The Legacy of the American Revolution
Celebrating July 4th in the United States of Globalism
I’ve been thinking about the Declaration of Independence and the legacy of the American Revolution lately. The United States of America, like any nation that has ever existed or will ever exist in this fallen world, is certainly not perfect; but for the better part of two centuries, our country maintained a steady upward trajectory, becoming an ever “more perfect union” over time. As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. observed, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice” — or at least it did in the USA.
Until recently, just about every successive generation of Americans could reasonably assert that their country had improved over the course of their lifetimes. Often those improvements were hard-won, requiring blood, sweat, toil, and tears from a citizenry committed to the ideals and ultimate success of the American project. And even though America frequently failed to live up to her own ideals, there was not another nation anywhere on earth where more people experienced more freedom or opportunity. As the late comedian Richard Jeni once quipped, “20 million illegal aliens can’t be wrong.” Immigrants may not have had all the advantages of the native-born, but they found greater opportunities for themselves and their families here than they could have ever dreamed of in their homelands.
When Did America’s Decline Start?
All of that changed at some point. I’m not sure precisely when — I’m sure future historians will have fierce debates about how and why the American Empire began to decline — but I think a date that is as good as any is November 22, 1963, when the American intelligence services and their henchmen pulled off the biggest coup d'é·tat in our nation’s history: they killed a popular President in broad daylight, installed a sociopath who would gladly give the military-industrial complex everything it wanted, and covered it all up and kept it covered up to this day. (If you think the Warren Commission represented an earnest effort to ascertain the truth about the Kennedy assassination, I’ve got a nice bridge to sell you.)
Side note: Eisenhower warned in his farewell address about the dangers of the military-industrial complex, and Kennedy started seriously planning to dismantle said complex; but after Kennedy’s assassination, every single President, regardless of party or professed principles, has pretty much given the military-industrial complex everything it wanted on a silver platter — that is, every President until Donald Trump, whom, surprise surprise, the intelligence services absolutely hated and worked like devils to undermine. If Trump had been like the Nobel-Peace-Prize-winning Obama, and just authorized indiscriminate drone strikes on civilians across the Third World while funding CIA-backed color revolutions in the former Second World, I’m sure the intelligence services would have happily supported him, just as they did Obama and Obama’s puppet, “Geriatric” Joe Biden. Gotta keep the war profiteers and CIA spooks happy!
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