Hope is not a method:  Unmasking corruption in our government is like planting a garden

6a50e464ebc4f67a94f3dccf5067a973Most of us remember The Garden song, “Inch by inch, row by row, all I need is a rake and hoe and a piece of fertile ground…”  If you haven’t listened to the song in a while you should go to You Tube and listen to David Mallet, the writer of the song, give perhaps the best rendition of the Garden Song ever recorded at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m0LewjkO4s.

The symbolism of this beautiful song hits you like a brick. If you have the know-how, use the right tools, and are persistent, you can survive.  The song gives us a feeling of independence and security that no matter what else happens, we can, by doing the right things in the right way and in the right order, succeed in accomplishing our goals.

Taking the same lessons from the Garden Song, we have been busily planting our own garden.  A great deal of thinking, using the right tools and the persistence of smart people who have come together to make our country a better place is beginning to pay off.

As you have already guessed, the Garden Song is a metaphor for a real life situation.  In this case, it involves an epic David and Goliath battle between a small company and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The FDA, in collusion with the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) and Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI), stole the small company’s ideas and then duplicated their products to drive them out of business.

It is just one representative example of many cases we are pursuing at the John Galt program for Investigative Studies.

Just like the Garden Song, the little company is fighting back through the systematic process of thinking things through, using the right tools, and applying persistence to win the battle against the U.S. Government and their co-conspirators.

First, the little company found a plot of very, very fertile soil—the food and Drug Administration (FDA) itself.  The soil here is almost pure manure. But while the large amount of manure makes the soil fertile, it is also chock full of weeds and stones.

The first step the small company took was to deeply till the FDA soil.  Using this process they rooted out the heavy weeds.  The use of the right tools, such as the Freedom of Information Act, forensic investigation techniques, and methods including the tracking of electronic communications and documenting the record, allowed the little company to easily find and remove the weeds from their FDA garden plot.

Deeply tilling the soil had the added advantage of bringing the stones in the FDA garden plot as close to the surface as possible so they could be easily found and picked out of the soil. Among the biggest stones found by the small company were the illegal destruction of evidence requested under the Freedom of Information Act, procurement fraud, and obstruction of justice and FDA violations of antitrust laws in collusion with the same companies that the FDA regulates.

Then the small company hoed and raked the soil in their FDA garden plot into neat rows. They forensically sifted through thousands of documents, and wrote and submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) one the most comprehensive reports on FDA fraud and abuse of its kind ever written. The report to the FBI provided all of the written evidence proving every one of their claims.

Next, the small company wrote to the Acting Commissioner of the FDA and the other members of the enterprise, i.e., GMA and BMI, laying out each of the facts and the evidence.  Each member of the enterprise was asked to rebut the evidence amassed against them.  None of them responded within the legally allotted time frame, conceding that they were, in fact, guilty of all of the charges against them.

The little company is now waiting for a soaking rain to germinate the seeds of government accountability that they have so carefully seeded.  The coming of the rain depends on the willingness of the American people to demand the end of wide scale corruption at the FDA.  The fate of justice for the small company is now in the hands of the American people.

Either we can continue to simply shrug our shoulders and say “it’s not my problem,” or we can join the multitude of Americans that are demanding a smaller and more honest government that works for the people, instead of against them.

Please visit the John Galt program for Investigative Studies at http://www.jpgis.org to learn more about this little company and other small businesses just like them that are working to plant the new gardens that will grow to make our country a better place to live.

The John Galt Program for Investigative Studies (JGPIS) is a non-profit charitable program that falls under the Institute of Complexity Management, EIN # 43-2057175.  The John Galt Program for Investigative Studies helps small business protect themselves against encroachment into their intellectual property.  We provide pro-bono work to help small business create investigative reports concerning how the entity infringed on that company’s intellectual property.  We survive on the donations of others that allow us to perform this service. If you wish to donate to JPGIS so that they can reap what they have sowed, please click on this link:  https://jgpis.org/donate/.

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