Those events marked the END of America's democratic republic, as lawfully Constituted. That corpirate sneak attack, piercing the head and heart of the United States, was in fact an act of war perpetrated for gain against the People of America and our Constitutional form of government. It remains with us, upon us, today; look around. The enduring dominance of this corpirate rule relies on our neither recognizing nor acknowledging it.* This confusion was greatly reinforced by the Court's recognition of corpirations as persons, citing the 13th Amendment, originally meant to free African-American slaves. Witness the wide acceptance of corpirations as members of the 'private sector,' like just plain folks. Since that time, our country in its entirety has been held Prisoners of War, our democratic institutions gone Missing In Action, all inflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, some more, some less.
Some folks bathe in the Ganges;
We're up past our ass in Denial
What we have in the Land of the 'Free:'
Enforced Cognitive Dissonance (A spell imposed to keep us in a fog of wishful thinking and creative nostalgia. Our 'freedoms' are allowed only so far as to keep us as cooperative, compliant tax-cattle...our 'liberties' permitted only so far as to keep us contributing to the flow of all wealth and power into fewer and fewer hands...the more enthusiastic your participation, the higher your rewards.)
What we do not have:
'Our' troops -- Since corpirations started calling the shots, we don't have any troops...A human has a life to give; a corpiration does not, but can buy some and take more.
'Our' flag -- The stars and stripes gone stolen, desecrated, soaked in innocent blood here and there around the world.
'Our' government -- Sold off to the highest bidders, lock, stock, and barrels.
'Our' Constitution -- "...just a goddamn piece of paper!" --George W. Bush
'Our' economy -- A rigged feeding frenzy of corpirate sharks, unsustainable, bleeding out.
'Our' energy resources -- Monopolized, focused on the most dangerous and most centralized, to the specific exclusion of safe, local, sustainable, INFINITE energy alternatives.
'Our' People -- Dehumanized, stunned and mesmerized, divided and conquered, herded along like lemmings toward the precipice.
*If this is so, as it seems, then the first POSITIVE step away from this mess is to recognize and acknowledge the unlawful dominance of corpirations, that they are in fact a criminal, alien, artificial species...and it's quite late in the game.