True(d) Patriots

 

Trued

Adv.

1. In accord with reality, fact, or truthfulness.

2. Unswervingly; exactly: The archer aimed true.

3. So as to conform to a type, standard, or pattern.

tr.v. trued, tru·ing or true·ing, trues

To position (something) so as to make it balanced, level, or square: trued up the long planks. 

 

Patriot 

n. A person who vigorously supports his country and its way of life 

 

True(d) Patriots is an effort to restore the true history of our nation in the public’s mind and to wrest the word and spirit of “patriot” from a corrupted and misguided right-wing faction controlled or significantly influenced by economic royalists.

The preamble to the US Constitution reads, "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." 

 

Most of the Founding Fathers understood that tyranny and oppression historically came from three sources; Monarchists, Feudal Lords and Theocrats. Some of the understood that there was a new form of oppressors emerging, corporatists. The shots heard around the world were fired in an attempt to violently coerce the colonists by use of force by the state to repay the world's first multinational corporation the costs of the vandalized merchandise by the participants of the Boston Tea Party. 

Many our countrymen and women think of themselves as patriots yet know little about civics and American history, or worse, believe in myths and lies perpetuated by seditious factions in deliberate attempt to subvert The Constitution and spirit of a United States government Of, By and For The People.

 

The truth of the matter is that a person has little chance to be a true patriot if they don’t know what the truth is. While conservatives are most infected by seditious propaganda, liberals tend to suffer from paralytic cynicism and a confusion of relative pluralism conflated with an inability to differentiate between objective and subjective. 

 

Everyone is entitled to her or his own opinion, but there is only one set of facts. 

 

United we stand, divided we fall. True(d) Patriots understand that balance, tolerance and compromise between people with a variety of perspectives, beliefs and ideologies is absolutely essential and fundamental to the well-being of a democratic republic.

 

Corporate media reports to us time and again that poll after poll indicates that America is headed in the wrong direction, but always fails to provide any hint of what may constitute a proper course correction or reveal the true nature of the dynamics leading us astray. That shouldn’t be surprising if you consider that the vast majority of media and news sources are owned by very rich people. 

 

Sadly, fewer than 30% of the population even know who controls the Senate and the House or why. Congressional approval ratings are at historic lows, yet about 90% of incumbents win re-election. Over 90% of elections are won by the candidates who spend the most money. What's going on?

 

Ask your family, friends or coworkers some basic American history questions and it will likely demonstrate our collective ignorance. My favorite example concerns the history of The Boston Tea Party. Ask anyone or everyone, whose tea was thrown into the harbor waters and why was it done?

I have yet to interview anyone that is able to recount that event with much if any accuracy. Vague notions concerning taxation without representation are often invoked and some guess that the tea belonged to the British. It doesn’t take much effort to learn the truth – the tea belonged to the East India Trading Company (the first modern multinational corporation) and was destroyed because they got a huge tax break (The Tea Act of 1773) and were therefore able undercut all of the independent importers.

 

Tax history and federal budgets are subjects about which few Americans are well informed. We still have politicians (mostly republican) who claim that tax cuts will stimulate the economies even after fifty years of evidence indicates the contrary. The truth is that tax breaks correlate with economic slowdowns while tax increases correlate with economic growth. Sure, correlations are not proof of causation, but look at the facts.

 

The four periods of the greatest economic growth in US history are

• After the Great Depression when top tax rates were a measly 25% the top tax rates were increased to 63% and then to 79%.   

• 1941-1945 when the top marginal tax rates were between 88 and 94 percent. Yeah, a wartime economy, but

• Postwar under Truman and Eisenhower kept the top tax rates between 81 and 92 percent. The top tax rate was already 91% when Truman took office.

• The Clinton administration ushered in boom times with a tax increase on the rich from the petty previous 31% to 39%. Too bad he sold us out to the corpo-klepto-crats with NAFTA and GATT and set up the banksters to screw everyone by repealing the last legs of Glass-Steagel. 

It’s worth noting that none of the so-called job creators took their businesses to other countries during those times.   

 

It’s also worth noting that the Reagan administration slashed taxes and created a huge federal deficit. So did the G.W. Bush administration.

 

Another popular myth is that the United States was founded as a Christian nation. The truth is that many of the Founding Fathers were Deists or atheist and hoped to create a country free from religious tyranny and persecution. 

Here are a few quotes from the Founding Fathers;

 

“The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” John Adams

 

“During almost fifteen centuries has the establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution.” James Madison

 

“Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law”.

Thomas Jefferson – who cut out all of the miracles from his bible

 

“Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law. Take away the law-establishment, and every religion re-assumes its original benignity.”Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man, 1791

  “Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.”Thomas Paine

 

One of greatest frauds and injustices perpetuated by the present right-wing traitors is the establishment of voter suppression under the guise of voter fraud. If you’d like to know more about this, go to www.gregpalast.com/ballotbandits/

 

The Social Security Trust Fund is sound contrary to popular myth. The truth is that Wall Street and its henchmen want to skim off the top of it for their own personal greed and the population’s risk.

True(d) Patriots understand the roles that racism, misogyny, oligarchy and imperialism have played in our history and the value in opposition to and transcendence of such barbaric outdated values in the unending work to form a more perfect union. 

 

The US Post Office isn’t Federal funded and is only in trouble because anti-union advocates have the nation’s largest union squarely in their gun-sites and have tried to sabotage the USPS so it can be privatized. Please refer to the Postal Responsibility and Accountability Act passed under the GW Bush administration (by secret ballot so we cant see who voted for it) that required the USPS to fund the next 25 years of retirement and healthcare costs in a period of 10 years. WTF?   

There is one issue where conservatives and liberals find common ground, trade agreements. The World Trade Organization’s Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement is abhorrent to all but an elite few corporatists and their henchmen who utilize legal devices to make corporate law supersede national sovereignty. The right wing has produced Obama-trade (www.obamatrade.com) to make the point and the left wing has produced Trade Treachery (www.tradetreachery.com ).

   

 

A couple of other great resources include;

www.conservativemyths.com

www.liberalamerica.org

www.thomhartmann.com

 

Are you a true(d) patriot? If so, please join us and help to build a movement to right this first vessel of modern secular democracy.