U.S. Empire Rapidly Losing Consent Of The Governed

Let’s start by admitting that the U.S. empire never had the consent of the governed in places like OkinawaRamsteinManagua, or Vicenza

What it did have: imperial servants who made possible the soft and hard coups that enabled 800+ military bases in other nations. Also, a rapidly metastisizing NATO.

Such is the nature of empires. Or, as the State Department weasel word experts would have it, “The U.S. government works to advance U.S. interests in Nicaragua by helping the country increase its prosperity, security, and democratic governance.” Uh huh.

The U.S. used to have the consent of most of the white people it governed in North America. This was back when home ownership and health care were not out of reach for full time workers.

But, while WW3 looms as the military-industrial complex “solution” to eroding U.S. hegemony, the Biden administration is rapidly losing that consent on several fronts.

Losing the consent of the governed, health care dept.

For-profit health care is an oxymoron and millions have died too young as a result of the greedy medical profiteers who own and operate the U.S. government. 

The architect of U.S. failure to contain a pandemic still killing 400 people a day just announced he is retiring at 81 — with a net worth of about $10 million. From a career in public service? Give me a break. 

A subscriber-only piece on Patreon by Jack Mirkinson, “Good Riddance to Anthony Fauci,” argues convincingly that, “The worship of Fauci feels like the ultimate triumph of vibes over reality.” Because all the blather about how we had to vote blue no matter who to get a bad, science-denying president out of office had Democrats rejoicing that now the U.S. would “follow the science” and, with Fauci able to lead, get our deadly pandemic mismanagement under control.

We see how well that has worked out.

Number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths worldwide as of August 15, 2022, by country 

Find more statistics at Statista

Or maybe you prefer to compare per capita rates, which take into account total population? The U.S. has 10.37 deaths per million residents. By contrast, Japan, another capitalist state that miraculously also maintains a robust public health system, has 0.94 covid deaths per million. Canada, with demographics and culture more comparable to the U.S., has a rate of 4.03.

But statistics can lie, so what about the anecdotal evidence my Twitter feed is chock full of? So many posts noting that, where public health and commerce are in conflict, commerce prevails. And when it comes to commerce, Weapons R U.S.!

As the next pandemic looms, we hear that tiny and heavily sanctioned Cuba — which has one of the most successful public health programs on the planet — already has measures in place to protect its people from simian smallpox (aka monkey pox). The U.S. has a few vaccines and not much else.

Back to Fauci-land:

Losing the consent of the governed, economic dept.

Medical debt in the U.S. is a huge factor detrimental to personal wealth. It’s part of what makes us so exceptional. You think Japanese and Canadian people lose their homes to mortgage default when they can’t pay for cancer treatments?

That’s been the sad case for decades now, but recently the Biden administration’s sanctions on any country not helping with the proxy war on Russia have taken an ax to global economic structures.

This has Europe reeling from double digit inflation, only kept below 10% in the U.S. by a gas tax holiday contributing mightily to the hottest northern hemisphere summer ever.

It has also led to to a stampede away from the dollar as a medium of global exchange. Maybe the warhawks who love to wield economic sanctions didn’t really think this one through?

Meanwhile the Biden administration is roundly scorned for failing to pass universal health care or even Build Back Better, failing to forgive student loans as promised, and passing a climate bill that benefits fossil fuel and electric car corporations. Oh, and a rider extended the Unaffordable Care Act and will allow Medicare to negotiate prices of a paltry ten medicines several years from now. Too little, too late.

All the puff piece journalism lauding this “win” for Democrats — who won’t even protect the most basic medical rights of those of childbearing age elected them for — exemplifies why the U.S. public is also rapidly losing the last shreds of trust in corporate media.

Losing the consent of the governed, police state dept.

