Kelly Thomas

Some of you have no doubt heard of Kelly Thomas.  Others no doubt have not.

Kelly Thomas was a homeless man, suffering from schizophrenia, living on the street in Fullerton, California.  In 2011, 6 members of the Fullerton Police Department beat him to death in the middle of the street, in front of witnesses.  The beating is captured on video.

A few days ago those officers were acquitted of all charges.  Thus setting a legal precedent.  That being that it is lawful for a police officer to exercise his discretion to deprive you of your life, without cause and without penalty, at any time of his choosing.

This man was tasered repeatedly, beaten, and eventually suffocated by 6 cops.

Why should you care?  Because the same thing can happen to you.

On some dark road, pulled over for speeding.  In some midnight “no knock” raid where the police have the wrong address.  Or even, as in Kelly’s case, in the middle of the street with people standing around watching.

The police no longer exist to serve and protect.  Their job now is to cow the public, keep people in line, and maintain order.  Because a police state requires order.  And if, at any time during your beating you raise your hands to defend yourself or ward off a blow, you will be charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

The vast majority of the public being uninformed that the law explicitly acknowledges your right to lawfully resist an unlawful arrest, and to defend yourself, with deadly force if need be, from an assault, even if it is being committed by a cop.

What happened to Kelly Thomas is more important than your job.  it’s more important than your favorite tv show, or who will be in the Superbowl.  It’s more important than your house being foreclosed on or your car being repo’d.  It’s more important than anything going on in your life right now.  Why?  Because it represents a shift in the relation of the government (and it’s agents) to the populace.  It changes you from a free citizen to a slave.  You are subject to taking a beating, at the whim of the master, at any time of his choosing.

And you really need to stop and understand the next time you are thinking about calling the cops because your son is misbehaving, or your neighbor is drunk and out on his lawn in his underwear, or you believe a burglar may be snooping around your house…that when those police show up there is a very real possibility that someone will wind up dead or horribly wounded.  And that someone may be you.

Just ask the couple who called the police because their son was acting out.  Three cops showed up.  Two held him down and the third one shot him at point-blank range.

That could have been you…and your son.

Hail to the King

Recently the President of the United States, Barry Soreto, announced that he does not in fact need to wait for legislation to address his concerns regarding the health, education and prosperity of American citizens.  He has a pen and a phone, which according to him can be used to sign executive orders and convene Americans from all walks of life, respectively.

Callers to this morning’s news/talk program were divided in their opinions of this.  Thinking people oppose the gradual transition from a Constitutional Republic to a Monarchy.  Minorities supported Obama, without regard for what he does, because he is black.  While discussing the Constitutionality of the President’s actions a man called in to explain that the problem is that the hosts do not wish to recognize that Obama is in fact the President.  Obviously…because they are racists.

What this uninformed turd fails to realize is that all of us do in fact recognize that Obama is the President.  Everyone apparently, except for Obama.  He appears to believe that America is an Eastern Bloc, or South American banana republic, and he is the tin pot dictator.  This is evidenced by the fact that he continues to modify parts of the ACA by fiat, even though he has no authority to do so.  He has also chosen to simply not enforce the portions of our immigration law that he finds distasteful.  Meanwhile, his Justice Department sues states for requiring that a person casting a vote demonstrate that they are a legal citizen of the state in which they are voting, and that the person standing before the poll is actually the person who is registered to vote.  Which begs the question, if you cannot demonstrate that you are the registered voter in question, what is the point of voter registration to begin with?

We are on a very slippery slope.  Obama has already defied a federal judge’s ruling during the gulf oil spill fiasco.  Now, just two days after the Supreme Court indicated that he had overstepped his bounds in recess appointing fellow communists to the NLRB, he steps to the mic to essentially say, “You aint seen nothin’ yet.”

I am not simply an old man pining away for “the good old days”.  We are seeing real, and dangerous, changes to the method and manner by which our country is governed.  Some have referred to this time as the “post-constitutional period”.  I believe that characterization is accurate.

Rules in the Senate are changed when Democrats cannot get their way.  The President picks and chooses which laws he will and will not enforce.  An unelected bureaucracy publishes thousands of pages of new regulations every year which directly impact business and the citizenry.  These regulations are not subject to repeal.  You cannot vote these people out of office.  Many times you do not even know what the regulations are, until you find yourself being fined or imprisoned for violating them.

We have gone from the land of the free and the home of the brave, to a police state.

The DHS has cameras, in ever increasing numbers, in ever increasing circles, monitoring your every move.  The NSA is compiling data on your phone calls, emails, texts and internet activity.  The local and state police forces are being militarized; riding around town in MRAP’s, kicking down doors in the middle of the night.  Citizens are being shot and killed, raped, robbed, and assaulted by agents of the government which ostensibly exists to serve them.  This is not America!

Think about this for a second.  The government decides you need a service.  They are using your tax money to provide it.  But, if you say that you would rather do without the service and keep your money, you will be told that you MUST pay the taxes, or you will go to jail.  So ask yourself this question.  Who works for who?

If this trend in the executive branch is not curbed by the Congress, we are destined for the complete abolition of the Constitution.  Our future is to have Hugo Chavez or Castro style leaders, running a nation that more closely resembles Venezuela or Cuba than the United States.  And this best, last hope for humanity will vanish completely.

