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According to rumors circulating on the internet, on November 4 the radical group Antifa is planning nationwide protests in most of the major cities in the U.S. Among the cities that are supposedly going to be hit by these protests are: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and of course, New York City.
I’ve never met a supporter of the Antifa movement, or at least I’ve never met someone who has openly admitted to supporting what they stand for. Since that is the case I cannot truly state what it is they stand for, and what it is that they want.
Now I can only speak from my own perspective, but up until the Primaries which led to Donald Trump obtaining the Republican nomination for President, I’d never even heard of Antifa. I’m not saying they haven’t been around; only that I’d never heard of them until then.
There may be those in the Antifa movement who truly seek to halt the spread of Fascism in America; I’m speculating, and again, this is just my opinion, that a majority of those in the Antifa movement are simply a bunch of spoiled kids who are upset that their candidate; either Hillary or Bernie, did not win the 2016 Presidential Election, and Antifa is a means for them to vent their displeasure.
I’d be willing to bet that if you could take 100 of these Antifa protesters and isolate them into separate rooms, then ask them to provide their definition of Fascism, they would not be able to, or they would say something like, “Trump is Fascist!“
Much of the rhetoric I’ve heard spouted from the Antifa movement in regards to Donald Trump began after he began announcing his plans to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S.; with those protesting calling him racist.
I don’t know whether Trump is or isn’t a racist; I’ve never met the man and can’t form an opinion. But I can give you my take on Trump as an individual. First and foremost Trump is a businessman who is used to bullying others to get his way. The sad thing is that some of his business ventures have turned out to be, shall we say, less than successful. Also, and this is only my opinion, I believe Trump is somewhat of an exhibitionist in that he craves the spotlight and therefore will do and say anything to keep it focused on him.
I mean come on, he had his own Reality TV show called The Apprentice; and if you ask people to recall one memorable quote from it, all they’d be able to come up with is the phrase, “You’re fired!” He was a frequent guest on celebrity TV shows like EXTRA and Access Hollywood; where he was good friends with Billy Bush.
I think if there is one thing about Trump that people don’t understand, it is that as someone who lives for the spotlight he is able to read an audience; in this case the conservative right of the American Public, and play to their sentiments. By that I mean as I watched him during his campaign and the more outrageous he became, the more he inflamed the liberal left, the more his support grew among the Republicans who had become disenchanted with their party. Any fool could have seen this, and I think Trump did too; which led to his rhetoric becoming more offensive to the left as the campaign progressed.
Trump probably has good intentions for America, but I think his vision is a bit authoritarian and many of his plans certainly violate the Constitution; something I oppose fervently. I think he also acts a lot like a spoiled child when he doesn’t get his way; taking to Twitter to lash out at those who criticize him. I remember an old saying that my parents used to tell me, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” If there is one thing a person seeking the presidency should realize, it is that you’re never going to make everyone happy; there will always be those who criticize you and oppose you. If you can’t handle that without going on Twitter and calling them names, then maybe you’re unfit for office.
All that said, I can’t recall a time in my life when a president has faced such opposition to his agenda. The Republican Party shunned him during the Primaries; believing him to be a joke. They may have softened their tone somewhat just to work with him; but I’m guessing that many of them still hold that opinion of him deep down inside. And of course the Democrats are almost frothing at the mouth over the things he wants to do.
A part of that may be due to his comments that he intended to ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington D.C. The thing is, I don’t think Trump knew the extent of and how deeply entrenched ‘the swamp’ was/is. He may know now, but I’m almost certain he didn’t while he was running his campaign. Yet his comments posed a threat to those who really control our country, and those we mistakenly believe are OUR representatives.
My biggest concern with President Trump is not his policy; it is the tone he has taken with North Korea. Trump is used to getting his way, and with Kim Jung Un, he has met someone, who in my honest opinion, is about half a deck short in the brains department. I think if a psychological exam were to be performed on the man they’d most certainly diagnose him as batshit crazy. That being the case, he isn’t going to back down from any threats made by Trump. That makes for a volatile situation that could very easily escalate into a global conflagration the likes of which we’ve never seen; and may not survive. That’s what scares me about Trump more than anything else.
