Corporate Bullies and The American Way

Bribery and Brutality,
‘Tis the American Way.
Corporate bullies and their strong armed Law;
Have always ruled the Day.

Railroad executives made the decisions,
The Military executed their will.
Our First Americans to this day,
Are imprisoned and occupied still.

Rockefeller paid the National Guard,
To suppress Colorado miners on strike.
After Rockefeller’s paid goons,
Had murdered Strikers children, and their wives.

When starving WWI Veterans,
Came to DC to demand their Bonus Pay.
Macarthur and Eisenhower lead the military operation,
Attacking WWI Vets and their families that day.

Blue clad bullies with bullets and badges,
And armed with Fire hose might.
Have water tortured peaceful demonstrators,
Who dared sit for equal rights.

College students who demonstrated,
Against an illegal and immoral war.
Were murdered by National Guardsmen,
The dead count tallied four.

Don’t you dare organize!
Don’t you dare stand up for what’s right!
Don’t you dare become a dissident!
Don’t you dare stand up and fight!

‘Cause Bribery and Brutality,
‘Tis the American Way.
Corporate bullies and their strong armed Law;
Have always ruled the Day.

Children have been burned to death,
War Veterans attacked by the Military,
Students have been murdered,
Because people dared to be contrary.

Against a system of oppression,
Against systemic tyranny,
Against an evil empire,
Against an oppressive plutocracy.

From Ludlow to Kent State,
From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock.
Plutocratic servile bullies,
Arrive and go off half cocked.

So don’t you dare organize!
Don’t you dare stand up for what’s right!
Don’t you dare become a dissident!
Don’t you dare stand up and fight!

‘Cause Bribery and Brutality,
‘Tis the American Way.
Corporate bullies and their strong armed Law;
Have always ruled the Day.

And the beat down goes on………

Dave Henderson
Denison, Texas
November 25, 2016

(Dedicated to the brave Veterans who have committed to self deploy to Standing Rock in early December in order to stand with and protect our nation’s brave Water Protectors who have come under siege and vicious attack by Corporate bullies and their strong arm of the Law.

Veterans such as these understand the concept of standing up for the good by standing up against the evil.

I respectfully salute such brave men and women. DH)

Make America Great. Finally.

It seems to me that many of the problems related to our badly divided society are actually due to the fact that certain of the more honorable principles of our national Constitution have historically been systematically limited as to the degree of their application. For example, consider the beautiful sentiment and the profound principles of the phrase “promote the general welfare” as recorded in the introductory Preamble of the Constitution. As noble as the concept sounds, the fact of the matter is that promoting the general welfare was by no means the actual concern of the 55 Aristocrats who composed the Constitutional Convention. Nor for that matter had promoting “the general welfare” ever been the primary concern of any of the other greedy gold diggers from whom our nation evolved. The sentiment so expressed is indeed honorable, and undoubtedly “the general welfare” is in fact the end goal and defined purpose of that noble collective known as the society; but therein lies the misunderstanding which serves as the basis for the limited application of the sentiment itself.

For from our very conception as a sovereign nation, America was never a society. More to the point, America is, and always been; an ongoing commercial enterprise, whose welfare for an elite sector is systematically maintained by way of domination and exploitation. In fact, for the most part the history of Western Society was never about promoting “the general welfare”, but rather has always been an ongoing predatory commercial enterprise based upon invasion, conquest, domination, and exploitation of the vulnerable, for the express purpose of enriching and further empowering the already wealthy and powerful class of any given country. The systematic domination and exploitation of the many, in order to provide welfare for an elite sector then, has been the historical pattern of Western Society in general, and America more than any other country simply serves as an example of such.

And so, while giving lip service to the concept of equality and the general welfare, the fact is that the societal system by which our forefathers functioned is in principle the same by which we function today. Granted, the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960’s legalized the concept of the equality of all people, nonetheless we have yet to abandon our national systematic commercial enterprise for the welfare of the wealthy, nor do we yet refrain from foreign invasions to the same end. Thus, in spite of our incremental social advancements towards social justice, we nonetheless continue, as did our Forefathers, to fall short of the sentiments of our own Constitution, by implementing a system which fails to function accordingly.

This is not to say that things must remain as they are. For as long as the words “promote the general welfare” remain written in our Constitution, then we as a collective people shall ever have the documented right to become a society which seeks the common good as a necessary goal. Our challenge then is to aspire towards that noble state of social being which has alluded every generation of Americans going back to and including our Founding Fathers themselves.

