America Is a Banana Republic

Not a Democratic Republic


Norman D. Livergood

     When Americans learned of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, we were suddenly awakened to the realization that America was at that moment a Banana Republic: a country where leaders are replaced by assassinations or coups d'etat, not elections.


     JFK's assassination prompted some Americans to examine closely the entire structure of American power and we found incontrovertible evidence that a cabal had taken over the United States in the early years of the twentieth century. They had seized all the political, financial, and social structures of power.

The Criminal Cabal Retained the Trappings of Democracy

     But the cabal had not been able to destroy all the elements of democracy in one fell swoop. Struggling against the cabal, progressive Americans gained rights for women and minorities, and Franklin Roosevelt created Social Security, which meant that for the first time in history, Americans could face old age without fear. The cabal co-opted most of the progressive initiatives--such as the anti-Vietnam war effort--and retained just enough of the trappings of democracy to fool us into thinking that America was still a legitimate republic.

     The 2004 election has now made it clear for the world to see that the last vestige of American democracy has been destroyed by the criminal cabal: they have put in place a system by which they control election results in all states that use electronic voting equipment. The 2004 election--just like the 2000 and 2002 elections--was STOLEN by the Bush junta! They have seized all power sectors: the executive, legislative, and judicial. America is now a full-fledged Banana Republic.

     The 2004 election was stolen by the Bush junta:

"Democracy is the noblest form of government we have yet evolved, and we may as well begin to ask ourselves whether we are ready to suffer, even perish, for it rather than preparing ourselves to live in the lower existence of a monumental banana republic with a government always eager to cater to mega-corporations as they do their best to appropriate our thwarted dreams with their elephantiastical conceits."

Norman Mailer, address to The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, February 20, 2003

The Progressive Agenda

     So what are the progressive peoples of the world going to do about it? We're first going to face the full reality of our situation--America is unquestionably an imperialistic, militaristic, police state (banana republic). We're not going to waste our time in idle chatter--as so many self-proclaimed "democrats" and "liberals" are now doing--about how we must adopt all the tactics of the conservatives and Republicans.

      We're not going to accept the criminal tactics of the Bush junta and stupidly recognize the 2004 election as legitimate--this was a state crime! We'll pursue all means to have this stolen election investigated by Congress and the judiciary, recognizing that the Bush junta will probably stop any effort we initiate.

     We will not follow the leadership of any individual or group who blindly accepts the stolen 2004 election and pretends that the Republicans won the election through legitimate means. Any source--whether the Democratic party, a so-called "liberal" magazine such as The Nation, any source--not contesting the 2004 stolen election cannot lead our ongoing struggle for genuine democracy in America. If a person or a group does not acknowledge that the Republicans have put a process in place to steal all future elections, then they're blind to the loss of democratic process in the U.S.--and can't help us work to regain democracy.

"The first business of anyone who practices philosophy is to get rid of self-conceit. For it is impossible to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows."

Epictetus (1st century C.E. Greek philosopher)

     We must face the fact that we didn't recognize the depth of evil to which this criminal cabal would stoop. Some of us recognized that they were trying to tamper with the 2004 election apparatus in key states such as Florida and Ohio and to redistribute power in Texas and Colorado in their favor. But almost none of us thought they would be so brazen as to outright STEAL the 2004 election. We've all got to take responsibility for that bit of blindness, and not try to duck our own lack of awareness of the atrocity being perpetrated by Karl Rove's Republican Nazis. 1

     Granted, in hindsight, we should have realized that the criminal cabal would go to any extreme of depraved behavior--since it has engaged in atrocities since it took power:

     We're going to make it clear to progressive peoples worldwide that there are many Americans who are not brain-dead--as the Republicans and conservatives are.

      Progressive thinkers throughout the world recognize that this stealing of the U.S. 2004 election is not just an American crisis, but an alarm for freedom-loving people everywhere. America has always stood as the bastion of constitutional rights. This beacon of hope to the world's peoples must not be extinguished--no matter what it takes. We must enlist the aid of people throughout the world who recognize the evil now stalking America and the globe.

     We must gain energizing insight from our national history as to just how this cabal has captured the minds of a large number of Americans to the point where it now feels that it will never have to relinquish its destructive power. Grover Nordquist, the radical reactionary who planned some of the Bush junta's "conservative" onslaughts against democracy, says that the Congressional Democrats must now recognize that they are merely neutered house-pets.

      The criminal cabal seized the financial control system in America in 1913 with the creation of the Federal Reserve System, a completely private financial corporation--it's never been publicly audited, for example.

