Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick have a new book out, The Untold History of the United States. This is a must read for anyone who wishes to understand more about the true history of this great nation. They also have a documentary series of the same name now showing weekly on Showtime. Although this writer has read countless books on the subjects covered by Stone and Kuznick, there was so much more that I never knew before. If only all our high school history students could have the opportunity to digest this information and balance it with what the mainstream educational system tosses their way. So, for those of you out there who will nod affirmatively to what the Stone & Kuznick report, you have clean hands. Simply put, you were against the acts of aggression that our leaders have orchestrated in our name, most recently the illegal and immoral invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. O f course, just having clean hands is only half of it all. The real challenge is to use those clean hands by showing others not so aware that the truth is paramount. Speaking up and speaking out for a better way for us all to live is part of the cleansing process.
Too many of our former leaders and their handlers have had dirty hands. This Military Industrial Empire has been responsible for most of the mess this world finds itself in. By manipulating countless countries and strangling their voices for democracy, and then placing into power murderous and greedy puppets, the blowback has been tremendous. As the Stone & Kuznick book explains, it has always been about control of resources, cheap labor and markets abroad. It has never been about freedom for others… many our own citizens have seen that Big Lie right here at home. Sadly, the dirty hands of our 21st Century leaders have equaled or outdone the dirty hands of their predecessors. What the Bush / Cheney gang, as I call them, had done is unconscionable! To weave a campaign of half truths and outright lies so as to justify an act of aggression against a sovereign nation like Iraq is as low as one can ever get. Hitler and Goebbels could not have spun a greater excuse for preemptive war. Ten years later, our economy is down the tubes, as military spending sucks up more than half of our federal tax revenues. The dirty hands who control what Eisenhower (he of his own dirty hands) called the Military Industrial Complex are the selfish men and women who profited by the Iraq invasion and occupation… to the tune of hundreds of billions of your tax dollars! Thus, our treasury has had No money for Medicare for All… No money for infrastructure repairs and upgrades (which would have softened the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy) … No money for first providers… No money for schools and libraries… you don’t need to hear more, do you?
The real sadness is those who, by their own mindset, have no hands. They being, unfortunately, the majority of Americans, the overwhelming majority, who buy into the lies and fabrications, never once exhibiting what made America so great: skepticism. Either through apathy (“Hey, it ain’t my kids who are being Shock and Awed or killed in uniform “ ) or foolish jingoism (“USA USA… “) they rally round a flag that has been hijacked and abused by those with dirty hands. These lemmings are more concerned about some famous celebrity’s scandalous acts then the truth as to why 99% of us have to struggle just to stay above water. As long as they walk past we with clean hands and never listen or read what we are offering… karma can be a bitch!
Philip A Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn, NYC longshoremen. He is a free lance columnist (found on TheSleuthJournal.com, Information Clearing house, Doomstead Diner, Op Ed News, Dandelion Salad, Activist Post, Dissident Voice and many other sites worldwide). Philip works as an environmental products sales rep and has been an activist leader since 2000. In 2010 he became a local spokesperson for the 25% Solution Movement to Save Our Cities by cutting military spending 25%. Philip can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org