“ The planet is a dangerous place, not because of those who do wicked, but because of those who appear on and do nothing. ” — Albert Einstein
America is breaking down.
This breakdown— triggered by polarizing festival politics, media-fed mass hysteria, racism, classism, fascism, fear-mongering, political correctness, cultural sanitation, virtue signaling, a sense of hopelessness and powerlessness in the face of growing government corruption and violence, a growing economic divide that has much of the population struggling to get by, and militarization and militainment (the selling associated with war and violence as entertainment)— is manifesting alone in madness, mayhem and an utter disregard for the very principles and liberties that have kept us out of the clutches of totalitarianism intended for so long.
In New York City, for example , a 200-year-old statue of Thomas Jefferson holding the Declaration of Independence will be removed from the town Council’s chambers where it has presided since 1915. In spite of Jefferson’s many significant achievements, without which we might not have the rights we perform today, he can be banished for having been, like a lot of his day, a slaveowner. Curiously, that same challenging expectation of infallibility provides yet to be applied to many other politically correct yet equally imperfect and fallible part models of the day.
In Washington, DC, a tribunal of nine women and men spoke with one tone of voice to affirm that the government and its henchmen can literally get away with killing and not become held accountable for their wrongdoing. The Supreme Court’s latest rulings are yet another painful lesson within compliance , a tip that in the American police state, “ we the particular people” are at the whim of law enforcement officers who may have almost absolute discretion to determine who is a threat, exactly what constitutes resistance, and how roughly they can deal with the citizens they were appointed to ‘ serve and protect. ”
All across the nation, from California to Connecticut and every point in between, women and men who have worked faithfully and diligently at their careers for years are being terminated for daring to believe that they have a right to bodily integrity; which they should not be forced, against their conscience or better common sense, to choose between individual liberty and economic survival; which they— and not the government, or the FDA, or the CDC, or the Corporate State— have dominion over their bodies. Conveniently sufficient, this COVID-19 pandemic has established yet another double standard within how “ we the particular people” navigate this nation: while “ we the particular middling classes” are subjected to vaccine mandates and refused even the right to be suspicious about the origins of the COVID virus, let alone the efficacy of the so-called cure, the government, corporations and pharmaceutical companies have been shielded from liability with blanket immunity laws that ensure we are a bit more than guinea pigs for questionable experiments.
And then in Pennsylvania, a guy traveling on a commuter teach harassed, assaulted and then raped a woman over the course of 40 a few minutes and more than two dozen train stops while fellow travelers, watching and recording the attack, did nothing . Not really a single witness called 911. Not a single bystander intervened to help the woman. Despite the fact that the person was outnumbered and could are actually overwhelmed by those around the train, simply no collective effort was made to ward off the attack . Only when it was too late, once the damage had been done and the train had pulled directly into its last stop, do police show up to get involved.
There is an allegory here for what is happening to our country and its citizens, who have already been waylaid by a madman (the Deep State), stripped of the safety nets (their rights undermined and eroded), plus savaged out in the open by a fiend (the American Police State and its many operatives— the courts, the legislatures and their various armies) that is devoid of humanity whilst those not in the instant crosshairs watch safely from a distance without making a move to help.
This really is madness, yet there is a strategy to this madness.
This is how freedom falls plus tyranny rises.
Remember, authoritarian regimes start with incremental steps: overcriminalization, monitoring of innocent citizens, imprisonment for nonviolent— victimless— crimes, etc . Bit by bit, the citizenry finds its freedoms becoming curtailed and undermined with regard to national security. And slowly the populace begins to publish.
No one speaks up for those being focused.
No one resists these minor acts associated with oppression.
No one recognizes the indoctrination in to tyranny for what it is.
Historically this failure to speak truth in order to power has resulted in whole populations being conditioned to endure unspoken cruelty toward their own fellow human beings, a bystander syndrome in which people stay silent and disengaged— simple onlookers— in the face of abject horrors and injustice.
Time has insulated us from your violence perpetrated by previous regimes in their pursuit of energy: the crucifixion and slaughter of innocents by the Romans, the torture of the Inquisition, the atrocities of the Nazis, the butchery of the Fascists, the bloodshed by the Communists, and the cold-blooded war machines run by the military commercial complex.
We are able to disassociate from such violence. We can convince ourselves that people are somehow different from the victims of government mistreatment. We can continue to spout bare political rhetoric about how excellent America is, despite the proof to the contrary.
We can avoid responsibility just for holding the government accountable.
We can zip the lips and bind our own hands and shut the eyes.
