"[B]y false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government
has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing
from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize. … But whether
the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain –
that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been
powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist."
- Lysander Spooner, No Treason (1867)
Ever since the Constitution was ratified,
what is now the national government of the United States has been brutally killing
people. It began with George Washington's invasion
of Pennsylvania to put down the Whiskey Rebellion
in 1794, and has scarcely stopped for a day.
Armies had been a major complaint of the American revolutionaries. In the words
of the Declaration of Independence,
"[H]as affected to render the Military independent of and superior
to the Civil Power.
"He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign
to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their
Acts of pretended Legislation:
"For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
"For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders
which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States…."
So what did these revolutionaries do about it? They wrote a new Constitution
in which the legislature has the authority to raise standing armies:
"The Congress shall have Power … To raise and support Armies, but no
Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years…."
Two years, huh? Yeah, that'll hold 'em.
The U.S. Congress has declared war five times: against Britain
in the war of 1812, against
Spain, against the Central Powers
of the "Great War,"
and against the Axis Powers of World War II.
In addition to this handful of official declarations of war, the United States
military has undertaken – ready? – over 240 other violent interventions,
not including the
near-extermination of the American Indian, the
Union's invasion of the Southern Confederacy, the "putting
down" of strikers,
or the Waco massacre.
This list compiled
for the U.S. Navy by the Library of Congress is incomplete, as it ends in 1993,
knows the U.S. government has killed a hell of a lot
of people since then.
Now, not all of these wars have been aggressive invasions by America. Obviously,
if not for the U.S.
Army, we'd all be speaking
Japanese right now. And then there was that time when North Korea almost
conquered Washington State…
Truth is, the U.S. government is nothing but a ring of brutal thugs who wrap
themselves in the legitimacy of our traditions as they wage aggressive warfare.
The U.S. military does not protect liberty, and they
sure don't spread it. They are the provocation for our enemies, and their
secret "intelligence" agencies now admit that the resentment caused by their
recent adventure in Iraq has turned that country into a "breeding ground"
for future terrorists.
defense is a myth. The purpose of government is the use of violent force
to tax "its" people to pay for their own sons to go far away to kill people
and die for the private interests that
control the state – and make more enemies along the way.
All our government's hype
about freedom and democracy is the most obscene hypocrisy to all but
the willfully blind. Everyone else sees the biggest empire of bases in the history
of the world, two ongoing
wars under the umbrella of a third
(with at least
the way), a very
real Department of Homeland Security,
vastly expanded powers
for the national police
forces, the creation of the U.S. Northern
Command to keep the American people in line, unprecedented
for torturers at Abu
Bay, individual acts of
by the vice president's
the wholesale destruction
of the Bill of Rights
by executive order
– and to what end?
The American Empire is now overextended. A draft looms. Oil costs 60 bucks a barrel, the currency is in tatters, and future generations
are obligated to pay trillions for it all. Our reputation
as the land of liberty is in burning
No outside enemy could ever destroy America, short of an all-out nuclear attack.
And why bother with that? Those whom our politicians have made into our enemies
can sit back and watch as we destroy ourselves.