"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." Albert Einstein
"In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again." Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Never in a million years could I ever have imagined that I would bear witness to the end of America and watch it churn into a Nazified Police State. The compliant sheeple have shocked me into a new reality.
Every day, millions of Americans voluntarily consent and allow TSA sexual predators to grope and probe their breasts, vaginas, anuses, penises and testicles, all without a whimper of protest.
America has more folks locked up in prison than any nation on earth, including some of the most ruthlessly oppressive regimes ever to exist.
US Prison Population: The Largest in the World
The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world—more even than China or Russia. In fact, more people are in prisons in the United States than in all other developed countries combined. Professor Daniel J. D’Amico explains that as of 2010 over 1.6 million people were serving jail sentences in America.The 4th amendment has been effectively nullified and law enforcement searches of citizens without probable cause or a warrant are now routine. The Supreme Court has upheld the right of law enforcement to perform cavity searches on anybody in police custody, even if picked up on a routine traffic violation.
Bend Over and Spread Em says the Supreme Court
Regarding the recent 5-4 SCOTUS decision to uphold strip searches, Supreme Court Justice Breyer describes a strip search in his dissent (joined by Kagan, Gingsberg and Sotomayor) as follows:
“‘..a visual inspection of the inmate’s naked body. This should include the inmate opening his mouth and moving his tongue up and down and from side to side, removing any dentures, running his hands through his hair, allowing his ears to be visually examined, lifting his arms to expose his arm pits, lifting his feet to examine the sole, spreading and/or lifting his testicles to expose the area behind them and bending over and/or spreading the cheeks of his buttocks to expose his anus. For females, the procedures are similar except females must in addition, squat to expose the vagina.’”
The Supreme Court has upheld the right of the police to do this to anybody for any reason who has the misfortune of ending up in police custody for any reason, including minor traffic violations.
How the War on Terror Has Militarized the Police
Over the past 10 years, law enforcement officials have begun to look and act more and more like soldiers. Here's why we should be alarmed...Benjamin Franklin warned “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
In an effort to remedy their relative inadequacy in dealing with terrorism on U.S. soil, police forces throughout the country have purchased military equipment, adopted military training, and sought to inculcate a "soldier's mentality" among their ranks.
Franklin was right and he absolutely validates how sacrificing liberty for security ends just like Gibbons' described the end of the Roman Empire. "In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.".
I shudder with horror at the thought that this is the future that Americans wants. But based on the voting habits of the American people, it appears that they do not value liberty as they flee to the bosom of tyranny. Such a choice will carry a horrific price from which there will be no escape.