“Call for action in response to the occupation of Washington DC” January 20, 2021

 “Call for action in response to the occupation of Washington DC”

Emanuel Pastreich

Candidate for President of the United States

January 20, 2021  

It is with great sorrow that I address you today, and I do so with both the humility appropriate to the task and with the vision demanded by the threat. The chaos, bought and paid for, that has swept through Washington D.C. and extended its tendrils to all the states of the Union, and to every nation on this small blue and green planet, that chaos is more worthy of the imperial reigns of Nero and Caligula than the modest and disciplined labors of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. It is a sad day indeed.

The challenge could not be greater, the danger could not be more immediate. And yet there is room in the new fluidity born of this crisis to form something new, to revive our republic and to move it in a positive direction, not back into the past, which is gone forever, but not into the swamps of imperial decay and domestic conflict either.

As the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote,

“If you can embrace your work without fear or expectation, can find fulfillment in what you do today, as God intended it and in ‘superhuman truthfulness’ in every word, then your life will be happy.”

The only road forward to optimism comes from “superhuman truthfulness,” not from gaudy fictions. Our terrible trials of the last few days, the last few years, have prepared us for this test in ways we did not realize, so that “what stands in the way becomes the way” -to quote Marcus Aurelius again.

Better to say nothing at all about that mysterious “attack” on the Capitol until we have conducted a complete, transparent international investigation on the basis of the scientific method.

But, at the same time, we do not have much time.

This is not any historical moment and it is not just any election.

Perhaps we should look at the current moment like a volcanic eruption, a moment in which slow, geological shifts that have taken place in American society over years make themselves felt. After decades of nothing happening, decades pass by in days and hours.

The magma of raw unfocused cultural and political change has been unleashed, tearing down the slopes and setting trees aflame. If we possess a vision for what we will become, as a nation, and as a planet, we can seize the moment and direct the forces unleashed in a positive direction. When the lava has cooled, it will form solid institutions, traditions, and values that will endure for centuries.

By contrast, if we shirk from the task, if we leave the process to the horrific power of human nature to destroy, if we hand the keys over the Shiva, without any plan or direction, the walls formed by that magma as it cools will separate us, isolate us, for centuries and impede our future progress.

Yes, there has been a terrible attack on the United States over the last few days, and over the last year, and a horrific plague has struck us down.

But that attack did not take place in the United States Capitol. No, the real attack on the United States was the takeover of the entire Federal Government by the super-rich, by multinational investment banks, by an assortment of asset management and private equity firms that hide behind layers and layers of aliases and shell companies. The takeover was silent and invisible, but just in case someone might happen to notice, it was essential to have an incident, to have someone shout out, “Get your hands out of my pocket!” as the Republic was torn asunder

Martin Luther King Junior got it right:  “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

Before we talk about what must be done, and must be done now, let us take a minute to talk about what has happened so far, specifically about COVID19.

The COVID 19 virus has infected every limb and every organ of American society, planting its vicious DNA deep in the body politic behind the eyes where it breeds unseen. This COVID19 is putrid, rendering a nation that once offered the world so much unrecognizable, infected from head to foot.

The origins of this horrific disease that devours culture and institutions remain obscure, but its rapid spread has been abetted by a deep moral bankruptcy in our nation and by the decline of ethical commitment on the part of those who have enjoyed the good fortune to receive fine educations, and who have had the leisure, and the opportunity, to learn about economics and politics, about history and philosophy, and thus understand what the newspapers will never, never, will tell the common man.

These Americans, wrapped in warm privilege, have completely failed in their role to contribute to the greater good. They have refused to take even the slightest chance so that those less fortunate might be saved from this civilizational plague.   

We, those who have enjoyed good fortune, must not look on the benefits we received as a possession, and most certainly not as something we must defend. Our educations, our skills, are gifts placed lightly in our hands that we may share them with all citizens.

Above all, we must always, always, have in our mind’s eye, those who work late at night at the convenience store, and at the gas station, those who are up at the crack of dawn to mop our offices and to empty our trash cans, and those, now homeless, who huddle together behind the flimsy cardboard walls they erected last night along the freeway.

Those Americans have not had such tremendous opportunities, have not had a chance to learn specialized skills, or to understand physics and technology. They must be first and foremost in our minds when we think of our duties and our responsibilities. We must help them and we must protect them. That must be the keystone, the foundation, for all politics.  

We must fight now to keep our country from slipping into a series of low-intensity, and then high-intensity, fights between factions within the military, combined with ties to any number of powerful forces around the world. We must stop the money changers who gather like hyenas around a wounded lion, like pigs jostling to insert their snouts in the trough.  

We do not need any action by the puppets of the super-rich, by parasitical bottom feeders. We need action against those hidden powers who have taken over Washington D.C. while we slept.

As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said,

“We [have] to struggle with the old enemies of peace–business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.

They [have] begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.”

We must condemn the fraud known as COVID19 by which those powers plan to destroy the economic basis for the lives of all Americans, all people of the Earth. We must fight against them, for they will only respond to active and organized resistance. They know no reason and no compromise in their deadly plan.

