Empire of the Son
Hail Caesar and The Pax Americana
I remember just prior to Election Day 2000, I was
talking to a friend about how Bush would probably get elected just
because Gore was coming off as such an arrogant jerk. The presidency
is a popularity contest, we joked. We also joked about where the
first war would be. It was funny then. We never suspected that the
war would start at home, or that it would primarily a battle for
the paranoid mind of the American public.
After the first few tons of bombs had fallen on Afghanistan
and they still hadn't nailed our new enemy, terrorism, we joked
again that they'd try to link al Quaeda to Iraq. Again, this sounded
preposterous enough at the time to be a little humorous. "Lookitchew
now", as Tony Montana might say. Perhaps the most disturbing
part of America's new war is its ethereal nature. We've declared
war on an abstract
noun , and declared that it's over when we say so. The problem
here being that the more we do to battle the alleged problem, the
more we anger the lunatic fringe that IS the problem. It doesn't
take a genius to untangle this cycle and its roots. If you do even
some superficial research, you'll start seeing the same names appearing
in association with conflict around the world, and these same people
are the ones who ultimately are the only people who benefit from
war, terrorism, and international tensions. Who's at the center
of this circle of lunacy? Well, in our cosmetically democratic two-party
system, it's hard to separate the sycophants from the psychos, but
we'll do our best.
The Madness of King George
...George's madness ultimately left the fate of the crown on
his eldest son George....Prince George was put in the daunting position
of attempting to govern according to the increasingly erratic will
of his father....
There are more parallels between Georges 41 &
43 and Georges II & III than we like to think about. More disturbing
than the bit of humour above is perhaps the following:
- HE has made Judges dependent on his Will alone,
for the Tenure of their Offices, and the Amount and Payment of
- HE has erected a Multitude of new Offices,
and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat
out their Substance.
- HE has kept among us, in Times of Peace, Standing
Armies, without the consent of our Legislatures.
- HE has affected to render the Military independent
of and superior to the Civil Power.
- FOR depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits
of Trial by Jury:
- FOR transporting us beyond Seas to be tried
for pretended Offences:
- HE has called together Legislative Bodies
at Places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the Depository
of their public Records, for the sole Purpose of fatiguing them
into Compliance with his Measures.
Forgive us, but these protests outlined in the Declaration
of Independence sound an awful lot like something one might say
about George Bush today. A rather significant difference being the
formal structure of royalty in America, vs. that of 18th century
England. British Royalty not only possessed all the wealth and political
power, they were assumed to be direct representatives of God Almighty.
The Bushes may possess all the wealth & power in America, but
they only ACT like direct representatives of God. Although the Bushes
are clearly a very powerful expression of modern American royalty,
their bizarre combination of Ivy
League educations, Nazi
Oil & Defense interests, and down-home Texas patter do a
good job of throwing one off this line of thinking. However, it
doesn't take much digging to start seeing the connections.
Ignore That Man Behind the
A great place to start is with some of the mission statements and
manifestos at NewAmericanCentury.org
--- this group outlined much of today's current political agenda
back in 1992 before Bush Sr. blew re-election. They also nicely
reinforce the analogy of the Bushes and the Caesars by using terms
like "Pax Americana", insisting that American global rule
is the only alternative for the Post Cold War world. As Washington
rallied to dismantle Clinton's Legacy, these cats were at it again
explaining, in baroque double-speak, how as the most powerful nation
on Earth, we weren't powerful enough:
In one paragraph, they begin
"Paradoxically, as American power and influence are at their
apogee, American military forces limp toward exhaustion, unable
to meet the demands of their many and varied missions, including
preparing for tomorrow's battlefield."
The next paragraph begins with:
"This is no paradox; it is the inevitable consequence of
the failure to match military means to geopolitical ends."
In their "Core Missions",
they also discuss plans for controlling outer space and your computer:
"CONTROL THE NEW 'INTERNATIONAL COMMONS' OF SPACE AND 'CYBERSPACE',
and pave the way for the creation of a new military service - U.S.
Space Forces - with the mission of space control."
Space control? Do these guys have any concept of how big "space"
If you actually read the various mission statements
and letters at NewAmericanCentury.org
, you'll get a disturbing overview of who is planning what,
and if you're really paying attention, you'll lose any hope that
the mainstream media in this country is much different than Pravda
during the cold war. In the list of names at the bottom of their
of Principles page, dated June 3, 1997, you'll see names you
might expect, like Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz, as well as pardoned
or officially ignored criminals names, like Eliot Abrams & Jeb
Bush, but you'll also see the names of lots of well known journalists
and editors, who've clearly moved through an important new type
of revolving door in Washington. Research these names and follow
the trails of credible information, and you'll realize that this
president, George W. Bush, may be the mouthpiece for an agenda,
but couldn't possibly be the informed leader that one would hope
for as one who holds the office of President of the United States.
