The Battle for the Soul of the Republic

RepublicRobert David Steele Vivas writes on Reality Sandwich:

The National Security Agency (NSA) mega-data center, combined with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) special relationship with Google, and the federalization of local police using Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funds to pay for monitoring both the locations and the conversations of anyone they wish — without a warrant — suggest that the government of the United States of America (USA)-from local to national-is no longer in friendly hands.

As a professional intelligence officer and a retired Marine Corps officer, I am deeply offended, personally threatened, and patriotically alarmed. Evil has triumphed across the United States of America. Every single institution — from academies to civil society to commerce to the government and law enforcement at all levels, the media, the out of control military-industrial complex, and the bottom-feeding non-governmental and non-profit organizations that suck at the federal government tits gorged with printed money — has failed to respect the Constitution. There is neither intelligence nor integrity at the highest levels of all of our institutions.

2012 is a year of confrontation and convergence. On the confrontation side, we have a federal government that dismisses the Constitution across all three branches — a court that believes corporations are citizens and strip-searches for parking tickets are “okay”; a Congress that abdicates its Article 1 responsibilities, instead serving as foot-soldiers to the corrupt two-party tyranny that excludes the majority from the ballot and the vote; and an Executive that borrows a trillion a year in our name, wastes two trillion a year, and has claimed the right to kill US citizens without due process, and to lie to the courts when it deems it necessary for “national security.”

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28 Comments on "The Battle for the Soul of the Republic"

  1. Grassy Knoll | Apr 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm |

    >Evil has triumphed across the United States of America … has
    failed to respect the Constitution. There is neither intelligence
    nor integrity at the highest levels of all of our institutions.

    Disinfo worst of all.

  2. The American people were and still are the proverbial frog in the pot;
    undisturbed as Der Homeland Security began to boil.
    It’s gonna take a lot of jumping to fix this mess.

  3. Jin The Ninja | Apr 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm |

     the only offensive thing, really, is that america (and all subsequent US-styled nation-states), call themselves ‘democracies,’ when in fact all are republics. republics mitigate democracy- purposely do not engage in it’s ‘egalitarian properties.’ if you care at ALL about democracy why give a f*ck about the republic(s)?!

    • Camron Wiltshire | Apr 15, 2012 at 2:19 am |

      Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

    • razzlebathbone | Apr 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm |

      “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

      Republics can be democratic or autocratic. It depends on how the representatives are chosen.

      “Republic” and “democracy” are not mutually exclusive.

      • Jin The Ninja | Apr 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm |

        i would argue ‘representative democracy’ is a feature of a republic and seeks to politically disenfranchise ordinary people, so the oligarchs and technocrats can press their concerns of empire into legislation. a vote, every four years, is not democracy, and neither is a document codified several hundred years ago, nor is the concept of the nation-state, inherently or ephemerally democratic. Democracy exists free of the institution of state and capital.

        • Jesus Borg | Apr 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm |

          So are you drinking the democracy cool aide or what? Do you believe in any protection of individual rights or should all decisions be by referendum? So pure domocracy is the answer?

          I mean the wolf and the sheep analogy is simplistice because an individual with a .45 is no match for a government funded sawt team laying seige to his house,but There needs to be protection of individual rights, such as free speech and the type of speech that needs to be potected is often unpopular.  

          • Camron Wiltshire | Apr 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm |

            I think our Republic would work fine, if people were actually educated and active in it’s affairs in a much more integrated and authoritative manner.  Obviously this will not happen by next week….  The problems are vast, people are kept on an artificial hamster wheel, consuming their precious hours just surviving, intentionally depressed, distracted, worn out and then expected to participate in a broken political game, hijacked by lobbyists, electronic voting and media falsification.

            I know many are awake and fighting, and ironically the battle is waged on the level of language again. Do we argue new speak or eternal principles?  If the Constitution were upheld by all of the police officers, soldiers, public representatives, well we may actually enjoy the fruit of our labor and our inalienable liberties.  We don’t have anything resembling that at the moment and it’s not the fault of “capitalism”, it’s the co option of crony capitalism and the corrosion of absolute corruption we are faced with.

            We are seeing a resurgence of the desire for liberty.  Ron Paul has won caucus after caucus, having his votes stolen time and again, displaying he is the majority favorite in this supposedly representative republic.  At least it is become clear to even the most entrenched that we must clear the deck (congress) and begin asserting our right to hold our representatives accountable and to serve justice for tyrannical abuse.  If we start setting an example by holding all people accountable, well things could change very quickly.  It’s simply a matter of will, and guts.  

            Where we go from here is anyone’s guess.  Like all things honoring truth above all else is the only road map I can imagine that makes a lick of sense.  

            I don’t think giving the state more power is the solution, as clearly look at what “it” has done with it.  Reinstating state rights (no pun intended) is a good step towards preventing the destruction enabled by Federal overreaching.  Those who employ the slippery slope fallacy, that this inevitably leads to the entire country jumping into a racist time machine are avoiding the real point.  If you have a monolithic federal government which can supersede every state’s right to operate according to the will of it’s constituents, you are effectively arguing for slavery, either people have a right to represent themselves at a local level, or they are slaves to the will of the fed, which obviously does not give a shit about them.