We must tear off their masks, and then, in the bright light of truth and science, tear off our own masks.

We can already see how the attack on the Capitol will be exploited. It will not be a means to uncover the real forces behind that show, but rather to create yet another 9/11 that will allow those hidden forces to clamp down on all free speech in the United States. I am not afraid to doubt the intentions of all the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They are all politicians tied to big money and they are all part of this move to drive the final nail in the coffin of the republic—just as they were happy to look the other way after 9/11.

Already, draconian laws are being prepared that will take the restrictions of the Patriot Act to a new level, making all domestic protest, all questioning of the new vaccine regime, illegal and criminal.

We should not harbor personal animosity towards Mr. Donald Trump or towards Mr. Joe Biden. Both did their limited best in a broken and corrupt system. But neither of them is qualified to be president and neither of them is legitimate. The election was not legitimate because the entire government has collapsed into corruption.

There is only corruption, only “pay to play” left where once stood a government.  

Those sad men are but surfers who try to ride on the top of massive waves, disruptions, that swell up from below; waves that they do not understand themselves.

When Harvard University becomes a tool of Goldman Sachs to hype COVID19, when the FDA pushes dangerous vaccines at the command of multinational corporations, when the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal are run by billionaires who kill us like flies for their sport, we are facing something far beyond the personalities of sad old hollow men.

I take on the heavy and thankless job today of calling on all Americans with a sense of moral responsibility, at home and abroad, seen and unseen, to take action today.

I solemnly swear that I will take up the position from this day of leading the effort to pull together all citizens of the United States committed to liberty, justice and freedom. I will do so only until we have a legitimate election, or only until someone more qualified and more capable takes this position.  

We will need a president, and more importantly, a citizenry, ready to undertake a fundamental reform of the United States of America, and with it the United Nations.

Let me remind you that although the American political tradition and United States’ governance is grounded in democracy, yet its roots, its spirit, and its fundamental inspiration must be traced back to revolution, to the American Revolution of 1776, and to the revolution against slavery of 1860. Our tradition is revolutionary and this is a moment when that tradition becomes absolutely critical.

Let me read to you from the Declaration of Independence because my comments today are in a sense a second “Declaration of Independence,” this time not from the British Empire, but rather from an insidious empire of finance and speculation run by billionaires and their servants.

We hereby declare independence from that empire of corruption and pillage, that empire of foreign wars and manipulative media, that empire of fast food and needless medication pushed on us for profit.

Our founding fathers declared,

“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, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.…. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

That is correct. A critical part of the process of democracy is revolution, not simply a mindless swiveling between fraudulent flavors of progressive and conservative rhetoric, the Pepsi and Coke of political awareness.

Thomas Jefferson wrote incisively about freedom, and we should take his writings on freedom seriously, as did the abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass.

Jefferson wrote,

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. “

True then and even more true today.

Before we recognize anyone as president, we must:

  1. List the billionaires, investment banks, private equity funds and the other parasitic financial institutions that have taken control of our nation and we must put forth a plan for how: a) the information concerning their recent criminal actions will be made public (declassified and or released from non-disclosure agreements for reason of national crisis; b) criminal charges will be brought against those responsible, including billionaires who have sunk billions into marketing themselves as friends of the people.

2. Take control of the economy, starting with money and finance (the Federal Reserve),and create an economy of the people, by the people and for the people. There are plenty of plans for how the global speculation monster should be shut down. We need to implement them—by force if necessary.

3. Create a form of journalism, starting by the mobilizing citizens, that is dedicated to the pursuit of truth, and does not shy away from taboos and make sure that this journalism quickly replaces the corrupt media that only serves its corporate sponsors, like the dog of RCA Victor, knows only “his master’s voice.”    

4. Set up an international committee of ethical citizens to oversee an honest election of the President and of the Congress that allows the citizens to participate and that blocks all corporate money from the process while allowing all qualified candidates to get proper exposure for their constructive proposals.Put forth a meaningful plan for reform of the United Nations that will make it a seat for true “Earth” governance for the citizens of the Earth and ban forever the moneychangers and the billionaires who have made it their lapdog and have destroyed the ideals of the United Nations charter.

5. Set out our national security priorities with a laser focus on stopping the destruction of biodiversity and the alteration of the climate by global investment banks and their corporate pals, reversing the concentration of wealth and stopping the misuse of technology, especially automation and communications technology, as a means to destroy the minds and the livelihoods of our citizens.

The demands are simple, but achieving them will be difficult. The project demands a national and a global struggle. We need the brave and the inspired to lead the way. Others will follow.

I offer to play the temporary role of organizer for this process, but I have no desire for power or wealth. Like Cincinnatus, I will step aside at any point.

The ball is in your court, fellow citizens. We are ready to organize you, and to lead you forward, to rebuild our Republic. Be it must be you, however, who makes the decision.

The truth goes marching on.

Thank you for your attention.

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