The Rape Culture of America

The mask of righteous indignation is slipping, revealing the dark heart of manifest destiny

American Progress, (1872) by John Gast, is an allegorical representation of the modernization of the new west.

American Progress, (1872) by John Gast, is an allegorical representation of the modernization of the new west. Columbia, a personification of the United States, is shown leading civilization westward with the American settlers. She is shown bringing light from the East into the West, stringing telegraph wire, holding a school textbook that will instill knowledge, and highlights different stages of economic activity and evolving forms of transportation.

The United States of Corruption

The current President of the United States is being accused of fraud and corruption by the New York Times.

We may be appalled at the leader of the United States who is embroiled in “scandal, fraud, lies and deception, glossed over with despicable arrogance,” as one friend described her perception of recent revelations about the Trump empire.

However, we should not be surprised. This man is reflecting the reality that has been true for longer than he has been gaming the system. The American dream is a façade for an empire of scandal, fraud, lies, deception, despicable arrogance and crimes against humanity. POTUS must be unindictable to avoid prosecution for these crimes. It is for this reason that a bipartisan bill to defy the International Criminal Court was passed in 2002.

Because of this protection, he can stand in front of the United Nations to declare that the US will not recognize the ICC.

Because he is beyond prosecution, the only legal means available to remove him from office is impeachment. The tyranny of the majority of the US Congress (who have been undemocratically elected, and do not actually represent the majority of the people of the United States because of the Electoral College, a vestige of slavery) means that while he upholds the policies of white supremacy in the guise of Evangelical Republican nationalism, he will not be impeached and he will remain in power.

In short, 45 is still president because that is how the system works.

We are appalled only because the mask is slipping. The façade has crumbled to reveal how a political system, designed over 200 years ago, was intended to work.

The American experiment is the Doctrine of Discovery taken to its logical conclusion.

The rape culture of America began with the rape of the “New World.”

America on Trial

A woman decided to come forward to perform her civic duty, to testify to the unsuitability of the current nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States, detailing her allegation of sexual assault.

The Senate Republican majority, by keeping their deliberations behind closed doors, considered the single document printed for exclusive and limited access by the Senate, in order to maintain the confidentiality of the FBI investigation into the allegations against their nominee.

The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate appears to believe that they can still control the narrative by attempting to carefully orchestrate the proceedings of the nomination hearings of their presidential nominee to the Supreme Court.

Rather, they are publicizing the trial of the American institutions that have brought the world to this moment in time: the government, the corporation and the church are the institutions to which people have abdicated their power. These institutions have colluded to bring to power a morally suspect president and his sycophants to create the monstrous reality in which we are currently living.

Deconstruction: the questioning of our ideas and institutions

Through social media, the court of public opinion is rendering their judgments in real time. The country is divided over their interpretations of what they have witnessed. However, it appears that the final judgment of a vast majority of the world is leaning toward a ruling that calls into question the legitimacy of the Supreme Court, the Congress, the Senate and the President of the United States.

The public has found the Republican Senators guilty of callous indifference against the victims of sexual assault.

By extension, the world is finding the United States of America guilty of corruption, in addition to its callous and unrepentant indifference for the crimes of raping and murdering millions during its rise to imperial status.

How did we get here?

“How did I get here?” Once in a Lifetime by the Talking Heads

As we consider how the American empire finds itself in such decline, we need to look deep into origins that extend back to the Holy Roman Empire and the Papal Bull of 1493. The original sins of the land’s dark past have found their ultimate expression in a nation state that claims to represent Christianity, democracy and the shining example of free-market capitalism. However, even a cursory overview of the history of the colonies and the republic are a horrific tale of genocide, slavery, civil war, imperial conquest, economic chaos, nuclear annihilation, mass media manipulation, environmental degradation, military domination, oppression, torture, and weapons of mass destruction.

Occupied Territory

The sexual assault of the New World

The myth of America is unravelling.

The reputation and good name of America has been permanently destroyed. The nation has sowed the wind and reaped the whirlwind. Henceforth, the fallen empire will be associated in our histories of the world with the rape and conquest of the “New World” by European settlers and the rape and conquest of the globe by predatory corporations and brutal military force.

Designer, writer, educator, social architect, founder, Builders Collective, Leading with Design. https://stephenbau.com

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