Where did my America go? What ever happened to the belief that America stood for freedom, equality, and morality? There is something seriously wrong with our ever increasing materialistic nation and the way our government is manhandling parts of the world through military coercion and economic sanctions. Unfortunately most Americans are under a hypnotic spell and don’t even realize that they are being manipulated on so many levels. How so? Let’s just take a look at television, radio commercials, movies, and the news media. Radio and television commercials are the worst. Do you think it’s a coincidence that they repeat the same ads over and over? Pharmacuetical companies try to psychologically instill the idea that by buying their so-called fast working diet pills, the user will be able to finally lose weight and enjoy the same physical and sensous activities as displayed by the people in the commercials. The drug industry basically wants to ensnare ordinary people to buy their products by using a constant barrage of visual stimulants through television. These visual stimulants are typically played out by attractive men and women that are paid to distract and confuse you by accepting these pills. If a person looks in the mirror long enough, they are going to find something about themselves that they don't like or would like to change. Hell, nowadys you can surgically enhance yourself at the swipe of a credit card or implanted microchip, which is my point. Our American people have been cosmetically seduced in such a way, that money has become the new God in our incomplete civilization. This concept of exaggerated wealth, ambition, and, indifference are the exact perceptions that can be found in another important American era (see essay on the Industrial Revolution). The parallels between the pompous wealth of the 19th century and the growing numbers of millionaires in the 21st century, demonstrates that the desire for money can be used as a driving force and a method of control. It is important for us to realize that we are behind enemy lines and that our education, employment, political, and social structures are there to slow down, if not suppress, our intellectual, moral, spiritual, and human growth. The powers that be want us to believe that we are living in a commercial. This false sense of commercial reality has brought enormous wealth to big businesses whose primary objective is to detach Americans from true sources of inspiration and knowledge. Our American society has become a nation that cannot distinguish between academic history and the trivial. Most Americans through the power of the news media and entertainment have become slaves to daily falsehoods, which are injected into their consciousness. This comfortable cloud of unknowing has only strengthened our country’s sense of unreality. Hence, the many stupid “reality” shows out there to distract and keep us from true sources of encouragement. The greatest lessons in history are the ones that teach us about change, but also those unexplored and uneventful things that led to change. Our intention at TimeWake is to provide comparable visions of historical events by comparing them with events in our own lifetimes. This will allow the reader and prospective researcher the necessary background to research and think coherently about social and political life, reclaiming their thinking power and allowing its intelligence to dominate.
History is the art of learning how to read between the lines. The more you read and learn, the more you’ll be able to discern for yourself how reliable a given source is. American history is an area that I find most fascinating because American culture or Westernization has influenced the economic, political, and cultural condition for many countries. There is no doubt that the founding of our American nation and its framework of government has had the most profound and heartfelt recognition of freedom and liberty throughout the world. In history class we were taught the American Revolution was the only revolution where the outcome was a land, a country, and, government created by the people for the people. Our nation’s founding has become a romantic and eloquent anecdote on how thirteen independent colonies, under the leadership of George Washington, who incidentally owned many slaves and instigated the French and Indian War of 1763, were able to put aside their sectional differences, declare their independence in 1776, defeat the English, one of the most powerful nations in Europe, and then establish one of the most important frameworks of government that many nations sign a peace treaty in Versailles, France in 1783. The history of our nation is relatively young when you compare it to the great and ancient civilizations of the Olmecs, Maya, Aztecs, Egyptians, Sumerian, African, Hindu, and Chinese, but equally important because of its symbolic nature. America, in most people's eyes represents equality, freedom of speech and religious representation, and the pursuit of happiness. However, the notion of equality and freedom in the thirteen colonies after the American Revolution was sacrificed for economic and political practicality. African slavery was the economic bloodline of the South, as well as some northern states, refused to give up their system of forced labor in the name of humanity. Slavery marked the economic takeoff of American and English society during British colonial occupation and after America secured their independence. And yet, despite this new sense of freedom colonists were embracing, millions of African men, women, and children were shipped, separated, and sold in this country. How was slavery possible in a nation that delcared itself to be the new symbol of moral and political enlightenment? The answer is very easy, it never was and it shall never be. It is very important for us to learn how to read between the lines and understand how much of what they taught us in school is misleading. For example, schools continously teach our children to celebrate Columbus Day as though he contributed something to human civilization. Celebrating Columbus Day is commemorating the inhumane commercialization and enslavement of the African people and the systematic genocidal behavior carried out by the Spanish Conquistadors towards the Aztec, Inca, Taino, and Arawak peoples of the Caribbean Islands, Central, and South America.
President Andrew Jackson:1830-1836 was responsible for the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which empowered the federal government to uproot and relocate Native Americans of the southeast region, mainly the Cherokee, and later the Choctaws, Chickasaws, Seminole, and Creek tribes to Oklahoma. The westward relocation journey to the new Indian Territory became known as the Trail of Tears because of the suffering and deaths endured by the Cherokees. It was another disgraceful chapter in American history.So before anyone takes a high moral tone about American virtues and its supposed political freedom, let’s remember that a great many “upright” Americans in the past repeatedly mistreated and exploited Africans, Native Americans, women, and poor whites. American history is a testament that proves that the moral and political enlightenment values such as freedom and equality purported by the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the U.S. Constitution were merely interconnecting social tools used by the Founding Fathers to make popular the idea of legitimacy in a newly established American republican and federal government, as they extended slavery and removed Native Americans from their ancestral lands.
The Indian Removal Act of 1830 empowered the federal government to uproot Native Americans from these lawmaking “rights” were precisely the values best suited to create a new form of government “for the people, by the people”, which our Founding Fathers understood quite well. The period from 1783-1803 was one of the most politically productive eras in American history. The new Republic under the guidance of some of the most talented men, but morally flawed reorganized itself under a new framework of government and then struggled to define what it had created. It struggled to define the nature and purposes of government and how society could best serve its interests. It was also a time when political thought flourished and saw the rise of two political factions the Federalist and Anti-Federalist.
On September 17, 1787 the Constitution was signed and forwarded to the Confederation Congress in New York. The adoption of the U.S. Constitution marked the end of the American Revolution and a new republic was born. What I’ve come across is that despite the notion that we as a people “empower” the government, and they in turn guarantee our rights, we’re still under the same network of aggressive enterprising leaders in the 21st century, as in the 18th century. In order to effectively control a society you must establish wartime patronage. And that’s exactly what our nation’s forefathers did. The rich, in this nation or any other throughout the world, must, in their own interest own the government or the laws in which the government operates. The men who engineered the rebellion were largely members from the colonial elite. To name a few, George Washington was the richest man in America, Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, John Hancock was a prosperous Boston merchant, and Benjamin Franklin, reputed member of the Hellfire Club was prosperous scientist and diplomat. Rich white men, who were all linked business and family connection, dominated the Continental Congress, which governed the thirteen colonies during the war. The American Revolution was a collective enterprising achievement for the colonial elite and wealthy merchants. Despite the colossal achievement in gaining their independence from Britain and establishing a new form of government, no new social classes really came to power. Slaves, women, and Native American were not represented because they were not constituents to Constitutional commercial privileges, but rather groups of people to be exploited. The notion of equality was sacrificed for political an economic necessity. A debate over slavery would have shattered the fragile unity that was desperately needed to keep the newly independent colonies together