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Today in America terms like Communist or Socialist get thrown around regularly to describe the Federal Government under the Obama administration. There are some aspects of both Communism and Socialism that are apparent and undeniable in todays government, but neither term is wholly accurate. It is more accurate to use the term Fascist. The tendency of America toward Fascism did not start under Obama but has without a doubt blossomed. The progression toward fascism under Bush has been documented enough for 10 lifetimes by a multitude of other people, I am not excusing his administration from guilt just choosing to not drone on unnecessarily about a topic that has been covered ad nauseam.

8 Reasons Why Fascism Is The New American Way.

1. Mixed Economy – The transition of the economy of America from a Free Market economy to a mixed economy has accelerated under Obama. In a mixed economy private enterprise continues to produce the majority of goods and services but operate under such a heavy regulatory burden from the national government that production is essentially controlled by the national government. In a mixed economy the national government utilizes manipulation of monetary and fiscal policy in order to steer production and pricing, control competition, and intervene in the business cycle.

2. From the Wikipedia definition of Fascism “a totalitarian state that seeks the mass mobilization of the national community through discipline, indoctrination, physical training, and eugenics.”

Under the Obama administration calls for “bi-partisanship” are at an all time high. We are being led to believe by the national media that the ills of our nation are rooted in disagreement and gridlock. (Reminiscent of “third position” politics which claim to be syncretic or beyond the left right paradigm). When in fact the opposite is true. The Federal Government was designed to be slow and prohibit rash decisions by lawmakers, it was designed to prevent the tyranny of the majority as well. Despite this, the call to unite under one set of ideals continues to be drummed into the heads of the public. Eerily the Obama administration has chosen to focus on all of the categories outlined above. Indoctrination of the general public and students through media and education, physical training by the First Lady and her various programs aimed at American physical health, and eugenics through the continued support of abortion and pro abortion groups.

3. “The Ready Reserve Corps”- Fascist movements have historically used paramilitary forces to overthrow governments. I have documented and explained how it came into existence and why the Ready Reserve Corps is a paramilitary force. (Here)

4. Obama has expanded on the fascist tendencies of the Federal Government by implementing protectionist economic policies which restrict the free trade of goods and services. As a matter of fact a national Obama campaign ad brags about protectionist policies toward China. (Here) Obama has continued the interventionist economic policies of his predecessors as well by allowing monetary manipulation by the Federal Reserve.

5. Historically, Fascist governments have been known for publicly supporting the economic lower class (proletariat) while denouncing the economic upper class (bourgeois). Obama’s hostility toward the rich and the emergence of the OWS movement are not coincidentally in American politics at the same time. The OWS movement is clearly a wing of Obama’s domestic economic policy agenda. OWS was designed to galvanize the poor against the rich to facilitate Federal Government wealth redistribution (equality). In the past, Fascist have created this conflict between classes then used the hostilities to advocate their policies to “resolve” the conflict to “preserve the nation”.

6. Fascism is hostile toward capitalism. Capitalism is considered too competitive and results in enterprise that are indifferent to the success of the nation. In the eyes of Fascists, Capitalists have no goals other than the maximization of profit. They view the desire to maximize profits as individualistic and inconsiderate of the nation as well as the nations population.

The Obama administration has been unabashedly anti-captialist since taking office. There has been more anti-captialist rhetoric in his Presidency than during any other part of our nations history. The demonization of capitalism and private businesses has become such a crucial part of Obama’s  agenda that he now openly speaks negatively about American businesses in his speeches. He frequently references greed and profits at the expense of the poor as his major issues with American business. Both are qualifying accusations for being a Fascist.

7. Improved Social Welfare is another highly promised aspect of Fascism. Italian Fascism under Benito Mussolini promised a “social revolution”. This social revolution was mostly made up of a doubling of the number of workers who worked for the government and and an increase of welfare spending from 7% to 20% of the Italian budget. In Nazi Germany the Fascist government created the Volkswagen automobile with the aim to make an automobile cheap enough that every German citizen could own one.

