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America is Rapidly Being Transformed into a "Controlled" State

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And here is yet another such story entitled, "Military Equipment Rolls into U.S. cities. Here's one excerpt from the article: "The Times cites the example of Neenah, Wisconsin, a quiet city of about 25,000 people, with a low violent crime rate that has not had a homicide in more than five years. Nevertheless, the town just acquired a 9-foot-tall, 30-ton armored vehicle built to withstand land mines." As the war in Afghanistan winds down, will the cities and towns of America be filled with every kind of military weaponry?

With this buildup of powerful weapons on both sides of this issue the chances of a massive confrontation between the two is increasing exponentially; and if it comes to that ignition point then it's not difficult to see which side has, by far, the most firepower and which will prevail.

What we have here is a massive vicious circle; as this society becomes more and more violent, the government increases its surveillance activities and acquires more powerful weaponry by which to deal with it. Then more and more Americans, spurred on by the constant warnings about the potential loss of 2nd Amendment rights from the NRA, secure more and more weapons to defend themselves. As the people continue to arm themselves the government responds with even more weaponry of its own. And this vicious circle continues unabated.

How is this all going to end? Will America end up becoming a fully controlled state? Hopefully not if this country and its people can somehow find the leaders who can deal with this extremely increasingly volatile situation by using reason, logic and rational thinking to bring this entire process under control. But, being realistic, what are the chances that this will ever happen?

Apparently the disease of war has now metastasized and spread into the body of this nation. This is an illness that, at this point in time, has no cure, as the fear and mistrust between the U.S. government and the people of this country is ever increasing. There is no mutual dialogue, no constructive exchanges on how to mitigate this situation, no common ground at all.

On the one side of this confrontation we find the most violent people in this society; extremists, malcontents, those who simply hate those who enforce the laws and others who just plain hate other people; and on the other side we have police acquiring more and more powerful weaponry to enforce the law no matter what it may take. But the greatest concern of all must be for those who are caught in the middle of this confrontation; the majority of people who feel that neither of these opposing entities is on the right side of this issue. But they are helpless to do anything about it and so they just accept what is happening.

Somewhere out there George Orwell must be watching and listening to what is going on in America and thinking, "Didn't I tell them what was going to happen?"

Michael Payne

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What we have here is a massive vicious circle; as ... by michael payne on Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 10:53:41 AM
Yes, and why in ten years I cannot see a way out. ... by Hosea McAdoo on Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 2:14:43 PM
Michael, The most interesting thing abo... by Patrick Walker on Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 7:39:08 AM
Patrick: You have really nailed it when you say "t... by michael payne on Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 10:17:44 AM
The logic of unjust power, hijacking government fo... by Patrick Walker on Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 10:27:22 AM
It's 1984+30 already, if my arithmetic is correct.... by Michael David Morrissey on Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 11:12:07 AM
Absolutely correct! ... by michael payne on Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 11:22:55 AM
MAX HEADROOM. ... by James Tennier on Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 12:45:55 PM
Don't get it, please expand. ... by michael payne on Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 6:48:30 PM
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope fo... by Richmond Shreve on Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 1:22:32 PM
Thanks for the comment but I have to strongly disa... by michael payne on Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 5:33:04 PM
I don't disagree with the trend you are documentin... by Richmond Shreve on Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 7:14:44 PM
The problem is, very few people have Snowden's l... by Patrick Walker on Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 7:52:49 AM
Richmond, i gave you a thumbs up, as I also did fo... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 1:02:50 PM
The key question, as you said, "Is how do we inspi... by michael payne on Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 1:45:56 PM
That really is the problem. There are plenty of so... by Hosea McAdoo on Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 11:52:43 PM
It hurts, but you are right. Pessimists and optimi... by Hosea McAdoo on Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 7:57:07 PM
Good article, and I hope you are successful in get... by Hosea McAdoo on Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 1:57:48 PM
Hosea: To me this situation is kind of like "we t... by michael payne on Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 5:44:11 PM
You always find a way to say it best. Thank you. ... by Hosea McAdoo on Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 7:58:35 PM
Amen. ... by Richmond Shreve on Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 9:03:09 AM
I had a discussion with some Republican coworkers ... by George C on Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 7:34:09 AM
Cass Sunstein has been studying the dilemma of com... by Richmond Shreve on Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 3:11:16 PM
I highly recommend David Griffin's Cognitive Infil... by Michael David Morrissey on Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 at 2:33:19 AM
David,You have nothing to fear from ideas, or even... by Richmond Shreve on Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 at 9:39:35 AM
Hmmm. David Griffin has sold 100,000 copies of boo... by Richmond Shreve on Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 at 10:56:03 AM
The PEOPLE will have to learn to "think outta the ... by mrk * on Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 8:59:56 AM
Here's the problem: General strikes requires vas... by Patrick Walker on Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 9:18:25 AM
Still waiting for your article on Occupy with Bern... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 at 2:19:39 AM
Pal, Surprised and sorry you didn't se... by Patrick Walker on Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 at 8:58:17 AM
I don't think the link above works; I got cut off ... by Patrick Walker on Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 at 9:07:15 AM
I loved this article. Thanks, so much Michael. I... by Burl Hall on Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 at 4:39:20 AM
I swear that Ron Paul was the right man for the jo... by Michael Dewey on Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 at 9:07:15 AM