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Independence Day Hypocrisy

By Stephen Lendman - Posted on 04 July 2011

Independence Day Hypocrisy - by Stephen Lendman

All US federal holidays wreak of hypocrisy, representing notions and events other than what they commemorate. Besides Christmas, none perhaps is more celebrated than when America became independent from Britain on July 4, 1776.

Coming in the summer, parades, outings, barbecues, other celebratory events, and baseball highlight the day for many - relaxing, not reflecting on the same independence we deny nations globally, waging imperial wars and other ways to prevent it.

July 4 also commemorates America's history, liberation and traditions most people don't know, never learned, or forgot. Instead - in school to the highest levels and through media managed news - they've been force fed distortions, half truths and illusions to believe what, in fact, isn't true now and never was, a sanitized rewritten history, what historian Howard Zinn corrected in his "People's History of the United States."

First published in 1980, it became an extraordinary non-fiction best seller with over two million copies sold and counting, followed (in 2004) by "Voices of a People's History of the United States," presenting words and thoughts of labor and anti-war activists, anti-racists, feminists, socialists, and others rarely heard.

Zinn himself called his signature work "a biased account, one that leans in a certain direction. I am not troubled by that, because the mountain of history books under which we all stand leans so heavily in the other direction - so tremblingly respectful of state and statesmen and so disrespectful, by inattention, to people's movements - that we need some counterforce to avoid being crushed into submission."

His exhaustive, informative, and gloriously original work includes material on America's Declaration of Independence and war waged for it not taught the way he did it.

In the July 2009 edition of The Progressive, he headlined an article, "Untold Truths About the American Revolution," saying:

Was waging war then really worth it, taking perhaps 25,000 - 50,000 American lives, the "equivalent today to two and a half million (at the lower estimate) to get England off our backs."

Canada ended British without war. So did Western Massachusetts farmers "driv(ing them out) without firing a single shot. They had assembled by the thousands and thousands around courthouses and colonial offices and they had just taken over (and) said goodbye to the British officials" nonviolently.

America's revolution was much different, but who "gained what?" Most Americans were poor. "(T)he Founding Fathers were rather rich" with much different interests from ordinary people. "Do you think the Indians cared about independence" or Blacks held involuntarily as slaves?

"Slavery was there before (and) there after. Not only that, we wrote slavery into the Constitution. We legitimized it."

"What about class divisions?" America was a racist class society then and remains one today to benefit elitist interests at the expense of working households, especially Black and Latino ones. "We try to pretend in this country that we're all one happy family. We're not."

In fact, America's revolution wasn't "a simple affair of all of us against all of them," any more than today, sending young men and women abroad to "liberate" countries for capital, slaughtering people to save them, ruining the lives, welfare and futures of thousands of US forces at the same whose minds and bodies are irreparably harmed by the experience.

As a result, Zinn said "(w)e've got to rethink this question of war and" decide it's unacceptable, no matter what the reasons given, or the excuse." In fact, they're no more valid now than rallying Americans against Britain's King George III, letting everything change but stay the same. The elite few always win against the ordinary many, but great pains are taken not to tell them.

As a result, young minds are programmed to believe in America's exceptionalism, inherent goodness, and unique democratic values under governments of, by and for the people that never existed earlier or now.

In "Democracy for the Few," Michael Parenti said "the Constitution was consciously designed as a conservative document" with provisions included or omitted to "resist the pressure of popular tides" and protect "a rising bourgeoisie('s)" freedom to "invest, speculate, trade, and accumulate wealth" the way things work for capital interests today.

In fact, it codified in law what politician, founding father, jurist and nation's first Chief Supreme Court justice, John Jay, said the way things should be - that "The people who own the country ought to run it (for their benefit alone)."

It's hardly reason to celebrate, especially today after decades of massive wealth transferred to America's super-rich already with too much, and a nation without enemies at war simultaneously with six nonbelligerent states, spending trillions of dollars unavailable for vital homeland needs.

At America's birth, only adult white male property owners could vote. Blacks were commodities, not people, and women were childbearing, homemaking appendages of their husbands.

Until 1810, religious prerequisites existed, and all adult white males couldn't vote until property and tax requirements were dropped in 1850. Moreover, states elected senators until the 1913 17th amendment enfranchised citizens, and Native Americans had no rights until the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act, in part, returning what no one had the right to take away in the first place. In addition, women's suffrage wasn't achieved until the 1920 19th Amendment after nearly a century of struggle for it.

The 1865 13th Amendment freed Black slaves. The 1870 15th Amendment gave them what wasn't gained until passage of the landmark mid-1960s Civil and Voting Rights Acts, abolishing Southern Jim Crow laws now reappeared in new forms. Today, virtually all hard won gains are lost, hardly a reason for Blacks to celebrate, struggling in a repressive, uncaring America, wanting them mainly to fight imperial wars to enrich corporate predators globally.

Native Americans perhaps have least to celebrate after centuries of extermination, persecution, denial, and isolation in poverty on reservations. Moreover, they're been mocked and demonized in films and society as drunks, beasts, primitives, savages, and lesser beings to be Americanized or warehoused and forgotten.

