2016: The Year Americans Found Out Our Elections Are Rigged

rigged-1Op-Ed by Nick Bernabe

“Now it’s just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors, and U.S. senators and congress members.” – Former President Jimmy Carter

The 2016 election has been a wild ride, with two insurgent grassroots campaigns literally giving the political establishment a run for its money. But as the events of this presidential primary season play out, it’s becoming clear the U.S. election — and even more so, the presidential race — is a big scam being perpetrated on the American people.

Events from the last week have exposed the system as an illusion of choice and a farce. They have reinforced at least one study showing the U.S. is an oligarchy rather than a democratic republic.

The Wyoming democratic caucus took place on Saturday, purportedly to allow voters to have their voices heard in the race between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Sanders lost the Wyoming caucus by winning it with a 12 percent margin.

Wait, what?

How does one lose by winning 56 percent of the votes? This happens when the political process is, according to the New York Post, “rigged” by superdelegates. The Post summed up this “strange” phenomenon:

[U]nder the Democratic Party’s oddball delegate system, Sanders’ winning streak — he has won seven out of the past eight contests — counts for little.

In fact, despite his win, he splits Wyoming’s 14 pledged delegates 7 to 7 under the caucus calculus.

Clinton, meanwhile, also gets the state’s four superdelegates — who had already pledged their allegiance to her in January. So despite ‘losing,’ she triumphs 11-7 in the delegate tally.

Even media pundits on MSNBCopenly called the process rigged:

The superdelegate process is complicated, as we’ve noted before, but they have one essential function: to prevent candidates like Bernie Sanders from winning the Democratic nomination.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a video of Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz explaining superdelegates:

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Adding insult to injury, even when Sanders does win states (despite Hillary’s advantage in superdelegates), the media can be reliably counted on to discount Sanders’s wins as nothing more than prolonging the electoral process, which will inevitably elect the presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton. This pervasive commentary continues despite the fact Sanders only trails her by several hundred pledged delegates.

Meanwhile, according to the same media, the non-establishment Trump campaign is threatened every time Ted Cruz beats him — even though Trump leads by a larger percentage of pledged delegates than Clinton does. When Clinton loses, it doesn’t matter because she already has the nomination locked up. When Trump loses, his campaign is in big trouble. Starting to see the problem with the media coverage?

When you examine these media narratives, a troubling pattern emerges that goes beyond the political establishment’s self-interest. You begin to see that American corporate media also functions as an arm of the political machine, protecting establishment candidates while attacking — or dismissing — candidates who seem non-establishment.

This brings us to the events that transpired during the Republican nomination process in Colorado on Saturday. The Republican Party of Colorado didn’t even bother letting people vote before using arcane rules to strip the democratic process of its democracy. According to the Denver Post:

Colorado GOP leaders canceled the party’s presidential straw poll in August to avoid binding its delegates to a candidate who may not survive until the Republican National Convention in July.

Instead, Republicans selected national delegates through the caucus process, a move that put the election of national delegates in the hands of party insiders and activists — leaving roughly 90 percent of the more than 1 million Republican voters on the sidelines.

Unsurprisingly, Trump’s non-establishment campaign walked away with zero delegates. They were all “awarded” to Ted Cruz.

“How is it possible that the people of the great State of Colorado never got to vote in the Republican Primary? Great anger — totally unfair!” Trump said on Twitter. “The people of Colorado had their vote taken away from them by the phony politicians. Biggest story in politics. This will not be allowed!”

In an interview on Monday, Trump was even more frank. “The system is rigged, it’s crooked,” he said.

The Colorado GOP didn’t even bother hiding its intentions, tweeting — then quickly removing — what was possibly the most honest insight into the back-door dealing so far this election season:

colorado-gopThe Republican party chooses the nominee, not the voting public. Still in disbelief? Watch a Republican National Committee member explain it better than I can:

What we are witnessing — for the first time on a large scale — is the political establishment’s true role in selecting the president of the United States. The illusion of choice has become apparent. The establishment anoints their two picks for president, and the country proceeds to argue vehemently over the two candidates they are spoon-fed. This dynamic is reminiscent of a prophetic 1998 quote from philosopher Noam Chomsky:

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.

Ahh, the illusion of choice. Sure, in reality there are third-party candidates who should be given a fair shake, but in our mainstream media-augmented reality, third parties do not exist. They aren’t mentioned. They aren’t even included in presidential debates. This is another way the media stifles healthy debate, stamps out dissenting opinions, and preserves the status-quo.

“We The People” don’t choose our presidents; they are hand-picked by a powerful group of political party insiders — parties that have long since sold out to the highest bidders. What we have on our hands in America is a rigged oligarchy, and that’s not a conspiracy theory — it’s fact. Now, however, millions of Americans are becoming aware of it thanks to the populist campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. America’s elections are controlled by a big club, but unfortunately, “you ain’t in it!”

This article (2016: The Year the Americans Found out Our Elections Are Rigged) is an opinion editorial (OP-ED). The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of Anti-Media. You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Nick Bernabe and the AntiMedia.org. Anti-Media Radio airs weeknights at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. Image credits: Gage Skidmore/Michael Vadon. If you spot a typo, email [email protected].


