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Life in the Emerging American Police State: What’s in Store for Our Freedoms in 2014?

By John W. Whitehead | The Rutherford Institute
December 30, 2013

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.—George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Vol. 1

In Harold Ramis’ classic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, TV weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) is forced to live the same day over and over again until he not only gains some insight into his life but changes his priorities. Similarly, as I illustrate in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, we in the emerging American police state find ourselves reliving the same set of circumstances over and over again—egregious surveillance, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying, the criminalization of lawful activities, warmongering, etc.—although with far fewer moments of comic hilarity.

What remains to be seen is whether 2014 will bring more of the same or whether “we the people” will wake up from our somnambulant states. Indeed, when it comes to civil liberties and freedom, 2013 was far from a banner year. The following is just a sampling of what we can look forward to repeating if we don’t find some way to push back against the menace of an overreaching, aggressive, invasive, militarized government and restore our freedoms.

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Chicago

I'm a Canadian who was quite firm in the belief I would never bother going to the US again, mostly because of reading about the Police State she was becoming. However after much bother i was talked into it, myself & 3 buddies went to Chicago for a weekend. We had a great time, & honestly the only time I really saw Police was when there was some poor dude who got KO'd laying in the street. Downtown Chicago is a nice place akin to Toronto just older looking, however outside of downtown, much like my experience in other parts of the US is very run down and almost ghettoized looking. One thing that did affect me when I was there was meeting a young African American woman on the train system, we were heading to Wrigley Field to see the park even though baseball season was over. She sat down, flowers in hand beside my friend & me. We politely said hello, she back & my friend asked her where she was going, she replied the hospital. Turns out she was going to visit her boyfriend who had been shot twice, and this was a normal to her. She spoke of regular funerals, constant shooting & vehemently warned us to stay downtown because in her neighbourhood we'd likely be shot. I'm pro gun for the most part, I don't believe people should have full automatic weapons but everything else goes in my mind. Anyway, it was very surreal like I was on another planet that I couldn't even visit parts of Chicago, and that death was such a big part of this young girls life. In Canada people who own guns for the most part, just hunt. Murder is fairly rare, & is big news when it happens, but for this young girl it was normal. It struck me that Americas culture of guns, rednecks, thugs, criminal etc, glorify this kill or be killed mentality, which in turn is gonna help usher in a lot of police. As a libertarian, I'm against police on 99% of what they do, but it's not hard to see how a culture of violence and war has morphed into a police state, just my two cents.

Schuey.

Just say NO to TYRANNY

http://www.dailypaul.com/308996/just-say-no-to-tyranny-faceb...

"In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man, Brave, Hated, and Scorned. When his cause succeeds however,the timid join him, For then it costs nothing to be a Patriot.” ~Mark Twain

Abracadabra

If the dingbat neo-conservatives like Levin have their way, our current US Constitution won't be recognizable. It's amusing to contemplate the idiocy behind the non-thinkers in Levin's camp. Apparently Levin and his acolytes believe that human nature will magically and radically improve during the process of convening an Article 5 convention. ;) The scum will surely rise to the top, again, but this time the scum will shit on the US Constitution like the majority of our founders shit on the Articles of Confederation! If this irrational process becomes reality, our sole hope is the lack of enforcement of the amended US Constitution as with the original document. Personally, I vote for secession of the states in the spirit of the Articles of Confederation.

Bump

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hmmmm....

dont have nothing to say....

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
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