You See Them Now?
by Ted Lang
How many articles have jumped out of your computer display screen and grabbed your attention screaming: “America is a police state?” Did you believe those accounts, or did you rely rather on the lay back style of Rush Limbaugh who “doesn’t believe in conspiracy theories?” Have you been comforted by FOXNews and accepted the way laws have radically changed, as have the attitudes towards US displayed by our government bureaus and police?
Have you accepted the “just routine” explanations from police at road stops and checkpoints where you are assumed guilty of either drunk driving or some other crime such as failing to have a current validated government form in your wallet or affixed to your windshield? The general public is now generally guilty of any and all crimes until proven innocent. And all of US have no one else to blame but ourselves for allowing whining, wailing, hand-wrenching Mommies Against This, That and Whatever that started US down this police state path.
Because of the failure of a segment of American government in keeping a reckless drunk from behind the wheel by simply keeping him incarcerated forrepeat DWI offenses, the drunk killed a woman’s daughter, and she becamejustifiably outraged at our entire society. This outrage leads to activism, personified by such as Carolyn McCarthy, Sarah Brady, and the Million Mommies Against This, That and Whatever. A new industry for America’s most important product, namely “make work,” has been created for the Trial Lawyers Association; hence, DWI checkpoints and road stops. They are constitutionally illegal, yet sanctioned by the huge make work fees earned by lawyers via these unconscionable and unconstitutional statutory laws.
Such bending of the nation’s rule of law that had formerly ensured the supremacy of individual rights started with all the organizations mobilized against firearms ownership, and the NRA correctly predicted where all this was going. Once government got their foot in the door, government would do what it always does best, no matter where in the world it is established: grow itself into a freedom-crushing monster.
In New York City, one hit and run driver had received 99 traffic violations – 99! Why wasn’t this filth bag in the slammer where he couldn’t hurt anyone? The young mother he hit died, so now we, the law-abiding, who sip a glass of wine or have a beer with dinner at a restaurant, are subject to gunpoint arrest, handcuffing, incarceration, and the confiscation of our automobile. And this is happening on an increasing basis!
But how many lives were saved? But how many more would have been saved if people who are guilty of injuring others in society served the appropriate amount of time behind bars, instead of driving around with all those violations. Think of Congressman Janklow – he finally got to kill someone, but many hundreds of illegal drug users who have harmed no one are in jail under mandatory drug sentencing. Janklow is out, and Martha Stewart, who committed the crime of “lying” to a government bureaucrat while not even under oath in a court of law, and having harmed no one, now faces incarceration. This is justice?
In New Jersey, a motor vehicle clerk was arrested and handcuffed for using the “n” word during an argument with a motorist. What about “sticks and stones?” Our laws are now so over the top; and if simple laws like these threaten our freedom, just imagine what Slick Willie’s Patriot Act, placed into law by Bush, Ashcroft and the Republican Party, and not even read by our Congress of Criminals, will do! How much fun will government machine-gun-toting jackbooted and steel pot-wearing goons have with that?
In the entire Congress of Criminals, populated by such killers as Janklow and Teddy Kennedy, and others of highly questionable morals, one lone voice in the wilderness stands out: America’s one and only true representative of the people: Libertarian republican Congressman Ron Paul. Can you hear him now? No? Then read him at: http://www.house.gov/paul/tst/tst2004/tst080904.htm
Fed up with the Bush police state? Fed up with the feds? Fed up with BOTH the Democratic AND the Republican parties? Good…. good! “I can feel your anger!”
But Lang, what the hell are
we supposed to do? That’s another column, but here’s a start.
Vote for either the Libertarian Candidate, or the Constitution Party candidate.
Either Kerry or Bush will continue the police state, and you as an American
will continue to lose. Next, write to your
http://www.theunion.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040810/NEWS/108100061 It is suggested that both articles be downloaded and used as attachments. If you need help setting up a letter to write to your mayor and council members, see my website.
Look around! Can you see them now? Jackbooted machine-gun-toting Darth Vader storm troopers, free speech zones, chain-link fences and razor wire, police road blocks and checkpoints, Washington DC strangling on them all. Are you finally convinced where this will all lead, and where it has already taken US? Have we arrived? And the war on terror will be forever? Hmmmm. BTW: Where are your papers citizen?
Good…. good! “I can feel your anger!”
Lang is a political analyst and a freelance writer and maintains a website