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America the Corrupt

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America the Corrupt
Donald Jeffries



Corruption is defined in the dictionary as “dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power.” It can no longer be denied that in every area of government and business, present-day America fits this description like a glove. Throw in a decadent culture, and a beaten-down, largely amoral populace, and you have America 2.0.


Our legal system is a laughingstock. I am just starting to write a book about our injustice system, and the statistics and personal stories are stunning. Cops routinely harass innocent motorists or pedestrians (but never threaten gang members, for instance). Prosecutors cling to cases with no real evidence, and push forward to convict those they know aren’t guilty. It’s all about winning under our adversarial system. Juries rubber-stamp dubious cases with guilty verdicts most of the time. And politicized judges rule over the mess like feudal lords, with bias and inconsistency.


Our medical industrial complex, which I worked for during my entire adult life, is worse than anyone outside of it can imagine. Arrogant doctors and uncaring nurses provide patients with a Third World level of care. Big pharma, insurance companies, and wildly overpaid healthcare executives ensure that patients pay outrageous prices for even the smallest things. Insurance companies charge more each year, and cover less. Big pharma’s deadly products can be obtained in other countries for comparative pocket change. And yet even those victimized by this horrific system swallow the industry’s propaganda that it is somehow superior to single-payer systems.


Our media, which we should theoretically rely upon to expose the corruption and tyranny within our decaying society, is essentially controlled by the state. There are no investigative journalists left in this country in the corporate media. What research is done is conducted by people like me, in my books, and in articles like this one, and the many wonderful podcasts and bloggers out there providing alternative views. But too many Americans still scoff at us, and mindlessly trust the proclamations of the talking heads on television.


Big religion, from the ridiculous televangelists who somehow get gullible listeners to send them money, to my Catholic Church that continues to cover up the sexual abuse committed by priests, to the overpaid clergymen of all faiths (most people don’t realize how well paid rabbis are, for example), the corruption is obviously there as well. I’ll pay attention when I hear some of them loudly demanding a year of jubilee.


Professional sports are as orchestrated as anything else in our society. Are we really naive enough to think that businesses that can generate billions every year in gambling would leave all that to chance? Point spreads exist for a reason. The NFL and NBA, especially, are shady beyond reproach. The officials in both those leagues can control the outcomes of games by themselves, simply by calling penalties (or not calling them) at opportune moments.


As I exposed in my book Survival of the Richest, the vaunted marketplace is utterly rigged against the poor and working class, and what’s left of the middle class. If it’s all about the market paying what it can bear, failed CEOs like Carly Fiorina wouldn’t be given $40 million golden umbrellas to go away after being utter failures at their jobs. The big banks and corporations wouldn’t come crawling to the taxpayers for bailouts. Sports team owners wouldn’t threaten to move to another city if the taxpayers didn’t pay for their new stadium. Kind of takes the “risk” out of venture capitalism, doesn’t it? Socialism is only for the wealthy.


If we had true elected leaders “representing” us, they’d look out for the interests of the mass of people, at least once in a while. As the late James Forrestal told Joe McCarthy, before he plummeted to his death from a window at Bethesda Naval Hospital, occasionally they’d make a mistake in our favor. A true statesman, a Mr. Smith gone to Washington, would pop up here or there. The last politician with national power, who appeared to be the least bit interested in doing good, John F. Kennedy, had his head blown off in Dallas.


Even if we had real representatives, as the Iowa caucuses showed once again, the votes aren’t being honestly counted. Half the country doesn’t even want a voter identification required, which would seem to be the only way to ensure that someone doesn’t vote twice, or out of their precinct, or vote for the dead, or vote as non-citizens. “Vote early and often,” as they used to say.


Anyone who has been employed at any large or mid-sized company in America within the past few decades knows just how much hard work, loyalty, and competence matter in the workplace. In “right to work” states like mine, one can be fired for literally any reason. But at least you can’t be forced to join a union. The combination of “conservative” ideology, which puts profits (and executive bonuses) first and foremost, and social justice warrior favoritism and double standards ensure that the cheapest, most pliable, but “diverse” workforce is in place.


The customer is usually wrong in today’s business world. Try to get a company to honor a warranty. How about those “bumper to bumper” car warranties? From my perspective, everything is between the bumpers on a car, but these companies invariably find a way to wiggle out of covering something. It’s hard to blame the low-paid retail employees for not having a great attitude. They aren’t rewarded, no matter how well the company does. But you can bet management is. And ultimately, it’s the consumer who gets screwed. So, take your business elsewhere? And get identical prices, and identical service? Remember, John D. Rockefeller, one of the titans of capitalism, memorably said, “competition is a sin.”


Government is certainly no better than business, and probably worse in most cases. Try getting a government agency on the phone. After surviving the tortuous automated menu system (which all agencies and private businesses now employ, despite heartfelt opposition from the public, in the spirit of Rockefeller-style “competition”), you will be transferred by one rude, uncaring representative to another, if you’re not simply cut off or hung up on.


The mainstream media, including an entertainment industry that features more talentless performers than talented ones, is controlled by a handful of powerful companies. There is no competition, which would please John D. Rockefeller. The films, songs, television shows, and works of art are almost entirely forgettable. McCulture, if you will. Nothing uplifting. No real literature can be published in today’s America. To be fair, there probably aren’t enough literate readers left to appreciate it. We are becoming a cultural wasteland, a burgeoning Idiocracy.


We don’t even have the trappings of a First World nation any more. The infrastructure is like every other part of America 2.0- a gigantic, crumbling, figurative pot hole. But no one addresses it, or has for sixty years. Instead, the nonstop bombings and occupations of other nations continue, regardless of cost, as the wealth of those who are already rich increases, and the poverty of those who are already poor does as well. And the middle is being squeezed out completely. Half of America literally has no wealth. The bottom quarter has a negative net worth.


