Forgotten History is Bound to Be Repeated

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“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” 

(Sam Adams: terrorist, patriot, and public enemy #1)

While researching the possibility of a new civil war to start within the US that both Trump and Clinton’s supporters are warning about if they will not win the elections, I stumbled upon an interesting article about the real causes of the American Civil War. It turns out, our history books are lying that the sole reason for that war was to abolish slavery. If we examine the actual “declaration of causes” written by the states that have declared secession from the Federal Union as soon as President Lincoln, elected solely by the North, was sworn in, a thoughtful reader should realize that the Constitutional rights of those South states were violated by the laws that were imposed on them by the Federal Government, mostly controlled by the North states. The South states were at disadvantage because the North states had about 50% more people than those in the South due to influx of immigrants and slaves fleeing into expanding cities of the North. As a result, the House of Representatives had more representatives from the North, and they were passing the laws that were only good for the North, but were bad for the South states, which still used slave labor. In fact, the slave issue was used to instigate hatred between people who lived in the non-slave states and the farm owners of the South states, and so the constitutional rights of people living in the South were not defended by the Federal Government, because of which the South states have eventually decided to leave the Union and formed its own Confederation.

If we look at what preceded the American Civil War, the 15th U.S. President James Buchanan comes to mind, who served in 1857-1861. It was his presidency and his domestic policies that ignited the American society and brought it on a verge of war. What’s interesting is that before he became the President of the United State, he served as Secretary of State also, and during his tenure, he provoked the war with Mexico and followed Washington’s colonialist approach towards Cuba and other Caribbean islands. He also made the topic of slavery front and center in his Inaugural Speech. Pretty much like gun control issue is being used to manipulate the emotions of American people in our time. Amazing, isn’t it? The more things change, the more they stay the same… Now, what would happen, if, let’s say, Hillary Clinton promises to put more restrictions of the right of American people to bear arms to protect their lives and livelihoods, or ban the gun ownership altogether for a bogus reason of some “anti-terrorist act”? I bet the South states will not be happy once again, and many patriots in the North won’t tolerate such legislation also. In fact, Texas and other states are already contemplating exist from the US and strive for self-determination in the face of personal liberties infringement and such unconstitutional legislation by Federal Government like “Patriot Act”, not to mention the attacks on the 2nd Amendment.

As you can see, there are certain similarities between James Buchanan and Hillary Clinton serving as the Secretary of State, so if Clinton becomes the next President of the United States, I really don’t know how long our states will be united for. If she used her time at the State Department to initiate war in Libya, provoke a civil war in Syria and a coup in Honduras, who knows what she does next? Her election campaign alone is causing social tensions and public outrage at the barbaric methods of silencing her rivals. Because she is not offering any effective solutions or reforms to soothe these tensions, they are bound to boil into a serious crisis. It’s not clear yet if Donald Trump’s win could defuse the growing tensions because he is being actively vilified by all major U.S. Media outlets, but it is now clear to me that if Hillary Clinton gets elected, her rule may begin (or end) in tragedy similar to the one that occurred about 150 years ago: we may either have a Civil War within our borders or possibly nuclear World War III all over our Planet. If American people don’t learn from our real American history, the history is bound to be repeated, and that won’t be pretty…

Author: Emily Ford

 

Unapologetic State of U.S. International Affairs: What Else Is New?

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In 70.5 years that have passed since the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the U.S. Air Force, Washington has not apologized to the Japanese people for horrific civilian casualties of at least 300,000. And now the U.S. President Barack Obama is taking time off his precious golf course to visit Hiroshima, of all places? He picked the most painful place on Earth to visit before his presidency expires next year, and it’s not the first time he does that. Remember him going to Cuba earlier this year and how humiliating that trip was for him? Let’s just hope that Japanese collective memory is just as good as Cuban.

