A History of Liars: The American Politician (Volume One)

Alan J. Yeck

This is the first part of a three-part series.


Introduction

I do not support any hate groups or any people or groups that exclude others based on any socio-political demographic. Hate is not a strategy. Its only purpose is to divide, destroy, and create more hatred. Do not allow yourself to be used by either side to this end. While I’m a registered Democrat, I have never pulled the party lever.

I look at the issues, what those running for office are saying on how they will address the issues, and then I vote. I’ve voted red, blue, green and even the occasional Libertarian sprinkled in to show my protest of the status quo.  At least that’s how I used to do it before I realized just how rigged and corrupt our political system is. I am completely, 100% nonpartisan – they all suck. They have allowed our country to get here by their actions and inactions and it has nothing to do with the will of the American people. 

The attack on the Capitol of January 6, 2021 was a tragic day in our country and just as tragic is that it wasn’t really a surprise. Was it to you? I have never identified with that particular group of people that went from the rally to the Capitol but do not think their intent was to overthrow the government, as many officials like to toss out to the media. I mean in a country that has millions of firearms, and I think it would be reasonable to say that group would have certainly have been gun owners, they were unarmed. Remember the old saying – ‘you don’t bring a spear to a revolution,’ (thanks Water Buffalo Lodge guy). 

We are a country born from violence and war and haven’t done much to change that in 245 years. And again, to be clear, I’m not defending them or their occupation/riot at all but it wasn’t an attempt to go from their rooms at Comfort Suites to overthrow our government. I mean they get a free breakfast so why screw that up? 

I heard the Speaker of the House call it an “…attack on the temple of democracy…” and later an NPR reporter referred to it as an “…attack on the museum of democracy…” I believe the latter to be a more accurate description – a museum is a place full of old stuff that doesn’t work anymore in today’s world.

Spot on!

The Capitol building is a beautiful, historic landmark. A beautiful building. Building. It is not a temple of democracy, or a synagogue of freedom, or a mosque of liberty. It is office space that we, the citizens (who are supposed to be in control of our government), allow the officials we elected to use. With how our country has been run in the last several decades we might have a better return if the space was leased to Amazon as a shipping hub. I think the return on investment would be much better than what the House and Senate do for us.

I am not upset that the building was occupied in protest but it might have been better served had the millions of Americans who sleep without a home every night been the occupiers. Or the millions imprisoned because prisons are the chosen mental health system of the government. I am upset that those inside the building feel they are the gatekeepers of freedom when the truth is, they often hold our freedoms hostage pending corporate approval. They protect their own asses and make money doing so. 

Democracy comes from the people only. It doesn’t reside in a building in D.C. that has a long history of liars and thieves occupying it. We the people, define our freedoms, our liberties, our justice, our systems but have been in a deep slumber for too long now, believing those we vote for have our best interest in mind.  We flipped on the auto pilot and happily watched Tom Brady and Lebron James instead of Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi. We passed the homeless on our way to see The Avengers defend our way of life. The water the children drank was full of lead but gas was cheap.  Rome was burning but at least the lions were distracting.  

My approach has always been, and will always be peaceful protest and in revolutionary thought, through electing those who promise to dissemble this dirty, political warhorse, funded by corporations that has controlled our wonderful country for much too long. True democracy back to the people. 

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”

-Abraham Lincoln

This is the first article in a three-part series by Alan J. Yeck reflecting on the state of the American political system, its challenges and the far-reaching effects it can have.

We have the power to change American politics back to a system that serves the people, not the politicians. Contact your representatives and ask them to listen to these facts and national narratives.

Death of Democracy

“What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?”

-William Shakespeare, Macbeth

By Alan J. Yeck

While it is easiest to blame Trump and his supporters for yesterday’s occupation by rioters of the Capitol, we need to understand that this was just the most recent symptom of a much greater issue that has been going on for many administrations regardless of the party in power. It’s just the most recent symptom of our dying democracy.

This didn’t just happen yesterday, or even begin in 2016. A “government of the people, by the people, for the people” has not been the reality of our American political system for a long, long time – if it ever was true. Do not read this as condoning any of our current politicians or political parties because all have blood on their hands. Not one is without guilt. Are you?

We have allowed ourselves to be fooled by one side or the other for as long as I can remember, and in researching the history of our government, for as long as it’s been in existence. We choose to believe what this person says or what that media outlet reports. We choose to believe that our side is absolutely right and the other absolutely wrong. We choose to ignore those around us suffering from poor policies and social ignorance. We choose not to see the ultra-wealthy and powerful taking all they want while we fight each other for the scraps.

We not only choose these things, we choose to embrace them. When our voices are not heard by those who we entrust with our lives and the future of our children, there can only be anger and resentment. But the direction has been misplaced, intentionally planned, so we stand against each other; to be occupied at the lowest level instead of focusing on the roots of our problems – corruption and ownership of our government by corporate entities who have become the masters to those we vote for. The system which safeguards our democracy is broken and our elected officials are bought and paid in full to keep it that way. Biden’s presidency will not change this.

The two-party system has been protected by the two parties to ensure the power remains with them (corporations) and not the people. Over the last few years, I’ve heard both sides making statements to attack each other based on what the ‘founding fathers’ of our country thought – what their vision was for our country today. In all instances I felt their references were at best, contrived and based on absolutely no understanding of the history of our nation or our current problems. With that said, I’d like to share two quotes from those involved in the original fight against tyranny:

There is nothing I dread so much as the division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our constitution.”

-John Adams

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.”

-George Washington

Just to make clear, “despotism” is when the people are oppressed by the absolute power and authority exerted by government. It was a warning from 200 years ago and we still haven’t listened though Rome burns. If ignorance is truly bliss then we are one bunch of happy fuckers.

There is much more to our government’s corruption that I’ll continue to address later, but my last thought is about Ashli Babbitt, the Air force veteran who was shot and killed by U.S. Capitol Police while climbing through a window. While I did not know her, I’m very sorry and sad for her family and all who loved her. I’m also sorry and sad for the officer that pulled the trigger that took her life. Both were committed to their beliefs and what they believed was their duty to do. What sickens me the most, however, is the reaction from the members of our congress – those that were in hiding – quick to speak to the cameras to tell how awful this was for our country. The truth? The truth is they are all responsible for Ms. Babbitt’s death.  All have her blood on their hands. Regardless of what you think of Trump or Pelosi or McConnel or Schumer, every member of congress and the senate has her blood on their hands.

Out, damned spot! out, I say!—One, two; why, then ‘tis time to do’t.—Hell is murky!—Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?—Yet who would have thought the old man to have so much blood in him? The thane of Fife had a wife; where is she now?—What, will these hands ne’er be clean?—No more o’that, my lord, no more o’that: you mar all with this starting. Here’s the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, oh, oh!”

-William Shakespeare, Macbeth