Part 1. The context of the question.
(*let’s just watch Stupidparty disciples, with the intellectual wingspan of a sparrow, try to show off their critical thinking prowess by pointing out an intentional vocab faux pas in the heading.)
Who is the greatest American, who is the worstest?
The answer to these questions might well surprise you. One choice requires a broader understanding of the future; the other choice requires a fresher understanding of “living history”.
Both winners are (at present) significantly under appreciated for the great or terrible things that they have done or are doing. Whilst I know that the former will ultimately get his due—I fear the latter will be allowed to dissipate into history; his crimes against humanity never given the acclaim that is so deserved.
I will be making a very strong case for both of these winners, so please remain open-minded until I have made the case. In part 2 I will reveal the greatest American and in part 3 I will justify the choice by taking you into the near future—in which one can see America sitting back on that shining hill—or will it be a fading mirage?
That divergent future is in your hands.
In part 4 I will name the worstest American and I will explain why in parts 4 and 5—because one will need an updated explanation of various pivotal historical events that have led us to today, (a day in which Trump and Cruz represent the very worst elements of America) the natural end game of the darker forces who have been gaining the upper hand with ever more authority—as we obliviously go about our daily routines.
Therefore before trying to to select the winners amidst so many divergent opinions—the question one must first try and address is not only what makes America great, but also what can make America a tragic and often times villainous embarrassment. I will not be trying to encapsulate all Americans or all of American history in this little contest–rather I will focus on living history—America’s actions since World War II. Hence there will be no Washington’s, Lincolns, Jefferson’s, etc. under consideration.
I After that solid start, many great men worked to prevent Oligarchy, dictatorship or fascism capturing all the benefits of the “free” market successes. The innocent optimism of a growing economic power, the progressive ambitions of leaders like Teddy Roosevelt, his larger than life love of the outdoors, adventure, a free spirit deeply troubled by his prescient fear of the dark forces that were working to destroy the original intent of America, as established by the founding fathers who fully understood the dangers of both religious nuttery and Oligarchy. “We the people” the very first three words of the Constitution, three words that are evidently far too complex for the far right and their “strict constitutionalist” allies in the effort to actually destroy Democracy in the name of the Republic. “We the people” and that is why Roosevelt (and others) was determined to help to rein in the 19th century robber barons etc.
Roosevelt’s 2007-08 platform:
“This country belongs to the people. Its resources, its business, its laws, its institutions, should be utilized, maintained, or altered in whatever manner will best promote the general interest. This assertion is explicit… Mr. Wilson must know that every monopoly in the United States opposes the Progressive party… I challenge him… to name the monopoly that did support the Progressive party, whether… the Sugar Trust, the US Steel Trust, the Harvester Trust, the Standard Oil Trust, the Tobacco Trust, or any other… Ours was the only program to which they objected, and they supported either Mr. Wilson or Mr. Taft”
Such dark forces were destined to be controlled or at least kept in balance until around 1953 –1963 with the Presidencies of Franklin Roosevelt through John Kennedy, helping to usher in the American dream and progressive values. There was just enough momentum to ensure progress on Civil rights – before the period of enlightenment was extinguished.
The underbelly of early American history being the Civil War, that was almost entirely caused by the issue of slavery and after that the duplicitous destruction of the Native Americans and the first big effort of the Robber baron’s to take control of Government in order to promote their own personal agenda.
But I am more interested in the seedier sides of American history since the CIA assassination of Iran’s democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh on the 19th August 1953, replacing him with a CIA puppet dictator—the date when America officially lost its innocence , or if not that date, then how about Nov 22, 1963–the day JFK was assassinated. For that reason John Kennedy is a contender for the greatest American, but not the winner.
However, Kennedy’s death is a pivotal moment in American History. He saw the same problems as Teddy Roosevelt, but by this time the countries cancer had become stage 4. Tragically Kennedy was destined to fail, trying to enact an agenda that would cost him his life.
So let us look some of the bad stuff in more recent American history and see if we can establish a pattern.
From Standard Oil’s et al traitorous support for Hitler’s agenda (they loved the idea of business’s operating with out the hurdles of regulation, the courts or even having to pay their workers) through the Second World War–the creation of the CIA by those very same business interests, to be run largely by ex-Yale, Skull and Bones Alumni–working under an un-crackable of code of secrecy, silence and mutual self benefit.
Following the discovery of the giant East Texas oil fields in 1931, there was nothing Texas oilmen fought for more vigorously than their depletion allowance. From its inception to the late 1960s, the oil depletion allowance had cost taxpayers an estimated $140 billion in lost revenue. Nixon supported the allowance in 1946, while Voorhis opposed it. Six years later, General Dwight D. Eisenhower supported it, and he got the oilmen’s blessings—and substantial contributions as well.
1953 CIA Iranian Coup d’état, (Oil) –massive long term implications
1954 -58 CIA’s efforts to legitimize a tyrannical puppet regime in South Vietnam, headed by Ngo Dinh Diem. (Lack of foreign policy integrity leading to war)
1961 CIA’s Bay of Pigs fiasco (Oil, Standard Oil, Sugar Interests etc.)
1963 CIA’s role in the John Kennedy Assassination (Oil depletion allowance, Cuba reticence, dislodges the “Yalies” from the CIA, investigating corruption, closing in on Lyndon Johnson etc.)
