American Fascism by Spaul
American Fascism by Spaul
by S. Paul Forrest
It is a simple thing really. We Americans watch the news to acquire some minimal understanding of what the hot topics are on everything from local to national happenings and accept the stories as truth. Most of this news is comprised of to-the-point, quick snippets to fill our informational desires in a short period of time but when these snippets glaze over the details of those issues that affect our lives to a greater extent, it is time to hold media accountable for their delivery of disinformation and our politicians for the false agendas they propel.
Take as an example, the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings and the Boston Marathon Bombings. These were indeed tragic events which continue to call into question whether we here in America are safe to send our children to school or even whether we can attend a public event without worrying we will be slaughtered like sheep. Some measure of safety indeed needs to be instituted to make us safer but, when our politicians use these happenings to propel their own, distorted agenda, it is time to examine what is truly going on.
To many of us, the Sandy Hook killings now represent a sad event where innocent children were terrorized and, yes, slaughtered by a mentally disturbed individual. Many were shocked and sickened by this event and politicians wasted not a second in vowing to bring an end to the violence by addressing gun control. Sounds like a great idea when viewed in a ten second news blurb but when taken to the next level of consideration, politicians put more into their efforts than the news ever reported.
After the bodies were counted and facts collected, many began calling for stricter gun laws. President Obama was very verbal in this argument and has vowed to make America safer. He has used this event to push to the forefront an agenda to control our Right to Bear Arms and he has employed the media to spread the word of his valiant efforts. When the Gun Control Bill was voted down in Congress, many shouted "Shame on you!".
The news stations have portrayed Mr. Obama's efforts as honorable but upon further examination, they have proven to be far from that. In fact, our President had already been in talks with the United Nations for the past few years to limit our Right to Bear Arms and has seen this as the perfect opportunity to propel his agenda to limit our rights to defend ourselves as the 2nd Amendment was designed to guarantee.
For those of you not fortunate enough to be able to dig deeper past the headlines, on April 2nd, 2013, the United States had finally convinced 154 nations to approve the Arms Trade Treaty in the U.N. General Assembly. This treaty does some very useful things like limiting arms trade to those nations who would use the weapons to kill innocents and war against other, neighboring regions but, as pointed out in the Wall Street Journal, it also directly attacks our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.
The article; "Obama's United Nations Backdoor to Gun Control" states the following:
The new treaty demands domestic regulation of "small arms and light weapons." Article 5 of the treaty requires nations to "establish and maintain a national control system, including a "national control list." Article 10 requires signatories "to regulate brokering" of conventional arms. The treaty offers no guarantee for individual rights but, instead only declares it is "mindful" of the "legitimate trade and lawful ownership" of arms for "recreational, cultural, historical, and sporting activities." Not a word about the right to possess guns for a broader individual right of self-defense was mentioned).
Congress still retains the right to reject this agreement and thankfully, given their action to the Bill President Obama has introduced recently, they won't be standing for any efforts by this President to further erode our Constitutional Rights.
Now, before the reader jumps to the conclusion that this is a right wing, gun-nut supporting article, let it be said that it is not. It is quite simply a statement against the deception which has for far too long surrounded initiatives by the past and present presidential administrations and their media based, talking heads to fool We the People. It is time to hold accountable those news outlets which have been so reluctant to reveal the truth and recognize what our "representatives" are hatching behind closed doors.
Case in point: The media has recently shown the defeat of Obama's Gun Bill being met with shouts and curses by the families of Sandy Hook victims and those Americans less knowledgeable about what this bill really proposed and have worked tirelessly to depict an insensitive, Republican controlled Congress serving the gun lobbyists instead of the American citizens. Very few news outlets had actually explained what was in the gun bill before beginning their character destroying onslaught.
As pointed out by the New York Times, the bill has much more in it than the television media is paid to tell you. Although many of the initiatives make sense when looked at in a glimpse, the price tag will be extraordinary and the implications of its content are immeasurably destructive both fiscally and constitutionally. Many House and Senate Republicans and Democrats did not vote "yea" for this reason alone.
One of the sections of the Bill "directs the attorney general to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks" and an executive order which "addresses (sic) legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which may prevent states from making information available to the background check system", potentially opening up many sycophantic cans of freedom-quashing worms like eliminating patient-doctor confidentiality and our very right to privacy.