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What If the Constitution No Longer Applied? Freedom’s Greatest Hour of Danger Is Now

John & Nisha Whitehead

“What if the rights and principles guaranteed in the Constitution have been so distorted in the past 200 years as to be unrecognizable by the Founders? What if the government was the reason we don’t have a Constitution anymore? What if freedom’s greatest hour of danger is now?”
Andrew P. Napolitano

We are approaching critical mass, the point at which all hell breaks loose.

The government is pushing us ever closer to a constitutional crisis.

What makes the outlook so much bleaker is the utter ignorance of the American people—and those who represent them—about their freedoms, history, and how the government is supposed to operate.

As Morris Berman points out in his book Dark Ages America, “70 percent of American adults cannot name their senators or congressmen; more than half don’t know the actual number of senators, and nearly a quarter cannot name a single right guaranteed by the First Amendment. Sixty-three percent cannot name the three branches of government. Other studies reveal that uninformed or undecided voters often vote for the candidate whose name and packaging (e.g., logo) are the most powerful; color is apparently a major factor in their decision.”

More than government corruption and ineptitude, police brutality, terrorism, gun violence, drugs, illegal immigration or any other so-called “danger” that threatens our nation, civic illiteracy may be what finally pushes us over the edge.

As Thomas Jefferson warned, no nation can be both ignorant and free.

Unfortunately, the American people have existed in a technology-laden, entertainment-fueled, perpetual state of cluelessness for so long that civic illiteracy has become the new normal for the citizenry.

It’s telling that Americans were more able to identify Michael Jackson as the composer of a number of songs than to know that the Bill of Rights was the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

In fact, most immigrants who aspire to become citizens know more about national civics than native-born Americans. Surveys indicate that a majority in every state but Vermont would fail a test of U.S. citizenship questions.

Not even the government bureaucrats who are supposed to represent us know much about civics, American history and geography, or the Constitution although they take an oath to uphold, support and defend the Constitution against “enemies foreign and domestic.”

For instance, a few years ago, a couple attempting to get a marriage license was forced to prove to a government official that New Mexico is, in fact, one of the 50 states and not a foreign country.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Here’s a classic example of how surreal the landscape has become.

Every year, the White House issues a proclamation affirming the importance of the Bill of Rights.

These proclamations pay lip service to the government’s commitment to upholding the Constitution and guarding against government abuses of power.

Don’t believe it for a second.

The government doesn’t want its abuses checked and its powers restricted.

For that matter, this is not a government that holds the Constitution in high esteem.

Indeed, we wouldn’t be in this sorry state if it weren’t for the damage inflicted in recent years on the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights, which historically served as the bulwark from government abuse.

In the so-called name of national security, the Constitution has been steadily chipped away at, undermined, eroded, whittled down, and generally discarded to such an extent that what we are left with is but a shadow of the robust document adopted more than two centuries ago.

The Bill of Rights—462 words that represent the most potent and powerful rights ever guaranteed to a group of people officially—became part of the U.S. Constitution on December 15, 1791, because early Americans such as James Madison and Thomas Jefferson understood the need to guard against the government’s inclination to abuse its power.

Yet the reality we must come to terms with is that in the America we live in today, the government does whatever it wants.

Make no mistake: if our individual freedoms have been restricted, it is only so that the government’s powers could be expanded at our expense.

The USA Patriot Act, passed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, drove a stake through the heart of the Bill of Rights, violating at least six of the ten original amendments—the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Amendments—and possibly the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments, as well. The Patriot Act also redefined terrorism so broadly that many non-terrorist political activities such as protest marches, demonstrations and civil disobedience were considered potential terrorist acts, thereby rendering anyone desiring to engage in protected First Amendment expressive activities as suspects of the surveillance state.

Since 9/11, we’ve been spied on by surveillance cameras, eavesdropped on by government agents, had our belongings searched, our phones tapped, our mail opened, our email monitored, our opinions questioned, our purchases scrutinized (under the USA Patriot Act, banks are required to analyze your transactions for any patterns that raise suspicion and to see if you are connected to any objectionable people), and our activities watched.

We’ve also been subjected to invasive patdowns and whole-body scans of our persons and seizures of our electronic devices in the nation’s airports and at border crossings.

We can’t even purchase certain cold medicine at the pharmacy anymore without it being reported to the government and our names being placed on a watch list.

Government surveillance, militarized police, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, eminent domain, overcriminalization, armed surveillance drones, whole body scanners, stop and frisk searches (all sanctioned by Congress, the White House, the courts and the like), etc.: these are merely the weapons of the police state.

The power of the police state is dependent on a populace that meekly obeys without question.

Remember: when it comes to the staggering loss of civil liberties, the Constitution hasn’t changed. Rather, it is the American people who have changed.

