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Land of the fearful, Home of the Banksters

By Burkley Herrmann - Interesting Blogger, October 18, 2013

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That good ‘ole Star-Spangled Banner, part of the American myth, is incorporated into what is taught in elementary and middle schools. Slave-owner and lawyer Francis Scott Key wrote what would become the Star-Spangled Banner in 1814 as he watched the British ships bomb Fort McHenry in Baltimore: “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave/O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?…That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion/A home and a country, should leave us no more?…Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just/And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”" While this includes passages from verses past the first, these views have been imbued into the American tradition in the imperialistic policies of the US government and much more. From this is it important to ask a question: is the United States really a home of the free?

In the well-known book Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, William Blum already wrote about this in a chapter titled ‘A Day in the Life of a Free Country.’ I wanted to give an update to this, and put in a modern update, and answer the question I asked at the end of the first paragraph. This goes beyond laws that have been proposed but rather looks at actions that have been taken by the authorities which include laws at certain points. Here’s some news that will make one question if the US is really the land of the free:

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