The Assassins of Truth
By Charles Sullivan
Clearing House" -- -- It is evident to me that the United
States government believes that any individual or group of
people that works to prevent it from implementing its agenda are
terrorists. Furthermore, I contend that the government’s plan is
not the people’s agenda; but some of us will be required to
sacrifice our lives in order to help them execute their will,
and all of us will be required to sacrifice our freedoms.
I also contend that the government overwhelmingly represents the
interests of wealth and power; that its strength is derived from
corporate bribes, rather than from grass roots populist support;
that it exists to execute a Plutocratic agenda of world
domination, while neglecting the needs of the overwhelming
majority of the people.
I charge that the government is engaged in immoral and criminal
conduct on a global scale. That it does not conform to the norms
of civil society; that it is sociopathic, and flagrantly
violates domestic and international law. The form of government
that we have does not serve the citizenry—it preys upon them. It
is not a government of the people, for the people. It is
government of the corporations, for the corporations, by the
corporations—a corporate Plutocracy.
The sole purpose of Plutocratic government is to spread the
gospel of free market economics and privatized wealth, and to
extend the hegemony of capitalism to every corner of the earth.
Its god is the almighty dollar. Championed by right wing
extremists, it is equally endorsed by cowering neo-liberals in
Congress. Its funding is derived from corporate sources and
extorted tax contributions from the citizenry.
I contend that the government routinely breaches the
Constitution and the Bill of Rights that it was sworn to uphold;
and that it circumvents domestic law through the frequent use of
presidential signing statements that effectively render civil
law null and void. The recent passage of the Military
Commissions Acts that resulted in the suspension of habeas
corpus, passed into law with the aide of fourteen Democrats, is
beyond onerous—it is morally vacuous and criminal.
The executive branch of the government, in particular, has run
amok; it disdains the daily struggles of ordinary citizens, and
is engaged in class warfare against its own, and the world’s
working people. It conducts terrorist attacks on its own
citizens, and against civilians abroad.
It is widely known abroad that the U.S. government is practicing
extraordinary rendition in order to torture, maim, and kill its
suspected enemies; it imprisons innocent people all over the
world indefinitely, without due process and without charging
them with any crime.
We bear witness to the crimes of a rogue government that invades
sovereign nations, bombs their cities into piles of rubble,
murders with impunity, imposes harsh economic sanctions, denies
women and children life saving medical treatment, and steals
their oil and mineral wealth. Hypocritically, it calls those who
resist occupation, terrorists.
I further contend that the government is engaged in a campaign
of unlawfully monitoring the communications of its citizens,
including the infiltration of Quaker religious orders that
preach doctrines of peace over those of war, and is increasingly
stifling free speech and the right of peaceful assembly. Our
hard won civil liberties are giving way to an emerging police
state. The prying eyes of paranoid government are everywhere.
Thus we are left with an illicit government that routinely
commits crimes against humanity under the pretense of executing
a war on terror. To its eternal shame, it has unleashed the
National Security Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Pentagon upon its own
citizens without just cause. These agencies are monitoring our
computers, tapping our phones, and tracking our movements not to
protect America from terrorists, but to protect the Plutocracy
from those who would expose it.
What does it say about a government when those who uphold the
Constitution and the rule of law are targeted as enemies of the
state or as terrorists? Is this what Thomas Jefferson and the
framers of the constitution intended?
The assassins of truth have the audacity to feign faith in god
while daily committing unholy acts of terror against peace
loving people at home and abroad. With the deftness of a public
relations firm, they are using religion as a weapon against a
guileless flock that blithely follows its every command, even as
it leads them to the slaughter of an Armageddon of its own
By these acts and worse, the U.S. government defines Democracy.
It has been empowered to do so by Republicans and Democrats
I hereby assert that the hidden purpose of the U.S. government
is not to serve the needs of the people or to make the world
free and democratic, as it so boldly claims; it is to accrue
ever more wealth to the obscenely rich, the global elite. Its
intent is to do to the U.S. what it has done to Iraq; to revoke
the Constitution and the rule of law; to bankrupt the federal
treasury and to privatize everything that is publicly owned.
Ultimately its objective is to pursue the religion of
unregulated free market capitalism, and to establish global
It seems to me that any government that does not serve the
people and treats those who uphold the Constitution as
terrorists is not a Democracy; and we should refrain from
calling it by that name. Governmental power that is not derived
from, and subservient to the people, is illegitimate—a form of
authoritarian dictatorship as vile as Communism.
When an institution that was purportedly created to serve the
needs of the people is no longer accountable to the people, and
operates in secrecy, we can be sure that sinister powers are in
motion. Those responsible are not only obscuring truth and
revising history; they are knowingly and willfully assassinating
truth, and mocking the very idea of Democracy.
Government that is controlled by capital, rather than a moral
imperative to serve the public good, is a danger to the world.
Such government is not only misguided and inherently unjust; it
is hostile to Democracy and opposed to peace.
A government of the people would have a very different agenda
than a Plutocratic regime. It would provide no cost health care
to its citizens, free higher education to anyone who wants it;
and it would not squander the federal treasury on unprovoked war
that will not end in our lifetimes. Such a government would not
overthrow democratically elected governments abroad. Nor would
it throw its support behind terrorist states like Israel, and it
would not finance brutal dictatorships like Saddam Hussein and
Augusto Pinochet, as has been the history of the American
Democracies do not betray its citizens by outsourcing jobs to
sweat shops in other parts of the world in order to maximize
corporate profits and to drive down wages. They do not wage war
on sovereign nations based upon lies and innuendo; they do not
occupy other countries, and they do not plan additional wars and
occupations at the behest of corporate lobbyists against nations
that pose no threat to them.
Democracies do not sentence their youth to fight and die under
false pretenses in order to open sovereign nations to corporate
plunder and capitalism.
Plutocracy, I contend, is the outgrowth of the capitalist system
that values private profits above all else. Under this sickly
paradigm people are dehumanized; reduced to mere commodities on
a par with a lump of coal or a pool of oil. It is a system that
knows the price of everything but the value of nothing; and it
is driven by insatiable greed.
Democracies derive their power from the people, all people being
equal, and the distribution of wealth being equal. Plutocracies
derive their power from the private ownership of immense wealth
and property that represents a small percentage of the aggregate
population. In the capitalist system, only those with wealth and
property have legal standing and representation in government.
All others are second class citizens with second class rights
and subservient to the Plutocracy. It is about time that we
learn the difference.
Charles Sullivan is a photographer, free lance writer and
social activist residing in the hinterland of West Virginia. He
welcomes your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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