So… History does not refer to it as a “Police State”, but that could aptly describe the the American Colonies under British rule.
That view, and it’s merely a (substantiated) view, sets the stage for my thinking today.
“When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.”
“Change – yes we can!”
“Policies that were wrong under George W. Bush are no less wrong because Barack Obama is in the White House.”
As you read this Blog post further, I am going to ask you to watch a “position” documented by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that offers insight into an emerging perspective on the future of President Obama’s administration and what it portends for the American people.
I better point out now that I don’t support Al Qaida, or what we think are global terrorists. But, I do recognize the objectives and intents of Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers as they architected the Constitution. Mind you, the signers of the Declaration of Independence likely felt as if they were signing their own death warrant. They were often hunted down and imprisoned without trial of due process. They were terrorists after all – right? But, the more the British pushed us down, acted like bullies, and upset our collective sense of fairness, the more strident became our call to action for freedom – and, the world (even the French) rallied to us.
Certainly things have changed.
Americans have a tendency to conceive of our country as an exception to the rules, or to the laws of human nature, that govern other nations. This notion is sometimes called “American exceptionalism”.
Sometimes, it takes the form of believing Americans are entitled destined to be a free people. When we see the difficulty so many other peoples have realizing their freedom, it often confirms our notions that what is happening to them cannot, or should not, happen to us.
For example, we might fully support the Iranian people in their struggle for democratic elections, but our support for them is seldom qualified by the thought, “That could happen here.”
But, it did happen here. And, it might needs happen again.
Put differently, we appear to struggle with learning, or the notion of learning from other countries (another example is Norway and Healthcare). Very few Americans think Iran has anything to teach us about our own democracy. After all, we are, an exception to the rules that govern countries like Iran (we can also nuke other countries, and then dictate who is allowed to own nuclear power).
Did I use the work dictate?
Sometimes the notion of American exceptionalism takes the form of believing our leaders can breach with impunity the checks and balances that have traditionally limited their power over us.
Richard Nixon seems to have expressed that opinion when he stated that if the President does something, it’s not illegal. Ultimately Nixon was impeached – but, only because he was blatant, blunt, undiplomatic, considered unsavory (compared to the mob boss John F. Kennedy) and generally (in retrospect) unable to deliver a flowery speech like Barack Obama.
In any other country, unchecked power soon becomes tyranny. But not, we think, in America. In America, only the nut cases (or terrorists, or insurgents, or patriots) warn us against allowing our government to have unchecked powers.
As promised earlier, here is a Youtube video demonstrating how President Obama has declared his intention to indefinitely imprison people without trial.
The notion that a free people can grant their government the power to imprison them indefinitely and without trial is absurd. Ayn Rand is likely spinning so fast in her grave that the world is in danger of spinning off of it’s axis, and falling into the sun. There is nothing in the long history of our species (long time readers of this Blog know I am always looking for a way to sneak Charles Darwin into the mix) to suggest that is at all possible, let alone likely. Any people who condone grant their government tyrannical powers will, before too long, enjoy a tyranny – and, this is evidenced by history.
How long before people like myself – controversial figures that speak our minds, end up in prison (okay, for me back in jail) for exercising free speech against the machine?
“But we are different”, says the American exceptionalist.
Or, maybe we reconsider the word entitled and call ourselves “entitleists” (I probably made that word up – I do that a lot on this Blog). That sort of sounds like “elitist”. And, Americans like to believe we make the rules.
But, if we use the idea of our Constitution as a blunt edged weapon it becomes abuse. I think that changes the spirit that inspired Thomas Jefferson and that hardy and ferocious crew of rabble rousing non-conforming Founding Fathers, and that will in turn change the karma attached to our two hundred and fifty year national history.
Men like Barack Obama are called the Anti Christ by nut-cases right? People that speak out against him are not cool and certainly politically incorrect. We might even be viewed as racist.
Come on… We have to ask hard questions. Truth and light, I say. You gotta watch the carnie’s hands performing the card tricks. So, to wit, additional food for thought (this could have – maybe should have, been a separate post. But, I want everyone thinking about all of this. And, I know this post os going to be widely circulated.
It seems that Barack Obama is carefully priming the pump for dropping a unpleasant surprise on our collective “we the people” (yes, more video evidence). As you recall, he (that would be Obama) promised once that no one making less than $250,000 a year would see any tax increases. In fact, those people would enjoy tax cuts, he carefully promised.
But, to be fair, that was only an empty promise made by a naive candidate whose only business experience spanned that of a non-profit lawyer.
But with his health-reform plan, which will likely add another $1.6 trillion to the deficit, there won’t be any way around new and higher taxes on everyone (and several future generations of Americans, who will be paying through the nose fifty and a hundred years from now solely on account of 2009 spending).
Is that the kind of change Obama would talk about while on the campaign trail? I suppose he was really referring to all the change he was going to pull out of our pockets.
You may Recall Obama’s Presidential Campaign slogan:
“Change – yes, we can.”
The new updated version is:
“Can you spare some change? Sorry, I’m not asking – I’m telling you!”
One of my (hardly articulate) points here is that, over the next five and a half years (by then Obama will be under a lot of fire and hopefully it won’t be too late), you are going to get a lot more taxation without representation.
Just be aware that the rules are being changed subtly. One day, if you squint your eyes, tilt your head to the left, stand on one foot leaning against a wall, you can see that many of our Constitutional rights have been chipped away, and laws may be be leveraged that benefit an ever growing minority.
It’s what you don’t understand or see coming that will kill you. On the other hand, if you see a problem and don’t do something about it, you become part of the problem.
Right there you become the catalyst or footnote for evolution or revolution.
Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.
Brian Patrick Cork