Everything I write about highlights some kind of corruption, or injustice. Needless to say, I never run out of things to write about. We are drifting listlessly in a sea of corruption. The country is full of naked emperors. And there are no innocent children to point it out.


You can’t leave the people out of this. As I’ve written about before, virtually no one seems to believe in the Golden Rule any more. They may never have believed in it, but as least they pretended to. Now, not only do hardly any people treat others as they wish to be treated, most would like to have those they disagree with fired from their jobs, if not prosecuted.


To begin to clean this mess up, you’d need the biggest vacuum cleaner imaginable. And a massive insertion of honest, competent leaders at all levels of society.











Author of the best-seller "Hidden History: An Expose of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies and Cover-Ups in American Politics," published by Skyhorse Publishing in November 2014, and the . critically acclaimed 2017 book, "Survival of the Richest." His next book, "Crimes and Cover Ups in American Politics: 1776-1963," will be released in May 2019. Jeffries also hosts his own radio show, "I Protest," which is broadcast on the IHeartRadio network.​
The 2007 sci-fi/fantasy "The Unreals" has been compared to "The Wizard of Oz" and "A Confederacy of Dunces," among other things. It has been praised by the likes of "Darconian's Cat" author, former Harvard Professor Alexander Theroux, and acclaimed screenwriter ("Night at the Museum") and actor ("Reno 911") Robert Ben Garant. A second edition of "The Unreals" was released in February 2015.​



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McCulture, if you will. Nothing uplifting. No real literature can be published in today’s America. To be fair, there probably aren’t enough literate readers left to appreciate it.
ok, that was good, mcculture

this 'ole boy has a mighty fine rant going on
 

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Prosecutors cling to cases with no real evidence, and push forward to convict those they know aren’t guilty. It’s all about winning under our adversarial system.
I know this to be true.

Young gal babysitting some kids. Bath time. Little tyke was throwing a hissy fit. She grabs his arm as he's leaving the tub and they slipped on the wet floor and fell. Little tyke got bruised arm. She explained to mom. To be safe mom takes tyke to ER. Says it was a slip and fall. They report it as abuse. Babysitter gets arrested. DA asks her to come down to office. She went down to explain. DA listens for an hour, then hands her summons to court for child abuse. After several court visits babysitter ends up taking a plea deal.

No justice. Guilty of appearances.
 

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So he's written a lot of complaints and offers no solutions. What's the point? Everybody's bitching and moaning.
 

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Everybody's bitching and moaning.
not me, i'm simply staying outta trouble, if i get caught for something i didn't do, i'm kinda ready for that, it's called a Speedy Trial

Sixth Amendment, Don't Sign It Away...you've effectively Agreed to be tied up in 'their' system subject to 'their' rules

Speedy Trial, you either did it or not, force their hand
 

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If everyone demanded a jury trial the system would be backlogged for decades.
I've done it, had a jury trial for a left turn ticket - lost anyway. Most Jurors are very susceptible to authority and generally follow what the authorities demand.

I've been on Juries also, and was even called to Federal Jury Duty for 3 months (had to log in every Sunday night to find out if I had to be there on Monday). Prosecutors win 95% of the time, and I've seen why.
 

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our legal system has become a room of power and entertainment

whichever side has the best 'ringmaster' and as long as the judge sides with the anointed 'ringmaster', that side will win

it's a game, a competition, not a legal system, an entertainment, profit center, system and we're not invited except to 'pay' and 'participate', because, without 'victims', there is no system on the planet that will work, including our 'justice system'
 

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Such a joke. USSA. And jike is the nicest te em for this system. Does anyone think it's just a coincidence I haven't even received a jury summons since I turned 18? Nope they want the young and dumb to sit on those things.
 

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Does anyone think it's just a coincidence I haven't even received a jury summons since I turned 18?
It might just possibly mean there is no need for that many juries any more.
Prosecutors win 95% of the time
That's because 90% of the time the 'trial' is just plea bargain.
5% (prolly much less) get off because they didn't plead guilty and managed to make their case. Or got some charges dropped (DA 'looses') but went off to sing-sing anyhow. And the other 5% fail and go off to sing-sing for everything.

JMSO,
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That's because 90% of the time the 'trial' is just plea bargain.
5% (prolly much less) get off because they didn't plead guilty and managed to make their case. Or got some charges dropped (DA 'looses') but went off to sing-sing anyhow. And the other 5% fail and go off to sing-sing for everything.

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I mean 95% of the Jury trials end in conviction. In Federal Court, there's a Magistrate Judge that helps prepare the case and presides over the Jury selection, and another Judge that tries the case. The Magistrate Judge asks the questions and weeds out the potential Jurors - they've very good at what they do (win the case for the government). The Judge asks all kinds of questions to the Jury pool and you raise your hand (you don't have to, but people do it anyway) and the defense and prosecutors write down all this information. The Judge asks things like have you or anyone in your family been in the military, been a cop, been arrested for drugs - hours of questions. The defense and prosecutors have 15 minutes each at the end to ask questions, and the Judges hurries them and cuts them off at the exact minute.

The case I was called to be a potential Juror on was a pot case on the border. The Judge ask the Jury pool if anyone thought pot should be legal and the government was wasting resources trying pot cases - I raised my hand (the only one out of 60 potential Jurors). I raised my hand because I was not interested in being on that Jury, nor did I want to hang the Jury for the illegal that got caught with the backpack full of pot. Of course, I was struck from the pool, but not after being brought in alone for a second go around and asked if i could set aside my opinion and do only as the Judge instructed - I said no, and that was it.

If you do want to be on the Jury, you don't raise your hand for any questions.