As a result, their cultures are willfully denigrated. Their legacy includes betrayal, treaties made and broken, lands stolen, rights denied, and themselves criminally ignored to this day. For them, justice delayed was never gotten, giving them no reason to celebrate, nor America's growing impoverished millions on their own and out luck in an increasingly uncaring society, focused solely on serving privilege, not popular needs.

So many others also are denied, persecuted, vilified, and gravely harmed in today's America, notably Latino immigrants and Muslims for their faith and ethnicity to give Washington convenient enemies to incite fear to wage wars for power, profit, and plunder at a time America's only enemies are manufactured, not real.

Celebrants this holiday enjoying outings, picnics, barbecues, ballgames, outdoor concerts, parades, fireworks displays, visits to the shore on vacation, and other pleasures might reflect about growing millions of victimized/deprived Americans in need, besides billions more worldwide, hoping to survive another day.

Imagine a future free from today's despair, depravation and perpetual wars. That indeed would be reason to celebrate and give thanks. It's also a goal everyone should support and dedicate themselves to achieve. It won't happen any other way for sure.

Reflect about that on holiday Monday, as well as America's intolerable legacy of shame.

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Hey Kidz!!! Hypocrisy "Corrected" or "Perpetuated"??? . . . ;-)

Brother Stephen Lendman writes:
"July 4 also commemorates America's history, liberation and traditions most people don't know, never learned, or forgot. Instead - in school to the highest levels and through media managed news - they've been force fed distortions, half truths and illusions to believe what, in fact, isn't true now and never was, a sanitized rewritten history, what historian Howard Zinn corrected in his 'People's History of the United States.'"

How many pages did the late Howard Zinn devote to "The Role of The Rothschild/Warburg Private Central Banking Cartel in European and American War History"???

How many pages are there about "The Jewish Role In the Colonial and Post-Colonial Slave Industry?"

How many pages are there explaining the hypocrisy of the Eastern European Khazarians converting to Judaism circa 700 A.D. thus becoming what is now known as the modern "Ashkenazi" and their fraudulent claims on Palestine?

How many pages are there explaining the post World War II "Holocaust(TM) Math" of how the 6 Million total was reduced by 2.5 Million at Auschwitz in 1990 yet still gives the 6 Million figure that U.S. school children are brainwashed with starting in grade school?

How many pages are there explaining why Racial Segregation in the US was totally evil while Racial Segregation, Ethnic Cleansing, and Genocide in Israel are perfectly acceptable and should be supported by U.S. Tax Dollars?

How many pages are there explaining the history of "The Jewish Role In Organized Crime in America and the World"?

How many pages are there explaining the role of The World Zionist Organization, AIPAC, The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in American History and American Foreign/Domestic policy?

Like Noam Chomsky, David Horowitz, Alan Dershowitz, or even the likes of Jon Stewart and Bill Maher who persist in supporting the BIG LIE of 9-11, . . . why did Howard Zinn refuse to acknowledge the role of Israel and PNAC (Project For A New American Century) in the events of 9-11 up until his death in 2010??? Not to mention the Zionist role in the fabricated evidence that lead up to the Iraq War?

Cui bono? Who benefits?

So, does Howard Zinn's lifetime of work stand to "correct" the hypocrisy of U.S. History? Or does his selective research stand to "perpetuate" that hypocrisy for the benefit of World Zionism which seeks to undermine and destroy ALL nationalism and replace it with a racist and elitist Zionist Global Government?

Reducing "WE THE PEOPLE" to debt slaves . . . in a colonial North American Union Police State . . . with NO RIGHTS or RULE OF LAW . . . ruled like cattle by a unseen "Master Race" shadow cabal in Tel Aviv . . .

(link to video - approx. 15 minutes)
"Anthony Lawson - Friends of Israel - Enemies Inside the Gates"

(link to video - approx. 2 minutes)
"How I Celebrate Independence Day"

I wonder what the late Howard Zinn would have to say about this documentary by Ryan Dawson . . . a special "Director's Cut" released on Independence Day!!!

(link to video - approx. 3 hours)
"War by Deception Director's Cut (911 and Israel)"

Would he scream "Anti-Semite!!!" and "Racist!!!"??? . . . ;-)

Yet, where in the pages of the the 20 assorted books written in his lifetime does Howard Zinn attempt to explain the inherent racism and supremacism of Zionism? He was always quick to point out the "racism" of everyone else.

"Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel."
- Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, The Jerusalem Post 10/18/2010

Did Howard Zinn really hold these TRUTHS to be self-evident? . . .

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
- The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

. . . or was he just another "intellectual" 5th Columnist saying all the "right things" to a bunch of "schmucks" and "useful idiots" about the shortcomings of others to achieve an end, while ignoring the 600 pound gorilla in the room???

Again I ask, did Howard Zinn "correct" or "perpetuate" hypocrisy??? . . . ;-)

"I'm sick and tired of hearing things
From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth
I've had enough of reading things
By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth"
- "Give Me Some Truth" by John Lennon



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