I am not pointing the finger here, only because my fingers are but ten. Would that it were easier to find blame. Yet blame is elusive when responsibility and accountability are obfuscated by systems, protections, hypocrisies, defying penetration.

The government of, by, and for the people has been surrendered to, usurped and squandered by a government of, by, and for big business, big money, and big lies. Surely, governments are elected and appointed, but a people strung out on false hopes, false promises, false liberties cannot help but choose poorly. Like all addicts, they choose those dealers with the best junk for the best price; unless they are desperate, in which case, any junk will do, at any price.

The federal government is a major dealer, as is Wall Street, but the biggest dealers are the ones closest to the source. Toxic dependence requires toxic substances; toxic behaviour demands toxic conditioning; the toxic death-wish insists upon the denial, the delusion, the fallacy that anything better, more wholesome, more humanitarian exists. Complicit in government are the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defence, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services – namely its Food and Drug Administration, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, and Labour. Wall Street is the corporate slot machine, manipulating daily chemical reliance on gain, regardless of risk; encouraging the coveting and the theft of what is not yours, dismissing entirely the universal law that only that which is yours is yours in fact.

Big business and its unconscionably gained big money are at the root of the problem. They produce and market the poisons that keep the masses either subdued or hysterical.

Drug companies, advertising every medication sanctioned by federal, state, and local governments, selling dependencies rather than cures, foreswearing the Hippocratic oath, killing rather than healing.

Big agriculture, under government protections and sanctions, in bold contempt of healthfulness, produces the foods of mass consumption, foods toxic with genetic modification, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and other corn derivatives; creating appetites of deceit, foods that flatter taste but feed not, swollen insufficiencies swallowed in names of better things.

Fast food giants, thriving on American obesity.

The NRA, supported by big weapons manufacturers, applauding the sell of over-powered weapons to the weak, the majority, the masses, because sensible weapons of simple individual protection are too up-close and personal for any but the strong, the few.

The freedoms in the States are presumed to be given, granted, to all, equally. That is a fallacy. Here, as nearly everywhere, one gets what one claims, what one takes. Here, though, unless one contrives, conjures, enlists, dupes, or joins a majority, those claims, those supposed possessions, mean nothing.

Sadly, in reality, one’s freedoms here are not determined by the Constitution, but by the pocketbooks of those in power, and by their just as sadly misguided constituencies.

Thomas Jefferson wrote originally – When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

In the movie, from the graphic novel, V for Vendetta, this quote is rendered thus – People should not be afraid of their governments; governments should be afraid of their people.

The same could be said of big business, big money. Sober up. Get clean. Claim your rightful independence. If everyone has it, reject it. If everyone can do it, refrain. If everyone thinks it, repudiate it. If everyone wants it, refuse it.