… by Gordon Duff and New Eastern Outlook, Moscow
Europeans are told America is religious, but “church going” Americans too often exhibit an undercurrent of hate mongering and hypocrisy that is impossible to not recognize, except among themselves.
Similarly, an education in history or sociology in America is akin to studying science fiction as fact. Economics, as taught at America’s top business schools, is more fiction than fact, more fake than fundamentals.
Many, too many, feel America’s love affair with prevarication and fakery is new-found, a thing of recent times, from the continual lies and gaffs of Trump to the bumbling idiocy of his predecessor in outright ignorance, George W. Bush.
At its heart, America is a fake nation with fake institutions, fake religions, a fake government and fake people. Anyone who comes to America notes it. Tocqueville, the author, in his first commentary on America, “Democracy in America,” began chronicling America’s descent into “hokeydom” in 1831.
America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.
The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through.
There is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one.
In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own.
I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.
The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other. (Tocqueville)
There was a time when a version of Tocqueville, albeit one deeply censored, was still taught in schools. His books were never assigned, never discussed, not even for history majors in universities, only covered in deeply sanitized lectures by academic hacks grasping at tenured positions.
We might also cover Charles Beard’s An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution (Columbia University Press 1935) which debunks that document so many of us swore to protect and defend as a useless rag penned by counter-revolutionary forces intent on handing power to Britain’s banks while starving out America’s military veterans and small farmers.
Beard, once America’s most prominent historian, isn’t taught anymore either. His works were the basis for all legal education in the US. They have been in the dustbin for decades, next to Tocqueville.
Revisionists, the most aggressive and realistic of which are mostly called conspiracy theorists today, are too often a lazy lot, shy of scholarship and bereft of the discipline needed to make one’s mark in history.
Ah, but there’s the rub, history now is fake, laundered, rewritten, fabricated from fake narrative with fake characters and fake struggles. One of the driest reads of all time was John Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, the necessary scholarly work needed by a young presidential candidate to prove his metal. Yet it’s subject matter, heroes unseen and unappreciated, is more important today than ever before.
It was Kennedy who recognized Robert Taft’s worth in trashing the fake Nuremberg trials. Taft, a senator from Ohio, gave up the probable presidency in 1948 because he opposed trying Nazis as war criminals based on fake laws passed ex post facto.
Another favorite of mine from Kennedy’s work is John Quincy Adams, recognized for breaking away from the Federalist Party, the real “muscle” behind the then and now present global banking cartel that sits at the heart of the “right” in Britain and the United States.
Most Americans themselves are aware of the heroes in their past. Few understand anything of Washington, what he risked, his tenacity in face of continual defeat and, to an extent, his failures as well. We don’t blame Washington, and well should not, for failing to recognize all that might transpire in his name. With Alexander Hamilton at his side, pecking away day after day, a voice for sloth, for theft, for immoderation, Washington was certainly poorly advised.
Key, in may respects, was America’s love affair for military veterans, not just leaders but men of physical courage as well. The military caste system and “push button warfare” of today has mitigated much of that tradition with so many of today’s “heroes” bespewn with fake medals for fake acts in fake wars for fake causes.
Men like Andrew Jackson, the glaring opposite of Donald Trump, fought their own battles, gun or sword, stood against political enemies based on values and didn’t hide behind fake “faith.” If Jackson carried a bible, he would have used it as a weapon to throw rather than as a shield to hide behind as so many do today.
There is a reason we began with Tocqueville. Russians are among the most religious people on earth despite their half century of communist rule. When a Russian worships, it isn’t for show. The same is true in Poland and much of Germany.
Few Americans are aware to what extent France, Italy and Spain have abandoned religion. Their history still recognizes how the Church aligned itself with monarchy and right-wing extremism, how it suppressed intellectuals, fostered ignorance and opposed social advancement.
Religion in America is, today, doing what religion in those nations had done for centuries, perhaps with fewer burned alive but, do note, there would not be millions locked away in America’s prisons without the self-righteous “hokeydom” of America’s religious fakes.
Similarly, without the failed institutions, failed and fake academia, a failed and faked military, a failed and fake government and, perhaps most glaring of all, the meteoric rise of custom designed fake information delivered by ubiquitous “devices,“ would not represent the threat it does today.
There have always been Americans who have recognized, to an extent, what Tocqueville saw and expressed with such eloquence and clarity or, to a lesser extent, the rot at the center of America’s form of government outlined in Beard.
For the best of those, it brought about a search for heroes and saviors of a kind, a search that brought men like Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy to the forefront, men of grace and courage.