      American citizens had to be programmed for this new fascist--banana republic--form of tyranny, so the U.S. school system was taken over by this same criminal cabal.

      The United States has a legacy of a wide range of freedoms, more than any other country in the world, primarily because of the Bill of Rights that the common people forced on the capitalist class early in our nation's history. In our struggle to complete the American Revolution, we must use this legacy to our advantage. The cabal will probably have to keep up some semblance of democratic rule, for fear that the overwhelming majority of Americans who actually voted John Kerry into the presidency in 2004 will rise up against this fascist dictatorship.

     The criminal cabal is largely in control in the United States, but they must still pay some attention to the people, to make sure they don't get too discontented and activated. We're in a race to see how rapidly the cabal can turn American citizens into brain-dead Republican conservatives and how much we can help people wake up to what's happening in America and the world. As long as America retains some vital remnants of a democratic republic, we must do whatever is necessary to safeguard them.

"When bad men combine,
the good must associate;
else they will fall, one by one."

Edmund Burke

     A similar cabal tried to turn the United States into a banana republic in the 1790s. Jefferson, Madison, and progressive Americans throughout the nation were finally able to defeat them. The fascistic Federalist Party was utterly destroyed. That can happen again--to the current treasonous Republican party. To have stolen the 2004 election and put in place a system to steal subsequent elections is one of the vilest acts of treason any party could perpetrate!

     A hallmark of a banana republic is that the junta controls the press and lies with impunity to the people. In any true democracy, the Bush junta would have been impeached--for high crimes and misdemeanors, but the Republican-owned media have destroyed the safeguard of an American free press. If you have any doubt that the media are now mere propaganda arms of the Bush junta, see the outstanding video: "Outfoxed."

"We are now finally no better than a backwater banana republic . . . are the Belgian peacekeepers on their way? Hurry!"

Michael Moore, Stupid White Men

     In an insightful article, Mike Hersh makes it clear that "There is no media."
"What masquerades as a free press is largely the propaganda arm of the right wing of the Republican Party. Few brave souls still present the news in a balanced way. Most of them are "opinion" writers like Paul Krugman, Joe Conason and Molly Ivins.

"Few liberals get to speak out on television - where most Americans get their 'news.' When they do, it's on 'roundtable shows' where right wingers shout down their comments. Bill O'Reilly, Joe Scarborough and other rabid right wingers pontificate without any counterbalance."

"The Mass Media Serves the Right Wing Agenda."

Wake up! Bush is Warging War Against Our Constitutional Liberties!      Our current situation is similar to that which American patriots faced in the 1770s: a country ruled by "foreign" and "domestic" plutocratic powers and a divided citizenry unaware of their vital interests.

      Unlike the first Americans who fought militarily to win their freedom against British oppression, it would be idiotic to use violence in our present struggle to create a New America where the well-being of all its citizens is the common goal. The criminal cabal (power elite) controls armed violence--military, intelligence agencies, police--in the United States and throughout the world. And, as we've seen in such foreign incursions as Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, the Persian Gulf and Panama and domestic incursions such as Waco and Ruby Ridge, it does not hesitate to use violence against anyone it brands as an enemy.

     Individual attacks against the power structure are not only futile but against the very principles of our current democratic struggle for an improved social order, as leaders throughout the years have made clear.

      Activists in the international progressive movement understand that they must work within the framework of the law as much as possible and resort to nonviolent civil disobedience--as Thoreau and Gandhi did--only when necessary. Otherwise we destroy the very fabric of society we are attempting to preserve.

     Contrary to the contentions of those who embrace aggression, nonviolence is not merely pacifism or self-destructive passivity. Nonviolence as practiced by millions in India, the American Civil Rights movement and the anti-Vietnam War Movement accomplished a great deal. When nonviolent protestors are arrested it is something more than mere submission and represents a challenge to illegitimate authority.

     Nonviolent protestors within the movement do not engage in any type of property destruction or assaults on police. Some advocates of violence preach the sophisty that property destruction and assaults on police do not constitute violence, because, they argue, protestors should not adhere to the same definitions as the corporate media and the state.

     While it is true that in many instances the police are increasingly becoming merely the hired thugs of the Bush junta, that does not justify throwing rocks or Molotov cocktails at them in "self-defense."

"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding."

