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Nullify Government Tyranny: In 2020, Harness the Power of Your Discontent

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Twenty years into the 21st century, and what do we have to show for it?

Government corruption, tyranny and abuse have propelled us at warp speed towards a full-blown police state in which egregious surveillance, roadside strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, censorship, retaliatory arrests, the criminalization of lawful activities, warmongering, indefinite detentions, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, police brutality, profit-driven prisons, and pay-to-play politicians have become the new normal.

Here's just a small sampling of the laundry list of abusescruel, brutal, immoral, unconstitutional and unacceptablethat have been heaped upon us by the government over the past two decades.

The government failed to protect our lives, liberty and happiness. The predators of the police state wreaked havoc on our freedoms, our communities, and our lives. The government didn't listen to the citizenry, refused to abide by the Constitution, and treated the citizenry as a source of funding and little else.

The American President became more imperial. Although the Constitution invests the President with very specific, limited powers, in recent years, American presidents (Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton, etc.) claimed the power to completely and almost unilaterally alter the landscape of this country for good or for ill.

Militarized police became a power unto themselves, 911 calls turned deadly, and traffic stops took a turn for the worse. Lacking in transparency and accountability, protected by the courts and legislators, and rife with misconduct, America's police forces became a growing menace to the citizenry and the rule of law.

The courts failed to uphold justice. A review of critical court rulings over the past two decades reveals a startling and steady trend towards pro-police state rulings by an institution concerned more with establishing order and protecting the ruling class and government agents than with upholding the rights enshrined in the Constitution.

The Surveillance State rendered Americans vulnerable to threats from government spies, police, hackers and power failures. On a daily basis, Americans have been made to relinquish the most intimate details of who we areour biological makeup, our genetic blueprints, and our biometrics (facial characteristics and structure, fingerprints, iris scans, etc.)in order to navigate an increasingly technologically-enabled world.

The cost of endless wars drove the nation deeper into debt. America's war spending has already bankrupted the nation to the tune of more than $20 trillion dollars. Policing the globe and waging endless wars abroad hasn't made Americaor the rest of the worldany safer, but it has made the military industrial complex rich at taxpayer expense. Meanwhile, America's infrastructure is falling apart.

The government waged war on military veterans. Large numbers of veterans have been treated like criminalstargeted for surveillance, censorship, threatened with incarceration or involuntary commitment, labeled as extremists and/or mentally ill, and stripped of their Second Amendment rights for daring to speak out against government misconduct.

Free speech was dealt one knock-out punch after another. Protest laws, free speech zones, bubble zones, trespass zones, anti-bullying legislation, zero tolerance policies, hate crime laws, shadow banning on the Internet, and a host of other legalistic maladies dreamed up by politicians and prosecutors (and championed by those who want to suppress speech with which they might disagree) conspired to corrode our core freedoms, purportedly for our own good.

The government waged a renewed war on private property. At no point do you ever have any real ownership in anything other than the clothes on your back. Everything else can be seized by the government under one pretext or another (civil asset forfeiture, unpaid taxes, eminent domain, public interest, etc.).

Schools became even more like prisons. So-called school "safety" policieswhich run the gamut from zero tolerance policies that punish all infractions harshly to surveillance cameras, metal detectors, random searches, drug-sniffing dogs, school-wide lockdowns, active-shooter drills and militarized police officershave turned schools into prisons and young people into prisoners.

The Deep State took over. The American system of representative government was overthrown by the Deep Statea.k.a. the police state a.k.a. the military/corporate industrial complexa profit-driven, militaristic shadow government that makes a mockery of elections and the entire concept of a representative government.

The takeaway: Everything the founders of this country feared has come to dominate in modern America. "We the people" have been saddled with a government that is no longer friendly to freedom and is working overtime to trample the Constitution underfoot and render the citizenry powerless in the face of the government's power grabs, corruption and abusive tactics.

No matter who sits in the White House, politics won't fix a system that is broken beyond repair.

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#After911 - it is "beyond any doubt" that explosives - not plane impacts and fires alone - destroyed the three World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. #ImpulsiveBill.

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"... we could transform this nation if only Americans would work together to harness the power of their discontent and push back against the government's overreach, excesses and abuse."

Absolutely! But working together requires unifying tens of millions of people under a single banner that represents and embodies their power. Unifying tens of millions of people requires talking in their terms, not in abstractions, but about the issues they directly, immediately, and constantly are confronting in their daily struggle to survive.

THAT level of coherence does not exist in any of the movements, local, regional, or national. Until we put on the table a single unified message that the majority of citizens will react to and embrace, all this talk about challenging the system will remain fragmented and easily dispersed and be buried by the typical nonsensical blather which the establishment puts out in hypnotic perfection.

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This comment is along the right lines but it does not get down to what actually needs to be done. Obviously it would require more than 2000 characters to properly describe, but basically we should be fixing the rights to natural resources, particularly to access to useful sites of land, so that everybody can have a fair and equal opportunity to both work and reside in the necessary places, without having to be exploited by the greedy and land-owning monopolists. This could be done with a single kind of tax to replace all the damage done by existing taxation systems.TAX LAND NOT PEOPLE; TAX TAKINGS NOT MAKINGS!

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"This comment is along the right lines but it does not get down to what actually needs to be done."

Sadly, your comment is clear evidence you don't understand what I'm proposing, its thrust and primary objective. Spend some time (three hours will do) reading every word and watching every video, then adjust your "criticism" accordingly. I'm always open to suggestions, improvements, constructive engagement. ... Contract For American Renewal 2018

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It can still be a good life if not having fallen through the cracks. Try to remind people of those who have fallen through the cracks. After life exploded on me in 94 at 36, and good life as an IBEW Wirenut. Can thank SSDI much for still walking the planet.


Talk around town where ever go about turning Cable-Internet ripoff into Public City Utility run through Public Bank at Post Office.

Love the sound of North Dakota's Public Bank that invest revenues into Community Banks with a 2 fold profit returned to the State. Also looks like common sense way out of the banks to big to jail.


In Belgium 2011-17 found their Bank at the Post, a 50-50 Public-Private Belgium style set up a great idea. Would take a massive overall of Health Care to ever get to the 150 euro a year Marie and me paid for their not for profit system since soon after WW 2. My Doctor there did hate the idea of Insurance Companies running it. Us IBEW Wirenuts always knew Insurance Companies have a license to steal.


Time will tell if enough of us every occupy the North Bridge 25 minute ride from here.




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