4th of july



Don’t Vote?

Don’t vote? What does that imply? Not consenting through ballot to a corrupt system that imposes policy through physical, political, intellectual and economical force?

The first video posted is produced independently and contains an individual named Stefan articulately posing the challenge “don’t vote” with all earnestness. The second video is quite literally a government-produced propaganda piece with giant, Hollywood celebrities such as Jennifer Annistan and Ashton Kutcher posing the same challenge as the first video, but this time sarcastically.

My question is this: which video is condescending and insulting to your intelligence?  Which video makes you feel suspicious of the producer and speaker’s motivation?  Which one makes you feel truly hopeless politically and which one makes you feel optimistic about humanity and humanity’s future?  Which one makes you want to change your world?

Do not be fearful.  If we speak the truth, if we fill our hearts with love, hope, our minds with knowledge and enlightenment, we have nothing to fear.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”


“We cannot change the world, we can only change our world.”

Joseph Campbell

Demand Peace!

Want peace in the Middle East? Want a democratic Iran? Want to travel the world and once again feel as an individual, you represent liberty, democracy, justice and constitutional governance? Do you want terrorists, warlords and despots to vanish from the political landscape? Demand an end to U.S. intervention in the Middle East. If you want peace, demand peace. We are still the people, we still have the power.

Bill Moyers, The Secret Government

Bill Moyer’s The Secret Government, pt 2.

This is a series of videos which comprise of the 1987 Bill Moyers documentary, The Secret Government, which touches on historic events such as Operation Ajax, the Iran-Contra Affair, Watergate and the Vietnam Conflict which demonstrates secret agencies working for an over-empowered executive office undermines the domestic and international democratic processes, erodes our U.S. Constitution since these with clandestine actions are highly unconstitutional and shows how American intervention disrupts social, political and economic stability in foreign sovereign states in which the “secret government” tampers with. This is another example for the condemnation of the current unconstitutional invasion and occupation of Iraq and a harbinger to anyone who would suggest that the U.S. government take a covert or subvert action in the current Iranian political arena.

There is nine total segments all averaging about ten minutes in length.  The first and last video segments do not have audio since the audio tracks have not been authorized by WMG, thusly one can assume the opening thesis and conclusion stated by Moyers is choice.  The supporting videos which make up the seven middle segments are quite informative, compelling and should be watched lest we forget the lessons of recent history.

Bill Moyer’s The Secret Government, pt 3.

Bill Moyer’s The Secret Government, pt 4.

Bill Moyer’s The Secret Government, pt 5.

Bill Moyer’s The Secret Government, pt 6.

Bill Moyer’s The Secret Government, pt 7.

Bill Moyer’s The Secret Government, pt 8.

Democracy Can Only Blossom From The People

Mohammad Mosaddaq, Iranian reformer disposed by American intervention which led to decades of despotism.

Mohammad Mosaddaq, Iranian reformer disposed by American intervention, leads to despotism

The etiology of the word compassion means “to suffer with, to share the pain of another.” Compassion is a noble and beautiful emotion. When we view the televised reports of the Iranian color revolution, we as Americans should feel compassion with the masses of people taking to streets in the face of tyranny to demand their democratic voice be heard but we, the American people, should be more concerned with the affairs of our country and the state of our republic’s democracy. We must remember all of the historic failures of king-making and nation building in our nation’s past. The fruits of these labors are nothing but civil war, despotism, terrorism, corruption and social and economic instability which only inspires eventual anti-American sentiment. No good can come of any U.S. involvement in Iran’s political future. If at this crux of history, the popular masses of Iran is demanding a democracy, then for the sake of the people of Iranian, let this blossom of democracy bloom on its own rather than being trampled by American intervention as it has in the past.

In early 1950’s, Iran once had a prime minister who was enormously popular with the people. Mohammed Mosaddeq’s popularity stemmed from his successful nationalization of the rich Iranian oil fields and wresting control of the country’s natural resources from the British corporation, Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. Iran had been defeated recently in World War II to Allied Forces and was still currently occupied. Resentment grew from an eight-year Allied occupation and a growing consciousness of how little Iran profited from Anglo-Iranian Oil Company’s drilling. In his speech explaining nationalization of the oil fields to the people, Mosaddeq stated:

“Our long years of negotiations with foreign countries… have yielded no results this far. With the oil revenues we could meet our entire budget and combat poverty, disease, and backwardness among our people. Another important consideration is that by the elimination of the power of the British company, we would also eliminate corruption and intrigue, by means of which the internal affairs of our country have been influenced. Once this tutelage has ceased, Iran will have achieved its economic and political independence… The Iranian state prefers to take over the production of petroleum itself. The company should do nothing else but return its property to the rightful owners. The nationalization law provide that 25% of the net profits on oil be set aside to meet all the legitimate claims of the company for compensation.”