Those who gave us the Constitution and the Bill of Rights believed that the government exists at the behest of its citizens. The government’s purpose is to protect, defend and even enhance our freedoms, not violate them.

It was no idle happenstance that the Constitution opens with these three powerful words: “We the people.” Those who founded this country knew quite well that every citizen must remain vigilant or freedom would be lost. As Thomas Paine recognized, “It is the responsibility of the patriot to protect his country from its government.”

You have no rights unless you exercise them.

Still, you can’t exercise your rights unless you know what those rights are.

“If Americans do not understand the Constitution and the institutions and processes through which we are governed, we cannot rationally evaluate important legislation and the efforts of our elected officials, nor can we preserve the national unity necessary to meaningfully confront the multiple problems we face today,” warns the Brennan Center in its Civic Literacy Report Card. “Rather, every act of government will be measured only by its individual value or cost, without concern for its larger impact. More and more we will ‘want what we want, and [will be] convinced that the system that is stopping us is wrong, flawed, broken or outmoded.’”

Education precedes action.

As the Brennan Center concludes “America, unlike most of the world’s nations, is not a country defined by blood or belief. America is an idea, or a set of ideas, about freedom and opportunity. It is these ideas that bind us together as Americans and have kept us free, strong, and prosperous. But these ideas do not perpetuate themselves. They must be taught and learned anew with each generation.”

If there is to be any hope for restoring our freedoms and reclaiming our runaway government, we will have to start by breathing life into those three powerful words that set the tone for everything that follows in the Constitution: “we the people.”

People get the government they deserve.

It’s up to us.

We have the power to make and break the government.

We the American people—the citizenry—are the arbiters and ultimate guardians of America’s welfare, defense, liberty, laws and prosperity.

It’s time to stop waiting patiently for change to happen.

We must act—and act responsibly.

Get outraged, get off your duff and get out of your house, get in the streets, get in people’s faces, get down to your local city council, get over to your local school board, get your thoughts down on paper, get your objections plastered on protest signs, get your neighbors, friends and family to join their voices to yours, get your representatives to pay attention to your grievances, get your kids to know their rights, get your local police to march in lockstep with the Constitution, get your media to act as watchdogs for the people and not lapdogs for the corporate state, get your act together, and get your house in order.

In other words, get moving.

A healthy, representative government is hard work. It takes a citizenry that is informed about the issues, educated about how the government operates, and willing to make the sacrifices necessary to stay involved, whether that means forgoing Monday night football in order to attend a city council meeting or risking arrest by picketing in front of a politician’s office.

Whatever you do, please don’t hinge your freedoms on politics.

The Constitution is neutral when it comes to politics. What the Constitution is not neutral about, however, is the government’s duty to safeguard the rights of the citizenry.

“We the people” also have a duty that goes far beyond the act of voting: as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People and in its fictional counterpart The Erik Blair Diaries, it’s our job to keep freedom alive using every nonviolent means available to us.

Know your rights. Exercise your rights. Defend your rights. If not, you will lose them.

Freedom’s greatest hour of danger is now.

Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His book Battlefield America: The War on the American People (SelectBooks, 2015) is available online at www.amazon.com. Whitehead can be contacted at [email protected]. Nisha Whitehead is the Executive Director of The Rutherford Institute. Information about The Rutherford Institute is available at www.rutherford.org.

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Paul
Paul
Nov 30, 2023 8:16 AM

There is something ludicrous about men getting together to draw up a list of rights for all.

Freedom has a price in this world. I don’t need no covid pushing, suit wearing little faggot in Westminster or anywhere else partaking in decoding what rights I do or don’t have.

When the plandemic was announced e decided to side with God and not man. Three years later I was born again. Praise God.

God has freed me from my worldly bandage. Gone is fear of loss, of death. So what can they do to me now? Nothing. I am free and I live as such. I do not cling to a wretched world that is passing away. I only fear not pleasing God.

Anarchos
Anarchos
Nov 29, 2023 3:26 PM

The constitution is a Masonic scam, like the USA itself. This is the gist of it. Republics are a Masonic scam to replace monarchy with oligarchy (which is demonstrably worse).

America is an artificial society founded on greed, fraud and violence. These are the truths from where I’m looking. Apart from black folks who are the descendants of slaves, most of the other non- native ethnic groups there are there to partake in the plunder and the clown world (literally, see Ronald McDonald, Roland Reagan, Disney, Trump, Biden) that is the American dream.

Messenger Charles
Messenger Charles
Nov 30, 2023 2:41 PM
Reply to  Anarchos

The scam being that a ‘Constitutor’ is someone who signs to take responsibility of the National Debt.