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56 Comments on "2016: The Year Americans Found Out Our Elections Are Rigged"

  1. WarriorWomanForGod | April 12, 2016 at 6:47 pm | Reply

    Question is, “What are Americans going to do about it?”. Continue to keep their heads in the sand and ignore the takeover of their nation by the NWO?

    • Thomas Sankara | April 12, 2016 at 9:18 pm | Reply

      Ya’ think?

    • Read the above comment and answer those questions asked, because if you are an American those are YOUR duties to your nation.

      • WarriorWomanForGod | April 12, 2016 at 10:08 pm | Reply

        Most people are still in a coma – some through ignorance, some by choice. It will stay this way until people are without food and shelter, then they may wake up. If not, the flames of the crematoriums will. Some of us that are awake can shout until we drop dead, if people do not wish to heed the warning then they will proceed at their own peril. Not responsible for the Obliviots that do not wish to wake up or listen to those of us who have been ringing the bell for awhile.

        • Common Sense | April 13, 2016 at 6:01 am | Reply

          This is the painful truth we must see. There has been enough revealed that those who are still asleep do so by there own choice. In fact they must now go out of their way to stay in denial.
          This use to bother me until I saw nature taking its course as a filter and separating the monumentally stupid.
          You can lead a person to an idea but you can’t make them think.

      • False patriotism. You foist duties on another because of your misapplied idealism. You do not get to decide that nor do those from 1776 era get to enumerate them on parchment. Point of being free. But ever since Washington put down the Whiskey Rebellion we have had to deal with a federal power. I reject any form of centralized government with a monopolistic use of force as MOAR oppression by evil people. Violence is not legit authority and that is what the newborn USA first turned to to quell dissent. That pattern has not changed.

        We traded one tyrant a thousand miles away for a thousand tyrants one mile away. You are still not free, Cal, and no matter how much you quote the constitution as your scripture will change nothing.

        • Thomas Sankara | April 14, 2016 at 4:33 pm | Reply

          “You can lead a man to knowledge, but you can’t make him think.”
          — A wise old native

          • Pyra Gorgon | April 15, 2016 at 6:11 am |

            “You can lead a person to think, but unless you teach them how to think first, you’ll just end up with ineptitude, childish dreaming, or stupidity.”
            ~ Pyra Gorgon

  2. “Democracy has proved only that the best way to gain power over people is to assure the people that they are ruling themselves. Once they believe that, they make wonderfully submissive slaves.”

    • America is NOT a democracy, she is a Constitutional republic. That means that the US Constitution and each state’s Constitution is our government – yes, the documents. The people who serve within them are allowed to use the authority of the branch or specific named positions within the government for as long as they do the duties as assigned (yes, it IS their contract), and take and KEEP the lawfully required Oath.

      James Madison, known as the “Father of the Constitution,” argued that in a pure democracy, “there is nothing to check the inducement to sacrifice the weaker party or an obnoxious individual.”

      Delegate Edmund Randolph agreed with Madison, saying: “In tracing these evils to their origin, every man had found it in the turbulence and follies of democracy.”

      John Adams: “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

      Alexander Hamilton: “We are a Republican Government. Real liberty is never found in despotism
      or in the extremes of Democracy.”

      The US Constitution says that those who serve within our government are allowed to set the day and time of our voting. The rest is up to we the people. Bet you did not realize that “parties” are not mentioned within the US Constitution at all. That the framers and our forefathers considered them “factions”, used to divide and conquer a country from within.

      John Adams: “There is nothing which I dread so much as a 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.”

      George Washington: “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

      George Washington on factions in his farewell presidential speech: ‘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. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.

      Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind, (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight,) the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the
      interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

      It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part
      against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of
      party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another. (End Washington quote)

      • Thomas Sankara | April 12, 2016 at 9:21 pm | Reply

        “The American Revolution was a Bourgeois revolution, a struggle between two sets of the same elite ruling class for the title deed to the continent. Immediately after the fighting, the Proclamation of 1763 was voided and settlers poured across the Appalachians into Indian territory. Washington, Madison, Adams, etc. made clear their imperialist ambitions by using expansion as a defensive strategy. Washington actually referred to the new nation as an empire. Yes, England ruled the waves and the US couldn’t immediately claim Cuba, hence the Monroe Doctrine.

        It can be argued that the Soviet Union was a Bourgeois creation. The new ruling elite formed the membership in the Politburo and after the demise of the USSR assumed the new “leadership” role. But it is absolutely clear why the American Revolution was fought. It was not to throw off the shackles of imperialism but to change it’s direction in North America. That’s if you believe the “founding fathers” in their own words. The Civil War was equally a capitalist-imperialist endeavour.