Albert Einstein

           So if we cannot--and should not--use violence to recreate America, what viable means do we have at our disposal in our struggle toward liberty and justice? We must first develop a UNITED taskforce composed of American and world progressive activists who understand the general principles and particulars of the operations of the world power elite and how to fight against them. This activist citizen taskforce must develop a broad-based, activist agenda to combat the ongoing depredations of the criminal cabal. Beyond just responding to specific horrors as they occur, we must have a general program, a plan for reforming America and other countries. This program would have to be developed by the persons who join in this united effort, not beforehand by a coterie of theorists or self-appointed leaders. Paulo Freire is correct, revolutionary agendas must be the creation of all the people involved based on their understanding of the crises that face us at the time.

      Today there are myriad individuals and groups who are fighting on multiple fronts: election reform, environmental issues, boycotts, corporate crime, and government corruption, to name just a few. Many of these individuals and groups are doing an outstanding job. Where would we be now without the courageous past and present efforts of our genuine progressive leaders.

     But we lack a united front. We have not developed a true solidarity based on shared principles, priorities, and strategies.

     Joann Wypijewski's article "A Stirring in the Land" (The Nation, 9/8/97) makes clear that activist efforts are splintered and that replicating local activist campaigns will not begin to solve the larger social problems.

"Even if [local campaigns were] replicated 500 times they would not begin to attack the core problems of homelessness or joblessness or insecurity or the vast disparity between wealth and poverty, though they would create the illusion that something is being done, that the system delivers; it, too, 'works.'"

     "Not infrequently, revolutionaries themselves become reactionary by falling into sectarianism in the process of responding to the sectarianism of the Right. [The oppressed peoples'] vision of the new man is individualistic; because of their identification with the oppressor, they have no consciousness of themselves as persons or as members of an oppressed class."

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed)

     We work in our isolated groups: a liberal journal writing about the destruction of civil rights through the new "security" legislation , an e-magazine exposing the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan as a new oil imperialism, a former civil rights worker writing an indignant letter about the Bush administration to The Nation, numerous alternative Web sites voicing opposition to the escalating police state attacks on civil liberties.

     We assume we are doing something to improve the world through our disunited efforts, but the crisis worsens as democracy is destroyed at the corrupted polls, hundreds of thousands more workers world-wide are thrown out of work or are forced into jobs incapable of sustaining a bare subsistence, as the very fiber of our society is changed into a police state. As Marilyn Waring has the courage to say in her powerful tape, Sex, Lies and Global Economics, we are literally at war!

     The criminal cabal has managed to balkanize America and other nations, dividing citizens into competing groups based on so-called moral values, ethnicity, gender, age, and special interests. We must unite to have any chance to defeat this monolithic force.

     "The world's power structures have always 'divided to conquer' and have always 'kept divided to keep conquered.' As a consequence the power structure has so divided humanity--not only into special function categories but into religious and language and color categories--that individual humans are now helplessly inarticulate in the face of the present crisis. They consider their political representation to be completely corrupted, therefore, they feel almost utterly helpless."

R. Buckminster Fuller. (1981). Critical Path

     Even within the indispensible radical, anti-war, anti-Bush Internet community, there remains an excessive and debilitating competitiveness: each "news" digest Web site and each liberal writer competing to be the one to get the breaking story out first. Each activist group competes for attention to be given to its particular initiative. Such individuals and groups have actually adopted the basic ideology of the criminal cabal: monetarist egomania, in which money is seen to be the ultimate value against which all humans are measured and individuals must compete in a dog-eat-dog fashion to prove their personal superiority, to the point of becoming obsessed with their own self-interest no matter its effect on others.

     Our Unified, Activist, Progressive Movement must get beyond all this self-serving action. We must create a broad-based, all-encompassing organization with which to fight the Bush junta. Divided, we do not have sufficient power to make the kind of impact we must if we're going to defeat the criminal cabal and its Bush II puppet regime.

      This idea of an activist citizen-based organization will be understood by and appeal to only those persons of a critical consciousness who have a broader interest in trying to improve their world. We must create an organization to fight for the rights of all world citizens, recognizing that we are involved in more than a comfortable college debate--that we are struggling for our very lives.

      Unfortunately, it doesn't seem possible to use a specific activist organizations, such as Common Cause, Move-On, or Campaign for America's Future, as the focal point for an integrated initiative such as I'm suggesting in this article, because they each have a competing agenda. Thus the need for the creation of a Unified Activist Citizens' Taskforce as the spearhead for taking back our country.

     This newly-formed umbrella organization will need to collaborate with a number of currently active groups. The taskforce I'm outlining should serve as a focal point for broad-based support from many individuals and groups so it can develop the combined power to speak from a position of strength on critical issues.

