?

John W. Whitehead: The history of the FBI is the history of how America – once a nation that abided by the rule of law and held the government accountable for its actions – has steadily devolved into a police state where laws are unidirectional, intended as a tool for government to control the people and rarely the other way around.

The FBI (then named simply Bureau of Investigation) was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt and Attorney General Charles Bonaparte as a small task force assigned to deal with specific domestic crimes, its first being to survey houses of prostitution in anticipation of enforcing the White Slave Traffic Act. Initially quite limited in its abilities to investigate so-called domestic crimes, the FBI slowly expanded in size, scope and authority over the course of the 20th century.

During World War I, the FBI was tasked with investigating “enemy aliens,” which included anarchists and communists. During World War II, the FBI investigated various radical elements in society, as well as draft evaders and foreign nationals from belligerent nations. The agency also helped enforce the government’s nefarious policy of Japanese internment following the Pearl Harbor attack. In both 1939 and 1943, the FBI received presidential directives to investigate threats to national security. To that end, during the infamous McCarthy era, the FBI became heavily involved in the government’s efforts to expose Americans with ties to communism, conducting surveillance, pressuring employers to hire or fire particular individuals, and feeding information to the media to influence public opinion. By the end of the Korean War, what had once been a small task force of a few dozen agents became an investigative force of 6,200 agents.

Yet it was during the social and political upheaval of the 1960s that the FBI’s transformation into a federal policing and surveillance agency really began, one aimed not so much at the criminal element but at those who challenged the status quo–namely, those expressing anti-government sentiments. Among those most closely watched by the FBI during that time period was Martin Luther King Jr., a man labeled by the agency as the “most dangerous and effective Negro leader in the country.” John Lennon was another such activist targeted for surveillance by the FBI.

Unfortunately, not even the creation of the Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB) by President Ford in 1976 could keep the FBI’s surveillance activities within the bounds of the law. Whether or not those boundaries were respected in the ensuing years, they all but disappeared in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. This was true, especially with the passage of the USA Patriot Act, which gave the FBI and other intelligence agencies carte blanche authority in investigating Americans suspected of being anti-government. While the FBI’s powers were being strengthened, President George W. Bush dismantled the oversight capabilities of the IOB, which was entrusted with keeping the FBI in check. Even the Obama administration, a vocal critic of the Bush policies, failed to restore those checks and balances on the FBI. Indeed, the Obama administration has gone so far as to insist that the FBI can obtain telephone records of international calls made from the U.S. without any formal legal process or court oversight. This rationale obviously applies to emails, as well. Little wonder, then, that FBI abuses keep mounting.

The Daily Bell: You wrote in that “Americans know virtually nothing about their history or how their government works. In fact, according to a study by the National Constitution Center, 41 percent of Americans “are not aware that there are three branches of government, and 62 percent couldn’t name them; 33 percent couldn’t even name one.”  That’s pretty bad but our question is more comprehensive and has to do with a conspiracy theory that has gained traction on the Internet and has to do with whether the US has turned into a corporation or not – and whether the original US remains under a perpetual state of emergency. In other words, one way or another the Constitution is suspended and this is the reason for the lawlessness we see at the topmost reaches of the political system. Your take?

John W. Whitehead: We have no one but ourselves to blame. We’ve gotten the government – and the society – we deserve. But what did we do to deserve this bloated, power-hungry, self-serving, war-mongering bureaucracy? How did our straight-laced Puritan nation of freedom-loving citizens give way to a self-absorbed, entertainment-obsessed society? The answer is simple: we stopped caring, and we stopped paying attention. Consciously or unconsciously, we gave up on the American Dream and, in so doing, lost our way. The facts speak for themselves. Most Americans have virtually no idea what America stands for and little idea how their government should function.

If knowledge of self-government and freedom are the source of our democracy, then we are in serious danger as a country. The American Dream was once encapsulated in the hope of freedom, the right to compete in a free market and the right to own a parcel of land that you could call your own. Now, that once noble dream has been reduced to a radical individualism that is best symbolized by cell phones and shopping in mega-malls.

If there is to be any real hope for change, it rests, as it always has, in “we the people” because while we may be a large part of the problem, we are also the solution. And there is great power in this.  Each generation of Americans faces the responsibility of protecting and defending the Constitution. It may be comforting to think that the problems facing America could be fixed by the next presidential election. But that is not going to happen. Neither Trump nor Hillary will save us.