Trump may be a bully, he may be under-qualified for the office he holds, he may be egotistical and somewhat narcissistic, and he may be even dangerous; but he isn’t a Fascist. People let these accusations fall off their lips without fully understanding what it is they are accusing someone of being. Just because Trump perhaps displays one or two characteristics that Fascists do, does not make him a full blown Fascist. It’s like saying every time you get a chest cough you have pneumonia because you are exhibiting one of the symptoms of pneumonia.
I, myself, am not as well informed on what Fascism is as I possibly should be, but I did study it a bit when the first news of these Antifa protests came out; just so I could know what is was they were protesting against. I found three definitions for it which I will now provide for you.
Merriam Webster’s defines it as follows: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.
Dictionary dot com says this about it: a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.
And finally, Wikipedia says this about Fascism: a form of radical authoritarian nationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and control of industry and commerce.
Trump may be a bully, and he may be attempting to usurp legislative authority; which is clearly the purview of Congress according to the Constitution, but so did Barack Obama, and nobody ever accused him of being Fascist; and Trump is hardly dictatorial. He may be seeking to place America first; which is an attribute of Fascism, but for crying out loud, this is America and our President should put our interests above those of the rest of the world. After all the people of China, Germany, or Mexico for that matter didn’t elect him; we did; or you did for that matter, I didn’t vote for anyone. Trump may not take well to those who criticize him; going on Twitter and ranting like a teenager who has had their feelings hurt; but he is not forcibly suppressing opposition. And just because he wants to enforce America’s immigration laws, and ensure that those who come into our country do not intend to do us harm, does not make him racist or xenophobic.
If you look at the qualities that people are attributing to Trump which justify them calling him a Fascist, I wonder why they aren’t calling good old Abe Lincoln a Fascist, because he certainly exhibited a few of those characteristics himself. He damn sure acted like a dictator, and he damn sure forcibly oppressed opposition; in fact he suspended Habeas Corpus and had thousands who opposed him put into prison for the duration of the Civil War. Tell me that doesn’t sound Fascist; I dare you!
You know I recently heard someone say something along the lines of, “Socialism, Fascism, who cares; they’re all the same anyways?” They are, are they? On the left right paradigm Fascism tends to be on the extreme right, while Socialism is on the extreme left; and this is only from a purely theoretical understanding of the tenets of the two ideologies; not upon a real world application of them.
Fascism entails all power and control over society is centralized in the government, while Socialism believes that power and ownership of everything is held by society and equally divided amongst all. Again, that is theoretical, because with every practical application of Socialism there always ends up being a ruling class who always seems to be quite a bit better off than the poor peasants they govern. In that, it is much like our current system; our elected representatives certainly live much better lives than we do; and they think they know how we feel and what is in our best interests? C’mon, give me a break; they don’t know squat about what the average person’s life is like, and the problems they have to deal with on a day to day basis. And that is true of both sides of the political spectrum; Republicans and Democrats.
I have also heard Fascism called Corporatism; which also isn’t true. Corporatism is, “the organization of a society into industrial and professional corporations serving as organs of political representation and exercising control over persons and activities within their jurisdiction.” (Source: Merriam Webster’s Dictionary)
I think this is due to the quote which has been attributed to Il Duce, Benito Mussolini, “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” I’ve found that quote all over the internet, but I’ve been unable to find the source document or speech in which he stated it. So I’m taking that one with a grain of salt as another quote that someone made up and attributed to someone else.
Although that Mussolini quote may be fiction, the belief that we have Corporatism isn’t too far off the mark. For one thing, we do have extensive crony capitalism in our government; the fact that our representatives are more concerned with passing laws which benefit those corporations who fund their campaign war chests and lobby them, than they are with upholding the Constitution. But this has been going on for a very long time; in fact it was going on before the Civil War; and was one of the causes which led the South to secede.
Prior to the Civil War the government, to benefit Northern business interests, was hitting the South with a double whammy as far as that goes. The South was producing raw materials and competing against imports from other countries. There were no tariffs upon the importation of raw materials from other countries, so the South had to keep their costs low to compete.
