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Monsters with Human Faces: The Tyranny of the Police State Disguised as Law-and-Order

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"But these weren't the kind of monsters that had tentacles and rotting skin"they were monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don't recognize them for what they are until it's too late." "- Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Enough already.

Enough with the distractions. Enough with the partisan jousting.

Enough with the sniping and name-calling and mud-slinging that do nothing to make this country safer or freer or more just.

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We have let the government's evil-doing, its abuses, power grabs, brutality, meanness, inhumanity, immorality, greed, corruption, debauchery and tyranny go on for too long.

We are approaching a reckoning.

This is the point, as the poet W. B. Yeats warned, when things fall apart and anarchy is loosed upon the world.

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We have seen this convergence before in Hitler's Germany, in Stalin's Russia, in Mussolini's Italy, and in Mao's China: the rise of strongmen and demagogues, the ascendency of profit-driven politics over deep-seated principles, the warring nationalism that seeks to divide and conquer, the callous disregard for basic human rights and dignity, and the silence of people who should know better.

Yet no matter how many times the world has been down this road before, we can't seem to avoid repeating the deadly mistakes of the past. This is not just playing out on a national and international scale. It is wreaking havoc at the most immediate level, as well, creating rifts and polarities within families and friends, neighborhoods and communities that keep the populace warring among themselves and incapable of presenting a united front in the face of the government's goose-stepping despotism.

We are definitely in desperate need of a populace that can stand united against the government's authoritarian tendencies.

Surely we can manage to find some common ground in the midst of the destructive, disrupting, diverting, discordant babble being beamed down at us by the powers-that-be?

Disagree all you want about healthcare, abortion and immigration-hot-button issues that are guaranteed to stir up the masses, secure campaign contributions and turn political discourse into a circus free-for-all-but never forget that our power as a citizenry comes from our ability to agree and stand united on certain principles that should be non-negotiable.

For instance, the U.S. government is operating in the negative on every front. For the first time in the nation's history, it is expected that the federal deficit will surpass $1 trillion this year, not to mention the national debt which is approaching $23 trillion. Meanwhile, the nation's sorely neglected infrastructure-railroads, water pipelines, ports, dams, bridges, airports and roads-is rapidly deteriorating.

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No matter how we might differ about how the government allocates its spending, surely we can agree that the government's irresponsible spending, which has saddled us with insurmountable debt, is pushing the country to the edge of financial and physical ruin.

That's just one example of many that shows the extent to which the agents of the American police state are shredding the constitutional fabric of the nation, eclipsing the rights of the American people, and perverting basic standards of decency.

Let me give you a few more.

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Another ayn rand fascist and hippocrit, that is all empty rhetoric. Freedom of what? 350 million people in a dead, polluted chemiical-radioactive shithole. All screaming for more cheap plastic goods, cheap pesticide and radionuclide contaminated food. Clueless shyster lawyer. WHAT WOULD ITS VISION TURNOUT? Several of the 97 decrepit, embrittled, cracked old nuclear death machines exploding. Their fuel pools catching fire. The equivalent fallout of 10s of thousands of nuclear bombs. Murica in a major health crisis now from the chemical, pesicide, radionuclide pollution that exists. It has no solutions. Wants more donations and clients. Start by closing the 97 nuclear death traps in murica and go from there

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What a great article. Thank you for the time to write it. I completely agree with you that the problem with every institution are the self serving sociopaths that have taken them over. I also agree that awareness is the greatest tool we possess. Take care, Michele

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There are true civil-libertarians and there are aynrand, fascist shitheads like this guy. Ayn Rand said that if you are not a selfish money loving psychpath, you deserve to die. These screwheads got Trump elected. They worship the captains of industey that build all the goddamned nuclear reactors in america. They helped build the private prison system that houses 13,000 toddlers and children separated from their parents in the south. Anyone of color or anyone that critcizes them is a cultural marxist. Yep, they would like to gut the government so we can all work for slave wages in the worst conditions and die of parkinssons from pesticides and radiarion poisoning because they wont let us shut down the reactors. Their corporate captains are all psycopaths like ayn rand and her heroe and the protagonists in rands ahitty poorly written books. As aociety falls apart in their chickenshit fossil fuel-caputalist utopia they will turn their private mercnary and vigilante armys out on us enmasse. What a bunch of effete hippocrits and rotten bastards

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Twice now you have dragged Ayn Rand in to this discussion when the author never mentions her. Apparently anything you don't like is the fault of "fascist shithead" Ayn Rand supporters. You, Mr Tanner are the real shithead here.

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