Any real, lasting change will have to come from within you and me—not from a political savior. Thus, if we want change, it is going to take all of us pulling together, working in our communities, addressing our all-too-real human needs.

We need to recapture the spirit of that ragtag band of revolutionaries who beat back the British Empire and gave us the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. That will mean turning off the television, switching off the computer screen, learning more about our history and getting educated on the basics of our government and Constitution. Then we need to act on what we know. It may start with voting, but that’s the least we can do. Active, direct citizen participation at every level – local, state and federal – is the only real hope for change.

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  • Haywood Jablome

    “…Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

    Alert? Nope. Knowledeable? That ship sailed long ago. If they can just get some sort of…I don’t know…”common core” of education into the schools to completely numb the brains of kids so they have a generation of compliant zombies, it would be fantastic! Nah…we’re too smart for that. Here’s some more bread, now sit down and watch the circus….

    • Bolt Upright

      Ignorance is bliss.

      • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

        The belief that ignorance is bliss is the drive or urge to Unconsciousness and indeed death by pervasive denial of Life in its messy and chaotic demands. But of course such ignorance is rudely interrupted by the very same – and so the control mentality is empowered and trained to subvert, conform and kill life wherever it leaks in.

        • Don Duncan

          We crave knowledge initially. The need to know must be crushed by psychological means. This is the main purpose of public school. Without cognitive analysis people seek a substitute, a leader who seems to think for them, offering to replace their lost ability and to protect, if only they will obey.

          Is that what you said, binra? I find it difficult to follow your “stream of consciousness” style of writing.

          • George Tetley

            Out in the real world they say it always happens, or is in America first.
            That is not true. If before writing this article the author took a trip around the world he would go on his knees and be glad that he lived in America.
            In Germany, the police hide there speed traps under military camouflager nets, have no-go areas in Berlin, (Berlin has more Mosques than Churches ) it is verboten to feed ducks, birds, food, the word verboten is written on everything.Europe is close behind Germany, with the present Immigration crisis Merkeless opened the ruin of Europe welcoming millions of people to feast in her disillusioned paradise, before she opened the door, you could go to any railway station in Germany at night and see the German born and breed sleeping on the ground, pensioners that have worked all there lives get a basic pension of $300 a month while those that have been welcomed to HER paradise get that (with 3 children ) a day, and coming from a tent city in Turkey ( not a war torn country ) as ALL have to enter and register in Turkey Be thankful America, you still have many years to go before you catch up to Europe!

      • Hugh

        Ignorance is not bliss; it is catastrophe deferred…

      • Praetor

        More like a comfort zone and when that comfort zone is shattered, that ignorance is bliss be gone. And when that happens, lookout!!!!

    • natural human

      So, so well said. How can we expect democracy to effect positive change when the folks cannot even detect the aluminum, barium and strontium “clouds” permeating their skies and lungs. Just look at the photo headlining this article – chemtrailed “clouds” hovering above the great Washington phallus mucking up an otherwise blue sky. Yet no one even notices. And when you tell the folks what to look for and where to verify the decades long commission of this crime you’ll get a blank stare, if you’re lucky. When will the Bell write about this mass poisoning of the biosphere?

    • Marten

      Dependence enforces “Silence”….

    • Heywood Jablome

      They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery….

  • PatrickHenry1789

    Nail, meet hammer! Much respect for Mr. Whitehead. He’s been trying to wake the sheeple for years now. Thanks DB for another great interview.

    • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

      Jesus had a saying ‘Let the dead bury the dead’. He did raise the dead – but only those who were stirring with the willingness to wake.
      Working on the ‘ego’ is full time employment for…. the ego.
      John Whitehead articulated some aspects of the ‘problem’ and some of that reaches people who are waking to the problem. But I feel the answer is not where he thinks – because the nature of the deceit is to set the problem in terms that make the recognition of the answer – and its acceptance – impossible. However, any symptom can uncover a bread-crumb trail to its cause – and to the substance or nature of such cause.

      • PatrickHenry1789

        I’ve been telling my friends for years now that there is no political solution to what ails America. We have become the modern day Sodom and Gomorrah IMHO.

