What sort of government do we have in America? Is it truly representative? Or is it a deceptive screen for something sinister and destructive of our cherished liberties? Television, for instance, is a terrible, culture-destroying visual drug--an addiction to which is evidenced in the behavior and lives of most Americans. Its educational value is negligible, compared with books and instruction by qualified teachers and individual learning and discovery. Yet it dominates American life, so that an America without it can no longer be imagined. Television, then, is really an addicting drug--not what it seems. It is no mere electronic means of mass, prepackaged "entertainment," "educational TV," "amusement," or
"diversion." It is a mind-numbing, behavior modifying, time-consuming, degenerating drug. The smokescreen, however, is effective--we complain about the effects of television dominance in the culture, the radical decline in U.S. education, and the violence it promotes in the young, but the only real cure for most Americans would be to ban it or exercise total abstinence. That, of course, is "unthinkable." The following article will explain what has happened to the American experiment in freedom and representative government as defined by the Constitution and other founding documents.
Something that quacks like a duck and looks like a duck and flies like a duck must be a duck, you can reasonably conclude. So too with oligarchy. This nation speaks and looks and acts like an oligarchy, so my conclusion is that it is an oligarchy, not what it is purported to be: a "representative democracy." That is an ideal we have slipped far from in practice, sad to say. Our Founding Fathers would not be able to recognize this nation of America that has changed so much from the Constitution and the principles that they fought and sacrificed for.