        The ‘Founding Fathers’ were anti-imperialists regarding Mother England but not for themselves. The American elite (aka “founding fathers”) made clear their own imperial ambition and acted on it immediately after the fighting ended. It was no secret. Washington called the new nation an empire. The Proclamation of 1763 was voided and native lands were confiscated as settlers were encouraged to pour across the Appalachians. Ideologically they favoured a defensive strategy based on expansion with an eye on Cuba. Florida was “annexed” from Spain because of the threat of English forts, escaped slaves and Seminole Indians. The Louisiana Purchase (France had no right to sell and the US had no right to buy) was a huge logical step for empire, surpassed only by the Mexican War later. Their ideology has given birth to doctrines like full spectrum dominance. They would have been proud of our modern elite’s attempts at global hegemony.

        These imperial masters did empire better than their royalist predecessors. Based on their model we got a nation built on slavery, shady business deals, war, and genocide all overseen by the ruling oligarchical class. Instead of a monarch on a throne, we got a CEO and board of directors. The so-called founding fathers loathed democracy and shuddered at the thought of the country’s resources being controlled by the masses and subhumans such as Black slaves, women, Indians, and illiterate landless masses. If you quote something from them about “all men are created equal” and rights like “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” or “freedom” or “self-determination” you can bet it’s from one of their propaganda pamphlets like the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. Garbage. So glad I didn’t listen to any more of this schoolboy drivel. I heard enough.

        Our so-called founding fathers were quite aware they were creating empire and even called it that. They were fighting against England’s control of the resources they wanted for the ruling class. They wanted empire for their set of elites instead. Nothing was ever thought, written or stated any differently. They immediately set out on satisfying expansionist goals. To state otherwise is a high school history textbook myth. That’s why Panitch and other liberals are so dangerous. We continue to deny our true past when we listen to crap like this.”

        • First, have you read the US Constitution for yourself? The Declaration of Independence gave sovereignty to us, the people, when we separated from England. There was NO general (what is commonly called federal) government then, nor immediately after. I doubt you will read this as it will be challenging a lot of your “cherished” misinformation deliberately fostered on the people in order to misinform and destroy the US Constitution but one must try.

          The first question one might ask oneself is that if the US Constitution is so awful, why was/are other governments, “elites” trying since its inception to destroy it?

          Why did those who serve within our own governments work from inside to re-educate (mis-educate is a better word) the American people? Who in our land is supposed to hold the “sword”? People governing themselves and controlling those who serve within “governmental entities” managing specific put-into–writing duties and directly separating and appointing specific authority was/IS a threat to the established order. America, the US Constitution, the American experiment, MUST go.

          Do you think that the people themselves could be the “masters” of those who serve within our governments by not having duties of their own to see that it ran as created (the American Experiment)? Back then the farmers, the people, all read who could read, and worked to learn to read because being educated and informed was a responsible thing. They read the bible and the US Constitution, any newspapers, etc they could get their hands on. They KNEW history, and not the rewritten one we have today. A lot even got to read the great thinkers of that day. They talked, they argued points, etc.

          Today our “brightest” person is less intelligent (proper word is probably “educated”) then Thomas Jefferson. Why? Why instead of our children, ourselves learning a variety of things, particularly history is now stopped? Why are the home schooled of today better educated then those in what we now call “traditional” places of learning, their thoughts and ideas molded away from the US Constitution. why is it that even in law schools the SUPREME LAW of our nation is NOT taught, but only judges “concept” of it? Their “interpretation” (which is NOT their duty) taught?

          Lets go a bit further. Why is it that the constitutional requirement of Militia’s of the people no longer being used? Yet those who serve within our governments are REQUIRED to use the Militias for these things, and by that requirement forbidden to use any other agency to;
          — Enforce the US Constitution and each state’s Constitution,
          — Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which are constitutional laws ONLY),
          — Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
          — “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”.

          Now you know why the Militias are being demonized and why people have not been doing their REQUIRED duties to our nations. It is important to remember that the Militias are NOT under the governments, but they are used and paid for by the governments, and what they must be used for are in the US Constitution and was/is each state’s Constitution.But even then their are duties both those who serve within the federal and state governments are constitutionally assigned TO the Militias. The people having the “sword” arm of the nation was so that there could NEVER be a police state or a military coup because military is forbidden unless the US Congress declares war, and ONLY when they declare war, and funding is for two years. It IS all in writing.

          Now this statement of yours also while we having this open discussion, “Based on their model we got a nation built on slavery, shady business deals, war, and genocide all overseen by the ruling oligarchical class.”

          Slavery was a world-wide way business was done at that time, still is today in some countries. Slaves were all colors. America wrote it in that all new states were forbidden to have slavery. Yeah, America was ending slavery in our nation.

          “Shady business deals” was the way many grabbed power here in America to destroy her. Consider the fore3ign privately owned “Federal Reserve”. She, as a free nation with a healthy, educated, involved people, was a THREAT to the rulers of other nations. Think of their people saw America as she is supposed to be they would put up with those petty tyrants, rulers, dictators for long?

          Genocide is usually a democracy into as “ism” way of being. America is NOT a democracy, or one of those “isms” though they are working hard to make her so, and what will make a difference in that is a knowledgeable people enforcing their supreme law as is required of them.. But to do so, they need to READ IT, study it, discuss it. They have to pull there children out of the nations propaganda centers and work at re-educating them in the truth. They need to stop being “bought and paid” for a cell phone, etc. They need to study REAL history.

