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Who Is Calling The Shots?

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” Thomas Jefferson

The idea of the United States, at one point, was synonymous with the idea of vision, morality, and leadership. A shining light in a world drowning within corruption and dishonesty. This was at least the perception, that its actions reverberated throughout the free world, illuminating the path for those striving to break free from the shackles of government.

The mission of The Last American Vagabond has always been to shine light into the dark corners of society and force the average citizen to think for themselves; to look beyond the biased content regurgitated from mainstream media, and develop one’s own opinion using common sense and deductive logic. Americans find themselves in a country that has shed the extra mental weight of its honor and morality (had they been genuine to begin with) yet deftly held on to its power. Looking at where this country began, compared to where it currently stands, one can honestly wonder with whom that power currently resides. 

The system once set in place, ostensibly designed to give “power to the people,” is now only a phantom shell of what it once was. Yet enough of the shell remains, allowing those unwilling to accept the obvious truth to continue on their oblivious path into bondage. With the façade in place, cultivating a false sense of accountability and safety, this once potentially great country is being pulled apart from within.


The reality of the situation is painfully visible, to those willing to actually look. A perfect example of this is how the majority of the nation calls for the decriminalization of cannabis. A plant that can demonstrably be the answer to some of the most pressing problems facing this country, and yet, a blinding show of bureaucracy that leads in intentional circles is all that is seen. States are taking it upon themselves to enact their own laws, which in truth is how this country was meant to function all along, without the interference of the Federal Government. However, today, it is a show of defiance. The majority has spoken out and nothing has happened. No action has been taken. In fact, actions have been taken to prevent the majority will. This should be alarming to every American. This is the defining difference between democracy and authoritarianism, or any such tyrannical governmental structure. Financial interest appears to be the primary motivation behind the inaction of this government, but from whom does this motivation derive?

Some would pose the idea that the illegal drug trade throughout the Middle East and Mexico – that which the United States government largely and secretly controls – is reason enough to maintain a lack of action even in the face of an uprising. Too much money is being made with far too many involved to simply change position. If this country’s history proves anything it’s that money dictates the weak. Time has shown that a strong, morally bound leader could not be more few & far between. Today, those with the qualities of the Founding Fathers, as we remember them at least, do not make it past the Capitol steps before their morals become their weakness. As they enter the lion’s den, they are systematically cast out of a world overrun by deceit.

For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.” – JFK

The very real possibility that an outside source is dictating the choices of this country is a scary thought indeed, one that many feel is not that far-fetched. The world is beginning to see the blanket of lies that cover this country and much of what it has done in the last fifty years specifically, but in many ways, stretches back much further. From Afghanistan to Libya, those who care to scratch past the surface to what is barely concealed can see the truth behind the carefully cultivated lies. Yet sadly far too many give in to the fear.

The question is, why one country over another? What is the driving force behind why the US government would willingly ignore the verifiably brutal actions of Saudi Arabia and Israel, actions that regularly take innocent life, while carrying out an openly illegal war in Syria based on highly disputed and unsubstantiated claims? There are many theories in this regard, much of which is rooted in logic and truth (much more so than its obfuscaters would like) yet the real point to walk away with today is that we, as the people of this nation, are no longer in control, if in fact we ever truly were. 

At the end of the day, it is the duty of the average American to weed through the misinformation and look at the larger picture. Few can say for sure who is truly calling the shots in this country, but it has become painfully clear that the direction has shifted to something other than the fulfillment of the majority will or the protection of Americans. However, America is not lost simply because those who sit in power do not live up to the role. America is an ideal that lives within its believers. The people of this nation have the power within themselves, and there are those out there waiting to see that majority rise once again. 

Ryan Cristián
"Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see." - John Lennon Driven by a desire for accuracy, chef and independent news stalwart Ryan Cristián has a passion for the Truth. As a recent recipient of the Serena Shim Award For Uncompromising Integrity In Journalism, he understands that Americans want their news to be transparent, devoid of the opulence frothed out by today's corporate media. A cultured and insightful man with a worldly sense, Ryan's unjaded approach offers common sense to the individual racked by the ambiguous news cycle - a vicious and manipulative merry-go-round that keeps trenchant minds at a manageable distance from the truth. Avid writer & editor by day, Truth seeker by night, Ryan's reality defines what it means to be current.

One Reply to “Who Is Calling The Shots?

  1. Excellent article. Summarizes my reading and thinking and trying to understand “Who is truly calling the shots”. It’s too painfully easy to see in 2021 that it’s not anyone in DC, as they dance at the end of unseen puppet masters’ strings. I guess Whitney knows better than anyone; i look forward to future articles. I struggle a bit to understand them. Also, solari, C.A. Fitts.

    Discovered this article late. But it’s still really a great one. Thanks Ryan.

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