BOGUS AMERICANUS
Why Donald Trump

  • Bogus: imitating something superior not real or genuine: fake or false
  • American: of or relating to the United States of America or its inhabitants
  • US: We the people

 

My last book, The Bridge to the 21st Century: Reflections on the Soul of a Nation, was published in 2001—just before 9-11 occurred; I had my first book signing at Barnes and Noble just one month prior to 9-11.

As I said in the last page of that book: “We stand as never before at the end of the known . . . all we can be sure of is that the future will not be what we think . . . whatever the source of our strife in the future—unless we repair our national soul  . . . the next voyage for America (and the world) will be filled with strife and we will not like it”. Well, the last 15 years have indeed been filled with all sorts of strife. AND WE DON’T LIKE IT!

We’re in the midst of an election cycle that will last for another four months. During that time, we are going to explore just how BOGUS our nation has become. Many, many of us recognize it, and we’re doing something about it—and boy is it causing a furor! I have lived on this earth for over seven decades, and since becoming an adult, I have never seen such a large swath of the American public  get so active in a presidential election. Perhaps many do not realize it, but we are in the middle of a revolution. Indeed, the world is climaxing to a revolution. Whether it will remain a peaceful revolution remains to be seen.

To understand this, we must rewind history about 240–245 years. Prior to the American Revolution, the colonies, provinces, dominions (some had different names according to locale and custom) were ruled in a godfather fashion by favored appointees of the King of England. There were local elections. The colonial political culture emphasized deference, so that local notables were the men who ran and were chosen. But sometimes they competed with each other and had to appeal to the common man for votes. There were no political parties, and would-be legislators formed ad hoc coalitions of their families, friends and neighbors.

Outside Puritan New England, Election Day brought in all the men from the countryside to the county seat to make merry, politick, shake hands with the grandees, meet old friends and hear the speeches—all the while toasting, eating, treating, tippling, gaming and gambling. They voted by shouting their choice to the clerk, as supporters cheered or booed. Candidate George Washington spent £39 for treats for his supporters. The candidates knew they had to “swill” the planters with bumbo (rum). Elections were carnivals where all men were equal for one day, and traditional restraints were relaxed.

All this and the decisions of the political winners were subject to oversight by the king’s local appointees in conjunction with the king and his advisors back in England. All the while, the British Empire operated under the mercantile system, the goal of which was to enrich Britain, its merchants and its government. Whether the policy was good for the colonists was not an issue in London, but Americans became increasingly restive! Mercantilism meant that the government and the merchants became partners with the goal of increasing political power and private wealth, to the exclusion of others.

DOES ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR TODAY? DIFFERENT FOLKS, DIFFERENT NAMES, DIFFERENT MECHANISMS.

SAME RESULT! YES, THIS IS BOGUS AMERICANUS!


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