“ The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) simply by an endless series of hobgoblins, many of them imaginary. ” — H. L. Mencken
1st came 9/11, which the federal government used to transform itself into a police state.
Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, which the police state used to test out its lockdown powers.
Because of the government’s tendency to use crises (legitimate or manufactured) and capitalize on the nation’s heightened emotions, confusion and fear as a means of increasing the reach of the police state, one has to wonder what so-called crisis it will declare next.
It’s a simple enough formula: very first, you create fear, then you capitalize on it by seizing power.
Honestly, it doesn’t even matter what the nature of the next national emergency might be (terrorism, civil unrest, economic collapse, a health scare, or the environment) so long as it allows the government in order to lockdown the nation and warrant all manner of tyranny in the alleged name of national protection.
Cue the Emergency State.
Terrorist attacks, mass shootings, “ unforeseen economic fall, loss of working political and legal order , purposeful domestic opposition or insurgency, pervasive open public health emergencies, and catastrophic natural and human disasters”: the government has been anticipating and preparing for such downturn for years now .
As David Chemical. Unger writes for the New York Times : “ Life, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness have got given way to permanent turmoil management : to policing the planet and fighting precautionary wars of ideological hold, usually on terrain selected by, and favorable in order to, our enemies. Limited authorities and constitutional accountability are shouldered aside by the type of imperial presidency our constitutional system was explicitly designed to prevent. ”
Here’s what we know: given the pace at which the government keeps creating new ways to establish itself as the “ solution” for all of our worldly problems on taxpayer expense, each following crisis ushers in ever larger expansions of government power and less individual liberty.
This is actually the slippery slope to downright tyranny.
The thing is, once the government acquires (and uses) authoritarian powers— to spy on its people, to carry out surveillance, to change its police forces in to extensions of the military, to seize taxpayer funds, to wage endless wars, to censor and silence dissidents, to identify potential troublemakers, to detain citizens without because of process— it does not voluntarily give up them.
The lesson for the ages are these claims: once any government is permitted to overreach and expand its powers, it’s almost impossible to put the genie back in the container. As Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe identifies, “ The dictatorial hunger for power is insatiable. ”
Indeed, the history of the United States is a testament to the old adage that liberty decreases because government (and government bureaucracy) grows. To put it yet another way, as government expands, liberty contracts .
In this way, every crisis since the nation’s earlier beginnings has become a make-work opportunity for the government.
Every crisis has also been a test to see how far “ we the people” would allow the government to sidestep the Constitution within the so-called name of national security; a test to see how well we have assimilated the particular government’s lessons in compliance, fear and police condition tactics; a test to see exactly how quickly we’ll march within lockstep with the government’s dictates, no questions asked; along with a test to see how small resistance we offer up to the government’s power grabs when made in the name of national security.
Most critically of, it has been a test to see if the Constitution— and our commitment to the principles enshrined in the Bill of Rights— could endure a national crisis plus true state of crisis.
Unfortunately, we’ve been failing this particular test for a long time today.
Indeed, the particular powers-that-be have been pushing our buttons and herding all of us along like so much cows since World War II, at least, beginning with the Japanese attacks on Gem Harbor, which not only propelled the U. S. straight into World War II but also unified the American people in their opposition to a typical enemy .
That fear of attack simply by foreign threats, conveniently torqued by the growing military commercial complex, in turn gave rise to the Cold War era’s “ Red Scare. ” Promulgated through government propaganda, paranoia and manipulation, anti-Communist sentiments boiled over into a mass hysteria that seen anyone and everyone because suspect: your friends, the next-door neighbor, even your family people could be a Communist subversive.
This hysteria, which usually culminated in hearings prior to the House Un-American Activities Panel, where hundreds of Americans had been called before Congress to testify about their alleged Communist affiliations and anxious into making false confessions, also paved the way for that rise of an all-knowing, all-seeing governmental surveillance state .
By the time 9/11 rolled around, all George W. Bush had to do was claim the country was being invaded by terrorists, and the federal government used the USA Patriot Operate to claim better powers to spy, research, detain and arrest American citizens in order to keep America safe .
By way of the particular National Defense Authorization Respond, Barack Obama continued Bush’s trend of undermining the Constitution, going so far as in order to give the army the power to strip Americans of their constitutional rights, tag them extremists, and detain them indefinitely without demo , just about all in the name of keeping America safe .
Despite the fact that the breadth of the military’s capacity to detain American citizens violates not only U. S. law and the Constitution but also international laws and regulations, the government has refused to relinquish its detention powers made possible by the NDAA.
Then Donald Trump took office, claiming the nation was being invaded by harmful immigrants and insisting which the only way to keep The united states safe was to expand the reach of the edge police, encourage the military to “ assist” with border control , and essentially change the country into a Constitution-free zone.
That alleged immigration crisis then morphed into multiple crises (domestic extremism, the COVID-19 outbreak, race wars, civil unrest, etc . ) that the govt has been eager to use in purchase to expand its powers.
Joe Biden, in turn, has made every work to expand the reach of the militarized police condition, pledging to hire 87, 000 more IRS agents and 100, 000 police officers. Learn between the lines and you’ll discover that Biden has all but declared war on the American individuals.
What the following crisis will be is anybody’s guess, but you can be sure that there will be a next crisis.
So , what in the event you expect if the government chooses to declare another condition of emergency and institutes a nationwide lockdown?
You should expect more of the same, only worse.
More compliance, much less resistance.
More fear-mongering, mind-control tactics and less tolerance for those who question the government’s propaganda-driven narratives.
Most of all, when i point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People and its fictional counterpart The Erik Blair Diaries , you need to expect more tyranny plus less freedom.
There’s every reason to consider what comes next.
Certainly, the government’s past track record and its long-anticipated plans for instituting martial law (using armed forces to solve domestic political and social problems) in response to a future problems are cause enough to worry about the government’s handling of the next “ crisis. ”
Mark the words: if and when another nationwide lockdown finally hits— whenever we are forced to shelter in place— if and when militarized police are patrolling the streets— if and when security checkpoints happen to be established— if and when the media’s ability to broadcast the news has been curtailed by government censors— if and when public systems associated with communication (phone lines, internet, text messaging, etc . ) were restricted— if and when those FEMA camps the government has been surreptitiously building finally get used as detention centers pertaining to American citizens— if and when military “ snatch and grab” teams are deployed on local, state, and federal levels as part of the activated Continuity of Government plans to isolate anyone suspected to be a threat to nationwide security— and if and when martial law is enacted along with little real outcry or even resistance from the public— after that we will truly understand the degree to which the government has fully succeeded in acclimating all of us to a state of affairs in which the govt has all the power plus “ we the people” have none.