Anon
Anon
Nov 29, 2023 3:00 AM

One of the most ignored & least understood parts of said Constitution (NOT pertaining to political parties)
Article IV  Relationships Between the StatesSection 4 Republican Form of GovernmentThe United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.

Messenger Charles
Messenger Charles
Nov 30, 2023 2:47 PM
Reply to  Anon

The source of all the violence being that of an alien occupying entity known as the ‘Federal Government’, in aggressive occupation since the end of the so-called civil war.

How To Restore The American Republic! Air Force Lt. Colonel, Sandy Miarecki, Ph D November 2022:
https://archive.org/details/how-to-restore-the-american-republic-air-force-lt.-colonel-sandy-miarecki-ph-d-november-2022

Eyegore
Eyegore
Nov 28, 2023 4:20 PM

The Bill of Rights was an afterthought.

Should have stuck with the original Articles of Confederation.

mik
mik
Nov 28, 2023 3:16 PM

“What If the Constitution No Longer Applied?”
Is this a real or a rhetorical question? (my first thought)

Yeah…people are very willing to change everything, but hardly ever something of substance…..

You are talking about constitutions and rights like they are God.

Paul
Paul
Nov 28, 2023 12:33 PM

The Ten Commandments. There’s your constitution.
You can’t MAKE anyone else act better.
Let the vile continue to be vile.
Only God can and WILL judge us.
Do right by Him and you may be spared eternal death.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Nov 29, 2023 3:22 AM
Reply to  Paul

Actually all our human rights UN and European and the Constitution, All men are Equal, wouldnt have been written if people of that time have not confessed to Christianity, the Bible and the Ten Commandments.

As Paul says here, the moment we take Christianity away from our Western societies, says God dont exist, in this very moment disappears all Western civilisation.

Anarchos
Anarchos
Nov 29, 2023 3:38 PM
Reply to  Paul

You are neither dead or alive and your utterings sound like the zombies in zombie movies.

Your threats about eternal death are identical to the barking of a chained dog asking to be put out of its misery.

Paul
Paul
Nov 30, 2023 8:06 AM
Reply to  Anarchos

On the contrary. Before being born again in Christ, I was dead. Now, I live. Every knee will bow.

Placental_Mammal
Placental_Mammal
Dec 1, 2023 11:08 PM
Reply to  Paul

“Christ” is the Greek word for messiah. Jesus was a bankster creation, a device to make mankind worship the bankster’s fake god while keeping them out of the inner circle. The Christian Zionists cheer on genocide, ignoring the commandment that forbids killing.

Johnny
Johnny
Nov 28, 2023 8:08 AM

In Australia, pre Covid, a small coterie of concerned middle class citizens used to squeal about our lack of a Bill of Rights.

Now?

Who gives a shit.
Wouldn’t be worth the paper it’s written on.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Nov 28, 2023 12:28 AM

I found my freedom on Blueberry Hill.
If we see a mountain we remove that mountain. Why? Because it was in the way….for our freedom.
Thats the American dream, and if you can dream it you can do that too!  😎 

Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine
Nov 27, 2023 11:50 PM

I’ve interacted with Morris Berman. He struggles with stupidity hisself. Which is understandable. That someone who is kind of stupid makes a career out of calling everybody else stupid. It’s very common actually. I know of, for instance, a famous professor and writer of important but very hard-to-read books on writing English who struggles with writing English herself.

STJOHNOFGRAFTON
STJOHNOFGRAFTON
Nov 27, 2023 11:48 PM

We have the power to make and break the government.

Yeah we have the power but most are too complacent from living in their comfort bubble to take action. The government trades on public complacency to keep them in power.

Johnny
Johnny
Nov 27, 2023 11:31 PM

We all begin as tiny beings of Love and Truth.
Then ignorance is thrust upon us.

Parents, siblings, relatives, friends, school, media, advertising and government are incessantly making us more and more ignorant. Not in a practical sense, but in an emotional, spiritual and common sense way

Once made ignorant we lose most of our curiosity and most of our creativity.
We become good, obedient citizens and consumers, pliable and governable. Exactly where they want us.

Cecile
Cecile
Nov 27, 2023 11:19 PM

What a beautiful appraisal of how our democracies have fallen afoul and what we need to do about it ! Thank you.for stating it so precisely.

turesankara
turesankara
Nov 27, 2023 7:13 PM

Wasn’t the the US constitution written by wealthy slave owning white men for their benefit?

So when did it really “apply” to every one else?

Emma Goldman:
The only difference is that you are hired slaves instead of black slaves.

Frédéric Bastiat:
Slavery, protection, and monopoly find defenders, not only in those who profit by them, but in those who suffer by them.

