Through deceit and false promises, the American people are deluded into a sense of belief in the availability of a higher ideal in life that is only attainable through hard work and ambition; yet in a hierarchy designed to maintain a status quo of elitism and surplus worker force, the promises are as empty as the thousands of foreclosed homes previously owned by those left behind by the American corporate machine.
The American system has been mobilized into a cult of personality centered upon the distribution of capitalist propaganda promising the masses equal work opportunities that, if these promises were to be true, would result in an endgame of wealth and comfort. Nevertheless, the system has been set up to slow or stop the rise of the people to any position of status, therefore polarizing power and stopping the distribution of wealth. The system has been rigged so that those who are rich will continue to profit, whilst the masses perpetually strive towards the infinitely unattainable carrot that is dangled in front of them. The system is designed to cause disparity for the working masses that strive day in and day out believing that a better future is a viable possibility through their sweat and tears. The fairy tale is proliferated throughout the masses, systemically indoctrinating millions into subordinate tools for the corporate-capitalist hierarchy that profits from the exacerbation of disparity in a country based supposedly on equality and freedom. The American system is defined by a select few that dictate the course of the nation, the taxes, the social programs, the international policies and the just rewards for the millions enslaved under theological nonsense – rewards generally expressed by crippling taxes and cuts in social welfare programs. Living check-to-check, the people are a minimum wage away from repeating the mistakes of the past – adhering to a growing totalitarian regime based on a capitalist theology in which money and greed weigh heavier than can be supported by the huddled masses. As the criminals of the state continue to aspire to insurmountable wealth through corrupt deals and offshore bank accounts, the social atmosphere continues to spin pro-mainland propaganda alluding to the greatness that awaits the masses at the end of the tunnel. Alienated by politicians initially elected to represent them, the people have been left with no outlet from their misery and strife. Lost in the maelstrom of political in-fighting and polarization, the American ship has continued on leaderless and directionless, being spun by the competing business interests seeking cheap labor and large profits. With no recourse for action, the growing disparity has left the American people hindered and lost in a nation initially proclaimed as an indivisible family. With religion being monopolized by the right, the conservatives have flocked under a Mormon leader proclaiming to take America back to its former glory, one he seems to define by appealing to solely the 1%. On the other polarized corner, the liberals are failing to even flock in any semblance of organization and have rallied around a few masterful propaganda-esque speeches by their first lady and current President. Despite the general colloquialism, ‘divided we stand, united we fall’, the American people are illustrating their finest stubbornness by remaining subservient to a system of corruption, disparity, division and greed. No matter the candidate or the party, the American people are blind to the reality that inherent to the system is disparity and maintaining the status quo of mass subservience to corporate profit margins.
“We can’t repeat the mistakes of the past. March Off! To Die! But We can take back control of the world, take back our lives. Why should it be the poor to die in combat zones? While Congress and their children sit safe in lavish homes?” – Anti-Flag, “Anthem for the New Millennium Generation”
It is through a system of division inherent to the two-party political arena of America that has allowed for a polarized hierarchy to emerge, in which the elite 1% monopolize the powerful industries of a democracy [healthcare, oil (government policies abroad in general), interest rates, banks, military, etc] and coerce the masses into subservience based on propagated fears and worries. The corporate elitists have free reign over the political arena, thus having no checks on their power as they expand and consolidate into other assets of the nation. The people are encompassed by a divisive stance by Republicans and Democrats on every issue, each party stressing that the other is wrong and they have the interests of protection and wealth fare of the people in mind. With both parties pledging their undying loyalty to the people in the media, they profit in backroom deals at the expense of the people. The masses are left with no actual representation or care, they have been degraded into a herd of tools for the state to use at will – be it cannon fodder for their wars, an electorate for a corporate-chosen candidate, or guinea pigs for new chemicals (Project Orange, Depleted Uranium, etc). With no window of opportunity truly open to the people, besides fabricated tales of an American Dream, the American people must believe in the tales of America’s greatness and the aspirations of a nation as one. The people are forced to believe in lies because without those lies, they would have nothing to even substantiate their lives on and thus actually bare witness to the reality of America – a country for the corporations and by the corporations. It is through a designed disparity that the people are kept subservient and fearful of change and actual promises of a better tomorrow, believing that the status quo of their suffering is the only viable option for the nation. Forced to work and slave everyday for a standard of living based on check-to-check, the people cannot lift their chins and stand resolute in defiance to corruption and greed; rather, they are conformists to an ideal proliferated on evening news that suggests that the economy is reviving and that it could be worse. So saying, the American people have now conformed to the concept of ‘it could be worse’ and this is clearly not the ideal the American Dream is intended to express. Allowing themselves to grow complicit to barely living and adhere to corporate dictated decisions and rules, the American people have lost the definition of individuality and the meaning of truly being free.
