“Why do you want to leave your country?” people continue to ask. Pardon my cynicism, but after assessing the present world situation and comparing it to the past decades of activism, protests and attempts to affect a change in the U.S., any thinking person would have to ask, “What has changed?”
After my first attempt to answer this undying question as to why more people are leaving their respective countries to find greener pastures, the responses indicated that some folks still could not understand the reasons for becoming an “expat”. Ok. I will lay it on the line, but please don’t get upset because you perceive this treatise to be some kind of political statement. This has nothing whatsoever to do with “politics”, republicans, democrats, liberals, conservatives, or right vs. left, etc. It is simply a view of the world that apparently is shared by an increasing number of people who have come to the realization of the sad fact that you just can’t stop the corporate beast.
What follows is an assessment of just a few of the reasons why so many are throwing up their arms in disgust and taking the attitude of jumping ship before it goes down.
Please view the following speech given in 1992 by an eloquent 13 year-old Canadian girl, Severn Suzuki, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U57snkWouV4&feature=related) and you tell me how her efforts and millions of others have turned the world leaders away from their suicidal and pathological desire for money and world control.
Having been a radio talk-show host for over 15 years on one of those “alternative” radio networks, (www.gcnlive.com) topics and avenues of thought unexplored and shunned by mainstream broadcasts were the norm. Now these taboo subjects are becoming accepted as legitimate fodder for conversation after being massaged and spun by the likes of Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and others. And yes, now even some of the alternative talk-show hosts are spinning just like the big boys.
The “Tea Party” movement is a perfect example of how the corporate “borg” assimilates an idea, molds it to suit its purpose, and then sells it to the masses as a “new concept”. Fox news has embraced and promotes the movement on nationwide television, which in itself should be a dead giveaway that this whole effort is for your entertainment purposes only. (Don’t forget to get your permit(-ion) from the local government official before you have your protest against the government!) I am astounded at how many Americans actually believe that such a movement will actually make a difference. Sure, after the election this fall you may see a few new faces in Congress, but I promise you it will be “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”.
Check your history. Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, keep going… You tell me which president was NOT dancing to the corporate drummer. Do you really think the President of the United States is truly calling the shots? Do you really think that the generations (dynasties) who have controlled banking, agriculture, technology, communications, big-pharma, manufacturing, the medical establishment, etc, would allow the real decision making capacity fall into the hands of a politician who at best will occupy the oval office for four years, eight years maximum? Well? Do you? Think it through and you’ll realize that the image of “Leader of the free world” is there for public consumption and the “president” is simply a PR man running from one photo-op to another, while the real movers, shakers and policy makers operate behind the scenes, safely shielded from the public scrutiny by a compliant media. Sadly, it has taken almost two years of the Obama administration for many of the Obamites to figure that out. Well, not really. They’ll probably vote republican next time, indicating that they STILL don’t get it.
The photos of the tens of thousands showing up at these rallies holding their signs, “I’m Mad! And I vote!” are all over the internet implying that they believe their vote actually counts. The national scandals of Diebold and Sequoia voting machines throwing the presidential elections was met by a renewed battle cry from the Democrats to “Get the vote out!” Huh? Am I missing something? Does the phrase, “You can’t fix stupid!” apply here? How are more voters, regardless of party, going to solve the problem of some corrupt and bought off election official with their finger on the “delete” button? Bev Harris’ documentary, Hacking Democracy” (www.hackingdemocracy.com) aired nationwide on HBO several years ago and should have prompted demonstrations and calls for revolution! And why didn’t it? Is it possible that we have all been conditioned to not only expect, but to accept this kind of corruption? For those of you who are still skeptical about the lack of integrity in our government, just watch C-SPAN for a day or two. Here is another glaring example of “democracy” in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywgUCdefSW8
Go ahead. Keep singing with Lee Greenwood, “And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free!”
Then there’s “ObamaCare”. Americans are now forced to purchase health insurance whether they can afford it or not. The level of care and the expense is of course not in any way dictated by the market, but rather by the bureaucrats who have exempted themselves from their own draconian legislation. (And BTW, if you are Muslim, only YOU can decide if you want to participate in this legalized extortion. You don’t want to piss-off the Muslims!) http://www.examiner.com/small-business-management-in-phoenix/if-you-are-muslim-you-can-opt-out-of-the-obamacare-health-care-reform-laws-with-no-penalties “And I’m proud to be an American…..”
