This image is a digital version of the "Dunlap Broadside" copy of the Declaration of Independence held at the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Sami Jamil Jadallah, 6 July 2011
America, the great country and power it is, is in deep trouble, failing in many of its wars in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Yemen, in Libya. Failing in its drug wars and failing in its war on terrorism, with a failing and polarized political system that is failing the people, and a financial system that is colluding with Washington political powers and the Federal Reserve waging wars of no mercy against the American people and the world.
As if America’s problem are not enough, America the great country it is, is held hostage by Israel, its American lobby and its Fifth Column more than ever needs a 2nd Declaration of Independence and need to rewrite a new social and political contracts with its citizens. I say this out of love and care for America and the American people.
As Americans, native born and immigrant we have every reason to celebrate the birth of the nation and its Declaration of Independence. I am writing from the City of Tangier, Morocco both of which have great significant to the birth of the new nation.
Morocco was the first country in the world to extend full diplomatic recognition to the United States of America and Tangier was the first site of the first diplomatic mission for the US anywhere.
As an immigrant, being an American was a matter of choice, thanks to my late father who made the first choice and made it much easier for me, my late mother and all of the brothers and sisters to immigrate to the US and became US citizens.
I always will remember the happy face of may late father during election days, when he will put his time and his car in the service of the Democratic Party machine in Gary, Indiana. My father who worked in the steel mills and as house-to-house peddler was so proud to be an American. He went to night school at the local YMCA to learn how to read and write English even how to read and write Arabic.
Franklin Roosevelt was my father idol and hero and he always spoke of this president as the president of the people, the man who gave people jobs, dignity and away from the soup lines. The man who introduced social security and other social benefits to the working class of America. Franklin Roosevelt was the one and only president that my late father cared about and now I see the reasons.
Over the years, my late father as US citizen is perhaps directly and indirectly though marriage is responsible to bring to this country some 100 persons, and thanks God; all did very well, with so many professionals within our own family. Lawyers, prosecutors, professional journalists, contractors and builders, international media executives, scientists and college professors, small business owners, artists and teachers, hospitality executives and food professionals.
In my household, my mother in law has two university degrees (bachelor and master), my wife has three degrees (bachelor, master and doctorate degree), myself have three degrees (bachelor, master and jurist doctor), my son Jamil has two degrees and will be working on the third, Diala has one and is working on the second and is a Legislative Director in a congressional office, and my other daughter Laila got her bachelor and master degree and is looking for a job. Only in America can a family with modest means and background, can have access to this kind of opportunity that only a country like America can offer. I always wonder why education is never a constitutional right left to local district and without national educational policy covering primary, middle, secondary and college education and wonder why higher education is so expensive and why vocational and industrial education is so lacking in our country.
As proud Americans happy with the opportunities and citizenship we also answered the calls to serve this nation. 5 out of 6 boys joined the service, 3 in the army and 2 in joined the marines. Joining the military service was the least thing we can do for this country that gave us rights and freedoms we did not have before. And yes, we will always be proud of this. Though we did not believe in the wars our leaders engaged us in.
Of course America of the Sixties and Seventies saw much turmoil. It was hard to believe that Blacks were not yet full citizens some 2 centuries after the birth of the nation and the Sixties saw a transformation of America to a country where the doctrine of “separate but Equal” was thrown out of the window, with the Civil Rights movement paving the way for the election of the first Black Americas to the US presidency… no country in the world can match such a great transformation.
The War on Vietnam also was a water shed were a weekly visit to the Mall in Washington is constant reminder of the more than 50,000 who lost their lives, soldiers I personally knew in high school and shared basic training with. It seems our leadership never learned from the lies that put us at war with Vietnam and Cambodia and Laos. Someone like Henry Kissinger responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of people was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize. Unbelievable.
During the last two decades American politics, turned ugly, and against the people, became dirty, unprincipled and hostage to money and plenty of it and hostage to special interests and lobbies, polarized between Left and Right and for the most part hijacked by AIPAC and Right Wing Evangelical politics.
Hard to believe in a country like ours that it takes $1-2 millions for a candidate to run for the House and it takes $20-30 millions for a Senate seat. Of course this money does not come free, and for sure it is at the expense of citizens of this country. Politics of today is a far cry from that envisioned by the Founding Fathers, with politics becoming a profession and a business and not service to the nation and people.
These days we only see our politicians, through their own handlers, their own pollsters, through 30 seconds sound bites. All are polished and mere actors told what to say and what to do, not spontaneous and downright people to people. The media, and pollsters are is every thing to winning elections, offering 30 seconds sound bites for lifetime problem as if the issue of “tax” is the only solution to the economic mess we are in. It seems all politicians are anti-government these days competing with each other’s in their attacks on a government that was responsible for rebuilding the nation immediately after the Great Depression, World War II and of course America became the great industrial power because of Washington policies and great industrial leaders, not greedy Wall Street financiers.
All that of course changed. Congress and its allies on Wall Street are on a course of self-destruct taking down this nation and the years it took to build. Industrial, health, labor and tax laws are drafted by industry and special interests and formally voted on by our Congress resulting in millions of jobs going over seas, were some 5 millions Americans working in industries losing their jobs forever. This war against America and the American people remain the primary agenda of a Congress and national politics beholding to special interests.
During the last two decades small town America saw drastic transportation from good to worst with many of its downtown shops closing down with an estimated 500,000 small business owners losing their business to Wall Mart. The wealth and family business suddenly shifted from these small business owners in small towns to the bank accounts of some 100 members of Sam Walton. Millions of lifetime jobs became minimum wage in one of the largest employer in America.
