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John W. Whitehead: Politics Don’t Matter, but Your Actions Do


This article was originally published by the Daily Bell.

An interview with John W Whitehead.

John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. In 1982, he established The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization whose international headquarters are located in Charlottesville, Virginia ( Whitehead has won many honors as a result of his freedom-oriented writing and has participated in several Supreme Court cases. He gained international renown as a result of his role as co-counsel in Paula Jones’ sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton.

The Daily Bell: We read your article over at on US politics, “Reality Check: No Matter Who Wins the White House, the New Boss Will Be the Same as the Old Boss,” and were impressed by its realism. It pointed out the impossibility of political change in the US. Did you get positive feedback, or negative feedback or both.

John W. Whitehead: The response to my “Reality Check” article was overwhelmingly positive. Indeed, a meme that grew out of that article has gone viral. Its message – that America’s next president will inherit a shadow government, a permanent, corporatized, militarized, entrenched bureaucracy that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country – has resonated with a lot of Americans who are waking up to the fact that no matter who wins this next presidential election, the new boss will be the same as the old boss.

The Daily Bell: You used to be a columnist for The Daily Bell.  Why don’t you reintroduce yourself and The Rutherford Institute to our readers.

John W. Whitehead: I’m a constitutional attorney who believes in speaking truth to power. That really says it all. I started The Rutherford Institute in 1982 to be an organization that not only speaks truth to power but holds the government accountable to abiding by the rule of law, our U.S. Constitution. Readers can learn more about us at or follow us on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

The Daily Bell: You were fairly unforgiving in your article. You wrote, “Politics today is about one thing and one thing only: maintaining the status quo between the Controllers (the politicians, the bureaucrats, and the corporate elite) and the Controlled (the taxpayers).” Why do you think Trump is getting such a great response from Republicans?

John W. Whitehead: The American people remain eager to be persuaded that a new president in the White House can solve the problems that plague us. The want a political savior. This is not a sentiment shared only by Republicans. Time and again, Americans have turned to politics with an almost religious zeal as the answer to what ails the nation. “Change” and “Believe” campaign slogans have been trotted out, only to be eagerly picked up and chanted like religious mantras. However, we’d do well to remember that governmental bureaucracy is fervently anti-change. As for trusting or believing in a politician, James Madison put it best when he pointed out that “if men were angels, no government would be necessary.” If there is to be any real hope for change, it rests, as it always has, in “we the people” because while we may be a large part of the problem, we are also the solution. And there is great power in this.

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Shorty Dawkins



  1. thank you OK for posting this interview with John Whitehead..he writes often at I recently bought his latest book,Battlefield America, so that I would have a written copy of a compilation of his information in his articles. It is only around $20…A foreword by Judge Napolitano, on the cover, basically says that you will not be able to sleep after reading this book.

    It is interesting that OK highlights this interview, because I was thinking…that this book should be promoted to be read by all of America..especially for those that do not have a clue of what is really going on…I know many people just cannot cope with depressing information…but as many people have expressed frustration on “what can we do ?”…we can all “educate” our fellow Americans…and this book alone, will tell them what is happening…if they will read it, they will be shocked…

    An easy thing to do is to print out copies of the title of the book and how to buy it at Amazon, etc..and briefly say what it is about..just hand them (flyers) out to everyone…what does that cost you? .it is very current as to what is happening..So many people really cannot read, for various reasons, but enough people can..and hopefully they will tell their fellow acquaintances, what it says..and realize that they can no longer be uninvolved.

    One last thing..I have mentioned Dr. Steven Yates before..he has an article today at on “the real class war”…he mentions the name of Dr. Angelo Codevilla:you hit on the link and it takes you to his resume at Wikipedia..quite a resume..but look at the bottom and you will find this outstanding essay that he wrote, published at The American Spectator, July-August 2010 “America’s Ruling Class-and the perils of revolution”..This is a must read and must keep a copy of…it shows how we have 3 classes now…and how we got here. When I read it in 2010..everyone was commenting on how outstanding it was..I found it interesting, on his explanation of “why our congress people” do not have to read bills that they vote on…

    I try to highlight “key” articles that I have read over the years that have helped me to see a more accurate picture of how we have arrived at where we are today…by reputable and knowledgeable people…thank you to all oathkeepers for all that you do…I think Oathkeepers is the organization to lead the way for America to go back to what it once stood for: “Truth, Justice, and the value of a single life” (quote, chief American judge Haywood (think I have the name right), at “Judgement at Nuremberg”

  2. “No doubt the people know they can have their Republic back if they want it enough to fight for it and to pay the price. The only point is that no leader has yet appeared with the courage to make them choose.”

    Garet Garrett circa 1954

  3. to make it easy to reference Dr. Yates’ articles and Dr. Codevilla’s outstanding essay..I mentioned above in my comment, I will try to just give direct can always use “google”

    The Real Class War, by Dr. Yates

    Sociopathocracy I have mentioned this before as a most read, and he refers to 2 articles by Doug Casey on this subject, that Dr. Yates says are most reads for Americans and to keep

    America’s ruling class and the perils of revolution, written in 2010..still receiving comments today as it is still being circulated…by Dr. Angelo Codevilla

    You can just google that title, and you should get it… It is like Frederick Bastiats “treatise” on “The Law”, written during the French Revolution…it has stood the “test of time”…which, you can get alongwith Smedley Butlers….war is a racket, for about $10

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