        • Dimitri Ledkovsky

          And in S & G everybody ceaselessly justifies their existence by panting over their next pleasure.

        • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

          There are false ‘solutions’ designed to protect or keep the problem unsolved and there is the solution that Jesus example demonstrates for others to recognize and embody in their own way. Living FROM solution rather than looking for it outside.

      • Don Duncan

        We must have a different definition of “dead”. We are nonexistent. We come into existence. Then we die, go out of existence. The non-existent can’t “stir”. They can’t do anything, because they don’t exist.

        Or did you mean by dead, asleep, i.e., sleep walking, partly conscious? That would describe the majority, but not to oversimplify, they vary by a wide range in degree of unawareness.

        • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

          Yes indeed. One has to be among the living to see those who do not know they are alive and who worship death as power over Life, accepting such a mind in place of Life – that shuns the light that would rewaken to Life.

          If one is talking about degrees of falsity or degrees of illusion – is there any truth in any of it – or a seeming of closer to and further from – & etc.

          In this sense I don’t mean truth as mutually agreed or consensually determined ‘truths’ but as that which alone is Living and recognizes itself in all that it is – and meets – even in that which insists on denying it is denying its Life by thinking it’s thinking knows different.

          You postulate that you were non existent – came into existence and go out of existence. This is thinking that embodies no Presence. I don’t mean to be facetious but the word ‘we’ or ‘I” or ‘you’ refers to a focus of subjectivity that CAN mean many different qualities or levels of identity.

          I feel that the glimpses of Life within the dream of a life are redefined in terms of the dream. Just as glimpses of cultural renewal are effectively subverted into feeding the system they would have woke us from.

          How we read anything is a matter of perspective and our thinking operates a filter that tends to limit, filter, fragment and distort. Someone who I forget the name of once said that when enough people get stuck in the same place, they call it reality. And when a power investment grows fat from the attempt to manage in such scarcities and limitations, it guards the sense of lack against being truly healed, resolved or fulfilled as if its life depends on it – for such is its belief.

          In any given moment, you are aware of your existence as all that is rising to your awareness or you are not. I don’t mean thinking about awareness or thinking about existence. Though one can also be aware of any thoughts as thoughts without identifying within narratives of judgement-framed association.

          Non existence is without any of the qualities by which existence is recognized. But it can be given power by sacrifice of Life – though it cant really receive it or respond. How else would we lose awareness of our power but by according it or believing it to be in an idol or image or concept of Life that is by definition a fixed, unmoving and unresponsive, symbol of death – because of what it is being used for.

          In fear of non-existence, we invoke a concept of Power that then protects – not Life – but our fear of non-existence – as if that were our surviving remaining fragment of Life – salvaged from a conflicted chaos that imprinted us before we had even begun to think or develop a capacity by which to focus a continuity of attention as a structure of consciousness on top of a complex of subconscious routines and unconscious or denied will, feeling and thought. Believing that there is nothing there is a way of avoiding any conscious awareness of a nothingness with which our Life Essence has become co-fused. But of course all that has occurred is the translation of an unhealed mind to terms of a fragmented and conflicting world. Ingenuity devoted to structures of control, become the experience of being thus controlled.

          If you think nothingness has no power – look at the financial sector and the packaging of nothing as something to trade real wealth for. Nothingness is squelching and starving Life on Earth while we give it OUR power of belief, allegiance and opposition.

          These are simply thoughts by which to communicate meanings that may or may not find resonance in you or anyone else. If the shoe does not fit – don’t wear it!

    • Don Duncan

      Larken Rose is working on a way to awaken with a self exploration tool called “The Mirror”. Coming soon to YouTube.

  • Gerold

    I’ll always remember one of my former poli sci prof’s response to being asked which way he votes. “I never vote. It only encourages the bastards.”

    • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

      Passive aggression is a participatory act of withholding from communication so as to dump on it.
      Never say never! – well I just did twice – but the key point I feel to make is that whatever we do or do not do – it is where we are coming from that is our ‘vote’. Reactive thinking has not arisen out of any real enquiry or receptivity – and the presumption one already knows and doesn’t have to check in, is ignorance and arrogance so typical of human vanity.

