Americans have always been divided between those who do and those who do not trust the federal government. That split might be extended to include the large corporate (including media) entities that have twinned their powers and goals with the current Orwellian Federal Monolith over which the Biden/Harris team presides. What has always held the nation together is now threatened: the liberty to distrust one’s government, and say so.
Surely the liberty exists for citizens to trust the government — with their guns, their health care decisions, the moral upbringing of their children, voting processes, border integrity, levying taxes and spending funds, managing pensions, etc. These citizens appear to be abundantly prolific in 2021, especially since the manmade disease of COVID befell them.
But what of the liberty to distrust government? Those who do not trust government do not seek to coerce their fellows by use of government mechanisms into a shared distrust. They might have reason to do so, given past evidence: government in America has a proven record of lying to “We the People,” including to the People who trust government.
It is ironic that the personification of the federal government came to be the image of an old white man with white hair and goatee, draped in red, white and blue — Uncle Sam, the epitome of what liberals call “old white men” traditionalism. Many on the left who revile their own nation’s flag and alleged “systemic racism” urgently demand that same power be expanded to enforce mask mandates, eliminate subconscious racism in children, and coerce or mandate vaccinations.
Are those who trust the government uneducated about what the feds have done to the citizenry in the last 100 years? Aside from who killed JFK, it is unquestioned that the military experimented on American GI’s with radiation, drugs, psychological experiments, chemicals, etc.; but also on civilians. In the name of protecting the nation, radioactive toxins were deliberately administered to pregnant women and babies without their knowledge — using universities, so trusted for their supposed integrity. Prisoners were a routine source of experimental subjects, including numerous university-cloaked and corporate-coordinated “studies” (including Johnson & Johnson).
Exposing black men to syphilis is the tip of the iceberg. Government lies are not limited to medical experiments. There was the surreptitious ousting of democratically elected Iranian leader Mohammad Mossadegh, and Americans were lied to about that for 40 years. There was Watergate, rendition and Abu Ghraib, illegal drone and NSA surveillance against Americans, Iran-Contra, Vietnam, the prejudiced response to the AIDS crisis, the Reefer Madness of a drug war, Yellowcake uranium from Niger, alleging Iraq was behind the 911 attacks, spying on MLK and Malcolm X, McCarthyism, and Wall Street (and Monsanto) bailouts. These betrayals are just the ones Americans know about, and they clearly transcend partisan boundaries.
People who trust the federal government regardless of this horrifying track record possess similar amnesia when it comes to the vaunted “scientific establishment.” Perhaps they never heard of thalidomide, or lobotomies, or the eugenics movement. In their trust of vaccines, are they unaware that Pfizer paid the largest fine in history for unethical practices? For example:
Pfizer promoted the sale of Bextra for several uses and dosages that the FDA specifically declined to approve due to safety concerns. The company will pay a criminal fine of $1.195 billion, the largest criminal fine ever imposed in the United States for any matter. … The civil settlement also resolves allegations that Pfizer paid kickbacks to health care providers to induce them to prescribe these, as well as other, drugs.
Johnson & Johnson concealed its knowledge that its baby powder caused cancer. This is reminiscent of cigarette companies that concealed the addictive and deadly nature of their products for decades, sheltered by federal labeling requirements that preempted stronger warnings to consumers. The tobacco companies also benefited from the many physicians who extolled the wonderful health benefits to the lungs of smoking Pall Malls or Lucky Strikes.
Beloved vaccine manufacturer Johnson & Johnson was implicated in the opioid scourge created by pharmaceutical companies that addicted millions: no matter, the same entities developed synthetic opioids to sell instead as cure. Astrazeneca was faced with 6,000 claims that the company knew its drug Seroquel “could cause diabetes and failed to adequately warn patients.” I’m sure these companies — like the federal government — are completely transparent and trustworthy now.
Whistleblowers have warned for decades that this cozy government/corporate drug partnership is dangerous:
Secrecy has been central to the pharmaceutical industry’s business model since its inception in the nineteenth century. By 1900 most proprietary drugs, not only in Europe or North America but also places like China, remained so-called secret remedies: drugs whose formulas were closely guarded trade secrets…. Successful drugs, in this manner, became famous while remaining secret; branding served as a substitute for information. … The FDA … does not regard the proactive dissemination of clinical trial data as one of its missions. … [D]espite insistent calls from members of the medical research and public health community, it has created no mechanism to make analyzable data sets readily available to the public. Instead, the agency continues to defer to companies’ claims that trial data on widely used medications ought to be treated as “confidential commercial information.”
Medical history teaches us that “science” can err, with examples such as silicone breast implants, vaccines, a vast myriad of drugs (including SSRIs), radon medications, adverse chemical exposures, etc. If one thing is clear it is that “scientists” almost always get it wrong when it comes to unanticipated consequences of supposedly revolutionary advances — remember DDT, fluorocarbons, and PCBs, among others. There are new chemical culprits in our water, air, and food just waiting to be discovered: PFOA and PFOS are recent examples: glyphosate is still “up in the air.” .
In China, corrupt corporate actors tainted baby formula with melamine for profit: several of those responsible were publicly executed as punishment. In America, corporate profiteers need never fear such drastic protections of the public — raping the country via Wall Street gets one bailed out, not incarcerated. Witness Vermont’s EB-5 program and the grotesque fraud that remains unpunished here.
Yes, those who wish to trust government, and pharmaceutical companies, and science, possess the freedom to do so. What they do not possess is the right — let alone the power — to compel others to embrace their cognitive dissonance. The government cannot eliminate subconscious racism, but those with Kool-Aid faith in its infinite capacity to solve all human ills are content to offer up their own progeny as experimental fodder for Critical Race Theory in schools. Others have no compunction about vaccinating 16-year-olds with an experimental nano-technology to protect them against a disease that is mostly dangerous to very old or sick people; or masking their very young children in complete trust that there will be no adverse psychological consequences — when it is well known that there will be.
It would be nice if those who don’t trust government could employ its enormous, ever-expanding powers to compel people to distrust it. But those who trustfully worship Big Brother have already taken the fore, and seek instead to compel all Americans to bow down in trusting supplication to the monolithic (fascist?) behemoth that is now corporate America twinned with unaccountable bureaucracy.
It ain’t gonna happen. We the (Informed) People know better and always have.
John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield, and the former pastor of the First Congregational Church of Westfield. © Copyright True North Reports 2021. All rights reserved.