Gone awry, the same search, with ignorance and fear as guiding principles, brought us Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan and the Bush-Trump duo, split by an anecdotal and truncated Obama presidency crippled by a Wall Street hijacked congress.
You see, with no functioning institutions, with no real “checks and balances” in a government long ago engineered for failure with the overthrow of the Articles of Confederation and the erasure of the Founding Father’s ideals, all that is left is “cult of personality” and dictatorship.
For those doubting such words, perhaps Jefferson’s might provide a reminder.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Where Jefferson’s words from 1776, written for educated elites, some, perhaps many, who had suffered financially at the hands of British misgovernment, call for action and individual responsibility, today such words might well be a source of terror.
The America that abided slavery for the better part of a century might well abide the same. At her roots, America was never intended to be a colonial power or a global policeman. Tocqueville’s observations nearly two centuries ago made the reasons clear, that the fakery that had taken hold even then ensured that real greatness would remain forever unachievable.
“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
It has become easier to fake goodness, to simply invent it, “tweet” about it rather than do it. America smears, America blames, it points fingers, it accuses, it punishes, it bullies, and it has done so for most of its existence.
The moments of greatness have been fleeting, now not even a memory. Americans lie to themselves, to each other out of shame and humiliation.
Americans who believe in nothing, and this is the heart of America’s religion, delusion, disinformation, fakery and fraud, religions of intolerance and hate, or so it is for many millions, turn to their fake god to justify their fears and weaknesses.
This is why America is fake. America’s history is fake, its wars are fake, its “greatness” is fake because it is all based on self-deception, on beliefs chosen not from moral certainty and values but to serve the baser instincts, the worst of humanity, greed, lust and envy.
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of VT, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.
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At the same time around 300 so-called catholic priests in Pensilvania state are suspected in raping 1000 kids during many years… Wait for investigation and the article from our editors!
“America stands for UNregulated Wealth Accumulation for the Capitalist Merchant Class.
And NOTHING more.”
Nice one Johnny !!!
Beard – A Little Personal History
Charles Beard helped found a college for working class men at Oxford – Ruskin College, also known as the American College at Oxford. While not a constituent college of the University it firmly established a reputation of being a ‘thorn in the side of the oyster.’ John Prescott Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007 is a former student as was former President of Sierra Leone, Siaka Stevens. Remarkably enough the college founded in 1899 is still in existence. He was a co-founder in the enterprise alongside another American, Walter Vrooman who had ties with Kansas City and Baltimore. Beard’s family from what I understand reside in Connecticut. Vrooman’s wife provided the ‘readies’ for his investment. He (Vrooman) got involved in buying arms for an intended anti-Chinese uprising here in the US but the attempted assassination of President McKinley in 1901 scuppered the plot and the last I heard Vrooman was heading south from Chicago in the manner of a Pony Express rider, at a fair and dusty clip. There is a rumor he died when his horse kicked him in the head. That may be fake news, or maybe not! I need to hear it from the horse’s mouth!
The game of pretend, is easy to get lost in. The first victim is history, and that death tears out the root of definition. The next victim is classification, this portrays ourselves as separate from the rest of the life, and we classify by groups and families of types, rather than function and shape. When we lose the ability to recognize function and shape as primary foundations of our consciousness, and replace it with classification, we demean and devalue. Thus, basic spiritual lessons meant for 5 year olds, such as ‘Tread lightly upon the earth” are viewed as literally impossible. If basic spiritual truths are viewed as impossible, then one thing is certain, Fraud is rampant, and the game of pretend well advanced. Tax all churches, immediately.
Funding for the keeping of history is directed towards the conflicts, to fuel animosity and put revenge in the bank. Bridges and roads are named after killers, and memorials are there to honor the wiping out of history.
Look what passes for Historians these days. Every town has one or two. These are not historians but shapers and upholders of the narrative which is false. The people who fought for good and made history, did not write anything down, and they do not report to our so called historians. They are the losers in the game of pretend.
Nature runs in cycles, and there is a time for the successful lie, followed by correction. That is our time beginning now, and the churches are the most afraid. They will conjure every nightmare and lie imaginable to try to keep us from embracing it. As they slop in the trough of our labor.
Great article, it was a fun read.