      If what seems a judgement is in fact a true discernment then aligning in true preference is not using the invalidation or denial of the other or unchosen act as the means to gain power of righteousness. We don’t need justification or apology for being ourselves.

  • disqus_QZX8ENhLyb

    Being 86 years of age, I have lived through all this. I have spent my life working hard to support my family and imbue my kids and grandkids with the spirit of individualism.
    They know full well what is going on and a trying to spread the word.

    Most who are aware of the problem still don’t know the real extent. Collectivism extends into EVERYTHING. The worst thing is the so-called “public education” system. This is a major source of collectivism the minds of the citizenry. Why aren’t you, Mr. Whitehead calling for abolishing “public education”? Those of us who are aware have been “home schooling” for years.

    Your nostrum : “We need to recapture the spirit of that ragtag band of revolutionaries
    who beat back the British Empire and gave us the Constitution and the
    Bill of Rights. That will mean turning off the television, switching off
    the computer screen, learning more about our history and getting
    educated on the basics of our government and Constitution. Then we need
    to act on what we know. It may start with voting, but that’s the least
    we can do. Active, direct citizen participation at every level – local,
    state and federal – is the only real hope for change.” IS NOTHING MORE THAN CLAPTRAP AND DRIVEL.

    THE CONSITUTION WAS DESIGNED to turn America into a centrally-planned and controlled state. Why don’t you tell the truth? Alexander Hamilton was a MONARCHIST who tried to convince George Washington to assume a monarchy as King of America.

    Strong, centralized control extends down to the lowest levels: state, county, township, neighborhood, street.

    When statutes — so-called “laws” — are unjust, we are morally legitimate in breaking the. just as Martin Luther King defied the anti-assembly statutes.

    Why aren’t you encouraging us to ignore and “break” the unjust “laws” (statutes)?

    That’s what’s needed, not voting, as you suggest.

    You sir, are a STATIST of the first order. Being a “lawyer”, you are an “officer of the court”, sworn to uphold the statutes that have been thrust upon us.

    Examine all the tripe you have spewed out above. What is the efferct?

    NIl.

    • Jim

      I think John Whitehead does identify the trouble with America, but I also question the solutions he gives. The disease is so pervasive and insurmountable that the efforts of the small numbers of awake Americans, trying to make a difference at the local and state level, would be like trying to hit the moon with a stone. Jim in Manchester Michigan

    • Don Duncan

      Yes, I kept thinking: “How can he believe voting would help?” His analysis contradicts his conclusion that working within the system would be a good way to “fix” govt. It’s not broken. It’s doing what it was designed to do: Give control of the public to an elite, create a fraud of legit rule. The scam can’t survive without mass ignorance which leads to self enslavement. I remember my horror when at 12, in 1954, I realized I was the only one who seemed to see this. I felt so alone, so alienated. It was not until I was 23 that I found another person who saw it: Ayn Rand. I read: “The Virtue of Selfishness”, then “For the New Intellectual” and I finally felt relieved to know I was not alone.

      Zombie movies, The Matrix, are popular. Why? Could it be people are dimly aware of their brainwashed obedience? Do they identify? Do they feel like they are seeing themselves as hosts to parasites in the popular vampire movies? Look at the entertainment media’s average target audience: 12 year old mentality. People are sleep walking thru life. Few have survived public school.

    • yogited

      Bravo, well said. At 82 years and counting, I absolutely greeve over the likes of Mr. Whitehead and his fellow sanctimonious STATISTS.

      • http://www.thedailybell.com/ The Daily Bell

        It was kind of Mr. Whitehead to provide us with a significant interview in a short period of time. Not need to attack him personally just because you disagree with his views …

        • yogited

          Just saying.

    • Dimitri Ledkovsky

      Dude – you are so on the money!

  • http://morelife.org/ Kitty Antonik Wakfer

    I was disappointed in the above by not reading even a mention that it is the
    Government’s enforcers – domestic (local, state, federal) policing agencies and military – who keep the coercion-based system in place. They are the key. Were few to join the many agencies out to enforce laws/regulations/edicts/mandates/etc at home & “over there” wherever, there would be far far less harm done by the USGov at all levels.

