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The Jackboots Are Coming: Mass Arrests, Power Grabs and the Politics of Fear

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How do you persuade a populace to embrace totalitarianism, that goose-stepping form of tyranny in which the government has all of the power and "we the people" have none?

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You persuade the people that the menace they face (imaginary or not) is so sinister, so overwhelming, so fearsome that the only way to surmount the danger is by empowering the government to take all necessary steps to quash it, even if that means allowing government jackboots to trample all over the Constitution.

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This is how you use the politics of fear to persuade a freedom-loving people to shackle themselves to a dictatorship.

It works the same way every time.

The government's overblown, extended wars on terrorism, drugs, violence and illegal immigration have been convenient ruses used to terrorized the populace into relinquishing more of their freedoms in exchange for elusive promises of security.

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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Case in point: on June 17, the same day President Trump announced that the government would be making mass arrests in order to round up and forcibly remove millions of illegal immigrants-including families and children-from the country, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling in Gamble v. United States that placed the sovereignty (i.e., the supreme power or authority) of federal and state governments over that of the citizenry, specifically as it relates to the government's ability to disregard the Constitution's Double Jeopardy Clause.

At first glance, the two incidents-one relating to illegal immigration and the other to the government's prosecutorial powers-don't have much to do with each other, and yet there is a common thread that binds them together.

That common thread speaks to the nature of the government beast we have been saddled with and how it views the rights and sovereignty of "we the people."

Now you don't hear a lot about sovereignty anymore.

Sovereignty is a dusty, antiquated term that harkens back to an age when kings and emperors ruled with absolute power over a populace that had no rights. Americans turned the idea of sovereignty on its head when they declared their independence from Great Britain and rejected the absolute authority of King George III. In doing so, Americans claimed for themselves the right to self-government and established themselves as the ultimate authority and power.

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In other words, in America, "we the people"- sovereign citizens-call the shots.

So when the government acts, it is supposed to do so at our bidding and on our behalf, because we are the rulers.

That's not exactly how it turned out, though, is it?

In the 200-plus years since we boldly embarked on this experiment in self-government, we have been steadily losing ground to the government's brazen power grabs, foisted upon us in the so-called name of national security.

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An excellent article John. Not overblown or alarmist in the least.


I think of my racially Chinese adopted son, who was born in Hong Kong, adopted from a government-run orphanage there by us at age 18 months, and naturalized in the US at the Newark INS office at age two. Now 26, he's as American as I am. He's a typical slang-slinging Philadelphia-dialect speaking 20-something. But he looks absolutely Chinese, with a skin that darkens considerably in summer. Obviously he doesn't walk around with his passport or his naturalization certificate on him, so if he were picked up for a traffic violation, or some other reason he could easily end up these days being turned over to ICE, and thence to an ICE concentration camp somewhere in Oklahoma. Would he get a phone call? Who knows?


This is the new US of A.


We need to resist now, while we still can.


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There are 2 million plus people fighting for their lives in Hong Kong right now because they know what China is capable of.

That will never happen here because the brainwashed flag-draped American sheeple refuse to believe what the monsters running this government are capable of.

And if we did protest like that, they won't hesitate to send our glorious military 'heroes' into the streets to slaughter us if we dare to fight for OUR lives.

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"How does saying "the jackboots are coming" differ from "the politics of fear"?


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