America and the world in general are already fully onboard the slippery slope downward to loss of all rights. This was driven by the global elites, the CFR and their NWO agenda and the tolerance and apathy of the people. Intellectual indolence is not an overstatement of the absence of action to protect the foundations of America’s freedom. Tocqueville and Lord Acton would be appalled at American intellectural indolence. But ninety percent of the last two generations of Americans do not know them.
Our slide down the slippery slope is a public and open conspiracy, available for all to see in the heavy documentation by the UN, EU, NAFTA, as well as the rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court (e.g. the supposition by elties that the Constitution is a “living document”) and countless unconstitutional laws enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed by presidents. We the people only receive and we will only receive lip service for our rights from here on out.
Gun rights represent the God-given right to self-protection, but that right is just one example. The presumption by so-called liberal/progressives – and divine right kings, queens and emperors – is that all rights are given to the people by their rulers, the government, and that we the people owe fealty to the rulers. That is feudalism and it is regressive to centuries past, not liberal, not progressive, not democratic.
The U.S. has already been converted to an oligarchy. The U.S. is an oligarchy. And, among other rights they deny us, they will take away the right to self-protection so that they can force any action on the people; that process has been underway for decades bit by bit in the courts, media and schools. There are already two sets of rules, one for the people and another for the oligarchy.
“The US is dominated by a rich and powerful elite.
So concludes a recent study by Princeton University Prof Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Prof Benjamin I Page (see link above for a review by the authors. The full research report is also available online.)
This is not news, you say.
Perhaps, but the two professors have conducted exhaustive research to try to present data-driven support for this conclusion. Here’s how they explain it:
Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.
In English: the wealthy few move policy, while the average American has little power.
The two professors came to this conclusion after reviewing answers to 1,779 survey questions asked between 1981 and 2002 on public policy issues. They broke the responses down by income level, and then determined how often certain income levels and organized interest groups saw their policy preferences enacted.
“A proposed policy change with low support among economically elite Americans (one-out-of-five in favour) is adopted only about 18% of the time,” they write, “while a proposed change with high support (four-out-of-five in favour) is adopted about 45% of the time.”
On the other hand:
When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.
Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.
Eric Zuess, writing in Counterpunch, isn’t surprised by the survey’s results.
“American democracy is a sham, no matter how much it’s pumped by the oligarchs who run the country (and who control the nation’s “news” media),” he writes. “The US, in other words, is basically similar to Russia or most other dubious ‘electoral’ ‘democratic’ countries. We weren’t formerly, but we clearly are now.”
This is the “Duh Report”, says Death and Taxes magazine’s Robyn Pennacchia. Maybe, she writes, Americans should just accept their fate.
“Perhaps we ought to suck it up, admit we have a classist society and do like England where we have a House of Lords and a House of Commoners,” she writes, “instead of pretending as though we all have some kind of equal opportunity here.”
Here we have the British, who are thoroughly and completely indoctrinated, wanting Americans to rejoin them in the feudal misery.
So long as people believe in the authority of government, as opposed to believing that the people are the authority and taking responsibility for that authority, then the people will continue to be cannon fodder in the wars of oligarchs.