    Chaos is not an inevitable consequence of a society without a coercion-basis – the goal society by any truly liberty-minded individual. While interacting only to mutual benefit is a paradigm shift for many (most?), those not yet inclined can be nudged that way via preferential association with those amenable or persuadable by those already convinced. Not voluntarily associating with Government Enforcers who insist on remaining so despite reasoned logic to the contrary is the primary and initial measure in this direction.

    • George Tetley

      After serving his term in the European Parliament it was discovered (?) that a German Representative had clocked in for a total 9 hours in 5 years, receiving the equivalent of $36,000 a month, he is now on his second year of a lifetime pension of $16,000 a month, its no secret, just check the attendance record of EU> members of the EU parliament. And you are crying in America ? Being a ex EU politician you, cannot do anything,

      • http://morelife.org/ Kitty Antonik Wakfer

        You’ve missed my entire point – that it is the State’s/Government’s Enforcers, both domestic & military, that keep it in place. Were most ppl to refuse voluntary association w/ GovEnforcers, few would want to take these jobs & the WORDS issued would be just that & ignorable.
        It’s the thinking that ppl “cannot do anything” that plays right into the hands of those who want to maintain a coercion-based social ordering system, any of the varieties offered via elections or imposed without.

  • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

    It’s good to read this. I feel that consciousness and biology need to come into our education as well as the devices of deceit – but as the way to be vigilant against them – especially in ourselves – because once we are hacked – we become part of the sideshow rather than witnessing true. Biology is about the nature of food, drug and environmental exposure and its effects on health – which IS Consciousness.
    Consciousness is not a PRIVATE possession or status – it is a capacity of ability and capacity for relational communication both receptive hearing and seeing in truth as well as speaking or acting with integrity.
    I’m not speaking or rules and priests to structure this – but of reclaiming our life from ‘experts’ or from conditionings of acquired habit that do not align our true good but undermines our integrity while feeding a false sense promise of safety that then hooks us into a protection racket that keeps promotes fear so as to milk allegiance. Then that leads to the crux of it – and that is to de-closet or ‘come out’ from a fearfully masking self-justification of allegiance to a lie of a life and discover and learn in the context of going for what we truly desire, care about and are excited and interested in – rather than investing in a negatively defined sense of self that is predicated on what is not wanted, feared or held in denial and disallowed from conscious acceptance.

    The negative agenda has correspondence with a like quality in our own consciousness. One of its first deceits is to scapegoat OTHER as a ruse to mitigate – offset or dump our un-owned negatively defined self – somewhere ELSE – and it is this that power competes to NOT possess.

    What this actually entails is opening communication in very unpleasant and uncomfortable and even hateful ‘territory’ – in our own waking responsibility for our own freedom from being run by fear – and its progeny.

    The old paradigm currency of consciousness is of an unspoken or tacit conformity to undercurrent denials that protect the sense of independent private power – as a kind of negative cooperation that keeps it dark enough to not see what we don’t want to own in our self. It is this patterning that has multiplied in the shadow or denied and hidden aspects of our active (but generally un-owned) consciousness – and brought our human world – and much of the Planet – to a crisis of epochal significance.

    Thinking alone cannot help – particularly if still embodying the old paradigm. But articulating true witness in acts of free willingness is no longer attempting to manipulate others or our own consciousness – but aligning with its original nature and serving the restoration of everything to its true proportion and relation. A conscious appreciation of focus in unified purpose or sanity. It may not LOOK like sanity to the rule-bound – because they invoke rules by which to manipulate life into a sense of personal ‘security’ from the relational transformation that is Living.
    But if it stays true to its desire it is not identified in attacking, provoking, taunting, or denying those who seem over-controlling. Pendulum swings do not allow any real shift from the underlying divorce of heart and mind.

