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The Long Con is a confidence game, it takes time, skill and planning. This type of con plays on human emotions, such as greed, fear, and desperation. The long-con adopts a large number of players, some with specialized skills. This scheme requires time to draw in the marks and allows for big payouts; this game is for the experts.
Many have heard of Ponzi schemes, boiler rooms, cash-for-gold, and wire scams. Now, these types of scams make me think of contract fraud, which occurs when one party in a contract presents information to another that is incorrect, deceitful or meant to confuse the other party, this can be by Fraud in the Factum or Fraud in the inducement.
As I read this definition again for a recent project, I realized that this is what our government is doing. The politicians, media and corporations are the conmen, and we are the mark. Could this be true?
Look at Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders. These four people are all politicians but also could be considered “grifters”; which is defined as a man who cheats or tricks someone by gaining their trust and persuading them to believe something that is not true. Then we have the media, “the shills,” an accomplice of a swindler who acts as an interested consumer to entice or encourage others. Then we have the “inside man”, I mean the democratic and republican parties. Finally, we have “the ropers” the person who identifies the marks, could this possibly be the money families? All the players of a good con are present and accounted for.
Was this the way our four father’s intended the government to work? Maybe, they wanted to maintain power in the elites, which is evidenced by who could and could not vote. They also feared power consolidating, but not in the state governments as the 10th Amendment says “The Powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or the people.”
The People have not been delegated police powers or any other powers. These powers are delegated to State governments. When you add in the number of checks and balances of a three level government, you have created a government meant not to work, at least not in the way the citizenry may need or want. It is not to say that we have been the marks of the long con since 1789. What it does mean, power has consolidated, not in the right or left, but at the top. Us here at the bottom are mere marks used and wrung dry of money, vitality and creativity.
With the internet, social media, and art “We the People” can take and use the powers reserved to us. It is up to each of us to see the Con and rise up to create something better.
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