5/20/14 Meria interviews James Hufferd, historian on his book “Troublesome Country, Why We Need to Live Up to Our Creed: A History of War, Injustice and Greed”. Corporate personhood has existed since post civil war era; The American creed, what is it? We all believe it, but do we have it? We have proven to do the opposite of our creed since the beginning of this country;definition of freedom; freedom to control our government; freedom from governmental control; How does the US look/rate to the rest of the world? American exceptionalism is a control mechanism; truth tellers as Un-American; the CIA and the Ukraine;Manifest Destiny beginning of white supremacy; nation founded by Aryans; Hitler took his lead from eugenics in America; Fortunate Son by James Hatfield;Are we a christian nation? the Constitution is a workable framework enacted for the 5 tenets of our creed; founding fathers;the push back on women’s rights; defranchising women;9/11; Who benefits? do we have a free press? did we ever? Learn and live the creed; the Federal Reserve is an enemy of independence.
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Troublesome Country is a forceful statement of what is right about America -- as well as a history of where we've gone wrong. Our principles are the best the world has ever known: freedom, democracy, equality, justice, and independence. Yet failure to follow this creed leads us to great wrongs -- from the genocide of the Indians, slavery, and discrimination, to rule by corporations, the privatization of our currency, endless undeclared wars for empire, and the erosion of rights under the surveillance state. With an array of fascinating, little-known details, the author shows how each failure comes from betraying our ideals, and calls for us to finally live up to them.