There is no question that maintaining law and order in America’s most populace city, New York, isn’t an easy thing to do. But where is the line between necessary public safety measures and creating an openly totalitarian regime within the borders of a country founded upon the principals of personal liberty and freedom?
During the Constitutional Convention, there was much discussion about the chief executive, how much power he should have, how long his term should be and whether there should be more than one. In fact, the lack of a chief executive was considered one of the glaring weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.
Save Alexander Hamilton and James Wilson — who advocated for a strong chief executive similar to a monarch — delegates were most concerned that the executive would turn into a virtual king. During the Philadelphia Convention, Charles Pinckney said he was “for a vigorous executive, but was afraid the executive powers of the existing Congress might extend to peace and war, &c.; which would render the executive a monarchy of the worst kind, to wit, an elective one.”
The United States, land of the free, is home to a staggering 1.6 million State and Federal prisoners. Evidence suggests that government largess—and the profiteers who run the privatized American prisons where 128,195 U.S. inmates reside—may have as much to do with incarceration as crime does.
America is arguably the world’s No. 1 exporter of terrorism. According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, between 2004 and 2012 the United States used unmanned drones to strike between 364 and 436 times.
Defiance is a virtue unto itself. It is its own means and its own end. Wherever people seek truth and honor, no consequence is foreboding enough to stop them. Defiance takes no notice of the threat of death. As more and more totalitarian measures are being instituted by government, is the time for defiance, even without assurance of victory, growing near?
Even years after his death, the Roman Senate continued to cry “Hannibal is at the gates,” using the peoples’ fear of Hannibal exactly as the U.S. government and its lapdog politicians today use the myth of terrorism. We are sacrificing liberty for “security” because of the created, imagined threat of terrorists.
For Washington “democracy” is a weapon of mass destruction. When Washington brings “democracy” to a country, it means the country’s destruction, as in Libya and Iraq. It doesn’t mean democracy. Libya is in chaos, a human rights nightmare without an effective government. Now the U.S. is about to bring “democracy” to Syria.
Fox Business Channel has axed Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano, a favorite among American television viewers worried about the constant government disregard for the Constitution and the direction in which establishment politics are taking the United States.
When you use your computer in a crowded café do you tend to shield the screen from the view of other patrons? Do you sometimes use programs that protect your machine from being hacked in public places? Have you ever traveled to a coffeehouse or café that wasn’t the closest to your area of residence to avoid being distracted by people you know as you work? When you purchase your $2 to $5 dollar coffee or specialty beverage do you opt for cash instead of credit or debit?
The Tenth Amendment Center has championed a bill introduced by a group of Washington State legislators that condemns the unlawful detention of U.S. citizens and lawful resident aliens under the National Defense Authorization Act.