At the same time the South was not a big manufacturing economy, therefore they had to import from the North, or from overseas all the manufactured goods they needed. The North could charge exorbitant prices and the South would have to pay them. Or they could go to foreign producers, but the government had imposed those high tariffs on imported manufactured goods, so that ended up raising the price too much to be cost effective.
So the South was between a rock and a hard place; they could either choose to remain in the Union and be oppressed by a government which primarily represented Northern business interests, or they could separate as our Founders did, and establish a government which would serve their interests. They chose Option B, and good ole Abe Lincoln raised an army, invaded them, and that’s why we had the Civil War.
So Corporatism, or Crony Capitalism has been around for a long time; it has only gotten worse with the passage of time. Just look at our government now, the Department of Defense, and our entire foreign policy for that matter, is pretty much based upon the needs and desire of the Military Industrial Complex. The will of the Pharmaceutical Industry is served by the Food and Drug Administration which gives the green light to drugs they know are harmful to us, while blocking any attempts to promote the benefits of holistic medicine. There are many more instances, but those two are good examples which prove that Crony Capitalism is alive, well, and thriving in America today. If you really want to find out how extensive it is, do some research into which corporations contribute to the campaigns of these politicians you vote for; it may open your eyes to whom these people you vote for really represent!
But there is another way in which Corporatism comes close to defining the political system we have in America. I’ll bet most of you didn’t know that the United States of America, and our Government is a corporation, did you?
Now this may be a bit complicated, but if you find yourself confused, go back and read it again until it makes sense.
Did you know that the Vatican and the City of London England are sovereign unto themselves? They have their own mayors, their own police forces their own constitutions, and most importantly, they are incorporated. So is Washington D.C., and has been since 1871.
While the Constitution does allow for the government to acquire land to house the government it establishes, it does not allow the government to alter the status of the government from one which is representative of the people into a corporation. But that’s exactly what Congress did in 1871 when they illegally formed the corporation, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
When they did that they replaced the organic Constitution ratified by the thirteen States with a exact copy except for a couple minor changes in the Preamble; which in legal understanding changes the entire intent and meaning of the document. The original Preamble declares the Constitution to be, “…the Constitution of the United States of America.” The replacement says, “for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” Now these may seem to be insignificant, but in legal documents the changing of a single word can alter the intent of the entire document.
As originally written, the Constitution was for the 13 States united; these States being sovereign entities and the Constitution being the document they ratified which granted government certain powers to pass laws on their behalf. This is affirmed by the word OF in the Preamble.
The change to the word FOR means that the Constitution was no longer FOR the States, but for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; which became a corporate entity in 1871. The use of all capital letters for the United States is another example of the corporate status of the United States government. In legal usage, all capital letters are used to describe a corporate entity. You are not free individuals, you are corporate holdings; belonging to the entity which is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Your labor, your possessions, and your earnings belong to the corporation the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! They permit you to keep them as long as you do not try to unveil the truth, or rock the boat too much and take away their power and control over you. Do that, and they come after you with fully militarized police and government enforcement agencies; treating you like someone on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List.
If you don’t believe me, pull out any piece of identification you have, any credit or debit card and look at your name; it will ALL be capitalized. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why? Have you ever noticed that when you go online to file for unemployment benefits the computer automatically capitalizes your name? That’s because it will not recognize your legal name; as that is you as an individual; it will only recognize you as your corporate entity.
The Act of 1871 which did this came right on the heels of the supposed ratification of the 14th Amendment. After the Civil War the Southern States saw their legally elected governments replaced with military run replacements. Anyone loyal to the Confederate cause was prohibited from holding office of any kind; which pretty much disqualified everyone in the South. This was all done under the so-called benevolent Reconstruction Acts which followed the end of the Civil War.
One of these acts was the 14th Amendment. Although adopted by both the House and the Senate, the States, or at least some of the Southern States, did not get to voice their opinion on whether or not to adopt, (ratify) this amendment. Instead, in Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana, South Carolina and Alabama the puppet governments of the North ratified it, while the lawfully elected representatives of the people of those States had rejected it.
