Eternal Vigilance (Part 3)
[Editor’s Note: This is the third part of a series of posts to keep the posts from getting too long. I am not going into too much detail for brevity.]
Quick jump back to December 7, 1941.
The Japanese Imperial Navy attacks US soil at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In 1942, the government institutes a program where Japanese people were taken from their homes and relocated to internment camps.
Of those Japanese who were interned, 62% of those were American citizens. In 1944, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Constitutionality of Executive Order 9066 and 56 Stat. 173, 18 U.S.C.A. 97a (an Act of March 21, 1942) (Korematsu v. United States).
In addition, very few Japanese Americans were allowed to join the military, and those that were allowed, served in Europe, not the Pacific.
Reparations were later made to those interned in the 1980’s.
Fast forward to today.
It’s hard to believe that it has been 20 years since the Branch Davidian Waco Massacre. While they did have a pair of .50 caliber rifles, I don’t think it was ever proven that they were manufacturing illegal automatic weapons, the reason the whole siege was started to begin with. I also don’t think it was ever proven (though it was alleged) that Koresh ever married 14 year olds or had sex with them. The media worked overtime to show us that Koresh was a scumbag and kind of crazy, but I don’t think anything was ever proven.
In each of the instances that I have highlighted, the government has in one way or another, shown some tyrannical tendencies. Not all of these stories involved guns or the government trying to take them. Some did.
The government has taken steps over the last 100+ years to protect itself. In 1903, the Dick Act of 1903 was signed into law. It is better known as the Militia Act of 1903, or the Efficiency of the Militia Act, which essentially Federalized the State Militias. It essentially states that in an emergency, the Federal government can call up and Federalize the National Guard (State Militia) depriving any state of its troops.
There are those who say that the act can’t be repealed (which isn’t true, any act can be repealed, but it also does not mean it can’t be amended), that it nullifies all gun control laws, and that any militia troops can’t be used outside of their home State. The National Guard are moved all around the United States, fighting fires and helping when natural disasters strike. They also made up 40% of all US ground troops during World War I, and fielded 19 division during the Second World War. So much for the idea that they can’t be taken out of their home States, or even the United States.
The danger here is that the government has taken the militias away from the states (remember “A well-regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state” and all that stuff? They are now Federal troops, and a Federal call-up overrides any states needs or wishes.
In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower federalized the entire Arkansas National Guard to ensure that the Little Rock 9 could safely enter the Little Rock High School, and to prevent the governor of that state from using them to keep the Little Rock 9 out, as he had already done. I am not suggesting that Eisenhower was wrong in this matter, only that it does create precedence for taking State troops away from the states.
That was the beginning. Ever since, there have been numerous attempts at gun control legislation (a lot of which is now being overturned by the Supreme Court), and the building of government power and control, not just at the Federal level.
Look at where we are at. in 2001, the Department of Homeland Security was created. DHS has been watching us like hawks ever since.
The IRS has gigantic databases on we, the people. Obamacare is creating databases. DHS is also keeping databases on us. The President is trying to weaken HIPAA in order to add your personal health records to the database. Cameras are everywhere, and drones are patrolling the skies, watching us. Computers now have facial recognition software, a byproduct of constantly having our pictures taken. Where have our rights to privacy gone?
Something is wrong when someone jokes after writing something (or even saying something on the phone) and saying that they are probably on some government watch list now. It may sound paranoid, but why should we have to be paranoid about our government?
Why does the Federal government need a gigantic database on We, the People? What are they tracking?
Why does law enforcement need warrantless wiretaps? What happened to the Fourth Amendment?
Why is a West Point think tank warning about “right wing” groups such as the “anti-federalist” movement, which supports “civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.”
I though this nation was founded on the principle of individual freedoms and self-government. Apparently not, according to the West Point Center.
The “Combating Terrorism Center” at West Point (yes, that West Point) issued a report entitled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right”. The report links anyone with beliefs or activism in limited government with ties to one of three movements: a racist “white supremacist” movement, an anti-Federalist movement, or a Fundamentalist movement.
The liberal establishment has now infiltrated one of the schools where our officers are taught. Some Republican Congressmen are calling for this think tank to be stripped of government funds for coming up with “worthless” reports like this one. However, the report isn’t worthless. It exposes how the left truly thinks. They view individual rights and self-government as abominations that must be put down.
However, as the liberals try to paint the right as dangerous and violent, they play down the likes of Occupy Wall Street, the Weather Underground (Bill Ayer’s terrorist group), Earth Liberation Front (and it’s other arm, the Animal Liberation Front), and these rich kid terrorists from Greenwich Village.
In the State of Florida, a Senate panel has voted to ban the use of drones for spying by police. The bill has now moved to the floor for debate. There are always obvious exceptions, but the bill is intended to prevent the police from spying on people without good reason. What has Congress done? They authorized an additional 30,000 drones around the US a year ago. This is the split Congress we have heard so much about. It seems that spying on the People is one thing they can agree on.
Of course, this would not be complete without a mention of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, signed by Obama. This law effectively suspends Habeas Corpus, or the requirement that you have to be brought before a judge. Section 1021 allows for indefinite detention of people, including American citizens, without trial. The next section (1022) states that foreign nationals are to be held by the military, but that American citizens don’t. What this means is that American citizens can be held indefinitely by law enforcement if the government deems it so.
But it says that it only covers those who have been determined to have participated in the course of planning or carrying out an attack or attempted attack against the United States or its coalition partners!
Because the US Government hasn’t trumped up any charges before (See Ruby Ridge and Waco).
Which brings us back to where we started.
“It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.”
Liberty is a precious thing, and we must jealously guard it, with our lives if need be. There are those out there who feel that their lives are so precious that they would prefer to live, in chains if necessary, condemning their children to a life of slavery.
There are those, no doubt, who will read this and think I am a delusional paranoid. They believe that in these modern times, the government would never be capable of such horrendous things. I’m sure that the people who were on the receiving end of government tyranny felt that the government wouldn’t act like that in their “modern times”, either. While doing my research, I found that I have a mindset about the government that closely resembles that of Timothy McVeigh. I, however, do not intend to blow stuff up to make a statement.
The government watches the internet.
The government fears the internet, that’s why they have been trying to figure out a way to control it. China already controls theirs, the US would like to follow suit.
Make no mistake, the government is protecting itself. The National Guard will fire on citizens if push comes to shove. The military will fight us if it comes to that. Yes, there are those who say they will defect, but I wouldn’t put my money on that. If an internal war were to start, the military will fight to protect the government. Remember how it has acted before.
I’m sure my words have attracted the attention of some government crony somewhere, and will not be surprised to find out that some day, I won’t be able to fly, or get a passport or something, just because I am stating my opinion. That’s a scary proposition when I have to fear my government to that degree.