Webster defines imperialism as a policy of extending a country's power and influence through diplomacy or military force. It can be arguably said that by the turn of the 20th century the United Sates began to stretch it's rule of democracy to the far corners of the globe. In truth the election of William McKinley edged the United States closer to that lofty pinnacle of dominance, regime change and nation building that we are seeing today. The global reach of our policies and military actions from the past 116 years has gained the United States the recognition as the most prolific imperialistic nation since Great Britain was during the late 17th and 18th century.
Since the beginning of the 20h century the United States has only continued playing into the hands of the power elite. It has been this power elite who have and are the movers and shakers that have steered the United States into too many needless wars costing trillions of dollars and millions of lives while at the same time recklessly endangered the economic stability of this once great nation. In too many instances policy decisions for the last hundred years whether military or not only continued filling the coffers of those who wield the real power. It was Major General Butler that quoted "I served in all commissioned ranks from second lieutenant to Major General. And during that period I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism. I suspected I was just part of the racket all the time. Now I am sure of it. " Today, our military continues to be just a tool used by government, and the power elite. We may think that our elected officials do the bidding of their constituents but in truth they are only figure heads in an never ending ploy to beguile the public into thinking that their concerns really matter.
We have to go back to 1898 when President McKinley following the sinking of the USS Maine declared War against Spain. This war even though it lasted only a few months was the start of Americas imperialistic agenda that continues today. The sinking of the USS Maine was not sabotage nor an act of war perpetrated by Spain but was an accident brought about by the extremely hot weather which accelerated the temperature of the ships boiler to the point that the munitions stock piled right next to it set off the explosion that sank the ship. A convenient cover up to capitalize on what was really an accident. But the hysteria that followed by the mass publication of the Hearst's newspapers convinced the public that the United States was justified in going to war with Spain. This was just the first instance in along line of ploys to induce public sentiment to act without knowing the real truths behind what is really a hidden agenda. Who knows what the United states would be like today if we had elected William Bryant instead of McKinley or in 1944 if the people's choice for Vice President Henry Wallace was the nominee instead of the Democratic establishment's choice candidate Truman. But, in the end the power elite behind the scenes managed to secure the United States place as the imperialistic nation we have today.
As this years Presidential election opened up it took one lone Senator from Vermont to awaken the public to the ills that have plagued this nation for years. Ills that were really brought on by and for the entrenched power elite. What Senator Sanders started turned into a national phenomenon. In doing so the public became aware of the many inconsistencies between what our governmental policies should have been doing and what they are actually doing. The public has been seduced by a controlled government and are just now beginning to realize what has been going on right under their nose. In embarking on a Presidential campaign Senator Sanders almost single handily united the public to rise up and be counted as a collective entity to use their influence through the power of Democracy and usher in a nonviolent revolution to bring about the needed changes that will bring back the power to the people. But, what actually happened sounds all to familiar to what happened to Henry Wallace in 1944. The establishment in the democratic party who are controlled by the power elite conveniently engineered the positioning of Clinton over Bernie Sanders.
What has happened though in this definitive moment in politics is where the rule of law was never enforced, forever compromised and in many cases corrupted to the point that drowned out the voices of the public. Too many times when the public became aware of what was happening the outcome only further entrenched a political system that has been all along corrupted. The United States today is faced with the real possibility of a historic revolution where the social breakdown along with the collapse of the rule of law will send this nation down into the abyss. The last time a revolution of the scale of what could actually happen was during the Bolshevik Revolution. But, in this case the greed of some has overwhelmed our whole society. We have already begun to see that our government whose love affair with our fiat paper money, a regime drunk on money printing, that by the way never ended up elevating the incomes any one of the struggling 99% of the population has transformed this nation into a shadow of it's former self.
It is in motion now and many are becoming alert. But, millions of people are still embarrassingly naive about the most obvious breakdown of the United States. Our way of life that our grandfathers knew has already begun to perish. What comes next? Just imagine currency controls, a coming value-added tax, constant debasing of the currency, martial law, food riots and tanks in the streets, holding camps for "terrorists," rationing of paper money at the banks, food rationing, no Medicare for seniors, and no Social Security except as means tested and no elective surgery. Already the banks have been putting restrictions on the amount of currency one is able to withdraw. As a worse case scenario develops hyperinflation or depression evolves and millions become destitute, being stripped of their financial security and political illusions, they may begin to think of retribution. All along the public has been led like sheep to the slaughter. Led by arrogant politicians and bureaucrats who have morphed America into chaos and poverty.
Today, by some estimates there are as many as 300,000,000 private firearms in the US and no telling how much ammunition. No matter what attempted firearm controls the government tries to evoke it will make no significant difference. It is plain too late. We can see where this will lead to, armed rebellion against a tyrannical rule that has perpetuated the imperialistic state and forever extinguished the American Dream for millions of Americans. Riots and revolutions are not new to America. Once sufficient anxiety surfaces any small incidental occurrence can trigger hostilities.
Unfortunately, the US is approaching social breakdown and revolution. The trouble is that failed leadership in the US is no different from many failed regimes throughout history. From Caesar and Nero to Hitler and Mussolini they were sure that their tenure would last. United States leaders today also believe that they are appointed for life no matter what they do or how much they steal. The corrupt political system has perpetuated the corruption in government all the while the power elite continue their reign over all.
Make no mistake the United States since the beginning of the 20th century has become the world's most ruthless imperialistic nation undermining the stabilities of nations all for the purpose to garnish more power, wealth and control for the corporate state of America. The public has long since fallen right into the hands of a corrupt government that has no desire to implement change that would diminish the authority and the wealth of the oligarchy established government. Soon the groundswell of revolt will come crashing down on a system that is self destructing. Remember the French Revolution ?.
We also have to remember that our power elite ushered in sanctions against Russia and in doing so undermined the delicate relationship that really is essential for both countries. The United States in it's zeal of conquest blatantly continues to inflict policies that have only crippled our effectiveness in brokering new alliances, forge treaties that would actually benefit the population of the United States. For the past 116 years it has been the profiteering of our industrial and military complex that has driven the United States domestic and foreign policies. In doing so we have continued to force our will on other nations all over the world. When Russia who has their own priorities the United States has only continued to further antagonize that country setting the stage for more hostilities. It has been all along the imperialistic state of the United States that is responsible for most of the worlds hot beds of instability. Yet, we continue to impose and even force our imperialism on others. Not only are we faced with the very high probability of an open revolt here in the United States but a far more horrendous and devastating confrontation on a global scale. This is all a result of the Imperialistic state of the United States.