1973 CIA framing of Richard Nixon (oil, bi passing the CIA on foreign policy, poking around about JFK assassination, an “outsider” who knew too much)
Despite his earlier attempts to keep the peace among the party’s factions, Nixon was soon embroiled in a series of power struggles. Perhaps the most important concerned the oil depletion allowance, as members of Congress in 1969 launched new attempts to rein in the costly giveaway. Representative George H. W. Bush was the industry’s Horatio at the bridge—or perhaps its George Wallace. “In an era when civil rights became the great moral issue that galvanized liberals,” observed Bush biographer Herbert S. Parmet, “the targeted oil depletion allowance was not far behind.”
1981 Resolution of Iranian hostage crisis (born out of the 1953 assassination) delayed until 15 minutes after Ronald Reagan took the oath of office. Carter had been advocating for an intelligent oil policy, and had removed G. Bush Sr. (big oil’s highest replaced advocate) as head of the CIA.
1981 Iran/Contra Begins — The CIA begins selling arms to Iran at high prices
After 1977 – Americans totally ignore Jimmy Carter’s effort to have an adult discussion with the general public about having an intelligent energy policy—oil interests take the helm as the Bush family, Dick Chaney and others (the “Yalies” and their CIA brethren) start molding a “Vulcan” foreign policy from 1980 onward. Such policies lead to the gulf wars, arming Pakistan with a nuclear capability, the creation of Al-Qaida and the CIA protected dictatorial State of Saudi Arabia, leading to the export and funding of radical Islamic views, all leading to Daesh (otherwise referred to as ISIS or ISIL – which is an improper name as it implies that they have been capable of creating an actual State, rather than the actual reality –simply a nebulous state of Dante Inferno like chaos).
Of course what all this leads to are the highly questionable elections of 2000 and 2004, an illegal war that was to leave America without moral authority and create chaos in the Middle East. But Stupidparty not only survives it thrives. Winning by cheating (voter suppression, gerrymandering, etc.) means one does not need to be coherent in order to win. Delusional trickle down economic theory, debt no mattering if caused by tax cuts, pandering to fake religious values, devolving into ever increasing ignorance and bigotry. Next stop Global Warming denial, which just gets stupider with every inch that Florida melts into the Atlantic—but such absurdity does at least allow us to look into the souls of the people who have long since hijacked America’s once budding greatness. Here is the Mathematical proof of the total corruption of Congress:
None of the 31 politicians above have anything intelligent to say about the climate.
What are the odds that every Stupidparty member on the energy committee has below average intelligence? It would be the same as tossing a coin and getting heads thirty one times in a row: (½) * 31= 0.00000000047 or one chance in 47,000,000,000. So, since that scenario is highly unlikely, the answer must be that these people have been corrupted by money, dirty oil for blood money. In 2014, energy interests spent $140,000,000 to corrupt our leaders and 2014 is not even a key election year:
So now we can see the common threads behind all of America’s misdeeds. It is largely down to certain powerful factions at the CIA who have long been heavily financed by the deep pocketed powers of the fossil fuel industry –the two often working hand in hand. The CIA, as it was to become, was sculpted by the key players within Yale’s main secret society–including the Rockefeller’s of Standard oil (now Exxon). These are the people who Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt fought against with some success. But John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Jimmy Carter failed. Their failure came at the hands of the same “vast right wing conspiracy” that was to hobble Clinton with the absurd Whitewater fake scandal, and endless fake scandals thereafter, originated by G. Bush Sr. in 1992.
So having hinted at what dark ghouls remain hidden in America’s closet, the evil hands that have created a vast existential threat to mankind, begin to take shape, we can now clearly see the fingerprints of the culprits, the birth of the StupidParty, the fostering of religious fundamentalism; wars or upheavals resulting from or caused by ancient fossil’s wrong doings.
To understand and accept who is America’s greatest hero and greatest villain in living memory–suddenly becomes easy once one acknowledges the sins the of the past and understands what needs to be done to rectify the damage, to destroy the legacy of the bad guys, and possibly allow Americans to finally have an intelligent conversation about their future. One person is now on the cusp of beginning to clean up the mess partially created by America’s biggest villain–this villain is not simply the greatest villain in living History–but the greatest and yet most unsung villain in American History.
Americans can be really really proud of:
Will it be the Nobel peace winning Carter or Obama, who both understand the impact of an odious energy policy, who lead the country with world beating class, integrity and intelligence?
Will it be Bill Clinton who salvaged the economy, and then afterwards set up a massive charitable effort to alleviate mankind’s problems–will it be Bill Gates or Warren Buffet–who led the world in their respective professions and then created a philanthropic organization of such magnitude that it dwarfs the efforts of various international agencies, or will it be a technology guru who has not only made America the hub of key inventions, product bonanza’s, but has also had (or will have) a huge impact on mankind’s needs and problems. Most important can any of these guys redeem America (and the American people) from its most cardinal sin? A tragic and massively costly blind spot regarding energy policy. This would have been a problem that would have been really easy to resolve if anybody actually gave a damn.
There is but one man who can achieve this massive act of redemption.
There is one man who will change America’s outlook and, assuming this happens, he will be the greatest American in living memory.