The Illusion of Democracy in the American Government

Democracy is dead. Watching the gyrations of the Democratic and Republican Parties are quite interesting once you detach from a US political party and begin peeking behind the curtain presented by our entertainment media outlets. They are both a facade controlled by the Plutarchs or Oligarchs using think tanks, centers, nonprofits, corporations, charities, dark money, media, and universities. The real disagreement is between these Plutarchs – utilizing their networks to shape the culture wars of the working-class masses to keep us divided. They use wedges and identity (ego) politics like abortion, race, religion, climate, immigration, war, etc. However, who we elect doesn’t matter; the country’s direction doesn’t change much because the ruling class’s control strategy owns influential organizations.

For instance, the United States has always had a progressive wing. But, no matter what anybody says, the US Constitution and Bill of Rights did not create us equally. We were not a democracy or a democratic republic. We were a constitutional republic established by the Plutarchs of the time. Workers were not allowed committees to represent their interests in industrial mills, and the slaves were considered a fraction of human beings. The “we the people” verbiage created by the Founders was great propaganda. Even women were second-class citizens, as they were in the Bible as well. The only people granted voting privileges were landowners. The principle was, “He who hath the gold makes the rules.”

That aphorism captured the truth of the United States of America in 1787 as much as it did in 2021.

Thomas Jefferson Worried About Oppression

Thomas Jefferson wrote to Edward Carrington in 1787, worried about corruption in government and how the rich would use the government to oppress the people. He emphasized that a free press (newspapers) was essential to holding the powerful (oligarchs) accountable. He wrote:

Cherish therefore the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, judges and governors shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions; and experience declares that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the governments of Europe, and to the general prey of the rich on the poor.”

The ultra-rich Plutarchs utilize the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as its main controlling mechanism.

Large social platforms were allowed to grow monopolies because they serve a purpose for the oligarchy — at least the Oligarchy that controls the Democratic Party. Therefore, they can censor, ban, marginalize, etc., with their internal mechanisms. For instance, my Facebook page reached nothing on February 1st of this year. Was there an event in January that our Oligarchy used to restrict free speech?

Our Institutions Need to be Democratized

Independent journalists are now moving to journalism platforms like Substack. Most of these journalists are critical of the media and have been censored or marginalized by the Oligarch-owned media, which isn’t interested in “woke” Americans. Instead, their goal is to propagandize the masses, so they don’t revolt against oppression (and enact democracy) and all its symptoms of mass inequality in wealth and income, inflation, control of the government and media, racism, sexism, etc., and the right to assemble and protest our grievances (see the UK and France protests).

Our government has sophisticated software developed by Israel’s high-tech unit to prevent protests before they happen, so why didn’t they stop the 1/6 insurrection? Mainly because it was a useful tool for further censorship of democracy in action.

Divide and conquer of the working classes is still the game—the illusion of choice in the game to keep us distracted. As long as 98% of the media is controlled by the collective oligarchy, propaganda over truth will be the key instrument against the masses. Thomas Jefferson said we need to keep the people enlightened so they can’t be manipulated and oppressed. But, as Einstein told us in 1949, it was already too late – mission accomplished, a win for the wolves.

I recommend reading Chris Hedges’ speech the other night at a Julian Assange freedom event for those wanting a nice dose of reality. Here’s a taste:

“Tyrannies invert the rule of law. They turn the law into an instrument of injustice. They cloak their crimes in a faux legality. They use the decorum of the courts and trials, to mask their criminality. Those, such as Julian, who expose that criminality to the public are dangerous, for without the pretext of legitimacy the tyranny loses credibility and has nothing left in its arsenal but fear, coercion, and violence.

The long campaign against Julian and WikiLeaks is a window into the collapse of the rule of law, the rise of what the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin calls our system of inverted totalitarianism, a form of totalitarianism that maintains the fictions of the old capitalist democracy, including its institutions, iconography, patriotic symbols and rhetoric, but internally has surrendered total control to the dictates of global corporations.”

Chris Hedges,

Chris wrote this before the Icelandic newspaper reported over the weekend that the FBI’s main witness against Julian Assange lied to the FBI to receive blanket immunity from prosecution so he could go on a crime spree. The whole case against Assange was a hoax and has completely unraveled under the pressure of the truth. That’s how journalism is supposed to work. States and the Oligarchy that controls them operate in the shadows.


Journalists and their sources help reveal the corruption of the powerful who manipulate governments to continue their profit-maximizing schemes. They tell reporters what to share with the public, and that’s what is spun as the truth, but it’s all propaganda. Colleges and universities spit out graduates to take positions as “digital storytellers” and “public relations writers” versus providing them with the art of truth-seeking. This perpetuates the big lie against democracy on behalf of the oligarchy.

The problem is they crossed a line of deceit. Not sure how to explain it, but a cosmic shift took place — Malcolm Gladwell would call it a “tipping point,” but I don’t think it’s in the consciousness of the masses just yet. I’m talking about a high level of consciousness connected to the truth and all-powerful. You can call it God if you like, Allah, Buddha, or the Supreme Being.

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Todd Smekens

Journalist, consultant, publisher, and servant-leader with a passion for truth-seeking. Enjoy motorcycling, meditation, and spending quality time with my daughter and rescue hound. Spiritually-centered first and foremost. Lived in multiple states within the USA and frequent traveler to the mountains.

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