While people who American Military have wronged in the past 70 years are still alive, an apology for numerous atrocities would be nice to hear, but as George H. W. Bush have stated back in 1988 as a Vice-President of the U.S., “I’ll never apologize for the United States – I don’t care what the facts are… I’m not an apologize-for-America kind of guy.” Who is? Obama is probably not that kind either. And yet, here he goes – visiting Hiroshima next week…

The upcoming visit by US President Barack Obama to Hiroshima may be used by Washington as a PR (Public Relations) mission to demonstrate friendship between the only country in the history of the world that had used nuclear weapons in combat and its unfortunate victim. However, the United States have been ignoring the protests of Japanese population against the presence of U.S. military bases on Japanese soil for decades, so Obama’s good intentions may fall on deaf ears, at least in Japan. Unless he does this PR trick to show off in front of the whole world, going to Japan without plans to apologize for the use of nuclear weapons against their country is not worth getting away from his favorite golf course…

Let’s forget Obama for a second and see if any regular Americans would be willing to apologize to Japanese for the war ending with nuclear blasts and huge loss of life? After all, as ABC News article states, “about 180,000 people recognized by the government as survivors are still alive. Many have remained unmarried and without children because of concerns about birth defects, or have suffered from cancer and other radiation-induced illnesses.” In my book, human suffering from a nuclear blast is worse than from the Pearl Harbor’s bombing, not to mention that civilians were the primary targets in bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and not the Japanese Military.

And yet, after interviewing a few of otherwise kind American men who seem to know what nuclear physics is all about, I’ve heard the same story again and again. Apparently, “it was necessary to bomb the hell out of Japan to spare hundreds of thousands of American soldiers’ lives that would be lost if America were to engage in combat on Japanese soil.” As “USA Today” reported in its cliché editorial, “American veterans and historians say that the attacks hastened the end of the war and saved thousands, if not millions, of additional lives.” However, what many of you may not know, on the same day the second nuclear bomb was dropped on Japanese city of Nagasaki (on August 9, 1945), the Soviet Army began a massive land operation on Japanese military installations (note: not civilians!), overwhelming Japanese forces in Manchuria, and so the losses of Japanese military to the Russians between August 9 and August 27 of 1945 were the real reason for Japanese surrendering to the Allied Forces. Therefore, the desire to stop the WWII faster is probably not the real reason behind America’s use of its first two nuclear bombs. I bet it was a show off for the Soviets to hint who’s the boss now that U.S. have created its first nuclear weapons (with the help of defected Nazi scientists, I must add)… Nevertheless, the bogus explanation of “saving American lives” is what is being taught as justification for the use of nuclear weapons to all students in American schools and universities, and the role of Soviet Army in winning of the WWII is being unfairly diminished.

What’s more interesting, though, is that Japanese history books have also fell under U.S. “magic spell” because younger population of Japan is now being taught that the “Allied Forces” of WWII bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and so many automatically assume that Soviet Army did it, with no questions asked. It’s unfair to the Russians, but lucky for Americans, isn’t it? And Japan is now such a good friend to the U.S. that this huge lie is making my skin crawl!

But what if Obama’s visit to Hiroshima is simply another attempt to justify the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to him back in 2009? Does anyone care for his Peace Prize by now after his administration has bombed seven countries in the last 7.5 years? If he wasn’t impeached for his disrespect to the American ideals and worldwide war crimes, who would want his Peace Prize back? Remember, Barack Obama’s recent trip to Havana that was promoted as a breakthrough in Cuban-American relations has actually brought no real results. Chances are, his Hiroshima trip will be no better.

Author: Melinda White

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Did Americans Dream of Democratic Republic or Political Monarchy?

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American conservative billionaire Charles Koch gave a revealing interview on ABC News to “This Week” host Jon Karl last weekend, stating his disappointment in the National and Electoral politics lately. However, he observed some good things going locally and on state level, but not nationwide. He is also disappointed by all sorts of personal attacks observed during this election campaign and pitting one person against another, making the U.S. Presidential candidates “terrible role models.”

Koch agreed that American system is rigged to benefit big and wealthy companies like his, while preventing smaller companies from even getting started. When asked if he controls the Republican Party because of his multi-million dollars donations to various causes, he smiled and responded that if he controlled them, we wouldn’t have a two-tiered tax system that benefits the wealthy, while impoverishing the middle and the lower class. When asked about Donald Trump wanting to keep tabs on all the Muslims in the country, Charles said that making Muslims register, like Trump wants, would make our country to become more like the Nazi Germany. “That’s monstrous!” – he added.

