I loathe and detest Ollie North and his ilk. The square-jawed, flinty-eyed, flag-waving, God-fearin’ drug-running perjuring adulterer, who parlayed a few months active service in Vietnam into a lucrative career as a full-time professional American.
Now he’s on again about the perceived loss of American sovereignty due to some vague plan for greater international legal uniformity. Wrapping the flag firmly around his bemedalled chest he intones that “I am not a citizen of the world. We're American citizens. We raised our right hands and took oaths to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Straight from the Great Book of Cliches he adds “America's sons and daughters serving in harm's way around the world as soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines deserve protection from "international tribunals". My old American Heritage Dictionary defines "sovereignty" as "complete independence and self-government."
Well I agree fully on that Ollie, my old gun-running friend, but tell me this, if you’re so all-fired enthused about "complete independence and self-government”, why did you spend most of your miserable life interfering in other countries’ attempts at achieving precisely that? To name but one, Nicaragua?
You’ll remember(and you should remember Ollie , as you took your precious Holy Bible in your muscular hand and perjured youself on it) that you helped arm, by gun-running to the ayatollas in Iran (you know, the people we’re all so het up about now?) and by supplying drugs to the US (you know, the country you pledged to defend?) a murderous ‘army’ which set out to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicaragua? This resulted in at least 10,000 deaths, the vast majority innocent civilians. What have you got to say about that Ollie?
As for those “America's sons and daughters serving in harm's way around the world as soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines”, don't you see any contradiction, you secretary-shagging hypocrite, between that and your concern about ‘sovereignty’?
No, you smug, self-righteous shit, your argument is that laws only apply to other countries, the same argument you used to justify your drugs and arms running. If you really believed in sovereignty you’d support the total closing of the estimated 1000+ military bases that the USA has in other countries and let those countries have their sovereignty. But that wouldn’t suit your paymasters in the military and their ‘independent’ think tanks, would it?
And talking of think tanks, let’s look at who Ollie selects out for most praise in the fight against the threat to American sovereignty: None other than the Freedom Alliance, the Center for Security Policy, and The Heritage Foundation. What have these got in common? Well, first they pay Ollie generously for being a professional American and parroting their agenda.
But there’s more. These organisations are primary shills for so-called ‘free trade’, you know the thing that has America’s destiny in hock to the Chinese and the Arabs, that has destroyed the pride of American manufacturing with outsourcing, replacing it with millions of Macjobs, changed the ethnic foundation of the country with unrestricted immigration of cheap labour from the Third World, and the ‘freedom’ from un-American regulation that enabled the banksters to loot the general populace and bankrupt the country in the process.
Yet sadly, huge numbers of Americans will always fawn on a scumbag like North once he, like his mentor Ronald Reagan (see this post), wraps himself in the flag and regurgitates the standard set of religious and conservative platitudes.
Actually, maybe North isn't ‘still crazy after all these years’ – it’s the rest of us.