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Don SaffellPrelude to American Democracy?
By Don Saffell,
Aug. 24, 2005

In A People's History of the United States (1492-present), Howard Zinn writes: "Was all this bloodshed and deceit -- from Columbus to Cortez, Pizarro, the Puritans -- a necessity for the human race to progress from savagery to civilization?"

However, I ask, if savagery is used to obtain so-called civilization, would not this so-called civilization be a nation controlled by the same wealthy, influential people who are responsible for the savagery? It would be a nation that is controlled and directed by wealthy savages, who have a modern military and are willing to commit more savagery in the quest for so-called Democracy when their positions are in jeopardy!

Aristocrat, Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59), proclaimed during his travels in America that:
"Nothing struck me more forcibly than the general equality of conditions … All classes meet continually and no naughtiness at all result from the differences in social position. Everyone shakes hands…" But he also foresaw the possibility that these principles of economic equality could be undermined [...]. While he warned against the possible tyranny of the [wealthy] as a hazard of democracy, he also added that law, religion, and the press could provide safeguards against democratic despotism.

In today's so-called modern Democracy there are the few -- a despotic cabal -- who currently control America. They control the highest court in the land. They appoint liberal justices to the Supreme Court of the United States. If you deprive such a court of Radicals, Reformers, Independents, and just stock it with Liberals, you can never get a fair, impartial, well-rounded legal interpretation of the law, encompassing all sections of society. Instead, the law is applied by the chosen few.

The Ten Commandments state, "You shall have no other Gods before me." Yet, the despotic cabal has used the liberal puppet courts to deprive American citizens of their right to worship as they choose, wherever they choose, and however they choose. A child cannot say a prayer in school or will be suspended. The people are the power, but if the majority of the people say they have no problem with a plaque citing religious tenets in a public building, the people are overruled by the despotic cabal's puppet court, and money and political control becomes the God of the few, so that religious precepts are destroyed.

You have multi-media outlets throughout the United States and the Federal Communications Commission has guidelines forbidding media monopolies. Yet, the Despotic Cabals' puppet court refuses to enforce the FCC guidelines that forbid media monopolies, so that the Despotic Cabal can give you the information it wants, and the information to slant or influence your decisions.

In his autobiography, George Washington stated that he didn't want to be president. He said that he would only become president to set up roadblocks against those who would come after him and wished to destroy American Democracy. He also stated that controlling the media would be a powerful influence. Therefore, impartial media today had to be destroyed.

Law, religion and the press provide safeguards against democratic despotism! In modern-day America, law is interpreted and applied for the benefit of wealthy, politically influential few. Religion, or the true precepts of religion, is non-existent. And impartial media is only a myth, due to monopolistic control by the same despotic cabal who control our country.

I, a prisoner in a supermax prison, can see what is happening to our country. Why can't you in the larger part of the so-called free society see what's going on? Under "The Patriot Act," I could be labeled a "terrorist" for writing such an article. My ability to comprehend the modern American government sets me freer than those in the so-called free society.

Free of mind, free of heart, free!

Don Saffell, #300-412
Ohio State Penitentiary
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Rd.
Youngstown, OH 44505-4635

Mr. Saffell aspires to be filled with joy. To instill an awakening in another person's mind, or in that of society, is an unparalleled and joyous experience for him.

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