The Controlled Demolition of the American Republic


March 21, 2007

'The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.' ~ Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke, an Englishman of Irish birth, anarchist by inclination, is considered the father of Anglo-American conservatism (a defunct, nearly extinct sect) and also one of the earliest anarchist thinkers and supporter of the American revolution. Few such men exist today in Anglo-American government.

Burke stood up to a mad king named George, head of a vast and powerful empire, an empire determined to smash and subjugate a rebellious foreign colony. The king failed. The rebellion succeeded, and after 225 years, that republic spawned a powerful empire of its own, smashing and subjugating other foreign colonies.

Why do so-called 'good men' turn a blind eye towards uncontrolled tyranny? Is it fear only, or self-denial, or self-interest and quiet complicity with a series of high crimes and misdemeanors? To profit from the fruits of tyranny while standing at a distance, suggests Burke, is little different than steering the actual war machines over the bodies of innocents in order to steal the whole orchard.

Not many of these so-called good citizens would dare do as Henry Thoreau suggested: 'If a thousand men were NOT to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood.'

To withhold war taxes is the equivalent of withholding fuses and blasting caps from the mad bombers busy planting explosives throughout this, our own World Trade Center called America. Ah, but to withhold that tribute, that imperial war tax, makes an enemy of all otherwise law-abiding citizens, in the eyes of a militarist state.

The controlled demolition of any great structure is done day by day. The painstaking plan of destruction in a structure this big requires a thousand minor explosive charges, applied by profiteers, cowards and men without consciences (bankers, lobbyists, generals, newsmen, senators, lawyers, clergy), with the complicity of millions of citizens too lazy, diverted or fearful to inspect the support pillars of the country from time to time.

The ongoing controlled demolition of the American republic did not begin with the New Pearl Harbor attack (9-11), nor with the Old Pearl Harbor attack, the so-called 'day that shall live in infamy' of December 7, 1941. Indeed, the controlled demolition of America has been an ongoing process for more than a century.

Actually, Henry David Thoreau suggested the controlled demolition began somewhere between the time Americans sanctioned slavery in the newborn republic--'the state which buys and sells men, women, and children, like cattle at the door of its senate-house'--and the Mexican War of 1846. Thoreau agreed with Jefferson's earlier remark: 'Even under the best forms of government, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.'

The rather weak, Jeffersonian republic (with some lofty ideals) within decades conquered its way into a continental empire. After the Mexican War land grab, after the debacle of the Civil War and after the complete conquest of the native tribes west of the Mississippi, America no longer resembled the early republic. By then, the ideals remained only in school books. And for 50 odd years, from 1865 to 1915, America mostly minded her own business, licked her wounds and licked the native tribesmen while the monarchies of Europe plundered the world and preached a decadent form of corporate Christianity.

But in the past century, particularly, powerful individuals began planting the explosive charges and detonators below an unwary American public.

You could see the cutting charges on the support beams clearly by 1913. A secretive group of bankers quietly swayed a complicit group in Congress to pass the The Federal Reserve Act. Of that act, a little known Minnesota Congressman named Lindbergh said: 'This Act establishes the most gigantic trust on Earth. When the President signs this bill, the invisible government by the Monetary Power will be legalized, the people may not know it immediately, but the day of reckoning is only a few years removed . . . . The worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking bill.'

The day of reckoning . . . only a few years removed.

That day came exactly as predicted when a compliant, former Ivy league dean named Woodrow Wilson beguiled the country into a world war that the country neither needed nor wanted. But the bankers who backed Wilson did. They wanted their money back--the money they had lent to those losing European monarchies.

By Armistice, November of 1918, the shaped charges and plastic explosives that would drop America into its own footprint were in place. Another larger world war (once again opposed by the people), followed by foreign wars in faraway Korea and Vietnam (once again sold to the American people as necessary) contributed to additional powerful charges planted on the support beams of America.

But that First World War provided a blueprint for all to follow. "At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns," wrote Smedley Butler, two time Medal of Honor winner.

A Solid Structure Built on A Foundation of War

Nearly a century later, the structure still looks solid enough from above. Likewise, from the side, the structure appears firm. But viewed from below, a network of cleverly designed charges will one day reduce the edifice to recyclable junk. Why? because another edifice can always be built in her place. And at a tidy profit, too.

Why would anyone knowingly wreck America? For power and profit. Ask yourself: In the past four years, have the profits of Halliburton and Exxon-Mobil risen or fallen? Have the profits, not to mention the power, of a select few individuals risen or fallen? In the meantime has America, as a whole, risen or fallen? Has her debtor status, her reputation, her overall prosperity, her constitutional freedoms, her integrity as a nation state, risen or fallen? So why should the fate of this nation matter to those profiting by her destruction?

They make money either way. You can bank on it.

Congressman Lindbergh further declared: 'I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.'

In 1963, John F. Kennedy tried to do just that. Return the power of money back to the people through the US Treasury. Within months, the secret cabal that runs the country, since 1913 at least--bankers, corporate heads, intelligence officials and top militarists at the Pentagon--had Kennedy shot and the crime covered up by a most agreeable media. JFK was but a bump in the road to the powerful militarists and bankers. Business as usual for the demolition experts who took him down.

The same for anyone else who got in the way. Like Paul Wellstone. Whether the victim of an unhappy airplane accident or suspicious assassination, Wellstone was a warning to anyone imprudent enough to question those long in power.

War, the well-paid lobbying for war, the profitable expenditure for war, the enriching-interest-bearing lending-and-borrowing for war, and the fast buck, gold rush contracting for war, always serve a select powerful few, the so-called empire-builders, while wrecking whichever country and impoverishing (and sacrificing) its citizens along the way.

War correspondent Joseph Galloway wrote recently: 'The Defense Department budget is now running at half a trillion dollars annually (not counting the $2.3 trillion that went 'missing' on September 10, 2001). The war in Iraq costs more than $2 billion a week. The long-term costs of Bush's great adventure (approved by US Congress) . . . are now estimated at perhaps $2.5 trillion . . . . If the war ended today it would cost $65 billion to repair and replace the equipment worn out or destroyed in Iraq.'

And all of it considered necessary, to somehow fight the War on Terror, by the so-called good men of Burke's tyranny. None apparently asking who will pay in the long run.

The controlled demolition of any great nation is death by a thousand precise charges, applied by the so-called good men of that nation, whether the good men of Nazi Germany or by god-fearing Americans. Not just the corporate heads, top bankers, high ranking generals, famous newsmen, powerful senators, respected clergy but the citizens too lazy, too diverted, propagandized or fearful to force, or enforce, good government from those demolition experts.

Libertarian Justin Raimondo, recently observed: 'One can't help wondering: How it is that the very people who got us into this war in the first place are still in a position to get us into another ' and are rapidly proceeding to do so?'

Wittingly or unwittingly, many attached a fuse or a dynamite stick to the structure over time. The cutting charges were fastened to the beams; the detonators connected by others. When the structure falls, as it will in time, the crowd will gasp in surprise, itself all part of the plan.

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Award winning artist, photographer and freelance journalist, Douglas Herman can be found wandering the back roads of America. Doug authored the political crime thriller, The Guns of Dallas  and wrote and directed the Independent feature film,Throwing Caution to the Windnaturally a "road movie," and credits STR for giving him the impetus to write well, both provocatively and entertainingly. A longtime gypsy, Doug completed a 10,000 mile circumnavigation of North America, by bicycle, at the age of 35, and still wanders between Bullhead City, Arizona and Kodiak, Alaska with forays frequently into the so-called civilized world of Greater LA. Write him at Roadmovie2 @