America is not a democracy, nor was it intended to be.

No, the United States is not a democracy.   Never has been.  Could be.

“It’s what’s called in the technical literature, a “polyarchy“, it’s the term invented by the leading democratic theorist and Yale professor, Robert Dahl, but the idea is old.  Goes way back to James Madison and the foundation of the constitution. A polyarchy is a system in which the power resides in the hands of those which Madison called the wealth of the nation, the responsible class of men, and the rest of the population is fragmented, distracted, allowed to participate every couple of years… they are allowed to come and say “Yes… thank you… why don’t you continue for another 4 years”.  And they have a little choice among the “responsible men”, the “wealth of the nation”.  That’s the way the country was founded. It was explained by Madison at the constitutional convention that the primary goal of government is to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority.”  Noam Chomsky, 2007

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So Why Did President Obama Try to Kill a Witness in Yemen

by Scott Creighton

Up until now, there has only been speculation as to who was the real target in the most recent U.S. backed attack in Yemen that killed a reported 34 people.  But today it is being reported that the target was in fact, Anwar al-Awlaki, the controversial cleric who communicated with Ft. Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.  This most recent attack comes on the heels of another one, just a week ago, in which 17 women and 23 children were slaughtered in order to protect the investments of “U.S. assets” in Yemen (namely, Kuwait Energy and the IMF and World Bank).  As bad as that was, Obama’s killing of innocent civilians to protect pipelines and IMF’s investors, this most recent assassination attempt may be even more troubling.

The Yemeni government has confirmed that today’s US-backed air strike was aimed at assassinating US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, and officials speculated that he might have been slain in the attack.  Antiwar

The question is, “why kill this man?”.  Why risk more anger from the people in Yemen, Muslims all across the world, and Obama’s own antiwar rooted liberal left?  What is the payoff?  Well, it might be bigger than you think.

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The Economic Crisis Ends; the Political Crisis Begins

by Shamus Cooke, Global Research

First Iceland, then Ireland, now Greece.  Much of Europe is mired in inescapable debt and bankrupt nations, the result of crashing banks, bank bailouts, and soaring unemployment.  The U.S. and U.K. watch from a distance, knowing their turn is next.

The European corporate-elite — like their American counterparts — lavished non-stop praise on the “bold yet necessary” decision to bail out the banks; the economy was supposedly saved from “impending collapse.”  But every action has an equal but opposite reaction.  Bailing out the banks saved the butts of dozens of European bankers, but now millions of workers are about to experience a thundering kick in the ass.

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