          Let me give you some quotes that might shock you. Please verify them. Some more modern voices first.

          Justice Sandra Day O’Connor: “The Constitution does not protect the sovereignty of States for the benefit of the States or state governments as abstract political
          entities, or even for the benefit of the public officials governing the States. To the contrary, the Constitution divides authority between federal and state governments for the protection of individuals. State sovereignty is not just an end in itself: “Rather, federalism secures to citizens the liberties that derive from the diffusion of
          sovereign power.”

          That is correct, each state in America is still its own nation, under agreement (US Constitution) to have Treaties and other dealings with foreign nations created for all of them the same instead of 50 different treaties. That they would join together to defend our “nation” as a whole, and would not make it difficult for other Americans to move throughout the different states. The federal government was created for those purposes, and again, it IS in writing, and they are LAWFULLY bound and restrained by that document, but WE are the enforcers – more on that later.

          Mack and Printz v. United States: “The Framers rejected the concept of a central government that would act upon and through the States, and instead designed
          a system in which the State and Federal Governments would exercise concurrent authority over the people. The Federal Government’s power would be augmented immeasurably and impermissibly if it were able to impress into its service – and at no cost to itself – the police officers of the 50 States… Federal control of state officers would also have an effect upon the separation and equilibration of powers between the three branches of the Federal Government itself.”

          The 1783 Treaty of Paris, which ended our war with Great Britain, held that each state was a sovereign nation, as they lawfully still are today. Understand that each feared giving up its sovereign nation status to a powerful central government, so it HAD to be limited in its creation, and in writing. States wanted some sort of guarantee that states would remain sovereign and that the power of the federal government would be limited and it would be recognized as a creation of, an agent of, and a servant of the states and the people. They said their votes to ratify could only be obtained if the Constitution contained a bill of rights protecting the rights of the people and their states. They retained most of states and peoples authority and delegated what was thought better to be handled centrally and with state REPRESENTATIVES there to oversee each state’s and the peoples “rights”.

          Thomas Jefferson: “The several States composing, the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general
          government; but that, by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes — delegated to that government certain definite powers, reserving, each State to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government; and that whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force: that to this compact each State acceded as a State, and is an integral part, its co-States forming, as to itself, the other party: that the government created by this compact was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to
          itself; since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution, the measure of its powers; but that, as in all other cases of compact among powers having no common judge, each party (the people) has an equal right to judge for itself, as well of infractions as of the mode and measure of redress.”

          Wars made/make money for those in the business of war. without undeclared by congress (who is the ONLY body that can lawfully get us into a war), unlawful and illegal wars we would not have a Pentagon in our nation – and the authority they use comes from the direct assigning to certain named positions within the US Constitution and does NOT belong to those people serving within those positions hence they cannot give them away, trade them, share them, etc lawfully. Nor can they share, give away, etc the legislative powers assigned, hence no LAWFUL “Fast Track” or E.O.”S, or agencies making laws/codes/regulations/etc that are binding on the people. It IS in writing. Check out Article 1, Section 8, and the clauses there for more. Remember that everything delegated to one branch or specific position means it is now FORBIDDEN to the other branches and positions and that it is OUR duty to enforce them.

          So much more, aw well, enjoy your day!

      • Leave it to a bunch of lawyers and politicians to craft a bunch of flowery rhetoric. Too bad the reality is not so beautiful.

        ‘…she is a Constitutional republic.’
        Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on who gets eaten. A constitutional republic is three wolves and a sheep voting for a representative among them to decide who gets eaten. To claim that establishing a constitutional republic counters the negative aspects of democracy is to claim that simply by making a chocolate cake double-layered, one can magically turn it into something that is not chocolate.

        ‘…take and KEEP the lawfully required Oath.
        The oath is specifically a promise to defend the Rule-book that the government follows . The oath says nothing about protecting Individuals or their Property.

      • EmmettGrogan | April 13, 2016 at 2:19 pm | Reply

        We are not a constitutional republic, we are a DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, that is how our founders set up the govt. That is what I was taught in school. We are supposed to be a DEMOCRACY and it’s always been that way. Where on earth did you hear we are a constitutional republic? It is false propaganda.

    • L. A. McDonough | April 13, 2016 at 12:33 pm | Reply

      Voting is for fools as the whole thing is rigged. I quit voting in any election over thirty years ago. I refuse to play the suckers game.

      • That has been true in the past, but now we have Trump. Cruz is totally owned by the corrupt establishment. We need to give Trump a shot – I believe in him. I’ll vote for Trump as a write-in if I have to.

  3. 2016: The Year Americans Found Out Our Elections Are Rigged
    WOW took them long enough to figure that one out, the real question is what will they do about it.
    Answer
    NOTHING

    • Thomas Sankara | April 12, 2016 at 9:17 pm | Reply

      They’ll do nothing alright..

      “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”

      • Common Sense | April 13, 2016 at 6:05 am | Reply

        Another good one from Einstein is…
        We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that created them.