Iran once aspired for self-determination and was lead by a popular, reformist leader. Mosaddeq successfully pressed parliament to grant the prime minister, an democratically elected position, more powers which directly limited the unconstitutional power of the monarchist Shahs and enacted land reforms to give more share of production to the peasants, abolishing centuries-old feudal agriculture laws and weakening landed aristocracy. Did our government try to foster this budding democracy as it sprouted in Iran or did the United States government conspire with the the United Kingdom to upset Iran’s national stability and dispose Mosaddeq? In response to the nationalization of the Iranian oil fields, AIOC* evacuated all of its technicians, employees, and ceased oil production. AIOC also informed off-shore tankers that Iranian oil would not be accepted on the world market. Britain sailed in ships to bolster and bloat the U.K. warship presence already in the Persian Gulf. The entire oil production in Iran essentially came to a standstill in 1952 Iran produced only 10.6 million barrels of oil whereas only two years earlier, the nation produced 241.4 million barrels. This also brought the economy to an essential standstill. The country now starved, the landscape was now ripe to sow seeds of dissent and political animosity towards Mosaddeq. Although Mosaddeq had open disdain of socialism, Britain involved U.S. interest by convincing Eisenhower’s cabinet that a Mosaddeq-led government was leaning towards Soviet influence. The newly conceived Central Intelligence Agency then launched a successful campaign, Operation Ajax, to oust Iran’s prime minister through the use of propaganda, provocation, intrigue and corruption; ironically everything Mossadaq hoped to end with the nationalization of the Iranian oil fields. After the violent military coup d’état lead by the C.I.A. disposed of Mossadaq, the monarchist Shah was re-enstated by U.S. government intervention. What followed was two decades of the U.S. and the U.K. enjoying the lion’s share of profits generated by Iranian oil produciton and a corrupt puppet government, a monarchist dictatorship of the royal Shah, propped up in power by an army and secret police generously funded by the U.S. and British governments. So corrupt and cruel was this government hatched by American and British intervention, the masses of Iran turned to the radical and authoritarian leadership of the Ayatollah Khomeine in the 1979 Iranian Revolution in part because of strong anti-American sentiment.

One may briefly examine any example from recent history and come to the same conclusion every time: The more the American government intervenes in the Middle East, the more combustible and unstable the political landscape becomes. If one is concerned for the political destiny of Iran, for her delicate democratic aspirations, one should hope and demand our government does not become involved covertly or overtly in any fashion at this present moment in Iran for simply the sake of Iranian democracy. If one is so suffering with the pain of Iran, take action humbly, simply and locally; boycott British Petroleum more commonly known as B.P. and which was once called the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. If one needs gas while driving past a B.P. filling station, keep driving. If one begins to hear his or her elected representative in the House or Senate rattling the oratory saber crying that the U.S. should intervene on behalf of the Iranian people to “spread democracy,” one should immediately contact his or her elected representative and demand they cease with the misdirected political theater and allow the Iranian people the freedom to determine and secure their own political destiny. If one should hear another on the street commonly saying it would be best if the American government should intervene in Iranian politics on behalf of the Iranian people, one should enlighten and educate this misguided individual of whom Mohammad Mosaddeq was and how the U.S. has mettled long enough in frustrating the growth and spread of democracy in Iran. One should not let their heart, so filled with compassion, blind them from seeing rationally and intelligently what history has to teach us. Democracy can only blossom from the people, not from the intervention of a foreign state.

God bless Iran. God bless the people. God bless America. A salaam alaikum.

* Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, also known as AIOC and now known as British Petroleum or B.P.

OUR Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The Supreme Leader Believes in Democracy

The Supreme Leader Believes in Democracy

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.

Thomas J. Jefferson

I am so sick of hearing about Iran.  No, I do not want to blow them up.  No, I do not want to send in the marines.  No, I do not want to liberate the people.  I do not want to do anything in Iran politically.  I think it is nice there is a revolutionary and democratic impulse surfacing in Iran but that only makes me more frustrated about the whole situation.  Honestly, I am just sick of hearing about Iran.