Why is this important? Well, for one thing I don’t believe in coincidences in politics. That is why the timing of the passage of the Federal Reserve Act and the ratification of the 16th Amendment bother me so much. But in this instance it is because in the 14th Amendment it states, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”
Prior to the 14th Amendment there was no such thing as a United States citizen. The courts held that this was done to grant citizenship status to the slaves who had been freed after the 13th Amendment was ratified. Why didn’t they just come out and say something like, “Those recently freed from bondage and servitude are hereby granted citizenship of the State wherein they reside and are fully protected by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights”, or something along those lines? Why did they instead choose to say, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States…”?
The reason they did so is because they wanted to subject all American’s to their jurisdiction. If you look up the word subject in the dictionary you will find that it is, “one that is placed under authority or control.” What this did was flip the relationship between sovereigns and servants 180 degrees. Before, government was the servant of the people, after the 14th Amendment the people became the servants of the government…subject to…
See, that’s why I place so much emphasis on paying close attention to words and the phrasing of documents; for they do mean very specific things.
So it was an easy thing for Congress to take it’s subjects, and then turn them into corporate belongings when they incorporated our government in 1871. The final nails into the coffin which held our freedom were the Federal Reserve Act, and the 16th Amendment which gave them complete access to our income to fund the debt they accrued.
People complain about the government’s bailouts of the banks, yet they don’t bat an eye when they are made to bail out the government and it’s out of control spending. It boggles my mind that people can’t see that they are one and the same thing.
Yet they still bicker over whether the Republicans or the Democrats will control our government, when it actually doesn’t matter; it serves those who pull its strings. The best way to explain it is if our government is a corporation, the business interests which control our government are the board of directors. The things big laws, the ones which serve their interests never change; they leave the smaller trivial things to give the people the illusion that there is a difference between the right and the left; between Republicans and Democrats.
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why any law which restricts your freedom, or violates your rights has never been repealed; in fact they typically expand? That is because government, and this means both parties, don’t care about restoring liberty and freedom; all they care about is further enslaving those who refuse to look behind the curtain and see the truth.
And these Antifa protesters who think that if they got rid of Trump and replace him with the candidate of their choice that all will be hunky dory in America are so full of it too. They only care about their vision for who gets to run things; and that is typically someone with socialistic tendencies. But no matter who runs things it won’t change your status as a slave.
And one more little bit of irony about these Antifa fools. Huey Long was a Louisiana politician who served as governor of Louisiana from 1928-1932. He then went on to serve in the Senate until he was assassinated in 1935. Long proposed a Share the Wealth program, the tenets of which would have restricted individual wealth to between $5-$8 million, (Hello Bill Gates, can you hear me?). It would also have limited annual incomes to $1 million and capped inheritances at $5 million. Typical Socialist b.s….
Anyways, after Long’s death, Norman Thomas was giving a speech in Cincinnati in which he said, “Fascism is coming in the United States most probably, but it will not come under that name.” Thomas was quoting Huey Long, who had also said, “Of course we’ll have it. We’ll have it under the guise of anti-fascism.” If you think about Fascism and how it approves of the use of violence to stifle opposition, that is exactly the tactics being used by Antifa.
Just something else for you to ponder…
Getting back to the subject matter at hand, if you want to know the truth about your real status as a citizen of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA you need to become educated on the truth about the 14th Amendment, the illegal ratification of the 16th Amendment, and the removal of the ability to print our nations money from the hands of a privately owned cabal of bankers who only seek to fleece our nation of its wealth.
And just a word of advice, take what you hear on the news with a healthy amount of skepticism; after all, they are all owned by the same people who control our government, a fact attested to by Congressman Oscar Calloway in a 1917 speech before the House, “In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interests, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States, and a sufficient number of them, to control generally the policy of the daily press….They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers.
An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper, to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature, considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.”
So, if you want the truth, you’re not gonna find it in the Washington Post or the New York Times; you’re gonna have to go out and search for it, like I did. The truth will set you free, but you have to be ready to accept it when you find it. I have presented a portion of it here; but there is much more out there. Do you have the courage to seek it out?
~ The Author ~
Neal Ross, Student of history, politics, patriot and staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment. Send all comments to: email@example.com.
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