        We seem to be suffering from a form of insanity because I see both these being practiced

        At least by our so called leadership

    • Are you reading the US Constitution? It is the contract that all who serve within our governments are under. Add to it that we also have duties assigned to us; Militia, Grand Juries and Grand jury Investigations, Jurys where the law and the judge is also determined if good or bad, elections to be made and KEPT honest, etc.

      What? The people as the Militia? Yeah, you are to be trained as congress requires the military to be trained and KNOW the US Constitution and your state Constitution because those are what you are bound to, NOT to anyone who serves within our governments. That is so that you, me, her and him over there can carryout the duties of the Militia in keeping our nation free. Each state’s Militia is made up of “We the People” protecting our own interests, homes, states, nation, and enforcing our governments. The Militia has as its constitutionally assigned duties to:

      — Enforce the US Constitution and each state’s Constitution,
      — Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which are constitutional laws ONLY),
      — Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
      — “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”.

      It is important to know that if it is a duty assigned to the Militia, it is forbidden to any government agency to do.

      Tench Coxe: “Who are the militia? are they not ourselves. Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American… The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”

      John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States: “To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of
      towns, countries or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws.”

      Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers 28: “The militia is a voluntary force not associated or under the control of the States except when called out; [when called into actual service] a permanent or long standing force would be entirely different in make-up and call.“

      George Washington: “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end
      a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly
      military, supplies.”

      Constitution of the United States of America, Second Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be
      infringed.”

      Version sent from the House of Representatives to the Senate Aug 14, 1888: “A well regulated (trained) Militia, being composed of the body of the people being the best security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed;”

      “Free State” in the language of the times referred to a free country; not to any governmental entity, but to the people themselves.”

      • Thomas Sankara | April 12, 2016 at 9:23 pm | Reply

        “Americans are lied to in a great many ways but perhaps the most perfidious is the actual truth that the subsequent Constitution for the United States does not apply to 14th Amendment United States citizens. Americans universally do not even understand that the legal term ‘citizen’ means *subject*; i.e., serf. They do not realize that they have, typically by their formal and/or tacit acceptance, contracted away all unalienable rights to the UNITED STATES Federal corporation which owns them and now have only ‘privileges’ as commercial entities. They do not realize that they do not even ‘own’ their own names. Their names, via the birth certificate registered, are owned by the corporation. No longer men and women. Just ‘human beings'(corporate resources) which in Black’s Law means “monsters”. The Corporate United States is intertwined with all similar so-called governments across the planet, which today are not sovereign nations but simply private mega corporations masquerading as the sovereign nations they replaced. The ‘one world government’ of the Banking elites seems nearly at hand — though there do appear to be some nations unwilling to go along with that scheme … it ‘appears’ Russia is such a one. Until proven to me otherwise, my prayers will lie with it inasmuch as I cannot abide a (hideous) private corporation such as the US, Great Britain, Canada, France, et al. now are (and legally defined as such and as commercial entities), that depend upon rape and theft of the remainder of the world for its/their financial sustenance. Oh, for those that did not know this, the United States is legally in receivership to the IMF having gone through at least three unsuccessful bankruptcies. Administered by the UN. All of this may seem strange to many, but all you have to do is go back to maritime/admiralty law, money ‘magic’ and Babylon. The evil has been around for a very long time and is currently personified by Israel (though the real power is in the City of London).”

        The United States Isn’t a Country
        — It’s a Corporation!
        by Lisa Guliani

        • WarriorWomanForGod | April 12, 2016 at 10:17 pm | Reply

          Russia definitely appears to be bucking the NWO infiltration system that is being put into place. It’s why they been vilified in the MSM so much, have to stir up the masses to hate Putin (he’s the Bad Man of the World). Would like to add something to your well-written comment: The Vatican Bank – they are, imho, the evil head of this monster – siphoning money from every single source they can smell in this world. The City of London with the Rothschilds in the Lead Chair is their siphon (and they skim their cream from the top). Dirty, nasty, filthy, nefarious bunch of dark princes feeding off the largesse of the people – they need to go…

        • But just because they did that does NOT make it lawful and binding on the American people, it just makes those who created it, those who have not bothered to do their delegated duty and dumped it Traitors to America and all Americans. Those not dumping it and bringing that to the attention of all are STILL responsible as if they created that treason themselves by their Oaths of Office and their delegated duties.

      • Very well written
        The problem is we are no longer under the organic constitution. That was gone since 1933 and the U.S.A is now U.S.A incorporated. That is why the people in power no longer have regard for the people who they supposedly serve except their own drive to extend corporate dominance and total control over everyone on the planet
        I believe it is called
        TECHNOCRACY

    • We could do nothing until now – we have Trump. Vote Trump.

  4. Thomas Sankara | April 12, 2016 at 9:14 pm | Reply

    1788: The Year Americans Found Out Our Elections Are Rigged

  5. They have been rigged since at least Wilson if not before… look at the pattern since Lincoln

    Always be a light that is .shininginthedark.