For when, and only when, we as America decide to finally live up to the precious sentiment as expressed in our national Constitution “promote the general welfare”; then and only then, we will actually be a society instead of a collective commercial enterprise for the primary welfare of the wealthy and the powerful.

To do so would make America great. Finally.

On Conditioned Totalitarianism and Domestic Terrorism

Conditioned Totalitarianism and Domestic Terrorism is the daily reality of life in the USA. And the older I get, I grow increasingly puzzled by the irrational celebration of such as a superior way of life; or even the complacent tendency to regard such as somehow acceptable or normal.

How can we be supportive of a system which amounts to multilevel exploitation of circumstances, situations, and the most basic of all human needs?

To be forced to the grind as a matter of survival is an unfortunate reality. To be integrated into the machinery of Corporate Totalitarian rule based upon the need to survive is a reality which for the time being, all must seemingly accept and adhere as a matter of practicality.

But to celebrate such as a superior way of life. To even condone such as even acceptable.

Such is irrational.

The reality of the American way of life is that we the working class people sell our services for a percentage of our effort’s worth, in order to enrich the leaches who take the product of our effort and hoard such for their own personal interests. Such is the reality of Capitalism.

And to be forced to the grind as a matter of survival is to be a victim of Domestic Terrorism.

But to accept such a managed arrangement as acceptable?
To laud such a managed arrangement as exemplary?
To celebrate such as a superior way of life?

To be willingly integrated into a managed arrangement whereby one is the victim of exploitation and control, and then to celebrate such a system as a good thing, and to encourage one’s children’s and grand children’s generation to be proud to be so integrated themselves; is it seems to me, the height of irrationality, and the apex of insanity.

I simply do not comprehend how people can be conditioned to support that which goes against our own interests.

Such is irrational, if not insane.

On Predator Capitalists and Decent People

I do not believe in God,
But I do believe in good.
To be kind and compassionate,
I believe we all should.

Predator Capitalists,
Prey on the misery of others.
They exploit circumstances,
And take advantage of our global brothers.

These vultures and vermin,
Are always on the take.
From New Orleans to New Guinea,
Another dollar they want to make.

To hell with Predator Capitalists,
I’ve nothing more to say.
Except to ask this question:
How can decent people look the other way?

On French Bums and American Businessmen

French bums and American businessmen,
They pretty much the same.
Each live a life of dependency,
Each got their own game.

French bum live off handouts,
From the local grocery store.
Come next time he be hungry,
He be comin’ back for more.

American businessman live off labor,
Of others who do his work.
Pays out pennies on the dollars made,
I call this dude a jerk.

French bums and American businessmen,
They pretty much the same.
French bum live off handouts,
Survival is his game.

French bums and American businessmen,
They pretty much the same.
Businessman live off work of others,
Exploitation is his game.

French bums and American businessmen,
They pretty much the same.
Each live a life of dependency,
Each got their own game.

Dave Henderson
Denison, Texas

Content and Discreet

Content to be a wage slave,
I sing praises to the USA.
Better to be like everyone else,
Than to seek a better way.

Content to pledge allegiance,
To the flag of imperial rule.
If not brain washed at home,
What better place than in school?

Content to defend the rights,
Of plutocrats to exploit the rest.
Better that the poor stay hungry,
Than that there be social unrest.

Content that the few have the most,
And that the many provide for the elite.
Best to lower your eyes and submit,
And to be quiet and discreet.

Just who was Herbert Marcuse,
To critique one dimensional man?
Better to let as is be,
Than to think out a more humane plan.

Content to be a wage slave,
I sing praises to the USA.
Better to conform and comply,
Than to seek a more humane way.

Dave Henderson
Denison, Texas

On Mother Earth and Common Rights

Air and land,
Our common domain.
Our rights to the resources,
Are equal and the same.

Air and land,
Not for private claim.
Nor for sell,
Nor for private gain.

The earth is not yours,
The earth is not mine.
The earth sustains us each.
A concept so sublime.

Air and land,
Our common domain.
Our rights to the resources,
Are equal and the same.

Dave Henderson
Denison, Texas

On Humanity and The Fundamentals of Socialism

I maintain that most people are actually socialists and simply do not realize such to be the case. The reason being, I believe most people are decent deep down inside.

You ask a person: “Do you believe that every person has a natural right to food, water, shelter, and medical care in time of need?”; then if their answer is “yes”; then that person believes in the fundamental principles of socialism. You ask a person: “Do you believe every person has the right to exploit the circumstances of other people for their own personal profit; even if people, especially children, suffer in the process?”; then if their answer is “no”; then that person does NOT believe in the fundamental principles of Capitalism.

