Historically speaking, economic hard times bring with them insecure governments and leaders that call for and necessitate more control over the people they are entrusted to serve. Despite well established personal freedoms, during economic hard times and times of war, laws are passed at a feverish pitch, all in the name of prevention of evil and protecting the people (especially the children), from themselves or from the shadowy spector of terrorism.
Freedoms of belief, speech, communication, expression, association, privacy and protest are demonized as individual selfishness and dangerous, if they do not serve the purposes of the ruling power structure. The justice system is usually removed from the hands or the people and moved behind closed doors to be determined by a few in secret under the guise of national security. The equality of people is legislatively destroyed to create a special ruling and enforcement class that has the blessing of that power structure to use violence and cohersion over the masses they wish to control. Under these conditions, indefinate detention without charge or fair trial become more and more justifiable by the power elite. The right to individual self defense is usually the one right that is the recipient of the greatest destruction and increasingly bestowed preferentially as a right acceptable only to the enforement and elite class. Those who expose the immorality of all these actions are severly punished as traitors. Military commanders who have issues following questionable orders are relieved of duty and replaced with commanders more willing to comply. The final piece of the puzzle is usually militarizing the community enforcers with the tools of war.
Thank God we live in America, where those things could never happen. While Stalin, Hiltler, Mao and Pol Pot are all examples of the above, it takes a special kind of denial not to see that these things are happening today. Today, an ABC news affiliate, writes about how how 165 MRAP trucks, which are 18-ton, armor-protected military fighting vehicles with gun turrets and bulletproof glass that were once the U.S. answer to roadside bombs during the Iraq war, were distributed nationwide to local police and sheriffs dept. In New York State alone MRAPs have been delivered to
Albany County Sheriff's Department
Warren County Sheriff's Department
Jefferson County Sheriff's Department
Steuben County Sheriff's Department
Sullivan County Sheriff's Department
Nassau County Police
Hamburg Village Police
Police departments statewide have also acquired almost 150 other trucks and Humvees, a dozen of them armored, over the past two years.
While the enforcment class and much of the mainstream media, who are nothing more than the propaganda wing of the ruling class, justify this militarization, the facts remain that Americans are 8 times more likely to be killed by police than terrorists. Furthermore remember, these military items being given to the police are not free. These items are very expensive and our hard earned tax dollars paid for these things. Is this what you had in mind for that money? Is this why you convince yourself that taxation through cohersion of others is good or was their a higher purpose for taxation?
Remember, the cheese is always free in the mouse trap.
Politicians and lawyers are usually the butt of jokes regarding their immorality and truthfulness but somehow, those on OUR team are held up as saviors and their promises believed without question. When their promises are broken, blame is always placed on the other team or deflected entirely. I hate to break it to those liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans, but both major parties are just as guilty in their deception of the people for their ownpersonal gains. Powerful positions always attract people who would abuse that power.
We must always remember....ultimately, power always corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. We as a society have been duped. Being selfishly myopic, we have given our governmnet the power to bully people we do not agree with for some utopian delusion of common good. Did we ever consider that this power over other people, would ever be used against ourselves? Did we ever think that such power, to control the people, would ever be used by evil people against us? Did you ever consider electing the wealthy to take from the wealthy and give to the poor would somehow eradicate poverty or make us somehow equal in our poverty? The road to hell is always paved with good intentions.
Perhaps many who read this are fully aware of what is happening but shrug their shoulders and say to themselves, "There is nothing that I can do, so why bother?". I am here to tell you, if you and we as a society don't start doing something about it, now, however small, you and your family will suffer the consequences.
So what can we do? First and foremost, never forget that knowledge is power. Knowledge of the power we still possess as people is empowering. The power to educate others, now through social media, thoughtfully and not critically. Alienating people through blame does nothing to open and free minds. Educate people about history, liberty, responibility and solutions. Solutions like jury nullification, writing editorials in town papers, attending town meetings, and engaging people in coversation and encouraging them to act to nullify laws that infringe on freedoms. Most importantly, do not comply with anything that is personally repulsive.
Until a critical mass is reached, nothing will change. Freedom does not require a majority, only a determined few. Change is sometimes a slow process, but with greater participation and determination, change can happen overnight. Let us all work toward that goal and ensure the right and capacity of people to determine their own actions. There is a great possiblility that things do not change in time for the better and a national crisis develops as a consequences of our social apathy. Take steps now to have at least the basics you will need if social upheavals become a reality. We the people who are paying attention, shall hope for the best but prepare for the worst. May we reach that critical mass in time.