As more time passes it becomes more and more apparent that there was in fact election fraud in the Iranian presidential election.  My question is so what?  Two basic facts must be accepted before this subject can be discussed intelligently.  One, the office of president in Iran is simply a figurehead position with no real authority and two, the defeated candidate and supposed “pro-Western reformer” Mir-Hossein Mousavi is not very different politically from incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  All final authority in Iran is enjoyed and wielded by a small council of religious clerics called Ayatollahs.  This council is led by an individual with a title that is not ambiguous in the least.  This man is the Supreme Leader Ayatollah AliKhamenei.  Even without the most basic knowledge of Iranian politics it would be hard to confuse who’s truly in power when one hears the two titles of “president” and “supreme leader.”  The title alone “Supreme Leader” does not mince words and the position of president in Iran is simply that of an international, celebrity spokes model.  It does not matter if Ahmadinejad or Mousavi is president, the Ayatollahs will continue to rule.  Even if the position of president in Iran actually had true political power, this election is still inconsequential because politically Ahmadinejad and Mousavi are not that different from each other.  The debate between both candidates are as meaningful as Pepsi versus Diet Pepsi.

The response of Americans to the Iranian Color Revolution is a pathetic revelation to exactly how much Americans can be swayed by 24 hour cable news stations.  People are actually organizing and protesting the Iranian election in the American streets.  How absolutely ludicrous!  Do all these Americans who are so concerned with the individual liberties and the democratic process of Iranians remember that THERE WAS OBVIOUS VOTER FRAUD IN BOTH THE ’00 AND THE ’04 AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS?! Where was the outrage then?!  Where were the American people organizing in the streets?  What was the reform?  How did we defend our republic and our democratic processes?  Did we get rid of those digital voting machines that can be easily tampered with?  Did we eliminate the electoral college?  Did we pressure our elected representatives to enact laws to eliminate campaign contributions?  Did we even get off our couches?


I don’t want to hear about the Iranian election.  If there truly is an organic revolution simmering there which will bring liberty to the Iranian people, well God bless them.  Unfortunately, I live in the United States and the once great republic is dying while corruption rules and the people are lullabyed to sleep by the conglomerated corporate digital bread and circus.  Two weeks ago, our 6th Amendment was weakened, we no longer enjoy the right to an attorney, and yesterday Barack Obama pressed his congress to give more sweeping power to the Federal Reserve, the private central bank ruiners of our economy.  We are in the middle of silent economic coup d’état in our own backyard.  Yes, the Iranian people have their problems but we Americans have our own gigantic, domestic problems to concern ourselves with.  Turn off Ted Turner’s CNN, Ruppert Murdock’s FOX, GE’s MSNBC, Disney’s ABC, turn them all off.  Protect the freedom of the internet, the modern day electronic printing press, educate yourself, educate your neighbors, stop regurgitating the psy-op, cable news propaganda, read the history of our forefathers, read our constitution, believe.  The answers are there.  The illusion is on cable in a 24 hour propaganda cycle.  You are being manipulated emotionally to support corporate America’s imperial hegemony as you are distracted from the truth.

Please America, I’m begging you, please wake up. The hour is late.

The English Language Liberation Project

minor threat sheep

Democracy is oppressive…

We do not live in a “democracy,” we live in a “constitutional republic.”

Thomas J. Jefferson, third president of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence, referred to democracy as “oppressive” where the “great, unwashed masses” become the dumb and groping tyrant of the land. Benjamin Franklin, a staunch advocate of republicanism whom emphasized that the new republic could survive only if the people were virtuous in the sense of attention to civic duty and rejected corruption, was not a fan of democracy either. He famously joked that:

Democracy is but two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for dinner.

In a democracy, forty-nine percent of the population is libel to be an oppressed minority whereas the other fifty-one percent of the population is the oppressive majority. In a democracy, the two wolves eat mutton as the minority sheep makes a tasty dinner. But in a republic, ninety-nine percent of the population does not have the power or ability to infringe on the liberties of the individual no matter how many ballots are cast. Luckily for us as Americans, we live in a constitutional republic. So the next time you hear a politician or some cable news bubble-head excitedly reporting that the U.S. is “spreading democracy” to oppressed peoples across the globe, question why we are not instead promoting constitutional republicanism which would truly liberate oppressed peoples.