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The RNC Arrives in Tampa and With It, Martial Law

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The Republican National Convention is intended to be an event where politicians and their delegates meet to finalize their selection of a Presidential Nominee and outline their agenda for the party.   Typically, this event is surrounded by media and special interest pomp which like the counter DNC, is intended to rouse the troops and excite the base before the General Election.   This year's RNC however, is mired in controversy surrounding the Republican Party's all too apparent, anti-social agenda and a non-performance track record in Congress which has many in this Nation protesting and Law Enforcement being paid to protect.   No where has this become more obvious than in Tampa, Florida the location of this election's RNC.


In preparation for this event, the City of Tampa has spent nearly $100 Million dollars of tax payer money.   The expenses include everything from surveillance cameras to mounted police patrolling the streets and barricades to keep anyone out who would dare not support the politics of nothingness.   Our downtown has been transformed from a normally peaceful one into a war zone patrolled and monitored by the Secret Service and several other law enforcement agencies.   Streets are being closed, bus lines rerouted and during the event, the Cross Town expressway, closed.   As news and military helicopters fly above, the police and the court system below prepare for what they predict will be an event surrounded by violent protests.   They are now more than ready to protect the interests of a political system that has all but abandoned We the People.


Along with this tour de force of police presence, the right-wing aligned media has taken the opportunity to further the agenda of their poli-pets by demonizing those who are preparing to protest against the GOP, be they rational protestors or not, serving to send a message to their listeners that any who cares enough about America to stand up for her, is the enemy. This tactic is an all too revealing ploy representing what this Government has truly come to represent and the deception our electoral system is now defined by: In this new America, the right to free speech is still available but with the caveat that if you decide to exercise that right, it will be to your own detriment.  


The scariest part of the RNC preparations is not the anticipation of meaningless rhetoric and false promises delivered by plastic politicians but rather, how quickly this modest City of Tampa has fallen under Martial Law.   There are swat teams positioning, police from the Capitol and several other jurisdictions patrolling, Secret Service scanning and even the National Guard set on stand by if protests become what our fearful leaders deem too disruptive.   Protestors are also descending upon the City for their own reasons. Their purpose should not be looked at as just people wanting to cause havoc as channels like FOX news will have us believe though, it should be viewed as an attempt to inoculate against the disease that is quickly infecting our Nation: Representation of the few rather than the many.  


What the media won't tell you is how the protests scheduled to take place at the RNC are not just about fighting against the Republican initiative to dismantle the social system, school system or their desire to rid our country of worker representation while even Democrats sit idly by and allow our Constitution to be dismantled by the in place POTUS; it about fighting back against the duopoly which is destroying our nation. These protests are not as much a partisan issue as they are a statement that We the People are onto the game the politicians are playing with our Nation's future.   We who do still honor this nation's history and believe that the term civilization is not marked by the destruction of rights by rather, by the people working together for the common good not just the good of the select few, will not sit back and allow this nation to be sold to the highest bidder -- We will fight back.


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