      Participation in this citizen taskforce should not be limited to any special interest group or political party. The organization, for instance, which is carrying out commendable initiatives in exposing the Bush administration's onslaughts against constitutional liberties, unfortunately requires that a person be a member of the Democratic party and "support the principles and candidates of the Democratic Party." We need a coalition taskforce that can embrace persons of divergent points of view.

     Taskforce participants will need to carry out diverse actions: boycotts, refusal to cross picket lines, campaigns against specific public officials who merit special opprobrium, and perhaps even a general strike, among many others.

     The organization should address the interests of as many groups as possible: gender rights, ethnic rights, consumer rights, civil rights, reproductive rights, environmental protection, anti-war efforts, etc. In this way it can represent the consensus of a broad-based coalition. No one person should be seen as the spokesperson for the organization, though there would necessarily be those who are most active in the organization's development and operations and provide needed leadership.

     The organization would have to develop the kind of political savvy necessary to avoid being preempted, smeared, or radicalized into violent extremism. While avoiding stridency and militancy, such a group would inevitably draw attention to itself. The taskforce members would need to learn how to operate intelligently and effectively in this bizarre and dangerous world of plutocratic despotism.

     As Howard Zinn has shown in A People's History of the United States,

"The American system is the most ingenious system of control in world history. With a country so rich in natural resources, talent, and labor power the system can afford to distribute just enough to just enough people to limit discontent to a troublesome minority. It is a country so powerful, so big, so pleasing to so many of its citizens that it can afford to give freedom of dissent to the small number who are not pleased. How wise to turn the fear and anger of the majority toward a class of criminals bred - by economic inequity - faster than they can be put away, deflecting attention from the huge thefts of national resources carried out within the law by men in executive offices."

Going Forward

     If you're interested in participating in forming this Unified Activist Citizen Taskforce and joining in activist citizen-based taskforce initiatives email me, providing your full name, address, and a brief statement about your background. You can make a difference by becoming a taskforce organizer and participant. Your unique experience can be very helpful in assisting the taskforce to understand what needs to be done from your perspective.

     Certainly, the first things the taskforce needs to do is make sure the election process in the United States is corrected, so we don't have a third stolen presidential election in 2008!

Update: 1/10/05

     Some people believe that my hypothesis about America being ruled by a cabal since the beginning of the twentieth century is too controversial and risks losing the average reader. On the contrary, I think we must now look at the full reality of our present social-political-economic-religious situation--and discover new ways to work against this NEW AMERICAN DICTATORSHIP.

     What happened during (and before) the 2004 election proves--to people able and willing to look at the facts proving vote fraud in numerous states--that this election was stolen: that we now are ruled by a DICTATORSHIP. When a citizenry no longer has the power to vote in a fair election, democracy has ceased to exist.

     John Kerry, the Democratic Party, and many so-called liberal media sources and spokespersons are now refusing to see (or admit openly) what happened in the 2004 election. They're saying that Bush won the election--when in fact Bush STOLE the election. Bush didn't win because Americans are big on value issues--as the Republican-owned-and-manipulated media lie to the American people. Bush has now been certified as President because Karl Rove's Nazis in Florida, Ohio, and other key states created criminal mechanisms to steal the 2004 and all foreseeable elections.

     Senator Barbara Boxer and members of the House Black Caucus were courageous enough to contest the Ohio election results--while John Kerry was hiding in Iraq. Those who supported Kerry must now see clearly that he was a ringer--a man chosen clandestinely by the Cabal as a suitable opponent of Dubya in 2004. The Republicans no longer try to hide their criminal behavior; they think the American people won't rise up against them. Now John Kerry and the Democrats are openly making it clear that they are complicit in this current DICTATORSHIP.

      As I write, the news has been released that John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry spent Christmas (2004) at an exclusive bash in Sun Valley, as personal guests of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Any thinking person knows that Bush, Ken Lay, and Schwartzenegger set up the California Recall Plot. For Kerry to now associate openly with a Republican operative of that level of criminality means that Kerry's entire image as an opponent of Republican fascism was nothing but a scam.

     The hypothesis of a Cabal controlling America has now received astounding underpinning by the 2004 election and its aftermath. At present, this theory of a Plutocratic Cabal is supported by more evidence than any alternative hypothesis. 2

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than
those who falsely believe they are free."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


1 For an excellent expose of Karl Rove's past and present criminal activities, see the video "Bush's Brain."

2 An outstanding video highlighting the beginning of the Cabal with the conpiratorial creation of the privately owned "Federal" Reserve System in 1913, is Daniel Hospicker's video "Masters of the Universe"

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