Henry David Thoreau:
It is hard to have a Southern overseer; it is worse to have a Northern one; but worst of all when you are the slave-driver of yourself.

Fredrick Douglass:
Experience demonstrates that there may be a slavery of wages only a little less galling and crushing in its effects than chattel slavery, and that this slavery of wages must go down with the other.

Charles Bukowski:
Slavery was never abolished it was only extended to include all the colours.

George Orwell:
If you want a picture of the future imagine a boot stamping on a (masked) human face forever.

Are we really happy here,
With this lonely game we play?
We’re lost in a masquerade. — Leon Russell

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Nov 29, 2023 3:14 AM
Reply to  turesankara

As I always have said: We blacks build America! We wrote the Constitution.

We build all the railroads, highways, bridges, and factories, laid the asphalt, poured the concrete with our black sweat and our black hands.
We made the music, we made the blues, we made the jazz, all of which you white men copied and earned a buck on.

We won all the medals in the Olympic and the WM’s in heavy weights.

Its about time the black people take back this country, and leave you whites in your Galf clubs and in your protected area sissy clubs, in your white cotton polo t-shirts and pink Nike shoes which we also made with our bare black hands.

You whites never succeeded in anything but fraud on the Wall Street.

turesankara
turesankara
Nov 29, 2023 12:30 PM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

Does who did what even matter anymore?
When we all know what always happens to all Evil Empires in the end…

Here comes the eagle
Here comes the bear
And they’re fighting to control
The lion dominion
But the load gonna come tumblin’ down
But the load gonna come tumblin’ down
Here comes synthetic food
And their big time money
And they want to control
Our body and soul
But the load gonna come tumblin’ down
But the load gonna come tumblin’ down
Here comes the maker
To crush the oppressor
Well I bet you didn’t know
It was mind over matter
But the load gonna come tumblin’ down (Jah, Jah know)
But the load gonna come tumblin’ down (Jah, Jah know) — Ziggy Marley

Alas, they are approaching the remains of their days. So let us bid them a not so fond adieu. Au revoir les enfants terribles…

London Bridge is falling down
Whilst Paris is burning
And the Romans are fiddling
And all the King’s banks
And all the President’s tanks,
Won’t be able to put them
back together again

Things Fall Apart. — Chinua Achebe

Hasta la vista, crybabies!

sandy
sandy
Nov 27, 2023 6:57 PM

We have been before Municipal judges that say, “you do not know the rules”, “the Constitution does not apply here”, “the Constitution gives us the right to make up the rules”. Every commoner who reads the Constitution knows these statements are false. City corporate charters “constitute residents” under the city corporation. This is what these Corporate Charters say in a variety of semantics. But myself, nor no one i know has ever signed consent to such nonsense. Nor do we have stock, profit or benefit except from the scant few corporate services provided and the extraction of tribute, taxes. The new meme heard from our Federal politricksters, a “rules based international order” seems to me the same nonsense “rules based order” (RBO) crap above, US Cities have used from City Charters to turn the public into ideological serfs. Likewise, an RBO projected internationally is being used to bypass national sovereignty. The US Constitution establishes the sovereignty of individuals and of the states and the nation to protect us individually and regionally from any external tyranny of any kind. I do not consent to anything otherwise.

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/leiden-journal-of-international-law/article/choice-before-us-international-law-or-a-rulesbased-international-order/7BEDE2312FDF9D6225E16988FD18BAF0

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Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Nov 27, 2023 6:12 PM

You Americans need an Independent Presidential Candidate, at least 50 Independent Candidates running for the Senate, at least 50% of all Congressional Districts having an Independent Candidate running and you need 150 million plus of you to refuse to vote for either the Republicans or the Democrats.

You won’t get anywhere if you ever vote for the Uniparty again. They ARE the Swamp.

underground poet
underground poet
Nov 28, 2023 1:37 AM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

If you join the lost war on politics, you’ll find you could have been more productive somewhere else.

Raz Putin
Raz Putin
Nov 27, 2023 5:44 PM

“The large print giveth, and the small print taketh away”-Tom Waits

Martin Usher
Martin Usher
Nov 27, 2023 5:12 PM

The Patriot Act is an object lesson in using crises to push through legislation that would never stand a chance in normal times — there’s just too much in it and its too radical. The danger signs are obvious, there’s some kind of national crisis that fixes everyone’s attention and seemingly out of nowhere a huge bill, one far to large and complex to read that must be passed Right Now Lest It Be The End Of The World just appears as if by magic. Its this sort of thing that fuels conspiracy theories, especially combined with the ‘never satisfactorily explained’ anthrax scare that dealt with any senators who might have lingering doubts about the government’s intentions with that Act.

(General rule of conspiracy theories etc. — “Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get me”.)

