Saturday, August 27, 2022

Things To Come....

The Real Threat to Democracy--The Emerging Democrat Police State

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made headlines nationwide on February 3, 2014, after bluntly telling law students at the University of Hawaii that internment camps to detain Americans would eventually return. Acknowledging that the infamous Supreme Court-approved internment of Japanese-Americans in wretched camps during World War II was wrong, the conservative-leaning justice followed up by adding that “you are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again.” In “times of war,” Scalia said, citing a Latin expression attributed to Cicero, “the laws fall silent.”

I have seen some of those camps and they WERE wretched.  Justice Scalia was responding to a question concerning the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW2.  Scalia simply referred to a Supreme Court decision in 1944, Korematsu v. United States, that upheld the internment.  The case involved two Japanese-Americans that failed to report for internment.  

Scalia believed that in a ‘time of war’ the United States would round up citizens and place them in detention camps.  Scalia also referred to Obama that claimed he had the power to secretly murder US citizens without trial. 

What is a ‘time of war’ and are we living in an emerging police state?  There was a time when wars were declared by Congress not by presidents. General Douglas MacArthur complained that the ‘Korean Conflict” was half war with no clear road to victory, saying…“There is no substitute for victory.”  Soldiers who died were not half dead.  They were just dead.  How many wars have we fought with no declaration of war?...the Korean war, Vietnam War, the War on Terror, including the Iraq War, Afghanistan, the Gulf War, all totaling 102,000 dead soldiers, and 208,000 wounded.  That is a lot of dead and wounded for ‘peacetime.’ 

We have made war much too easy and much too prolonged.  We start a conflict and never seem to want to end it.  And when we do end it, we find we have gained little or nothing and lost much.  Of course, the military industrial complex is happy, as President Eisenhower warned would be.

Now we live in a time when politics dictates war.  Our president talks repeatedly of White Supremacy, domestic terrorism.  Where is all of this white supremacy?  Is just being White domestic terrorism?  Has our government ‘declared’ war on its own people, its political opponents?

The early signs of a police state are here:  

  • Weaponizing government institutions against political opponents,
  • The FBI,
  • The Department of Justice,
  • The Department of Homeland Security,
  • We now lack election security,
  • Major media outlets drone the government narrative,
  • We’ve lost free speech,
  • The government encourages the spying on neighbors,
  • Presidential executive orders are in abundance,
  • Cameras are everywhere,
  • There’s a war on everything…drugs, terror,
  • COVID-19 that they say require emergency powers,
  • Loss of privacy,
  • Prison camps.  Yes, prison camps.
During the Obama administration $400 million was given to Haliburton to build detention centers.  Obama was quoted as saying they were being built for ‘prolonged detention’ of those that might commit acts of terrorism.

Did the early release of thousands of prisoners in the last several years make room for political prisoners? 

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