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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Pompeo, Bolton, and their henchmen comprise perhaps the most ruthlessly dangerous geopolitical team in US history. Their agenda should terrify everyone.

On July 7, the Wall Street Journal published Pompeo’s reinvention of America from inception — its founding principles polar opposite his reinvented history. 

The nation’s framers abhorred democracy the way it should be. The Constitution was no masterpiece of political architecture, far from it. 

The founders opposed governance of, by, and for all its people equitably, clearly how things are today.

“We the people” meant “the rich, well-born and able” should run things, according to future President John Adams.

Government of, by and for the people was doublespeak. The general welfare meant it to be for the privileged few alone.

America’s first Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton called the Constitution “a frail and worthless document.”

Falsely called the father of the Constitution, James Madison said “I am not of the number, if there be such, who think (it’s) a faultless work.” 

After its adoption, he explained “(s)omething, anything, was better than nothing.” Later he spent years disapproving of what’s in it.

Of the 55 framers, George Washington was the only notable figure, future president James Madison a political nobody at the time, his notes on proceedings how it’s known what went on in Philadelphia.

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were abroad at the time, serving as ambassadors to Britain and France respectively, Aged Benjamin Franklin an observer, not a participant, in discussions and debate.

The Bill of Rights was added as the first 10 amendments four years after the Constitution’s adoption — to protect the interests of the nation’s privileged class exclusively, not its ordinary people the framers didn’t care a hoot about.

They considered Blacks property, not people. Women were considered homemakers and child-bearing appendages of their husbands, disenfranchised until adoption of the 1920 19th Amendment — 144 years after the nation’s founding.

The framers had no interest “unalienable rights” for all Americans. The Constitution was unrelated “to protect(ing) individual dignity and freedom,” as Pompeo falsely claimed.

What he called US “liberal democracy” doesn’t exist. His newly launched “Commission on Unalienable Rights” is farcical and deceptive.

It’s chaired by likeminded right-wing hardliner, former US envoy to the Vatican, current Harvard Law professor Mary Ann Glendon.

Distinguished Law Professor Francis Boyle earlier advised parents not to send their children aspiring to be lawyers to Harvard Law School.

“Harvard is to Law School as Torture is to law,” he said, adding:

“The Harvard Law School Faculty and Deans torture the Law. Do not send your children or students to Harvard Law School where they will grow up to become racist war criminals! Harvard Law School is a Neo-Con cesspool.”

“(T)he Harvard Law School Faculty (earlier had) at least five professors who have advocated torture and war crimes.”

“The Harvard Law School Faculty and Deans are no longer fit to educate Lawyers, Members of the Bar, and Officers of the Court. They are a sick joke and a demented fraud,” Boyle stressed.

Mary Ann Glendon and other so-called legal experts on Pompeo’s fantasy “unalienable rights” commission are examples of what Boyle meant, things worse now than when he wrote the above comments in June 2008.

Pompeo deceptively claimed the new State Department commission aims “to ground our discussion of human rights in America’s founding principles” — unrelated to anything remotely connected to what international law today considers universal rights.

There’s no ambiguity about the deplorable US human rights record from the nation’s founding to now. 

Throughout most of the post-WW II era, it exceeded the worst among world community nations on a global scale.

US new millennium lawbreaking includes virtually every high crime against humanity and peace imaginable.

Dovish founder of Soviet Russia containment George Kennan long ago explained what reflects Washington’s post-WW II foreign and domestic policy, saying:

To pursue US dominance globally, policymakers in Washington “will have to dispense with all sentimentality and daydreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives.” 

“We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world benefaction.”

“We should (stop talking about) unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization.” 

“(W)e have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are hampered by idealistic slogans (ideas and practices), the better.”

Human rights, other democratic values, and rule of law principles are non-issues for Washington’s ruling class.

Pompeo’s new commission is pure subterfuge. It’s cover to shift attention from endless US wars of aggression, other global human rights abuses, and domestic crimes against the nation’s most disadvantaged.

It’s unrelated to what he called “generat(ing) a serious debate about human rights that extends across party lines and national borders.”

US policymakers deplore international law human rights principles. Their endless war on humanity at home and abroad is well documented — Trump regime hardliners matching or exceeding the worst of their predecessors.

They target nonbelligerent sovereign independent nations threatening no one for regime change, pretending it’s democracy building, smashing them the right thing to do.

No nation poses a greater threat to planet earth and humanity’s survival than the US. Its criminal class is bipartisan, its foreign and domestic policies dismissive of what “unalienable rights” are all about.

The US tramples on the fundamental rights of ordinary people everywhere. Peace, equity and justice are figures of speech it abhors.

Money power run things, wanting nations, resources, and populations exploited for its benefit.

Policymakers in Washington serve its interests and their own. Things are more dismal today than any earlier time in modern memory.

US rage to dominate may kill us all. That’s the ominous threat Pompeo, Bolton, and likeminded bipartisan extremists in Washington represent.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.