Incidentally, I’ve always thought that 9/11 was an inside job that unfortunately worked a bit too well. If you recall there was an earlier bomb attack on the World Trade Center that did quite a bit of damage internally but didn’t threaten the integrity of the buildings. Its quite plausible that the 9/11 attack was supposed to perform a similar role (you have to assume that nothing’s perfect — no amount of control can really predict true outcomes, its just that once a situation has happened then you take full advantage of it).

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Nov 27, 2023 4:13 PM

As Latin women says, “love was something poor men invented to avoid to pay a woman or a girl”.

In the same spirit we could say “the Constitution was invented to make poor men think they were free and had rights”……………………LOL. Think about it  😂 .

Think about it, and you know papa has told you the truth and its a fact! With logo and reason!

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Nov 27, 2023 6:14 PM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

Latin women should stop being so submissive then. In the Western world ‘love is something women invented so that they could use sex as a bargaining chip with their husbands.’

Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine
Nov 28, 2023 12:10 AM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

So they’re whores then.

Of course the Constitution was not written for the poor. It was written to protect the rights of the landholding and merchant classes against a sovereign. Just like the Magna Carta was not written for commoners, it was written to protect the rights of the aristocracy against the king. Just like the ancient Solonian Constitution (written by Solon, a tyrant and a hero, something Berman knows nothing whatsoever about), which was written to protect the rights of land and property owners over the rights of the old aristocracy. When did the poor ever write a constitution?

kevx
kevx
Nov 30, 2023 3:22 AM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

were you looking in the mirror, admiring yourself, when you wrote this?

Bryan
Bryan
Nov 27, 2023 3:13 PM

The fundamental problematic of any factual (let alone meaningful or truth-telling) antidote to radicalised world-alienation (Arendt) is patently revealed by the levels of excremental effluence disgorging here. Thereafter: there simply is no return to some sort of shared cognitive-pragmatic commonsense ecology without rebuilding knowledge-making completely, literally from the grounded earth up (something Arendt called Urphaenome or “Urphaenomenology”.)

If it was just one article or series there may be some chance; but the levels of agendic disgorgement are becoming the ubiquitous Zeitgeist; as is the critical mass of the indefeasible rights and principles of unanimous self-loving thoughtlessness. Who is continually choosing this self-serving shite and whatever is their agenda is far more life-threatening and apposite than any hallucinated psychosis of loss? ‘They’ are those who must be stopped, not ‘their’ inner fascist fantasies reproducing daily.

Free-speech is practiced when free-thinking is stupefied by ponerological greed. The uninhabitable levels of globalised ecotoxicity and radicalised evil-doing the Whitehead’s will ignore in order to maintain their perception of market-fundamentalism as a force of anthropogenic ‘good’ (or at least white ‘superiority’) has no analogue or precedent. We are simply being subsumed in new levels of “nauseating nescience” that exponentiates daily – not merely waving, but drowned in white egomaniacal effluence.

There are no commonalities or common ground between those who have exalted individual human rights and principles to the pointless overcoming of life-itself. White egomaniacal prosperity is as it has always been – black and indigenous poverty and desolation ecology. Therefore: there is no release from market-economics and structurally-racist eugenics without an end to the singular white constitutional right to morbid pleonexy and prosperity.

Today’s marketised racist supremacist intentionally advocates individual-singular human rights that impoverish, immiserate and dehumanise most humans and destroy the earth’s habitability; eliminating biodiversity and so on. So what if their fucking precious constituted human rights no longer applied? There is a vanishingly miniscule chance of freedom for everybody to be treated equally and for goods and services to be proportionally produced and distributed with justice (Kantian/Rawlsian “distributive justice is fairness”). In short, we might just survive their gratuitous indifference to life-affirmation, plurality of living and actual multi-ethnicity extended to everybody – not just a militant litany of free-market justice for “me, me, me.”

These are those who must be stopped: only I ain’t hearing much in the way of ecologic truth-telling counterinsurgency. Musta

.Got killed by ten million pounds of sludge from New York and New Jersey

mjh
mjh
Nov 27, 2023 6:20 PM
Reply to  Bryan

Your comment is quite unintelligible! Are you a machine? If not, write so that others can understand you.

Hamish Dawson
Hamish Dawson
Nov 29, 2023 12:28 PM
Reply to  Bryan

Prolix, verbose post with no regard for its audience.

Anarchos
Anarchos
Nov 29, 2023 3:45 PM
Reply to  Bryan

We don’t need autistic savant intellectual commentaries with big fancy words.

Whatever philosophical subtlety you are trying to express you can do it using simple language, or you can define any fancy words you have to use for your readers who do not share your erudition.