            Restoring the 10th amendment is about state’s being able to decide their fate, to eradicate central concentration of power and to allow the voices of their population to assert their rights on a smaller scale will being the process of burning off the poly tics (pun intended) of the ruling class, military industrial complex, prison industrial complex, agribusiness big pharma complexes etc etc which are parasitically draining the body politic.

             Let’s chat solutions.  How are people here involved right now?  How can we effectively co operate to ensure one another’s liberties?

          • Jesus Borg | Apr 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm |

            Yeah, I more or less agree with you. Thanks.

          • Camron Wiltshire | Apr 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm |

            Thank you.

          • bunchaclowns | Apr 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm |

            So where are the people with the will power and the guts, as you say, who are willing to step up and take the dramatic measures that are necessary for real change? Because I’m an activist and have been looking around every corner, through every nook and cranny trying to find such people. Worked on the RP campaign only to find it is infiltrated and mismanaged. Threw myself into Occupy full force only to find that it is overwhelmingly populated with emotionally immature hipster types who are all about camera hogging, self gratification, and the glamorous surface sheen of being perceived as a “rebel” — without being willing to commit to anything REAL (and risky) that would lead to real changes. I can’t change too much as one individual, I need other people to work with. But so far I haven’t been able to find them. And as far as I know, the Ron Paul and Occupy scenes are the best that America has to offer as far as resistance at the moment.

          • Camron Wiltshire | Apr 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm |

            Thank you for commenting.  Which city/county are you referring to?  Hang in there, all we can do sometimes is plant seeds.

  4. Gonzosgirl2009 | Apr 15, 2012 at 8:12 am |


  5. Auto5734955 | Apr 15, 2012 at 8:20 am |

    Maybe you think I mean you, ….I do !!

    Pathetic bastards = US Citizens.

    “I don’t want to be bothered.”  or “It’s not my job.” or “I can’t get involved I’ll lose my job.”

    Shit citizens = shit country…  I asked for help with the crooked
    system more than 40 yrs ago and was given the above excuses so I know.  I
    left your (USA) corrupt country, and I laugh every time I hear about the
    trouble you’re having now.  You’re getting the same help now that
    you’re giving to the people in Guantanamo, or {the ones who would fight
    for you} in the prison systems, you’re a bunch of dumb-asses and you’re
    getting just what you deserve.

     “Lady Liberty”…..’Hell hath no furry like a woman scorned’, and you (America) scorned her…. now live with her.
     You want your country back??   It’s going to be one town/county/state at a time. (mayors, chiefs of police, judges, governors, congressman, senators, etc.)   You’ve got a big job ahead of you time to get started.  Don’t put off till tomorrow what you should do today, because if you do it will only get worse and take longer to correct.  Everyday the job gets harder.  Join OWS,  GET INVOLVED !

    Thomas Paine put it well….”The only thing necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.”

    Good men…..What are you good for ??…..Nothing???

    •  I was with you til you said “OWS”.  Bunch of lazy “system suckers” looking for more.
      OWS is one of Obama’s “division teams”.  Nice try though.

      • Are you thinking of OWS or Wall Street?

      • Auto5734955 | Sep 8, 2012 at 10:57 am |

         Look, the OWS movement has started(and just recently I might add)it is filled with people who want change now it’s time for people like you to join and add your two cents to change the OWS movement.  It will be much easier to change the direction of a movement than the embedded criminals who control the system. 
        You sound like a psych. blogger for Fox NEWS ,  “I was with you til you said “OWS””, sounds exactly like a line from Bill O’Riely .

  6. If no one joined the police or the army etc . . . silly question . . . there would be no one to oppress you.
    Therefore it looks like one half versus the other. A sort of mild civil war.

  7. fusionism | Apr 15, 2012 at 8:26 pm |

    …On a positive note, the main message I get from this article (yes yes we all know the system is fucked, crumbling, coming to an end) is the idea to Open Source Everything. It’s great to see some ideas for how to move forwards now, rather than just get bogged down arguing about who is to blame.

    “There is a better way, the Open Source Everything (OSE) way.  For
    some time now the model created by Richard Stallman and other pioneers
    of Free/Open Source Software (F/OSS) has been migrating to other areas. 
    Open Government, Open Society, and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) are
    three such areas… The OSE way is the way of Panarchy
    — of harnessing and empowering every human brain, of enabling all
    humans to connect to all information openly, transparently, making truth
    the primary input and trust the primary output.”


    • Camron Wiltshire | Apr 16, 2012 at 11:03 pm |

      I agree.  At least we see that the facts are becoming more and more clear to the masses and alternatives are being sought.   

    • bunchaclowns | Apr 20, 2012 at 12:53 pm |

      Have you heard about the FreedomBox project? I’m trying to compile a research on all projects associated with the open source and internet decentralization movement. thanks for the info.

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