I repeat: I believe that most people are socialists and do not realize it, because I believe most people are decent deep down inside.

On the Uninformed and the Ill Informed

I truly believe that most people are uninformed and ill informed as to the social immorality which is the American way of life.

I look at my own circumstance, and for my part, I honestly did not know of the social immorality of our system; and that it dated to day one when the Euromaniacs landed here in 1492 and subsequently tortured, murdered, exploited and then starved out local Natives; all to feed the greed of the monied interests in Spain. You know, you just don’t get taught that stuff in school.

I think most people are honestly ill informed,and are just so busy trying to survive everyday life to take the time to research and learn the atrocities which are and have been the American way of life. I personally never realized until I did some serious research and labored over several books of the systematic and oftentimes violent exploitation of humanity which has been our history and which is “the American way of life”. I knew that we did the Native Americans wrong, but I certainly did not know to what extent. I never realized that we systematically murdered and displaced people whose sole crime was living on land coveted by filthy greedy plutocrats who bribed the government to murder and displace entire civilizations of people on their behalf. And I certainly would never have connected the dots as to the fact that such was done globally as well, all throughout our history. I never knew until I did some serious research that our country invaded Nicaragua several times between the 1850s and 1890s; nor did I know that during that same span we invaded China, Japan, Africa, and the Philippines; each and every time on behalf of corporate interests. I tell you, when I read of how we tortured and murdered the Philipinos on behalf of the Dole Fruit Company in the 1890’s I could hardly stand to even see a can of Dole fruit on the shelf at the Grocery Store And I never knew that our CIA overthrew the government of Iran in 1953 on behalf of Standard Oil (now BP). And I never knew that our own government burned children alive in their mother’s arms on behalf of the Mining industry in the early 20th Century. I certainly never knew that our troops fired on WWI vets who were marching to DC demanding decent care after returning from war. And I only in the past few years have come to know of ALEC and the Koch Brothers, and their successful efforts to bribe our Nationally elected officials to pass legislation in their interests. I simply did not know. I was uninformed, and worse yet I was ill informed.

I tell you people, the best thing I ever did in my life was to turn off Rush Limbaugh after 20 years as a faithful listener to his propaganda on behalf of those who exploit people’s lives and circumstances, and began studying the system which has created the poverty which allows people to remain in such circumstances. The realization that our entire system has always been and continues to this day to be based upon the exploitation of people’s circumstances and daily services was a tough pill for me to swallow. I am still irritated at myself for being so easily misled, uninformed, and ill informed; and I am beyond irritated at the realization that ours is an immoral way of life, driven by people who only view their fellow human being as a commodity to exploit. We should be ashamed to pass ourselves off as a society founded on goodness; and we should repent of such and start utilizing wealth on behalf of the poor, instead of utilizing the poor on behalf of the wealthy.

Denton, Texas Demonstrates Democracy In Action; Bans Fracking!!!

Last night yielded questionable results for the American people in the Senate, but there was a major victory for Democracy in Denton, Texas!!

I am so proud of my daughter Cassie Henderson and the entire community of Denton for standing up to big oil and big money by exercising Democracy in Action by voting to ban fracking in their town.

This grassroots effort was David vs Goliath; a community of concerned citizens versus the money of big oil and the fracking industry.

Goliath spent the money and spread the misinformation.

Goliath threatened to and no doubt will sue the City of Denton for the sins of the citizens.

And what were the sins of the citizens of Denton, Texas?

The sins of the citizens of Denton, Texas is that they refused to be economically terrorized, bullied, and pushed around by Goliath.

The citizens of Denton, Texas refused to bow the knee to Baal by meekly submitting to the will of the fracking industry.

The citizens of Denton put five rocks in the sling, and confronted the mighty, loud mouthed Goliath; but it only took one rock and a lot of collective effort to get the job done.

The people of Denton, Texas demonstrated, held concerts, performed informative and thought provoking plays (Cassie’s significant role was via this venue), wrote letters, and basically banded together against the fracking industry, and THEN….

They went to the Polls on Election Day and collectively said HELL NO to the fracking industry and big oil.

Denton, Texas has won a victory for clean air, clean water, and for the environment.

And in the process Denton, Texas has demonstrated to America what Democracy is and how Democracy functions.

Thank you Denton, Texas for showing the rest of America how Democracy can work for the people and for the planet against greed and big business!!!!

Dave Henderson

Denison, Texas