Jonathan K X
Jonathan K X
Nov 27, 2023 3:13 PM

It was quite an eye-opener in 2020 when the US Supreme Court ruled that it was okay to restrict church gatherings.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof– unless there’s a big scary “virus.”

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Nov 27, 2023 6:17 PM
Reply to  Jonathan K X

You’ll never get a US Supreme Court ruling that politicians are too corrupt to be competent to judge certain seismic issues, will you?

Any more than any judge will ever admit that the judiciary can be bought, is currently being bought and is entirely malleable to the diktats of totally unaccountable shadowy actors.

The Original Constitution and Bill of Rights had some fanciful notion that politicians, executives and judges were of unimpeachable character.

Nowadays, it’s simpler to look for a needle in a haystack than find even one of those in the Swamp of US Deep State power….

davidF
davidF
Nov 27, 2023 2:45 PM

Whilst there are, in theory, enough of “us” to create a problem for “them”, the vast majority of “us” have been dumbed down and anaesthetised to the point where there is no desire to create waves, to buck the system, to rise up, to drive change.
The welfare system pays for people not to work (UBI), the State education system teaches nothing of worth, social media/TV/cinema pumps out banal content & propaganda and the 99% lap it up & beg for more.
Covid demonstrated how the global masses were pliable and obedient and looked to the State for help & guidance.
Sure, there are small pockets of resistance that pop up once in a while but these are swiftly quelled by those pathetic minions tasked with law & order, be it on the streets or on line.
It’s taken a long time for “them” to install the right (wrong) people in the right places at the right time and they’re not going to relinquish that power anytime soon. I’m certain they have other “pandemics” lined up to lock & load at a moments notice.
Voting is futile : if your vote meant anything, you wouldn’t be allowed to exercise it.
I’m not defeatist, I’m a realist. I go about my day, keeping my head up and my eyes & ears open. I spread the word where & when I can and I immerse myself in the things that make me happy : family, friends, motorcycles & wine.
But I WILL rise up if & when the situation arises whereby any of the above is about to be taken away.
I suspect my view is shared by many but the downvotes may indicate otherwise !!
Peace & love

Anarchos
Anarchos
Nov 29, 2023 3:49 PM
Reply to  davidF

Whilst there are, in theory, enough of “us” to create a problem for “them”, the vast majority of “us” have been dumbed down and anaesthetised to the point where there is no desire to create waves, to buck the system, to rise up, to drive change.

There are enough of us to create a problem for them ony if we are able to meet and conspire in the flesh. Since they have eliminated all social spaces and opportunities to actually meet people, we do not get to meet each other and are effectively isolated behind our screens. It is pretty clear by now that the internet was made for this. We cannot actually use the internet to create a problem for them or free ourselves, we can only wallow in the illusion of doing our bit.

Sam - Admin2
Admin
Sam - Admin2
Nov 29, 2023 4:42 PM
Reply to  Anarchos

Disagree. I think we can gain unity of sorts by refocusing on what is patently real – the tool in our hand, the ground beneath our feet, the loved-one beside us. This can be a very powerful unifying force. Just my opinion, of course, but it doesn’t hurt to cut down the urgency and panic. I think that any form of shrillness amplifies the shrillness we’re bombarded with on a daily basis. A2

Freecus
Freecus
Nov 27, 2023 2:05 PM

Rather, it is the American people who have changed.

Correct, the People have been fraudulently converted, that is without informed consent, into Commercial legal-fictions, a completely different jurisdiction.

Quickdraw
Quickdraw
Nov 27, 2023 2:03 PM

The 2nd revolution 1861-65 (it wasn’t a “civil war”) ended the Republic and it has been all downhill since then. People neither know what freedom is nor do they care. That mask test was brillant, now I know I am surround by craven cowards for who I will never fight.

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Nov 27, 2023 6:20 PM
Reply to  Quickdraw

My experience during life of ‘freedom’ is that it is freedom for the thugs and bullies to beat up the intellectual. It is freedom for the psychopaths to parasitise the honest. It is freedom for the financial criminals to rob, loot and receive bail outs with impunity. And it is freedom for the church elders to engage in electronic surveillance without the consent of the surveilled.

Freedom rubs both ways: freedom to be good and just; and freedom to be avaricious, evil and damaging. My experience is that the latter freedoms are more freely exercise in the 21st century.

Straight Talk
Straight Talk
Nov 27, 2023 1:58 PM

Economics students have to demand to be taught industrial capitalism again and not the hijacked finance capitalism of the past 50 years. Capitalism is like fire, it must be contained in order to function properly. Government regulations that once protected its citizens from financial predators are a must if we want to end this rentier economy and the current push toward Neo-feudalism.

