This week I am going down to Long Beach, CA, in order to attend the world-renowned BoucherCon, a fabulous annual convention for mystery book writers and readers You just gotta love BoucherCon. http://www.bouchercon2014.com/
At last year's convention in Albany, NY, I scored 50 free books -- but still haven't finished reading them yet. However, it's always reassuring to know that I'll probably never run out of murder-mystery books to read ever again -- especially since I'm about to score yet another 50 free books at this Long Beach convention. http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/2013/09/albany-ny-solving-mystery-of-public.html
But the biggest mystery of all these days seems to be "Who, exactly, is actually running the American government?" Well, here's a big clue: "It ain't you or me." The fact that we ourselves definitely do not run America was clearly demonstrated once again in this last election cycle -- when a huge majority of Americans either voted against their own best self-interests or didn't even vote at all. http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/country-wrong-track-say-people-vote
Apparently we Americans can just barely manage to keep the kids dressed, the dog washed, the bathroom stocked with toilet paper, the mortgage paid, the 401K alive and our own lives up and running -- let alone keep a democracy alive and well. It's definitely not like 1776 around here right now.
According to political analyst Peter Dale Scott, America is actually run by a select group of people that he calls the "American Deep State". And these guys are really bad-ass. They even have their own internet system -- and probably even their own FaceBook apps too. And of course they also have their own bunkers, billionaire supporters, lobbyists and election fixers as well -- and Congress, the Supreme Court and the White House all take orders from them. That's totally scary! Makes those "October Surprise" Ebola and ISIS scares look like a walk in the park. http://whowhatwhy.com/2014/10/05/the-hidden-government-group-linking-jfk-watergate-iran-contra-and-911/
So. Why do I think that Peter Dale Scott is right? There just has to be a shadow government here in America -- because what else could possibly explain why America continuously and consistently acts so strongly against its own best interests? http://3chicspolitico.com/2014/11/09/canadians-on-midterm-elections-you-americans-have-no-idea-just-how-good-you-have-it-with-obama/
"But, Jane," you might ask next, "how can you actually prove all this? Sounds rather paranoid and conspiracy-theory-ish to me." Hey, I'm on this like Sherlock Holmes!
But even though I can't exactly sneak into these guys' bunkers or onto their yachts or secretly listen in on their phone conversations, I can still easily see all the footprints these hoodlums have left behind in the snow. "Means, motive and opportunity," as Holmes would say. Just get out your magnifying glass and look at these clues:
But have any of us average Americans actually benefited from all this world-wide chaos? No, no, no and no. So who did? The American Deep State.
So then your next question should be, "How can we stop this, put an end to the American Deep State and return to being a democracy?" How can you even try to stop a shadow? It's hard. But we could start by regulating Wall Street, limiting weapons manufacturers' profits, making sure that our election laws never let anyone anywhere for any reason contribute more than $200 to any election campaign, having fact-checkers sort out all those blatant lies in campaign broadcasts, and fiercely guarding against election violations. Oh, and also get rid of all those Deep State bunkers, yachts and private internet rat-lines that we American taxpayers are paying for now.
Or perhaps we could just run a PowerBall lottery for every available position in Congress, on the Supreme Court and in the White House. Surely any random lottery winner would do a better job of resisting the American Deep State than those sorry wimps that we now have kissing the DS's booties and being their gollums.
But however we go about it, we have just got to stop the American Deep State from murdering our democracy -- before it's too late and the corpse of our American dream arrives DOA at the morgue.
PS: See you at BoucherCon! It would be a mystery to me why anyone would not want to attend that.