“I heard a man on the radio saying, ‘we’re facing an economic hell’. It creates a vision in my head of ten thousand kids sent off to kill. There’s always a voice that says, ‘you’ve got a choice’, but a choice between shit it still shit!” – Anti-Flag, NBC (No Blood-Thirsty Corporations)
The design of the American system is intended to keep the huddles masses desperate and loyal, creating a plethora of state tools to die in foreign lands for oil and ideals deemed necessary by corporations and their narrow business interests. By using the private sector for their wars, the corporations have taken away the constraints of the nation-state and have turned their potential pool of soldiers and cannon fodder, the poor of the world. The disparity of power and wealth in American has turned the masses into a herd loyal to the leaders posted at front, leaders bought and supported by special interest groups, allowing the politicians to represent the banks and corporations funding them and not the people. The elite consensus has turned into a tool to undermine the individuality of the people, allowing an accepted norm for political action among Washington hacks to become an accepted norm throughout the nation because of the growing inability for the people to think individually. Left struggling to live, unable to stop and grasp the reality of the enslavement that has befallen them, the American people are being used as workers for a corporate machine that profits at the misery of domestic and international peoples, growing into a vampiric blood-sucking nation interested solely in greed. Nearly 14 million children in America – 19% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level – that being $22,050 a year for a family of four. Research shows that, on average, families need an income of about twice that level to cover basic expenses, demonstrating the irrational biased method chosen by the government to conduct such surveys. Using the more rational standard, 41% of children live in low-income families. This system of impoverishment from birth serves as an illustration of the cult of personality being constructed by the elitists, indoctrinating from birth the American population into the notion that hardship is necessary for the status quo (poor getting poorer, rich getting richer) to perpetuate into the future. Despite words to the contrary, the American government has not combated the growing disparity of the nation and the evidence is widespread, even though the recession has supposedly ended. Only 4% of America’s population have estates worth over $60,000 or more. 9 out of 10 adults could pay their debts, sell everything they own, and not have over $30,000 left. Worst yet is the fact that over 50% of all Americans would have a net worth of $3,000 or less; at the top are the richest 1% who own one-quarter of the net worth of the entire population. The system is rigged to guarantee the polarization of wealth and power remains at the top of the corporate-capitalist hierarchy. The poorer people are paying more taxes than ever before. While corporate taxes have gone down, state and local taxes which tend to be more regressive than federal taxes, as well as social security have continued to take large bites out of the low-income paychecks. Evidently, the American civilization is decaying as the huddled masses whither away under the pressure of their own obedience to masters lost in clouds high above, lavishly enjoying luxuries afforded to them by the sweat and tears of the poor.
“Have you seen the scene on the street? Do you care what’s going on? Thousands – homeless – in the land of the free but no one seems to think it’s wrong! That’s why we fucking wrote this song!” – Anti-Flag, “Culture Revolution”
In retrospect, the American democracy has become a corporatocracy through which the 1% are able to amass fortunes and power at the expense of the masses that are enslaved in chains from the cradle to the grave, working for an ideal only offered to them in a fabricate fairy tale of an American Dream proliferated on media mediums. With millions homeless and millions more impoverished,the land of the free and brave has become the land of murderers and those enslaved. Reverting into a totalitarian capitalist theology of power and greed, the hands of the wealthy have seized hold on all assets of the nation – political, fiscal and social – and allowed for the hierarchy to firmly consolidate itself on the shackles of the masses driven to pull it onward.