  6. Well now maybe a few more people will wake up and realize the same thing that I did after I read the book Votescam in 1994. Unless you’re really, really, really and absolutely concerned about who gets elected to be the dog catcher in your town, don’t bother with “voting”, it’s just a complete waste of your time. All political positions of any real importance are already bought and paid for well in advance of the “election” process. The ones who count the votes count for everything, the ones who vote count for nothing.
    The old saying of “If voting actually worked, they’d outlaw it” is more true now than it ever was before!

    • Common Sense | April 13, 2016 at 6:11 am | Reply

      I hope you’re right and more wake up, but we must realize this ios but the first step in the process. Seeing the problem is just the beginning and we can’t wipe our hands and say mission accomplished thinking this is all it takes is acknowledgement. I see this a lot. People have the idea that just identifying a problem or commenting about it is all that is necessary.
      As Einstein said, “Finding the problem is more important than the solution” WE get big points for NOW finding the problem but if we fail to act it is all for nothing.

      • You are correct, just finding the problem is only the beginning to solving it. And here, roughly, is my own solution to solving the problem of politics and politicians.
        First off, ANYONE who seeks a government job must go through a rigorous set of tests to weed out the incompetent boobs and fools. They must pass ALL of the written exams with a grade of 90% or better, who wants to be led by an idiot with a nice smile? They MUST have at least people who will vouchsafe for them and are willing to share a jail cell with them if they are convicted of any wrong doing while in office. Any bribery charges (paying or receiving) gets them 20 years hard labor MINIMUM, no excuses. Any treason gets them a rope or firing squad.
        NO “ELECTIONS”, ever again. After being qualified for the job being sought, a number is assigned and a piece of paper with that number on it is put into a drum which is spun for 10 minutes to mix them all up. 100 numbers are drawn out and put into another drum for 10 minutes, and out of that comes the number for POTUS, then VPOTUS, etc. They get to hold that job for no more than five years maximum, if they are good and then OUT!!!
        Minimum IQ level should be set for every government job.
        These are the highlights, details to be worked out at a later date.

        • Those with high I.Q. have no desire to be public servants like that. It is more profitable to use that high IQ in other areas of life than government service. Given what we know of “the public”, would you want the ulcers of trying to “herd cats” of American politics?

          No thanks. So that leaves the problem of vacancies and those willing to fill those are generally soulless psychopaths that use that public servant power for their own ego and bank deposits.

          You put my name in a bucket like that and drew my name I’d tell you to go scratch and do it yourself!

          • How can you say that people with a high IQ have no desire to serve their fellows? What do you base that statement on?
            Government jobs should be for no more than 5 years at a time. No more than 20 total, if you should ever be so lucky to have your name drawn 4 times.
            With no politics involved in government, no one would be getting any ulcers. Evidently you didn’t duplicate what I said about getting rid of politics, political systems and politicians.
            No one would ever drop your name in a bucket without you asking for it first, and then proving beyond all doubt that you can do any particular job you might be drawn for. Apparently you cannot think very straight on this stuff.

          • Pyra Gorgon | April 15, 2016 at 9:32 am |

            Because your argument is conflating two differing topics: service to fellow man (IQ notwithstanding), and those who seek control, power, and gain under the guise of “helping your fellow man” spiel. (notwithstanding IQ) Those who wish to help others do not need a public office to do so.

            True, IQ has nothing to do with charity, but it does factor in when you start handing out power and authority and the oppression of the masses to enforce said positions. You cannot divorce politics from power and control. To say otherwise is naive.

            I love the heart from which your sentiments arise, and I like the fact that you think, probe, and seek solutions, albeit idealistic and impossible, it shows you still have capacity to care. What I do not like is the fact that it is idealistic and impossible.

          • You’re missing the big picture here by focusing too much on the minutia of the current scene.
            If the Founding Fathers hadn’t screwed up by giving us a political system to staff government positions with, we would still be not only a viable nation, but a growing one. If we had started out with a staffing system with STRICT term limits already built in, and harsh punishments instead of rewards for people who commit crimes while in public office, we would not be having this conversation right now. We would both be busy working to improve our lot in life and doing so unimpeded by bureaucrats and officers sent forth in swarms to eat out our substance. You know, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
            Imagine people coming in to work with the desire to do the best job that they can, to be a servant to the people and not some kind of warlord over them. If there was no political wrangling for power and positions going on because there were no politics involved at any level, just people doing what they were hired to do, we would be much happier and better off for it. If you don’t build a system that is reliant upon politics, then you just won’t have any politics ruining things. See how that works? It’s when people who lust for power over others are allowed to attain it, that’s when things go all askew.
            The banksters of the world have created this quagmire that we are in now, and it is rapidly falling apart as I write this here. Venezuela is almost done now. They cooked their own goose by being seduced by the politics and socialism. When their electrical grid finishes collapsing in the next week or two, their banking system will fall apart too. And then the REAL crap will start jumping off down there.

          • Pyra Gorgon | April 16, 2016 at 6:55 am |

            Grrr, I agree on those points, Randy. Seriously. I hate this mess we live in today and am not playing ostrich here. Let’s play line-by-line here. I’ll quote you…

            “”You’re missing the big picture here by focusing too much on the minutia of the current scene.””
            Maybe. But you need to understand that our current situation is made of the same minutia that every other catastrophic time in human history occurred. Focus on those minutia because if you don’t, you’ll get to re-live same playbill of yesteryear.