We never read any de Tocqueville or General Smedley Butler in high school history classes over 60 years ago. And remember traitor Bush, who along with Cheney and the four star generals, aided Israel with doing 9/11/01, graduated from Yale, in the cesspool Connecticut where the fake Sandy Hook Shooting happened almost 6 years ago to promote gun control. None of these criminals were even arrested let alone prosecuted for their crimes against America. Today in the lying media are articles about placing “In God we Trust” in all public schools in Florida, kids hacking elections and censorship of information. With all its infatuation with religion why didn’t America require all engineers have rigorous training in religion instead of the laws of physics and mathematics? Just imagine the carnage which would result if engineers had to be pastors or priests or rabbis! If that were the case do you think Americans would have their opinions changed on the value of religion? I doubt it. I do think the Kennedy’s get too much praise as does Roosevelt who lied about WWII and had Patton murdered. This is an outstanding and enlightening article. Thomas Jefferson was a true geniius. “Advertisements are the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.”
Everyone should never forget New York was built by black slave labor. The slave market there was about a block from the NYSE. Dishonest Abe had zero legal authority to kill a million and destroy and plunder over half the country, by psychopath Sherman and Drunk Grant for the illegal unconstitutional purpose of “keeping the Union together”. Not one word in the Constitution authorized these criminal acts by Dishonest Abe. Bully North imposed a 40% sales tax on the South. How would you like to pay that kind of tax today let alone then? This illegal war was also the first ratcheting up of Federal Power against all the good intentions of the Founders. Dishonest Abe was responsible for this criminal act but never prosecuted or hanged himself.
Anyone who believes slavery ended with the Civil War watch “Harvest of Shame” on CBS Reports with Edward R. Murrow a century later in 1960. “We used to own our slaves, today we just rent them”. Nothing has changed today 2018 either except the slaves are no longer black but immigrants from Mexico and elsewhere.
“Harvest of Shame” on Thanksgiving Day, 1960, by top investigative journalist Edward R. Murrow, CBS Reports, before they abandoned true journalism:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJTVF_dya7E. Today, some 58 years later nothing has changed except most of the “slaves” are now illegal immigrants from Mexico and elsewhere in the world. Note the real reason for this human tragedy: The corrupt and powerful growers had illegal laws passed in their favor prohibiting the crop workers from striking and organizing. After all if they could do that they could have had these selfish corrupt growers on their knees in days with a strike before these crops had to be harvested. The worst that would have happened would have been a small increase in the price of our food for our “Thanksgiving Dinner”!
Recently Israel Lover Trump had a billion dollar bonus passed for these mostly billionaire farmers who never picked a crop or cleaned up any horse or chicken manure in their lives but today are on permanent vacation.
That CBS report truly is an eyeopener. In the 60’s I was a little kid who had no clue what the heck was going on down South. Even in the 80’s I knew little. Then in and around ’87 I was traveling through Louisiana and then it hit me. That place was not right and the people there were living by rules from a different Century. Sobering experience.
I think it’s worth to put broaden the quote you provided,
“I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America. In any constitutional state in Europe every sort of religious and political theory may be freely preached and disseminated; for there is no country in Europe so subdued by any single authority as not to protect the man who raises his voice in the cause of truth from the consequences of his hardihood. If he is unfortunate enough to live under an absolute government, the people are often on his side; if he inhabits a free country, he can, if necessary, find a shelter behind the throne. The aristocratic part of society supports him in some countries, and the democracy in others. But in a nation where democratic institutions exist, organized like those of the United States, there is but one authority, one element of strength and success, with nothing beyond it.”
In the US (so it seems to me) we have gone so far down the dumb-down path that when a so called “discussion” occurs it usually turns into a “labeling contest”. “Conspiracy Nut”, “Nazi”, “Anti-Semite” ….. No discussion. Just name calling when the argument is being lost.
Hey Gordie , you also forgot to also mention fake exceptionalism , which was instilled in then via ziolly-wood and their fake western movies crap..
So is not Trump, whose public persona is fake in every way, the logical choice for president of Fake America?
Maybe Trump, himself rotten to the core, is who we need to collapse the rotten structure through hubris and over-reach so the survivors can learn from mistakes and rebuild something fundamentally better, since there is nothing currently suitable to build upon?
We will no doubt see more Deep State cut-outs and the collapse of the middle class on our journey to the New World Order; which of course is nothing more than the Old World Order.
Trump absolutely has value as a catalyst, but the problem is, he is also the product of predatory capitalism and fake religion combined, so he and his followers are the children of that illegal marriage. To drag him into the light beyond the gossip, would be to drag themselves, so it is a tenuous process, where a gang who agreed to lie, and steal 4 parts of the labor, now have to control one among them who steals 6. Bars of morality are lowered, bars of fiction are lowered, and bars of theft are raised. They have created their own prison, and to be a snitch is precisely the same, in actual prisons, and the governing apparatus.
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