Nor could he even begin to stand for any of the values that most
Americans would consider to be those of a good American. Virtually
every key figure in the current administration can be connected
with the oil or defense industries, and very few of them are first-generation
politicians. Most are in fact either second or third generation,
or are tied to banking or industry in a way that makes their lack
of political title irrelevant.
Did you vote for President
If your answer was yes.... To slightly less than 50% of those reading
this, if you're not rich, you're stupid. To slightly more than 50%
of those reading this, if you think any presidential candidate who
is a member of the two major political parties in America is not
bought & sold by big business in America, you're not so bright
yourself. When politicians rely entirely on polls and marketing
strategies to define their platforms, politics becomes so centrist
as to render the party system meaningless. America has for all practical
purposes become an Oligarchic, perhaps even Monarchical Empire.
It will be interesting indeed to see if the recent Republican election
sweep will compel Liberal Democrats to actually define a message,
or if they'll pursue the path suggested by Martin Frost: "I
think that the party, to be successful, must speak to the broad
center of the country". This is a classic. Much like the
entertainment industry producing violent movies "because that's
what the public demands". There is no "broad center",
except in the washed out message coming from both parties since
the 1980's. Clearly, current world events have much less to do with
partisan politics than with social and financial class. The less-than
wealthy can only hope that the unimpeded execution of the current
administration's agenda will lead to a deeper wake up call in America,
and that our country can return to what we do best, which is being
peaceful, creative, and freedom-loving people.
(This article was originally going to be mildly
parody-like in nature, but the more we researched, the less funny
it seemed. Look for future articles that explore Democratic party
corruption and more on the nature of the in-crowd that really rules
The Who's Who Of New American Century
Secretary of State for International Organization
Affairs under Ronald Reagan
Plead guilty to two counts of withholding information from Congress
during the Iran-Contra Scandal.
Pardoned by exiting president George Bush in 1992
Director, White House Office of Policy Development
under Ronald Reagan
Early dropout from 2000 presidential campaign.
A short guy often accused of either having affairs with young campaign
workers or denying his homosexuality.
William J. Bennett
Secretary of Education under Ronald Reagan
"Drug Czar" Under George Bush
Loosely associated with numerous HUD HMO scandals
in Florida throughout his career.
Never subpoenaed or directly implicated in a court of law due to
Ironically, Cheney was trained by Secretary
of Defense Rumsfeld in 1969.
Currently ignoring accusations that as CEO of Halliburton Energy
he overstated profits of the company by $445,000,000.00.
Regardless of his innocence, Halliburton did several hundred million
dollars worth of business with Iraq in the 1990's.
Professor and Director of Strategic Studies,
Johns Hopkins University
Served on the policy planning staff of the secretary of Defense
and directed the U.S. Air Force's Gulf War Air Power Survey; former
professor at Harvard University and the U.S. Naval War College;
Ph.D., political science, Harvard University
Has held various editor positions with such
publications as Midstream, Commentary, and Harper's.
A Democratic Party turncoat in the 1970's, she appears to espouse
anti-feminist, ardently conservative values.
Paula J. Dobriansky
Under Secretary, Global Affairs, George W. Bush
As are many of these people, she has worked with the Council on
Like GW Bush, dad made all the money, son just
Like GW Bush, dodged the draft by joining the National Guard
Unlike GW Bush, he's failed to grab the GOP's favor
Aaron L. Friedberg
Professor of Politics and International Affairs
Believes Sino-American Conflict is inevitable
Member GW Bush Council on Bioethics
Author "The End of History and the Last Man"
CEO of Center for Security Policy
Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control
Policy under Reagan
Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by
Fred C. Ikle
Senior scholar, Center for Strategic and International
Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in Reagan administration
U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan
Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Planning in Bush Sr.
State Department Policy Planning Staff in Reagan administration
I. Lewis Libby
Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney
Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs
1998: Legal Adviser to the Cox Committee
Former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
Cool. His initials spell I.L.L.!
Editor in Chief, Commentary magazine
Bad Spellerer, Youth Vote Value-Add for George
Peter W. Rodman
Assistant Secretary of Defense for International
State Department Policy Planning Staff under Reagan
Stephen P. Rosen
Director, Olin Institute of Strategic Studies
at Harvard University
Henry S. Rowen
Asst Secretary of Defense for Intl. Security
Affairs under Ford and Bush Sr.
Secretary of Defense under several presidents.
Among other things...
Chairman of the Board of Directors, National
Endowment for Democracy
Vice Chairman of Empower America
John M. Olin Chair in Religion and American
Democracy at Ethics and Public Policy Center
Former President, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Deputy Secretary of Defense
Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in Bush Sr. administration
U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia
Director of Policy Planning for the Department of State in Reagan