Wall Street was not far behind. In the old days, it was the managers of businesses and industries who were in the driver seat building great industrial powers and companies such as GM, Ford, Chrysler, US Steel, Inland Steel, IBM, making decisions and spending their times on the floors managing their products and work force. These days’ business executives and managers spend there days and times managing and massaging the ego of young, ruthless and greedy Wall Street “business and financial analysts”. It is Wall Street not Main Street is in charge and in the driver seat. Wall Street and the politicians of Washington all conspired to turn this country from a great industrial power to country in constant trade deficit and tax policies that conspired against the American labor force causing millions to lose their jobs forever. Managing the “stock price” became the focal point and primary business of executives. Stock prices determined the bonuses and salaries of these business managers, not the quality of product, certainly not the number of person they employ.
Fraud and lies substituted for hard work and sense of common decency. No need to mention Enron and other companies were business managers colluding with auditors and with Wall Street ruined the lives and lively hood of millions of people who lost their lifetime saving and pension, as a result of American managers shifting from being best in the world to a punch of liars and thieves.
Committing fraud and committing tax evasion became the sole business of many in the business with many of those committing financial frauds end up paying hundreds of millions in fines while committing tens of billions in financial fraud. So many shareholders lost everything under the unscrupulous business managers in the auto, airlines and especially in the health care industry with some who committed billions of dollars in fraud becoming leading politicians rather than spending the rest of their lives in jail.
Over the last couple of decades, American so so many cycles of lies and fraud, robbing of the people of their lifetime savings. Yes, our primary saving remains in our highly mortgaged homes and that too was taking away from us. Over the years, we witness the Saving and Loan Associations scandal, the Junk Bond Scandal, the Internet Bubble, the collapse of the Telecommunication Industry, and with it the bankruptcy of major airlines such as Pan Am, TWA, Eastern, Banff and later United and Continental. The chain continued with the collapse and bankruptcy of such American industrial icons as General Motor, Chrysler Corporation. The health industry also saw major transformation with Wall Street helping small time crooks to take over national health services whose primary purpose was not to provide quality and affordable health care but to cheat the government out of tens of billions in Medicare charges. Some of these small time crooks went on to become leading politicians and even governors.
The recent sub-prime lending scandal encouraged by the Federal Reserve, its members banks and leading Washington politicians and lobbyists continued in their quest to fleece the people one more time, relying on the propensity of people to be greedy, forcing so many people into default and foreclosures with banks hiring unscrupulous law firms to take whatever left in the bank accounts of the people.
Greedy unscrupulous bankers and financiers took their companies down the drain, while making hundreds of millions in salaries and bonuses, and our government both Republican and Democrats rather than coming to the people’s rescue went overboard in making sure these bankers stand whole. Trillions of dollars went to rescue these financial institutions while millions of people lost their homes to foreclosures and millions more lost their jobs for ever as both industry and services collapse. It is hard to believe that “usury laws” outlaws for centuries became the standard operating procedures for the banking and credit cards industries. It is even harder to imagine that “ payday lenders” who as “bankers” get their money to lend almost for free turn around and charge poor Americans living from pay day to pay day 30 even 50% interests.
The NeoCons all were gearing up to American of the New Century prompted by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union decided to turned to the “shock doctrine” often used by greedy bankers to transform economies to their likings as they did in Chile and Argentina, turned to attack on America. September 11th was no accident and so far we do not know the complete truth as to what happened that faithful day. The NeoCons for sure succeeded in what they wanted, a police state at home, and wars everywhere and they got both. Rather than spending the billions in our reserve and surplus we went to debts in trillions of dollars without any material or benefits to the American people. Our economy shifted from an industrial manufacturing economy to service economy with some 1.5 millions working in the “war on terror” industry producing “ paper and intelligence reports” we could not sell to China or India or Latin America.
The War on Iraq and Afghanistan and the trillions of dollars wasted and down the drain on these private and self serving wars of the NeoCons and their vision of America for the New Century put our citizens and tax payers in debt forever.
Israel remains America’s main source of insecurity and weakening national sovereignty. The triumphant visit of Bibi Netanyahu and his reception in Washington as a conquering hero and his condensing insults to the president of the United States and his repeated standing ovation in Congress should remind all of us of the needs for a 2nd Declaration of Independence. America political, financial, economic and industrial sovereignty is at stake here. Israel through its Fifth Column and its Lobby in Washington remains the single most dangerous thing to American freedom and independence and leadership in the world. Our Congress is as much an Israeli Occupied Territories as Gaza and the West Bank.
However there is always hope and the hope is the people of the United States who will sooner than later take charge and make the right decisions through a complete change and retirement of an ideologically driven Congress, controlled by big money, Wall Street, AIPAC, the NRA and now the Tea Party. It will take time, but the people will not have any choice but to take charge and revamp a political and financial system that went array.
America will always remain the great country it is enriched with its diversity of people, different colors, different faith, all hard working and looking for a better life. America will always remain a place I call home and a place in the heart and mind.
Sami Jamil Jadallah
Sami Jamil Jadallah is an international legal and business consultant and is the founder and director of Palestine Agency and Palestine Documentation Center www.palestineagency.com and founder and owner of several business in technology and services. Sami also runs an online website (Jefferson Corner). His articles are also featured on PalestineNote and Veterans Today.
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