    If I (or we) want an end to the recycle of denial, suppression and violence that dumps out such misery for the sake of an elitist evaporation, then I (or we) have to withdraw allegiance from it – whenever we notice it running in our reaction of thought, word and deed. This is not a blame game goal – but a re-alignment in Life. Regardless of what we may judge about what we do or don’t do – the persistence of an alignment with who we are will change the way we see the world – and that change cant really be sold as a power or protection to those who can only ‘think’ in such a framework. It has to be something that stirs its own recognition within – and then begins recognizing a like quality in the acts and communication of others and the world around them. BEING that act is not an impact on the world so much as a synchronicity of conscious attunement which is original or natural to us – but that we forsook in buying the idea of power of control over Life and protection from the blowback.
    I wrote this to join with the ring of truth I felt in John Whitehead’s communication here. It doesn’t matter what particular paths or tools or ways you find in your life that serve to hold you awake and in appreciation of an integrity of worth in Life – because it is your action that communicates where in fact you are coming from – regardless the personality or cultural filters. As long as you accept and defend an identity of superiority or elitist self-specialness – openly or in disguise – then you will inevitably interpret everyone else through that filter and be unable to recognize or join with them in willingness – being your self un-willing, but asserting or imposing an appearance or deceit of will ‘power’ that depends on rendering others powerless. If we un-will our Life – we make a living hell that death is called on to save us from. The true nature of the will is not changed by terrorising it. But it is fragmented and covered by many levelled defences. One can only start from a noticing and grow willingness from wherever that is. Mindfulness can be hyped into a personal capacity – but the gift or serendipity of becoming aware of what aligns with your desire or appreciation is a more relaxed and open quality of being.

  • rahrog

    “We need to recapture the spirit of that ragtag band of revolutionaries who beat back the British Empire and … ”
    SECEDE

  • gamathers

    I am one that believes we have lost our fear of a holy God. Consequently we have allowed our government be corrupt as long as it appears to be working for our benefit. Here is a short story I wrote describing how our laws will soon be used.

    Federal Agent
    (Knock Knock)

    Citizen –
    Hello

    Federal Agent
    – Hello I am Joe, and I am with the Bureau Of Past Crimes. May I
    come in?

    Citizen –
    Sure … I guess … What’s wrong?

    Federal Agent
    – The State Department’s PR division asked us to look into your
    past. They said you have been giving the US government a hard time in
    your blogs and sullying its reputation.

    Citizen – I
    thought I had a Constitutional right of free speech? And don’t you
    need a warrant?

    Federal Agent
    – You certainly do, but know the government has a right to look
    into your past and charge you with the crimes you have committed. As
    far as the warrant is concerned, Fred write up a warrant.

    Agent Fred –
    Just printed it up.

    Citizen – Do
    I need a lawyer?

    Federal Agent
    – If you are allowed one, the government will provide it. Fred
    where is my laptop?

    Agent Fred –
    Right here sir.

    Federal Agent
    – It says right here that you have downloaded over 500 songs from
    the Internet, what do you have to say for yourself?

    Citizen – I
    never downloaded any songs.

    Federal Agent
    – Did you listen to any songs you didn’t pay for?

    Citizen –
    YouTube, but that- —

    Federal Agent
    – They were downloaded into your temporary file space. Did you know
    that you could be fined up to $150,000 for each song?

    Citizen –
    (About to faint) How did you know?

    Federal Agent
    – It’s all in the NSA database, they are very thorough.

    Citizen – I
    thought Congress outlawed the collection of personal data?

    Federal Agent
    – That was overturned by the FISA Court. Now let’s get to the
    matter at hand. I understand you have a problem staying under the
    speed limit?

    Citizen –
    What makes you say that?

    Federal Agent
    – Do you take your cell phone with you when you travel in the car?

    Citizen –
    Of course.

    Federal Agent
    – Well because it has GPS tracking we record your routes and
    speeds. Our records show you have accumulated $25,380 in speeding
    fines just in the last year. If we go back further we can probably
    find some more revenues.

    Citizen –
    What makes you think I was driving and even had the cell with me?

    Federal Agent
    – Your voice was recorded at the same time. A persons voice is very
    distinctive you know. It looks like you have cheated on your taxes
    and owe another $2100.

    Citizen – I
    try very hard to be accurate on my taxes.

    Federal Agent
    – Well you know the three garage sales you had last year, you never
    reported the income from them. We learned that from your email. I
    also see that you have a big stash of gold and silver. Fred 6 months
    ago he talked about a secret compartment under the kitchen sink to
    the right. Look there.

    Agent Fred –
    Here it is sir. Looks to be about 2 pounds of gold and maybe 5 pounds
    of silver.

    Citizen –
    That’s mine, you have no right.