            “”If the Founding Fathers hadn’t screwed up by giving us a political system to staff government positions with, we would still be not only a viable nation, but a growing one.””
            If the ‘Founding Fathers” had not given us political positions to fill and create framework for government, then they would not be “founding” fathers. What would they have founded if not what they did? 😐

            Maybe you are upset with their choice of constitutional republic? Well, consider at this time the REAL HISTORY OF THOSE TIMES. Stop taking snapshots and quips and quotes and invest the time to compound ALL into one cohesive picture of that day. You had all sorts of Catholic church malfeasance going about, typical censorship of new ideas because the era of US colonialism was that Great Enlightenment period. Because of that, you see the beginnings of social sciences develop and the supporting philosophies to those. You also have socialism develop its foundation and a few decades later, Mr. Marx and others of his ilk do what you know. You had natives, negros, slaves, negro slaveowners, white slaves, indentured servants, mulottoes, French, Germans, Hessians, Prussians, hellfire&brimstone preachers and reprobates, etc. Society was just as mixed then as it is today. Yet most ‘patriots’ today think colonial ‘Merica was just white people wearing tricorn hats, shootin’ squirrel with possum guns and useless negro slaves in the south needing replacing by the cotton gin. Whatever. Those memes are created by those who fear to tell you the truth about your real history. Delve deeply, Randy. All info is out there and the real fun is finding it!

            “”If we had started out with a staffing system with STRICT term limits already built in, and harsh punishments instead of rewards for people who commit crimes while in public office, we would not be having this conversation right now.””
            Would not matter. Any limits created can be amended. Tell me, Randy, how much of our constitution is followed or has changed since in the spirit of which it was written? And why would “founding fathers’ who would be “THE ELITE” of their day create a system that they do not control? So yes we would be having this very same conversation because human nature has not changed one iota.

            “”If there was no political wrangling for power and positions going on because there were no politics involved at any level, just people doing what they were hired to do, we would be much happier and better off for it. If you don’t build a system that is reliant upon politics, then you just won’t have any politics ruining things. See how that works? It’s when people who lust for power over others are allowed to attain it, that’s when things go all askew.””

            I don’t think you understand what politics is. “Politics” is human processes for control, dividing, or usage of limited resources. So politics begin once you have two people and one meal. It gets progressively more complicated from that. Politics is how people get what they want despite the best efforts of others to deprive them of what they have. LOL! So until you get rid of that hardwired programming, you will not get rid of the politics. There would be no need for taxes if everyone pitched in their fair share. That’s socialism in it’s purity. Never works. Why? Politics. There would be no need for police, soldiers, or other thugs if people defended themselves and had the heart and wherewithal to do so. People slip into cowardice once courage is no longer tested. Now we cannot defend ourselves without egregious punishment. There would be no need for judges and lawyers if everyone took the time to learn ALL THEIR LAW. That means that law must: 1. be easily comprehended by the lowest common denominator of human intelligence, and 2. must be concise, few in number, and apply to all equally. People are too lazy to learn some laws, others are too busy making excessive law to hide fraud and corruption behind. So for every thing you wrote, there is reasons why things are this way now. It is that minutia of human social elements.

            You also want a safe, happy, productive world where your efforts are not squandered and your property and life not spoiled. Too bad we live in a fallen, sinfully wicked world of haters, villains, liars, and god-hating idiots who have the legislative pen at their disposal.

  7. Common Sense | April 13, 2016 at 5:52 am | Reply

    Great comments. Perhaps more important info there than the article itself, but the focus is/should be, the onion is being peeled and the layers of lies revealed. The BS that big bus and gov’t have been sweeping under the carpet all these years to keep the people from waking up is SO big we are tripping over it now and many are looking to see what it is. Just as in the allegory of “The Cave” many will react differently.
    Our biggest problem is most will double down on denial rather than admit we made a mistake by believing.
    If we were a mentally healthy nation we would be seeking justice against all the crooks who have hoodwinked us, but for now we are still buying the BS and helping the top parasites continue kicking the can down the road. This is not a good sign and it has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with human nature. Did you ever wonder how all of germany was tricked into following along with hitlers insanity?
    Well we are repeating it
    Most societies have three groups. The altruistic. The completely selfish, and the largest in the middle willing to go along to get along. These fence sitters are the most dangerous because they have no real commitment, they are just followers.
    Einstein himself said, “Those who are happy to walk rank and file already have my contempt. They needn’t a brain a stem would suffice”
    Make no mistake, the corruption has reached levels (due to our cowardice and apathy) that there is no hiding it anymore, but the REAL question is WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT.
    Unfortunately my estimation is the majority will continue to do nothing hoping this will all magically go away by itself. The few will continue to struggle with opening enough eyes to ACT and counter the corruption, and the parasites will do all they can to keep the gravy train rolling.
    It may take huge personal loss to SHOCK the nation awake.
    BTW this site has changed something in its comment section that hitting the tab button is necessary to continue typing. The cynic in me says there is new monitoring software at work, because I’ve seen this same glitch elsewhere..