Forget the FBI at Mar-a-Lago. The loss of faith in police nationwide is accelerating steadily. Evidence? Search on Twitter for the term “suspended” and see what pops up. The recent worst in a sea of brutality:

People of color knew all along that this shit happened to their loved ones with little accountability. Now, because phone videos are everywhere, white people know it too.

Cue the Biden administration’s budget requests for FY23: $37 billion for 100,000 additional police officers, and even more transfers of used military equipment from the Pentagon to municipal police departments.

“New York police officers beating protesters with batons on May 30 [2020].¬† Mostafa Bassim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images” Source:¬†Vox.com

Because when you’re rapidly losing the consent of the governed, who you gonna call?

Haters Gonna Hate Haitians

© Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images United States Border Patrol agents on horseback try to stop Haitian migrants from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas on September 19, 2021.

Many people leave social media platforms like Facebook because they become sickened by displays of hatred toward marginalized groups.

The astounding ignorance of history that underlies comments about refugees massing at the Mexican border in Texas underlies current hate speech in response to videos of Border Patrol agents on horseback whipping Black migrants. I’m not going to repeat any of their nastiness but I am going to respond to a Maine news outlet’s post of the whipping story that generated a long string of comments from haters.

The super wealthy who own media outlets have taught white people to hate immigrants and fear that their presence contributes to the steady decline of wealth for working class people and the truly poor. 

Conservative haters are fond of the word patriotism and they express love for national borders with cruel practices in place to keep non-white people out of the U.S.

How much do they or you or I really know about Haiti and the people emigrating from there in the 21st century? What, if anything, does the U.S. owe them?

Here’s a thumbnail sketch of significant events in Haiti’s history:

  • Haiti is 1/3 of the Caribbean island colonized by Europeans after genocidal maniac Columbus made landfall there in 1492.
  • Haiti was once France’s richest colony, using the labor of Africans who had been kidnapped from their homes and enslaved on plantations.
  • Haiti successfully overthrew its colonial masters with a revolution 1791-1804. They established the first Black republic and were the second to successfully break away from the colonizers who exploited them (guess who the first was?).
  • Crippling¬†debt in the form of reparations¬†to France was agreed to in order to gain diplomatic recognition as a legitimate country. 90 million gold francs would be equivalent to around $21 billion today. Haitians endured poverty while these payments to the already wealthy France were made for decades.
  • The U.S. Marine Corps invaded and occupied Haiti 1915-1934. They imposed trade relations favorable to the U.S. that continued to impoverish Haitians.
  • Starting in the 1980’s, the CIA funded and otherwise supported the Haitian military and the Haitian National Intelligence Service.
  • Beginning in 1990 popular candidate Jean-Bertrand Aristide was elected president. A military coup forced him out and he went into exile until 1994 when he returned and served out his term.
  • The U.S. military again occupied Haiti 1994-1997.
  • Aristide was re-elected in a landslide in 2000. A military coup removed him in 2004 and he went into exile again.
  • In 2010 Haitians suffered a devastating earthquake followed by a flood of alleged aid workers and peace keeper that brutally exploited upheaval and chaos following the quake. 200,000 died and many of the survivors emigrated to South America. Those people and their children who were born abroad are a large proportion of the migrants now gathered in Texas.
  • In July, 2021 President¬†Jovenel Mo√Įse, who was closely aligned with the U.S. and the Haitian military and overstaying his term of office, was¬†assassinated.
  • Last month (August, 2021) Haitians suffered another big earthquake killing around 2,000 and injuring around 12,000 people.
  • Climate chaos in the form of devastating hurricanes strikes Haiti regularly.
  • Mass deportations even of people not born in Haiti are the Biden administration’s response to the suffering at the border.
  • Haiti remains the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere.

If you read this far hoping that U.S. President Joe Biden, a Democrat, would come off better than his immigrant-hating predecessor — the reality is far more disappointing.

My photo — Federal building, Bangor, Maine, July 3, 2019

Because guess what? There are still children being kept in cages for crossing the border, too. And it’s still a national disgrace.