Koch also stated that Democratic President Bill Clinton did a better job as president than his Republican successor George W. Bush or present President Barack Obama, who increased Government spending on restrictive regulations 2.5 times more under Bush than it was under President Clinton, and who was trying to do the right thing, but was “misguided” to start wars, trying “to create democracies in countries where that’s counter-productive.”

When asked if it was possible that another Clinton (meaning, Hillary Clinton) could be better than another Republican, he said: “It’s possible…“ When asked if he could see himself supporting Hillary, he smiled diplomatically and responded: “We would have to believe that her actions would be quite different than her rhetoric. Let me put it that way. And on some of the Republican candidates, before we could support them, we’d have to believe that their actions would be quite different than the rhetoric we heard so far.” He didn’t say he will support Hillary, but he stated a condition for his support, and yet, his words were taken out of the context all over major media resources who claims that this conservative mogul stands behind Clinton, who was fast to respond that she wasn’t interested in his support. This was quite an interesting statement, considering that it was coming from a person who craves for support of Americans all over Facebook with her anti-Trump sponsored advertisements and demand to sign up to show that we are with her…

 

What Koch may have hinted to us by mentioning Bush and Clinton dynasties, though, is that these choices may not have been accidental. With Bushes, we had a father and a son to become the U.S. Presidents. We also had cousins and grandsons serving as U.S. Presidents before. A husband and a wife, however, would be the first for this country, just as a woman President can be our first.

Unfortunately, an American political system that was initiated by the Founding Fathers as a Democratic Republic has since seemed to be morphed into a dynastic structure, where representatives of several political dynasties replace each other during awfully expensive election season. Do you think an outsider has a chance to get in between them? While searching for data about how many U.S. Presidents have been related to each other, I stumbled upon a shocking article about BridgeAnne d’Avington and her discovery that 43 out of 44 of U.S. Presidents have one common ancestor – King John “Lackland” Plantagenet, also known as evil King John of England, against whom Robin Hood fought! Her research and the relationship chart was so astounding that it got filed into the Library of Congress’s exhibit on the Magna Carta. Even though Obama is our country’s first black President, he, too, is related by blood to King John and is actually the 18th cousin of BridgeAnne herself, and so she wrote him a letter to let him know about her revelation. Somehow, this shocking discovery was missed by all major media outlets, and I would like to know why?

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If America had been led only by descendants of King John of England ever since its supposed declaration of Independence, then who are we? A country of freedom with ideals of republican democracy or a colony with political monarchy ruling it till this day? If you think this was not shocking enough, there are hints that John Forbes Kerry if 16th cousin of George W. Bush, and so Mister Kerry himself descends from King Henry II of England and Richard the Lionheart. Before that, George W. Bush rand against Al Gore, who, rumors have it, is also a distant cousin of Richard Nixon and George W. Bush and a descendant of Edward I, Roman Emperors Louis I, II, and Charles II. Al Gove is also a direct descendant of Charlemagne. More than that, Bill Clinton and Bob Dole are also distant cousins and can trace their ancestry to England’s King Henry III and U.S. Presidents William Henry and Benjamin Harrison… Clinton, however, has more royal blood than Dole and is directly descended from the same bloodline as the House of Windsor, every Scottish monarch and King Robert I or France. No wonder our last Presidential races were so close! Is it all just about genetics? Was it ever about the will of American people?

I know that the American people are tired of politicians with the same family names ruling over them and this is manifested in mass support for alternative Republican and Democratic candidates such as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. But wait! Some researchers have proven that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are also distant cousins, and that “their 19th great grandfather is King Edward III, so there is precedent for ruling a country, it’s in their genes.” Where does it leave Bernie Sanders then? You got it! On the outskirts of American history. So much for our illusion of the American Dream and our American Freedoms that we have sacrificed so many lives for…

Author: Melinda White