    Federal Agent
    – Since you have committed fraud with your taxes, property
    confiscation is certainly within our right. It is called property
    forfeiture. We do that all the time. Fred contact the department’s
    real estate agent to get the sale of this house ready.

    • Don Duncan

      Police on any level need not go thru all this pretense of justified confiscation. They merely invoke “asset forfeiture law” and leave the victim uncaged so he may continue to slave away for the state. If the authorities find financial assets, they can take them legally. This is not fantasy. It is happening all over America right now. It’s already worse than your story. You must get your news from mainstream media. Try the alternative media on the internet.

      • gamathers

        My story was not so much to show the confiscation of property but the storage and selective use of the personal information being gathered.

  • Praetor

    The U.S. is an Empire, and will go the way of all Empires. The U.S. has made enemies and those enemies will help to bring down this Empire. That is the stupidity of Empires, they make enemies. “O”, but there are still Roman citizens living in Rome, there are still British citizens living in Great Britain, there are still Egyptian citizens living in Egypt and so on it goes. The question is, is this the final Empire or are we looking for another one, that’s where individual human action comes into play, and will you be one of the U.S. citizens living in the U.S.. There is no stopping it, you just have to survive it. All the above is true, you have to be prepared!!!!

    • Marten

      Amen…..The ‘System” is irreparably broken and it is too late to fix it….We know that we have reached the point of no return…..

      • Praetor

        Yep! No going back! The only way back is no electricity. Electricity make all that the evil doer’s do possible. Their Achilles Heal!!!

      • Mel Hatfield

        Rome existed 1,000 years, half as a republic and half as an empire. We unfortunately, “shot our load” in less than 250 years. Those who will survive will be those who have prepared.

        • Praetor

          They didn’t have Information Reformation. Technology make everything move more swiftly!!!

  • Dimitri Ledkovsky

    Comprehensive if not also awesome interview. Whitehead hammers away diligently at what is out there in full view of anybody who cares to look and do some critical evaluation. Ha, ha! Who in our cell phone crazed and hypnotized society is properly prepared to do this? Certainly not the zombies mesmerized by the “presidential debates”.

    Better than 2500 years ago Plato (never heard of him) came to the reasoned conclusion that all democracies lead to tyranny. What’s the matter with understanding this? After the tyranny comes revolution (the real bloody kind), then perhaps civil war and a bit of anarchy to spice things up, and eventually everybody is so burned out by following the Messiah du jour that they retreat, hold themselves small, and start rebuilding new families and new social groupings one kid at a time. I think we’re someplace about 5 to 25 years away from the first real, active reaction to the current tyranny.

    If the truth be told was it really the American Dream that drove the Founding Fathers to “rebel” against British tyranny? A closer look at “the winners” of this revolution suggests that it was precisely the oligarchically minded Founding Fathers who profited, all their ethical and moralistic crooning aside. The Republic they set up is today’s tyranny. Could it have been planned that way? Shall we get into Freemasonry and all those other uncomfortable historical truths?

    • Dave

      Another student of the american ejukashun system speaks. A person who does not know a Constitutional Republic from a Democracy.
      God help us…..

  • Jim Johnson

    Start with your street and immediate neighbors. Insist on civil discourse and Fairness in conflict resolution. America is in your bones. Trust in this. By far and away most are Good People. Their considered vote is as close to God’s Will on Earth as each of us will ever see.Enough of this homogeneity crap. We are a glorious compilation of wildly diverse, who-knows-what’s-next neighborhoods. Revel in that. Bet your life on it. You only get one try at it. Make it count. And oh, by the way, counting paper ballots don’t take all that long.

  • Hoyt D. F. Sparks

    Voting will not get the job done in taking away control from the elitist bureaucrats and corporate irresponsibles who buy all politicians. The welfare crowd only vote for more hand outs from government, and they don’t give a hoot about the constitution; and politicians don’t give a hoot about the constitution, only handing out more and more tax money in buying votes from the welfare crowd. The only thing that will change the mess we are now in is for a total collapse—and then who knows what will happen.

  • dave jr

    As far as the “Next Generation Identification (NGI)”, I don’t doubt a facial recognition database(s) isn’t already quite extensive. The DHS is assisted greatly with State cooperation, building and maintaining data bases, through the Real ID Act of 2005. Driver license photos are very well standardized when you put your toes on a line, look at a dot while the camera cross hairs are trained on your nose.