  8. Common Sense | April 13, 2016 at 6:30 am | Reply

    There’s one more point to bring to attention.
    We love to argue among our selves over whose right about the broken playbook.
    Splitting hairs over exactly how we got here is counterproductive because we are paralyzed by drawn out analysis. Detailing every step of our descent, and proving whose right will not change our present position.
    We have laws on the books in each state to cover the criminality that is taking place.
    The local police force is where the rubber meets the road. The feds have no jurisdiction there.
    This is where it must happen. An honest and good police chief and their staff is essential, along with a judge and lawyers to see through convictions We either start here or just continue kicking the can down the road some more, and we all know what that will produce.

    • I agree with your post but what you wrote is no different than what you lament! THE SYSTEM IS CORRUPT, don’t you get it? And you are right: who cares who is to blame, who profited, who lost, who got screwed over. None of that really matters at this point. So yes, we do agree on that.

      But you are wrong on where rubber meets road. YOU ARE that place where rubber hits runway. YOUR HEART, your mind, your values, your belief, your faith and hope. Fix that first, Common Sense, then be that change you want to see. Obedience to man made laws is not the solution to anything other than to become re-enslaved to yet another system. Trusting to cops for your safety is not common sense, either. They protect you because they are PAID TO DO SO. You ought to protect yourself because it your own existence on the line. Who do you think has greater motivation for success, you or the ‘first responder’?

  9. The entire system must be destroyed. America must be destroyed and its people must face judgment before any ‘repentence’ or rebuilding occurs of our society. Our entire value system MUST CHANGE AWAY from this socialistic, virtue-warped-into-vice mindset. We must value human life more than stupid animals, noxious pests and bugs, the opinions and feelings of others as our hyper-sensitized P.C. culture has made. We have to STOP THINKING that we know best for our neighbor’s life, spiritual welfare, property, children, or pets. We have to STOP BELIEVING that inanimate objects are anything other than inanimate objects. (guns dont kill; people do/ drugs don’t harm; people abusing drugs harm themselves). We have to STOP WANTING OTHERS to do what we ought do for ourselves: have courage to fight your own battles, save for your own retirement and not rely on government doles, be healthy by living healthy and not by AMA doctors that “have a pill for that…” We have to STOP REJECTING OUR heritage and our LORD God. God is our foundation for all morality, ethical societal framework, and rational thought (things do not make themselves as evolutionists and atheists would have us believe) Without our history and heritage, we become a collection of factions and never a cohesive society.

    Since America will do none of those things, we will be destroyed. No people can continue with the mindset we have today. No society can have corruption as its morality.

  10. rhondareichel | April 13, 2016 at 1:17 pm | Reply

    look what the GOP did to Ron Paul…..republicans are stupid

  11. This is probably the last realization that will finally wake up the remaining people who are worth waking up. Let us not forget Hilary was selected at last years Bilderberg meeting. We still have the numbers to get rid of these people before the Hunger Games society is finalized.

  12. well it’s about time….

  13. Mimi Kennedy | April 17, 2016 at 9:37 pm | Reply

    And you haven’t heard the half of it yet. Wait til you hear how the opt-scanners and the Direct Record Electronic machines are configured to count….it’s kind of like the 3/5 rule in the Constitution under slavery. Some people count less than others. Some votes count less than others. Votes can be loaded heavier or lighter; total number of voters doesn’t change, just the results are changed by programming percentages that use the fraction capacity. Electronic vote-counting software is not all configured one-person-one-vote. This is a capacity for fraud. I’m not saying it’s been used. But why is it even there? Nobody’s paying attention – yet. But this year – we’re gonna scream. It’s been there since HAVA wired us with software counting the votes. I know. I don’t want to believe it either. But we must stop being naive about all this.

  14. yEshUA ImmAnUEl | April 18, 2016 at 8:25 am | Reply

    “Fear, however, is unreal. It is not indestructible — it is subject to destruction and change. It is transitory; it is undesirable. Therefore it cannot be truth, but it can be changed or transmuted into truth.
    Fear is an illusion which the mortal endeavors to convey to the soul, but it is sooner or later recognized as unreal.”

  15. yEshUA ImmAnUEl | April 18, 2016 at 8:25 am | Reply

    “The light inherent in every soul, the light which brings revelations of God, can be had only by building the soul through the power of the mind.”

  16. So the same system, in place for forever, is suddenly unfair? Gee Mr. Drumpf, I don’t recall you saying anything during previous elections

  17. I’m shocked more people didn’t realize this about our political system. I’ve been laughing at voters for years.

  18. Trumpistas and Sander Clausistas:
    Angry white men and their angry white children!
    Fell the hate.

  19. Jeanette Davis | May 9, 2016 at 3:18 am | Reply

    Im not your slave, this is not Egypt, this is America, where we are FREE! And we will fight for our rights.

    #NeverHillaryClinton!

    Go Trump Go! My #PresidentTrump 2016! Trump Will mop the floor with you Hillary!

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