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It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

-Jiddu Krishnamurti

In America today, police officers kill more people every in a day than most countries kill in years. In America today, parents face being locked in a cage for trying to treat their sick child with a plant. In America today, presidential candidates on both sides of the two-party system are cheered on as they call for an end to your rights.

Has America gone insane? By any rational measure, the answer to that question is yes.

Thanks to decades of meddling in the Middle East by the US government, acting on behalf of their special interests, there is a very credible threat of World War 3. Russia is actually contemplating the use of nuclear weapons to fight an enemy that was created, built and is supported by US interests. As global stock markets plummet, weapons production and sales are skyrocketing.

For the majority Americans, the United States political system is seen as a football game. Any time their party is in power, it's as if they are 'winning' and the other party or team is 'losing.' But what most Americans fail to see is that both 'teams' have the same owner. That owner cares not about which one of their teams is 'winning,' just so long as its one of their teams in the game. War and the police state be damned.

War and the police state be damned.

This 'owner' of the teams is not a single person, nor a single corporation, or focus group, or think tank. Despite the best efforts of Alex Jones and the like, the owners of government cannot be nailed down to just a few old rich men. This is because the owners can be anyone.

The US political system is set up in such a manner that it allows for anyone with enough money to steer policy that benefits them personally. Politicians are hardly particular when it comes to who's throwing money at them, so ownership is constantly in a state of flux.

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The Us versus Them mentality tricks good people into thinking war criminals like Hillary Clinton, George Bush, and Barack Obama are righteous leaders. Insanity and violence are justified, just so long as they're initiated by your winning team.

The controlled politicians, the rigged system, and the elite are not some vast conspiracy either. They are a tendency of the state in general. As long as a system exists that allows government force to be bought and sold for the benefit and privilege of a few, these atrocities will continue.

Until Americans wake up to this fact, the quest for empire will continue to drive the expansion of war. The slaughter of innocence will proceed and our very right to exist will be trampled -- all of this -- in the name of 'Freedom.'

The good news is that it doesn't take a majority of people to wake up to stop this madness and the number of those unplugging from the matrix are increasing daily.

Americans will not become free when the police state goes away. Instead, the police state will go away, only, when Americans become free.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.

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