So What does an Oppressive Police State look like?
History is replete with examples… the problem is they were all sold to the public as integral to security, and their initial behavior dismissed as necessary, until well after the fact and by then it was too late.
Keep in Mind,
You still go to work… you still send your kids to school… you still have a place to live… you still make dinner…
But, in the back of your mind you know everything is different. Everything. And the only thought you might have is “How did it get this way?” “What Happened?” “I Don’t Understand.” Followed by, “It happened so slowly.” Finally ending with “Why did we let this happen?”
If you need “hard evidence” of what I’m talking about I’ll stay within my area and recommend tracing the origins of Soviet Security Services From the Cheka, Smersh and KGB to the “newer” incarnations of the SVR and FSB. Feel free to whip out your Googler now… I’ll wait.
If you’re not in the mood for a history lesson dealing with Anglo’s oppressing and killing each other, then check out the Tonton Macoute… they’re fun.
But keep in mind, these “needed policemen” were not sold to the population as an important part of keeping the country safe by interrogating, intimidating and killing you efficiently.
All of them started somewhere.
And that somewhere was right in front of the very people they went on to oppress. With the majority of their support. (This is always left out of the brief historical blurbs… read a little deeper and you’ll see remarkable parallel’s we seemed doomed to relive.)
Here’s what we Know:
We know we are being watched by our government. We know our journalists are being spied on in real-time. The 100 journalists at AP whose phones were tapped (let alone what else was done to them that has yet come to light) should be enough to seriously freak all of us out. We know the Government is experimenting with getting us to accept all kinds of new methods of Force. Do you think they will stop at forcing you to buy health insurance once you accept it is within their power to do so? When has restraint ever been exercised by any Government anywhere on Earth let alone ours? Once you give them the power of force there will always be human beings looking for new ways to wield it. It’s our nature… it is undeniable… it is historically demonstrable. It cannot be dismissed by anyone who is not one of those wishing for it.
But we seem to be OK with the direction we’re headed… is that the appropriate reaction?
Now the World is rising up against our spying on Them.
But what should concern us more? Should we be concerned about our Government listening in on cell phone traffic coming out of Estonia or cell phone traffic coming from You, an American Citizen, whose done nothing wrong?
I would offer that the latter is far more serious. Think about it this way, the Estonian… Chinese… Ethiopian police forces cannot show up at your door and do bad things to you.
While you’re still holding out that “The Black Helicopter Crowd”, and historians like me, are crazy,
this little story comes to light…
Fed’s Confiscate Investigative Journalist’s Files using an unrelated Warrant for a Crime that had not been committed.
Remember, just because you’re Paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to Get You.
Most of us do not have the background to recognize how very bad things find their beginning. However, A few of us do. Find those folks and listen to them.
While I would never suggest you trust me… Allow me to share with you the knowledge that you really, really, really Do Not want to live in a Place where this type of oppression is accepted. By the time you no longer want to accept it, it’s too late.
I know you’re probably reading this thinking “I have nothing to worry about because I’ve done nothing wrong.”. Let me also share with you the fact that none of the above mentioned, well-intentioned, “security services” ever let your “not doing anything wrong” get in their way. The Journalist in the above article was just doing her job.
Once enough of us completely disregard the Constitution on the United States which was written explicitly to protect the Individual from Government and the Mob rule of the Majority… once we accept and allow them the power of force to do what they are now doing… once what is happening now is accepted as necessary and “for our own security and well-being”… we are only steps away from becoming another foot note in the history references I’m sending you to research in the above paragraphs.
Come on kids… you are not stupid, contrary to what they may think.
November 29th, 2014 at 9:19 pm
On the nose, Mike!
I still think that we ought to amend the Constitution to say that every law ever enacted, and it would need to be retroactive, has a ten-year expiration date, and must be re-enacted by roll-call vote, or else it is “deemed” to have expired, having the same status as if it had been repealed.
It’d be kind of like term-limits for laws.