Recall that Revolution and Beer was concerned the day of the manhunt for the remaining Boston bomber on the militarism of the law enforcement authorities, the abandonment of Posse Comitatus, and the suspension of an entire American city’s civil rights for “special emergency” needs. We took a great deal of heat for that position, a position I should point out was shared by that liberal hippie, Benjamin Franklin. Well it seems now that Republicans have been asking some of those same questions, but what are they really saying?
“The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city…This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself.”
Those were Texas Senator and way-too-close-for-comfort presidential candidate Ron Paul’s words yesterday.
“Forced lock-down of a city. “Militarized police riding tanks in the streets. Door-to-door armed searches without warrant. Families thrown out of their homes at gunpoint to be searched without probable cause. Businesses forced to close. Transport shut down,” were, he wrote, alarmingly similar to a “military coup in a far off banana republic.”
So what is the real difference in our positions? Our has always been about control, and less the government’s conspiracy of total domination and oppression of the people as it is the American people’s urgent need to become involved investors in their government. Certainly elected officials, law enforcement and bureaucrats can create distance and barriers in their overreach, but we as citizens also create distance and barriers through apathy and disengagement. Silence is approval, and if we are silent on issues-and not in small numbers-what is the government listening to?
The fundamental difference with the Republican position, and their sudden “discovery” of liberty and civil rights is that theirs is inward looking, manipulative and paranoid. The right will use this for the out of control proliferation of guns in America and to confuse the American public about even the most reasonable of legislation. They pander to the crazies and fools who would-and have in some cases-already abandoned their government and nation with far flung conspiracies about United Nations rule, Jihadists in the Whitehouse, the imminent collapse of the economy and the need to buy gold when the dollar crumbles in the face of social anarchy. By the way, those terrible predictions are simply to frighten folks to but products to make a few people rich; Gold, Food insurance, Guns, Texas realestate. Advertising and marketing-sell to the base emotions, namely sex and fear. In 21st Century America, fear sells big!
Think I’m wrong? Cited in the PressTV piece was this from Bloomberg. That in “the aftermath of the bombings in Boston, Police Commissioner Edward Davis wants even more cameras to boost street-level surveillance…Other cities, too, now may be spurred to expand their systems, which security specialists said will fuel sales growth in the $3.2 billion video surveillance industry.
The Revolution and Beer position has always been about empowering the individual to become and active voice in the nation. The republican position, including Ron Paul was always been about frightening the individual into buying an ideology to sell a product. It is an important and fundamental distinction, and one with historic ramifications for our nation.
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