We fought a war in this country over federalism and states rights.  After one of the great battles of that war a great man, and President of the United States said:

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

I regret to inform Mr. Lincoln that we once again stand on the precipice from which he delivered his speech.  We are at a crossroads in our nation’s history.  We will once again be free men, in a free nation, with a government of and by the people, serving the interests of the people and performing the functions which the document that created it enumerates; or will will return to the indentured servitude, serfdom and slavery from which this nation arose.

Democrats look out across the masses of the people and they see helpless, hapless, dependent people, sorely in need of help from on high.  And so they grow government.  They regulate and legislate, and when they cannot get legislation they simply proclaim what the law ought to be, and therefore is.  This is a dangerous course, already tried, already proven to fail.

The America I grew up in was the greatest nation on the face of the planet.  We were powerful.  We were respected.  We were innovative and driven.  We dealt with our friends with compassion and our enemies with resolve.  But above and beyond all of those things we were free.  Today, that is no longer the case.

You cannot travel without inspection.  You cannot attend public events without intrusive investigation.  You cannot walk down the street or be secure in your home without the threat that some thug with a badge will decide to exert authority over you.  You cannot make you own choices with regard to your health care and insurance.  And you cannot email your mother or call your friend without the possibility that those communications are being monitored.

I have had people with degrees and security clearances tell me, “I have nothing to hide, so I don’t care if they listen in on my conversations or monitor my emails.”  Well, I have nothing to hide either.  But this is the antithesis of the American Way.  We do not have to prove to the powers that be that we are NOT criminals or terrorists.  They have to prove that we ARE.  I do not have to justify my right to own a gun, or speak my mind, or assemble with like-minded individuals.  The government must demonstrate an overriding need to deny me these basic rights before they can in fact be denied.  Or at least that’s how it should be.

So, the next time you are standing in line at the airport and some high school drop out with a patch on his shirt has his hands down your 12 year old daughters pants…ask yourself this question.  Is this America?  Is this what we have become?  Is this what the Founders intended?

And the next time our Imperial President issues an edict without benefit of legislation duly passed by the representatives of the people, ask yourself this question.  Aside from the climate, what exactly is the difference between Venezuela and the United States?  For that matter…what exactly is the difference between Germany 1939 and the United States 2014?

We better wake up…soon.

The What?

Do you know how many federal agencies there are?

Do you have any idea how many “rapid response teams”, special weapons and tactics units, and heavily armed and armored “police” forces there are in this nation?

Neither do I.

Does that scare you a little?  It scares me.

How many of you are aware of the fact that the DHS recently purchased 1.2 billion hollow point rounds?  I have friends and colleagues who have pointed out that their officers need to train with their weapons, and therefore it makes sense that they purchase ammo in bulk.  Really?  I am a gun owner.  I practice with my weapons.  I do not know a single soul that goes target shooting with hollow points.  They are designed to essentially shatter on impact, doing as much damage as possible to a human target.  Paper on the other hand…they kinda punch right through and keep on going.  Besides…they’re more expensive than “range rounds”.

The Dept of Education put out a request for bids to supply them with 20 tactical shotguns.  I know classrooms are getting a little crazy these days, but are we skipping detention altogether and going straight to execution now?  Or are these weapons to be used on parents that do not help with homework assignments?

The EPA recently conducted a “commando style” raid on a camp of gold miners in Alaska.  Their purported purpose was to check for violations of the Clean Water Act.  When last I heard, water samples are taken with vials, not shotguns.

We are creeping ever closer to a totalitarian police state, very much like Soviet Russia.

Much like the Truman show, we are content to live our lives as they are because we are unaware that our freedom is an illusion.

Ohio cop threatens family with taser

Ohio cop threatens family with taser

Witness the family in Ohio, yanked from their car, handcuffed and made to lay face down in the middle of the street, threatened and assaulted by an out of control cop.  Why?  Because they dared to question his actions in ticketing a neighbor.

Read more about this Nutjob Cop Here.

 

As we continue to cede more and more of our liberties to our government in the name of “security”, we endanger the way of life we purport to be protecting.

The people speak out, they vote, they march, they boycott, they picket, they rally…  The government is not listening.

But rest assured, when you call someone, when you email someone, when you surf the web…the government is listening.

On October 1st, if nothing is done to stop it, Obamacare will go in to effect.  Ostensibly, the goal is to provide all Americans with access to affordable healthcare.  Anyone who believes that this will be the reality is fooling themselves.  Once the government has control of your medical records; once the government has panels in place to determine your eligibility for various procedures; the nature of the relationship of the citizen to the government will be forever changed.

The pieces and parts are already in place.  The beast coalescing before our eyes.  Like frogs in a pot of water, we sit unaware that the heat is rising.  The differences between the United States in 2013 and the DDR in 1977 are few, and pertain mainly to the language spoken.

I fear that my children will grow up in an America very different from the one I knew.  Not because of progress or innovation, but because they are not now, and never will be again, free.

Someone let ol’ Abe know.  Government of the people, by the people, for the people…has perished from the Earth.

(BTW, 70 is the answer.  There are 70 federal agencies with armed divisions.  See if you can name 20 of them without using google.)