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Does the government work for us and we work for the government have a hundred years of bloodshed that brought us empire also brought us freedom.
Tonight life in the shadow of empire.
The twentieth century really began on April 25 1898.
When congress declared war against the Spanish empire.
The Spanish American war was -- primarily over Cuba.
And by the time the war was over the formerly Spanish possessions of Guam Puerto Rico and the Philippines came under American control.
While I'm in Puerto Rico are still US -- it's more than a century later.
And the US controlled and exploited the Philippines for over fifty years the Spanish American war was a war for empire.
From the death -- of the Spanish empire the American empire was born.
In 1903 president Theodore Roosevelt militarily back the secession.
A Panama from Columbia so that the Panama Canal could be built in 1905 United States occupied the Dominican Republic.
1909 the US sent Marines to help destabilize the government in Nicaragua.
In 1915 president Wilson -- US troops into Haiti.
And they stayed there for twenty years two years later Wilson manipulated the United States into a deadly and useless European land war.
Now known as World War I.
In 1923 the Marines occupied several cities in Nicaragua to stabilize the government they had destabilize there just fourteen years earlier.
Then came World War II.
A war born of the in equity of the conclusions of World War I.
Which -- such onerous burdens on the losers that are from -- to the socio political and economic instability.
But allowed the mass murderer at all -- -- rise to power.
We entered that war after president Roosevelt allow the Pearl Harbor attacks to be executed.
And -- the American people and especially the brave men and women.
Who fought throughout Europe and the Pacific the greatest generation have the best intentions.
Their leaders in Washington did not.
The -- world -- to cemented the rise of the American empire.
American soldiers that just -- by the hundreds of thousands.
So that they're gutless political leaders to deliver tens of millions of people.
Across eastern and Central Europe into the chains of Communist oppression.
You could say that the United Nations did it.
The United Nations being the name that the allied countries that one World -- -- gave themselves.
And which they formalizes a permanent bureaucracy.
Now resident on the upper east side of Manhattan.
In its very first year of existence the United Nations authorized its very first war the Korean War.
More Americans died analog World War II itself -- and -- half the affected population.
Living under communism.
We are still paying for that were to this day with significant military commitments and South Korea and a murderous maniacal regime in North Korea.
When president Eisenhower left office in 1961.
He warned Americans of the threat of the rising military industrial complex.
And the rejection of his warning by LBJ.
Brought us into a land war in Vietnam that killed 50000.
-- thirty years later came 9/11.
Today we live in a fulfillment of Eisenhower's grim warning.
We have active troops on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq and in Libya we drop bombs on Yemen and Pakistan we may even be operating secretly in some out yet.
And we are at war at home.
-- militarized police standing guard in our train stations shopping malls and national monuments or worse.
Breaking down our doors on a -- in the middle of the night and stopping you on the subway is to look inside your backs.
Who knows where else we might be at war and don't even know about it we have military commitments in more than a hundred countries.
And we have 900.
Permanent military installations around the world.
-- -- Around the world the American people an American culture our loved that the American government is not.
An empire that occupies a broad ends up occupying at home.
The political class here loves empire because it helps them raise taxes and keeps them and power.
But -- -- and borrowing that we cannot afford inevitably lead to a loss of freedom.
Are you better off now than before 9/11 are you more prosperous now than before 9/11 are your freer now than before 9/11.
The answers are obvious everything is worse.
You see a change of direction coming or more of the same.
To most political leaders really want to upset the status quo or continue their class and power.
Does anyone seriously think that we can simply print cash and borrow our way to prosperity.
We can't stand by while we lose our freedom.
We don't need it empire we can't afford to have won the federal government collects 2.5 trillion dollars a year in taxes and spends one trillion -- -- -- on them.
We need a government that stays within the confines of the constitution.
And to get one.
We need to fight -- hard to change the status quo as the political class has fought to maintain.
All of our freedoms and our existence or -- state.
From New York.