Now come the food police. People have recently become aware of “Big-Agri” and the steel-fisted control over the food supply. Monsanto, Dow, Tyson and many others are feeling the threat of the dreaded “food rebels” around the country. You know, those crazy whackos who have a garden in their back yards to grow their own tomatoes and such. The real anti-government maniacs have broken ranks with the GMO “Frankenfood” suppliers and opened up organic food supermarkets! Who will protect us from those who would provide us all with a choice of real food or the FDA approved, chemical-laden, irradiated, fertilized, colorized and fortified food? The Food Police! That’s right folks! Now, gun-toting, SWAT like teams of police are busting those contraband suppliers of whole foods and confiscating these dangerous healthy items! http://www.brasschecktv.com/
In fact, it is now against the law to grow, share or sell food that comes from anything other than an FDA approved supplier! Senate bill S-510 has now codified it into law! http://www.naturalnews.com/z029704_egg_recall_food_safety_bill.html
Keep singing! “And I’m proud to be…..”
To make matters worse, the few who do see how Orwellian our country (and the rest of the western world) has become and have made some kind of effort to make a change, are seen as some kind of “fringe” group with no grasp on reality. The fact is that the overwhelming majority of the population is living in a corporate media fiction/fantasy without even realizing it. God forbid anyone who attempts to bring these facts to the attention of those who have been so “well informed” by mainstream news and public “education”.
And now we come to the defining event of this generation. It has been nine years now since the 9/11 attacks the drums of war beat louder and louder, rallying Christians, Jews, Muslims into a frenzy of religious hatred based upon terrorism and extremism. The 9/11 “truth” movement continues their efforts to expose the fact that there WERE explosives in the towers and in Building 7, http://buildingwhat.org/ and yet many cling to the damnation of Osama bin Laden and the Taliban for killing 3,000 innocent people. They don’t want to explain or even discuss how Osama and his boys could have planted the devices or how the hijackings and the controlled demolitions could be connected. And heaven help anyone who suggests it had to be one or the other. If there were controlled demolitions, then who was behind the planes? Blasphemy!
(BTW, For those of you who have taken the time to research my background, you will know that I am primarily a musician/ singer who became an activist over twenty years ago. After the 9/11 attacks, I produced a documentary that created a bit of an international frenzy. (www.911inplanesite.com) Watch it free on youtube.
You will also find the sequel, “911 Ripple Effect” online as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iLRkNGtBvA)
Condemnation is the fate of anyone who even suggests that maybe… just maybe, there was no Islamic extremist connection (other than a set-up) and the entire world has bought into the patsy rabbit trail at the expense of hundreds of thousands of lives, trillions of dollars and the renewed hatred of the western world for waging war with countries that had nothing whatsoever to do with the attacks. The U.S. continues to use depleted uranium rounds, contaminating the entire region for four and a half billion years, and yet we are told the real reason they hate us is because, “…they hate freedom”.
I would ask, “what are you smokin’?” to the person who made such a statement, but I think it more appropriate to ask that question to the person who actually believes it!
It boggles the mind to consider the possibility that we could not only be wrong about the 9/11 issue, but we may have lost not only the desire, but the ability to use our cognitive skills to think things through. The bigger boggle snaps into place when you consider that those who dare ask questions like these are labeled as “kooks” “whackos” or “conspiracy theorists”. The behemoth boggle bangs the brain when factoring in the concept that many of the “truth seekers” have become the “gate keepers” of information. Welcome to 1984.
(One more time! “I’m proud to be…”)
As mentioned, to even suggest that there were powers hard at work behind the scenes that had nothing to do with an Islamic engineered plot yielded attacks from all kinds of “truth seekers”. “He’s a Nazi!”, “He’s a Mossad agent!”, “He’s a CIA disinformation mole!”, “He’s a Manchurian candidate!” Glenn Beck even stated, “I don’t think you’re a nutcase. You’re a serious nutcase!” www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGsIKiuBExI (I didn’t know he was also a psychologist as well as a propagandist.) None of the accusers ever addressed or even acknowledged the questions raised or the evidence that prompted the questions.
Could it be that if any of these questions were even acknowledged, that the whole patsy-rabbit-trail, government-approved and mass-media-marketed “official story” fantasy would simply collapse, and the military-industrial complex would lose its supply of extorted tax money to support its addiction to warring with the rest of the world?
Are you beginning to understand why the saying, “No good deed goes unpunished” is bantered about so frequently? There are many of us who have finally come to realize that there are only a couple of options left. Support a full-blown revolution and bring true justice to those who have destroyed the dreams of generations to come, or get out of the way and let the whole thing collapse under the weight of its own corruption.
Frankly, I don’t believe that there are enough “patriot leaders” out there with the integrity to right the course and bring our country and the world into calmer waters… and I’m not alone. I for one have opted for the latter and will continue fighting them from afar, where I don’t have to worry about being hauled off to some FEMA camp in the middle of the night “for my own protection and to preserve the “existing order””.
About the author: Dave vonKleist is an activist/musician and a broadcaster for 30 years. A talk show host for 15 years, he has been involved with many controversial issues such as the 9/11 attack and an advocate for veterans rights.
He now resides in San Rafael, Argentina