For many people on here, what I am about to post is no surprise. For the rest of you, I ask this: Is the United States a communist country? The reason that I ask is that over the years, it has become quite clear that the defense of individual rights is not what drives this country. No, we've been putting the nails in this coffin for quite a while now.
That said, ever heard of the 10 Planks as stated in the Communist Manifesto? If you haven't, let me lay them out for you:
- Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
- A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
- Abolition of all right of inheritance.
- Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
- Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
- Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
- Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
- Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
- Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of the population over the country.
- Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form and combination of education with industrial production.
Still feeling like a democratic republic? Let's compare it to the Bill of Rights, shall we?
1) Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
2) A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
3) No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
4) The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
5) No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
6) In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
7) In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
8) Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
9) The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
10) The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Of course, we have another 17 amendments that have since been ratified. Nevertheless, it would seem that one started out with a severe distrust of a strong and central governmental authority while the other embraced it.
Still feel like you actually have ownership of lawfully gained goods/wares? Still feel like you are free to live your life as you see fit so long as you do not infringe the rights of others? Are you still clinging to the hope that you are actually living in a society that harbors a safe-haven for liberty in the world? If you do, then you haven't lived long enough and/or tried living outside what is deemed acceptable to the majority. If you are living outside the societal norms and jockeying for revolution to get "your guy" in office to turn the system on its head, you're in for severe disappointment when you finally realize that you've been duped into being a pawn in a larger game that DC has been playing you for. If you go to your graves thinking that you've been fighting the good fight, then perhaps ignorance is bliss. If that's the case, then forget what you've read here and carry on in your life. Perhaps you are the wiser person after all.