How Finance Capitalism Ruined the World – Dr. Michael Hudson & Dr. Steve Keen, DSPod

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Nov 27, 2023 6:24 PM
Reply to  Straight Talk

Industrial capitalism was just as bad: the railway moguls, the oil robber barons, the mining tsars were all appallingly disgusting people who treated their employees with absolute contempt.

What must be taught is the difference between free market SME capitalism (which is generally of value to people) and monopolist/cartel/oligarchic swindlers who hold entire nations, sometimes the whole world, to ransom.

Those monopolists exist in ICT (Gates), in oil (Rockefeller), banking (JP Morgan et al, Rotschilds etc), mining (Cecil Rhodes), science (Fauci et al, Pfizer etc), agriculture (Monsanto et al), religion (Islam, the Catholic Church etc).

Deluding yourself that it’s just the bankers doing that is fatal.

underground poet
underground poet
Nov 28, 2023 1:44 AM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

Sometimes I wondered that if there were a powerful god, why would they accept all the badness invested in humans, then I figured out why.

Paul Watson
Paul Watson
Nov 27, 2023 1:18 PM

Real thirsty be the Tree of Liberty..

Paul
Paul
Nov 28, 2023 8:46 PM
Reply to  Paul Watson

Unless you’re ‘refreshing’ it then please stop repeating yourself!

j d
j d
Nov 27, 2023 1:12 PM

what does the constitution or any piece of paper that you, did not write or sign have to do with you; the rights you, have are the rights you, can express; if you, cannot express them, you, have no rights; the only right those of man, and womankind, have is property; that which is proper to you, that which you, can claim exclusive to all others in a society; that which you, have the right to set the law for; property is the highest right and the foundation of every other right;

freedom has to be fought for every generation; as there are always those of man, and womankind, who are more than happy to take it from you; it comes down to self-responsibility;

Quickdraw
Quickdraw
Nov 27, 2023 2:00 PM
Reply to  j d

Don’t pay your property tax and see how long that freedom lasts.

Paul
Paul
Nov 28, 2023 8:49 PM
Reply to  Quickdraw

Been nearly two years so far… (UK)

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Nov 27, 2023 6:26 PM
Reply to  j d

It actually comes down to being born with the genetics to be a brutal fighter if necessary. If you aren’t rich enough to afford lawyers as ruthless as your opponent, you can whistle for a just verdict in a court of law. It doesn’t matter how just you are, it only matters if you can win according to the rules of the criminals. Which includes buying judges, nobbling juries, burning down houses, raping wives and kidnapping children.

underground poet
underground poet
Nov 28, 2023 1:47 AM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

Think it might have been that fighter, that ya saw, running, that night, don’t forget that you are whiiiite.

kevx
kevx
Nov 30, 2023 7:27 AM

dont wanna hear you crying when its your turn then… but you do seem to have a fetish where you think about white men a lot!

wardropper
wardropper
Nov 27, 2023 12:33 PM

Since Dick Cheney wiped his bottom with the Constitution many years ago, there has been no question in my mind that Washington makes up the rules as it goes along.

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Nov 27, 2023 6:27 PM
Reply to  wardropper

They don’t make them up, they are written for them by their big ticket corporate controllers. You seriously think the Patriot Act was written on Capitol Hill? It was written in crusty law offices in DC, on Wall Street, in certain CIA-infested Universities.

Grafter
Grafter
Nov 27, 2023 12:05 PM

Dumbed down and anesthetised by the media the point of no return has been reached. A government controlled by greedy warmongering psychopaths where their crimes are nothing more than a TV news item to be consumed along with more Hollywood supplied violent “entertainment”. Sleepwalking into a dystopian nightmare of controlled slavery.

NickM
NickM
Nov 27, 2023 2:05 PM
Reply to  Grafter

“Sleepwalking”

This article is our wake-up call.

les online
les online
Nov 27, 2023 11:58 AM

The US Constitution has only prevailed due to
the citizenry’s belief in and support for it…
The more the belief in and support for the
Constitution is corroded, the freer the hands
of the rulers…Might is Right…
‘Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.’
(Mousey Tongue…CCP)

Chris Weisdorf
Chris Weisdorf
Nov 27, 2023 11:52 AM

Excellent article. It preaches to the converted. The fact is, the Bill of Rights in the US, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada, the 1689 Bill of Rights in the UK, and the 1990 Bill of Rights in New Zealand have not applied in nearly four years. The Statue of Liberty is on vacation. A very long one.

As the aware and awake, we must win hearts and minds. Our friends, families, neighbours, co-workers and people we do business with every day. Simple talk. Planting seeds. Making people aware of the splinter that’s already inside their minds.

I do not consent. I will not comply. I will not obey. I WILL NEVER GIVE IN.