In other words, we can continue to exist in a state of denial. Yet there is absolutely no denying the ugly, hard truths that become more apparent with every passing day.
- The government is not really our friend. Nor does it work for “ we the individuals. ”
- Our so-called government representatives do not actually represent us, the particular citizenry. We are now ruled by an oligarchic elite associated with governmental and corporate passions whose main interest is in perpetuating power and manage.
- Republicans and Democrats like to act as in case there’s a huge difference between them plus their policies. However , they may not be sworn enemies so much as they are partners in crime, united in a common objective, which is to maintain the status quo .
- The lesser of 2 evils is still evil.
- Some years ago, a newspaper headline asked the question : “ Precisely the difference between a politician and a psychopath? ” The solution, then and now, remains exactly the same: None. There is virtually no distinction between psychopaths and politicians.
- More than terrorism, more than domestic extremism, over gun violence and structured crime, the U. S. government has become a greater nuisance to the life, liberty plus property of its citizens compared to any of the so-called dangers from which the government claims to protect us
- The government knows exactly which buttons in order to push in order to manipulate the particular populace and gain the particular public’s cooperation and compliance.
- If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.
- America’s darkness government — which is comprised of unelected government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors, paper-pushers, plus button-pushers who are actually contacting the shots behind the scenes at the moment and operates beyond the reach of the Constitution with no real accountability to the citizenry— is the real reason why “ we the people” have no control over our government.
- You no longer have to be poor, black or guilty to be treated just like a criminal in the usa. All that is required is that you belong to the suspect class— that is, the citizenry— of the United states police state. As a de facto member of this alleged criminal class, every U. S. citizen is now guilty until proven innocent.
- “ We the people” are no longer shielded by the rule of law. By gradually whittling away at our freedoms— free speech, assembly, due process, privacy, etc . — the government has, in effect, liberated itself from its contractual agreement to respect our constitutional rights while resetting the calendar back to a time when we had no Bill of Rights to protect us from the long arm of the government.
- Private property means nothing if the government can take your house, car or money under the flimsiest of pretexts, may it be asset forfeiture schemes, eminent domain or overdue property taxes. Likewise, private property means little at a time when SWAT teams and other government agents can invade your home, break down your doors, kill your dog, wound or kill you, damage your furnishings and terrorize your family .
- We now find ourselves caught in the crosshairs of a showdown between the rights of the individual and the so-called “ emergency” state, and “ we the people” are losing.
- All of those freedoms we cherish— the ones enshrined in the Constitution, the ones that affirm our right to free speech and assembly, due process, privacy, bodily integrity, the right to not have police seize our property with out a warrant, or search and detain us without probable cause— amount to nothing when the government and its agents are allowed to disregard those prohibitions on government overreach at will.
- If there is an absolute maxim by which the government seems to operate, it is that the American taxpayer always gets ripped off.
- Our freedoms— especially the Fourth Amendment— continue to be choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats they’ve the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.
- Forced vaccinations, forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases: these are just a few ways in which Americans continue to be reminded that we have no control over what happens to our bodies throughout an encounter with government officials.
- Finally, freedom is never free. There is always a price— always a sacrifice— that must be produced in order to safeguard one’s freedoms.
We cannot remain silent in the face of the government’s ongoing overreaches, power grabs, and crimes against humanity.
Evil disguised as bureaucracy remains evil. Indeed, this is what Hannah Arendt referred to as the banality of evil .
As I explain in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People and in its fictional counterpart The Erik Blair Diaries , such evil happens when bureaucrats (governmental and corporate) unquestioningly carry out orders which can be immoral and inhumane; obey immoral instructions unthinkingly; march in lockstep with tyrants; mindlessly perpetuate acts of terror and inhumanity; and justify it all as just “ doing one’s job. ”
Such evil prevails when good men and women do nothing.
By doing nothing, by remaining silent, when you are bystanders to injustice, hate and wrongdoing, good people become as guilty because the perpetrator.
There’s a term for this phenomenon where people stand by, watch and do nothing— even when there’s absolutely no risk to their safety— though some horrific act takes place (someone is mugged or raped or bullied or left to die): it’s called the bystander effect.
It works exactly the same whether you’re talking about children watching bullies torment a fellow student on a playground, bystanders watching some body dying on a sidewalk, passengers on a train filming a fellow traveler be raped without intervening to help, or citizens remaining silent in the face of government atrocities.
We need to stop being silent bystanders.
It’s time to stand up for truth— for justice— for freedom— not just for ourselves but for all humanity. Tomorrow may be too late.