The American spin on democracy

The American spin on democracy

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American Democracy
Many feel that the American government has for years, overstepped its democratic mandate to secure Americans. It has perpetuated crimes that are purported to be focusing on securing the safety of the citizens.

In his opinion piece, John W Whitehead has suggested that the American government has for years broken all laws of civility for its own narrow ends. It does this by brainwashing Americans and making them feel that the moves of the government are aimed at enhancing the quality of life of Americans.

According to the author, the government has a spin operation in place that camouflages the ulterior motives of the government and presents them as legitimate actions of a government which is enthusiastic about the interests of the people. In his book, “Battlefield America: The War on the American People,” the author says that the government has no interest in the people and is pursuing secret programmes for its own betterment or to assuage the concerns of a few who are destined to rule.

The author says that the government considers the citizen as cannon fodder and is not worried that its actions could cause untold misery among people. The recent war propaganda, the enhanced security measures that followed and coordinated measures that stifled the freedom of expression of Americans were all aimed at furthering the interest of the government, he claims.

He says, “There is no way the government had our best interests at heart when it passed laws subjecting us to all manner of invasive searches and surveillance, censoring our speech and stifling our expression, rendering us anti-government extremists for daring to disagree with its dictates, locking us up for criticizing government policies on social media, encouraging Americans to spy and snitch on their fellow citizens, and allowing government agents to grope, strip, search, taser, shoot and kill us.”

The author also goes on to make serious allegations that successive governments in the US have been conducting secret experiments that have subjected US citizens to miseries that are at par with cruelties inflicted on people in Hitler’s camps. For example, in Alabama, about 600 black people were subjected to syphilis and in California; older prisoners were also subjected to crimes in the name of medical testing aimed at enhancing security or preventing biological attacks.

These tests increased even as pharmaceutical companies made profits, which points to a commercial angle to the whole story. At least half the states in the nation used prisoners for probing medical conditions.

While some may dismiss these reports as propaganda, there are many analysts who continue to prove that the government has been imposing blocks on privacy and curbs on freedom in the modern world. While some might argue that even if these acts were confirmed, they were conducted by old US governments and not the new US governments. However, the author claims that there are reports that the government is checking new countries where it can test medicines and drugs on people.

The author concludes that while it is shameful that the government, which has ascended to power on the virtues of democracy is doing such nefarious activities, it is even more disdainful that the people are believing the US government and expecting it to live up to its false promises.

He concludes, “In other words, we are citizens of a government that has dehumanized us and reduced us to little more than faceless numbers, statistics and economic units…What’s in it for the government? Money and power. Or as John Lennon summed it up, “I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that.”



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