The Actual State of the Union

On June 4, Public Citizen President Robert Weissman emailed the text of “former Marine general and Secretary of Defense James Mattis’s denunciation of President Trump’s calling for the military to suppress citizen protest in the wake of George Floyd’s extrajudicial killing or premeditated murder by police. Mattis’s “IN UNION THERE IS STRENGTH” is a candid revelation of just how out of touch Mattis, the military, and most Americans are concerning Trump and the actual state of the union.

Like the media, including celebrity journalists and academics like Thomas Friedman, Naomi Klein, and Niall Ferguson, who should know better, Mattis and Weissman suffer under a misconception that the United States is a democracy. FYI: The USA has not been a democracy or a democratic republic since the Civil War, if not longer; neither are we a functioning representative government, unless you mean a government that represents the exclusive interests of multinational corporations and the monetary-market system for which it stands. Even a journeyman reporter like Juan Gonzales thinks that “This Country is Edging Closer to Neo-Fascist Authoritarianism.”

Consider the following quotes and ask yourself how well these reflect the actual state of our union and korporate kulture:

Naturally, the common people don’t want war . . . but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.

Education is a danger . . . At best an education which produces useful coolies for us is admissible. Every educated person is a future enemy.

The first quote is Nazi Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring. The second quote is Reichsleiter and Hitler’s chosen successor Martin Bormann—who, incidentally, did not die in Berlin in 1945, contrary to the “official” CIA and KGB version of events, but escaped to South America with enough assets, patents, and scientists to assure Germany’s post-war economic resurrection (for details, see Paul Manning, Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile, Lyle Stuart, Inc., 1981).

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