Say it. Live it. Pass it on. 🌟

Christine Thompson
Christine Thompson
Nov 27, 2023 2:25 PM
Reply to  Chris Weisdorf

I’m in the UK, and have been ‘awake’ for 40-45 years (I was 65 yesterday). All the way through those decades, I’ve provided my family members (some being in Brisbane, Australia) and friends with information about various things which should have ‘woken them up’. But unfortunately, did not wake them from their slumbers.

Since the current assault on humanity began in early 2020, I’ve been providing many of them with much trustworthy information re. what’s really going on, worldwide, and re. the cabal who are they who actually run and control the world. I’ve given them more than enough information to make them aware of the carnage being caused by the lethal injections that are masquerading as ‘vaccines’ (I’ve been a properly-informed ‘anti-vaxxer’ for 35-40 years, and am very proud of that; the last ‘vaccine’ I had was when a kid of 12/13, at school, not then knowing what ‘vaccines’ actually are).

However, my family members and friends continue to be head in the sand ‘normies’. They just don’t want to know the facts, the truths… just a week or so ago, my eldest niece, 35, said to me “The ‘other stuff’ [her term for the facts with which I’ve been providing them re. what’s really going on, etc] is irrelevant to our relationship of aunt and niece”.

Well…! That’s me told, huh!! It’s an illustration of the level of apathy which the masses are manifesting. They just don’t want to know the facts, the truths. They just want to ‘blindly believe’ what the people on their beloved TVs spew out at them, and to watch the mindless fictional rubbish, ‘celebrity’ rubbish, etc etc, on the same TVs. They’ve even experienced some quite serious health issues, due to their having gullibly ‘rolled up their sleeves’, but still went back for more…

Chris Weisdorf
Chris Weisdorf
Nov 28, 2023 3:36 AM

Don’t give up on them. Pain will eventually wake them up. Let’s hope you get to them sooner.

Anarchos
Anarchos
Nov 29, 2023 3:58 PM
Reply to  Chris Weisdorf

Usually pain eventually kills them… any waking up is immediately medicated away.

hotrod31
hotrod31
Nov 27, 2023 11:35 AM

Oh John … I’m afraid we’ve long past the knowing our rights bits-n-bobs.
The PTwannaB have demonstrated that with the incarceration of Julian Assange and the murder of Alwhaki and Gaddaffi.
There are NO ‘rights’. What is written on paper is not-worth-a-pincha-shiite. The Legal fraternity have overwhelmingly been bought and silenced. The ‘Separation-of-Powers’ is a load of bollocks. I’m sure that your Indigenous Indian population could have told you that … at least a hundred years ago.
I’m afraid that he situation is far more serious than we have dared to even imagine. Turning the other cheek has only empowered the bastards to the point of [mental] derangement. Your Democrats working in tandem with the GOP have demonstrated that the law has been turned on its head … with the J6 Fiasco. The horse has already bolted … no point asking the people to lock the gate now. What more does one need to have the point driven home?

NickM
NickM
Nov 27, 2023 2:21 PM
Reply to  hotrod31

“There has been more than enough comment and research done to understand the situation. The point now is to change it” — Karl Marx (freely translated).

Literally nobody
Literally nobody
Nov 27, 2023 11:10 AM

The general themes are correct ok but
“The power of the police state is dependent on a populace that meekly obeys without question.”.. rings hollow post copid.
The power was shown to be brutal violence, organized, funded, sanctioned and very well practiced.

Quickdraw
Quickdraw
Nov 27, 2023 2:04 PM

There can be no police state without the police yet here in the US there are those who worship cops i.e. “back the blue”.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Nov 27, 2023 11:55 PM
Reply to  Quickdraw

There can be no civilisation without the Police. The Police is the entrance and exit door to our civilisation.

If there is no Police its because we all are sitting in deep deep deep shit.

Then it is because Gestapo, SS, Azov Nasis or ISIS are walking around in the streets with machine guns shooting people they dont like, your neighbours disappear to never come back.
A very very unpleasant and disgusting society.

The day you see a Police car driving around in the streets again, you can finally wipe off the sweat off your face because now you know you can begin to plan your life more than 24 hours forward.

Its forbidden to attack or disturb all groups involved in duties of saving civilians and maintaining public order!
Its too stupid to go after groups who secure everybody’s peaceful existence in public areas.
There are many much more rotten groups to fry than precisely the Police.

Anarchos
Anarchos
Nov 29, 2023 3:59 PM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

Spoken like a true god-fearing slave

NickM
NickM
Nov 27, 2023 2:24 PM

Which is why Les reminded us that power will come from the barrel of a gun. The ruling classes will not give up their ill-gotten gains without a fight.