I’m not even going to get into the whole War Of Eastern Yankee Industrialist Imperialist Aggression in which the South was invaded after the elites failed to control “their” agricultural production colony by trying to bankrupt the region by bottling up its need to expand after mining fertile soil, making them into a direct military occupied colony which sent tribute back to the industrialists and bankers to privatize the profits of the war as the monetary and human costs were socialized. Instead, I’ll just skip to the part where the term “accidental empire” is used to cloud other issues. By claiming we never had an empire, by ignoring the Civil War, by ignoring the colonization of our sphere of influence after World War Two, by ignoring the Petro-Dollar protection racket with Saudi Arabia, it is claimed that we are still a Republic. A republic, as in a Constitutional Republic, as in the rule of law still prevails according to the ancient document. As in, the Constitution protects us by allowing for arrest without charges, as we are held indefinitely. Yep, that about sounds like the Constitution I know.
If we are a Constitutional Republic, then that implies everything Lincoln and Wilson and FDR and all those other foul trolls did was allowed by the Constitution. Now, I’m not a Constitutional lawyer, nor do I play one on TV, but I’m calling ‘bullspit” and I’ll bet you a donut you can’t prove me wrong. We are still a Republic as much as a 90 year old former actress is still a sex symbol. Only by going to a museum and looking at an artifact and imaging it to still be true. But far worse than that, oh yes, far worse, is the implied follow up notion of unlimited wealth still on tap. By pretending we were not an empire for 150 years, by thinking we are just now becoming one, one then might believe that there is still a century and a half on untapped, un-mined, unexploited wealth to still be seized. Which would save us from ourselves. Yet the sad and pathetic fact does remain that we have seized the reigns of the globe 70 years ago and we squeezed every last drop of energy and ore and old growth forest and gram of fertile soil and untapped aquifer water until there was little left and we are now in the possession of a mummied corpse with little left to sustain population numbers far greater than we could have imagined. We are not just now discovering we have just now become an accidental empire, we are just waking up to the fact our imperial tribute is drying out and from a reduced trickle decades ago it is now almost a dry faucet. That is why empires fall. Resource depletion. Welcome to the END, not the beginning, of our empire. George Friedman, you are either an ignorant bastard or an imperial toady.
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