    We are also identified and tracked through our cell phones and a cashless transaction system would make that even more robust as no one would go anywhere without their ‘wallet’.

    We are tracked in our automobiles too. Every car and truck manufactured since 2005 report back to the mother ship. Have you noticed the black mesh antennas in the glass behind the rear view mirrors?

  • Alberto Dietz

    Game, set, match autonomous.

  • http://www.thedailybell.com/ The Daily Bell

    Thanks

  • dave jr

    Kudos to Mr. Whitehead for doing his part in waking people up.

    One point of contention is with the belief that what made America great, was that Americans were somehow more morally pure or angelic types. People will be people and come in all moral stripes. Religion seems to be of limited help, beyond a basic code of conduct based on fear of hell and want of heaven, in aligning moral compasses while using trickery, deceit, pomp and circumstance, self-righteous indignation and justification for alacritous condemning, shunning or simply bestowing pity upon nonbelievers of a particular collectivized concept of reality and Creation; where individuals from childhood are taught to rely on other men’s sermons and writings to lead them to a salvation after life, which only tends to bring about an unintended consequence of demoralizing the here and now.

    Rather, it seems a new nation of self reliant people engaging in free market enterprises with a comparatively tiny regulatory governmental body (supposedly limited to protecting life, liberty and personal property from foreign invaders) coinciding with gains in discovery and understanding of the realistic principles embedded in Creation; is what did the heavy lifting of increased living standards at the grass roots, which culturally defined this Nation as ‘great’.

    There will always be amoral criminals in our midst, some who vie for wealth to buy power to gain more wealth in a circular elevation of a miniscule class of elites who feel entitled through intelligence endowed by God to rule simply because they can. So why do cultures consent to this mindset? Dumbed down and deceived through government aided monopolization of education, media and monetary control for sure; but also, because one by one the hired minions of power offer up a small piece of the booty? Then truly we get what we deserve.

  • Ed

    What every “Constitutional Attorney” knows or should know:
    “Inasmuch as the Constitution was never signed, nor agreed to, by anybody, as a contract, and therefore never bound anybody, and is now binding upon nobody; and is, moreover, such an one as no people can ever hereafter be expected to consent to, except as they may be forced to do so at the point of the bayonet, it is perhaps of no importance what its true legal meaning, as a contract, is. Nevertheless, the writer thinks it proper to say that, in his opinion, the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be; but that by false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize. He has heretofore written much, and could write much more, to prove that such is the truth. But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain — that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.” ~ Lysander Spooner

  • natural human
    • http://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.co.uk/ binra

      I’ll watch this – I have read a bit and watched a few other videos so far. Will this one add anything new? I’ll find out.

      But just posting links or relaying information – does not communicate any ownership of what moves YOU to bring it up or share it. There is a tendency to ‘share on’ information of either positive or negative import as if everyone Else has to get it and act.
      But merely opening to something as information is not the knowing from which to act or speak. I feel we have to allow ourself to be transformed so as to act from a truer clearer sense of who we are – or… we are being run by fears and guilts that we are not even aware of – because they are packaged up in ways that hide or screen from accepting what is really going on.

      Denial of fear enacts denial of Life in forms of power imposing order upon it. This is not original human nature – and I feel to uncover and flow with the natural human – which is not framed in a false sense of power – or in reaction to it.

  • alohajim

    Wow! John Whitehead consistently puts it all together so well. This article should be delivered to every politician, every wannabe polititian, and every single government worker everywhere. He’s right, most people are good. The problem is there are many many good people who are working for banks, corporations, and governments who have been brainwashed into thinking they are either doing something of value to society or are acutally ‘serving’ the country they love. Imo, these folks are a key to our future. The Controllers power is based on lies and subterfuge all springing from ‘bankers’ creating money from nothing – the biggest lie and Ponzi scheme the world has ever seen. They need thousands (millions?) of minions to accomplish their evil deeds. I’d like to believe that if enough of these minions woke up to the truth of what and who they are really serving, that would create a big problem for our Controllers. We all need to foster this and do our very best to create some problems for them. What’s the alternative?

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