Under Obama we are seeing our own social revolution. The size of the Federal Government workforce increased by 13% between 2007-2011 according to this article in USA today (which also references a very minor decline in Federal employment for 7 or 8 months between late 2011 and mid 2012). The size of Federal Government employment had declined steadily from 6,639,000 in 1968 to 4,127,000 in 2007 according to the US Office Of Personnel Management (here).

Welfare spending in America has increased by 41% in Obama’s tenure in office according to this study done by the CATO institute (here).

America even has its own form of Volkswagen now! It’s called the Chevrolet! Also, dont forget about “cash for clunkers”! In true Fascist nature the Obama administration sought to put a newer more reliable vehicle in as many driveways across America as they could.

8. Corporatism was a key part of Italian style Fascism and it has been promoted by other groups of Fascists as well. This quote taken from Wikipedia by Oswald Mosley of the British Union of Fascists described Fascist corporatism this way, ” it means a nation organized as the human body, with each organ performing its individual function but working in harmony with the whole”. Italian fascists fostered the creation of a large number of state owned businesses by promising to protect the lower class and small businesses from the greed and profit mongering of big business.

Mussolini blamed “super capitalism” and excessive consumption for an economic peril in which bloated business will inevitably fail and seek the assistance of the government in which it had chided away from previously. At which point he was of the opinion that the state was obligated to the “bureaucratization of the economic activities of the nation”.

Our nation has seen historical increases in partnerships with private enterprise. Farming out work to private businesses is not an undesirable activity but once a business becomes married to the income it receives from Government and ceases to operate outside of government contracts, is it still an independent business or is it just another entity of the government? This is a question that is not easily answered but Fascist Corporatism is at the center of a transfer from Capitalism to Fascism and should be monitored closely. The government takeover of GM was a very large stride toward Fascist Corporatism in America outside of military hardware production.

The case can also be made that Fascist Corporatism is being carried out in stealth. With the bailouts, tarp funds, and QE I,II,III being performed under Obama one can easily say that the Federal Government is attempting to gain control of the funding mechanism for most businesses in America by purchasing the major lending institutions. Recently an audit of the Federal Reserve showed that $16 trillion ($16,000,000,000,000.00) of “stimulus” was handed out instead of the reported $800 billion. That is 20 times more than reported. A vast majority of these funds were dumped into lending institutions. (Data here)

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I find that the “immigration issue” is being politicized by both political parties in the United States. One side claims to be concerned with the human lives in danger if illegal immigrants continue to be allowed in, the other side claims to be concerned with the human lives that are in danger when the border with Mexico is militarized. The real problem is that both of them are correct with their concerns and neither side offers a realistic or valuable solution. Instead, we get backdoor amnesty moves like what Obama pulled recently in an attempt to “buy” votes. Instead, we get Presidential candidates declaring that they would erect another fence but this time it would be better…..yeah that works because the issue is that we are dealing with total idiots who can’t figure out a way to get around a taller fence.

We have a weak and struggling economy (although some of you are brainwashed to think that we don’t). We have huge problems with regulatory overreach by Federal agencies. We have soldiers in harms way for little to no reason. We are picking fights with more and more countries. Our national debt is growing rapidly. The budget deficit continues to widen. We have the worst drought in decades set in on the midwest, the nations crops are failing…..and we continue to talk about things like illegal immigration, Obamas birth certificate, and gay marriage. These things are not unimportant (well actually one is), but they are issues that are paraded around by the politicians and fomented by the press to create division among the populace. There is no intention of resolving these types of issues, these are the volleyball issues that neither party wants to solve. As long as they can hit the ball back over the net it will be the other sides problem to deal with. Occasionally one side will get a point over the other and just like volleyball one of the teams on the court always wins, the audience gets nothing more than a good feeling.

In retaliation for their constant back and forth I have written this, to express how ridiculous it all is.

These satirical letters to the American people are examples of how to secure the border from a “Right” and “Left” perspective.

RIGHT WING PERSPECTIVE.
Dear Patriots,

In order to secure our southern border the Federal Government will be declaring eminent domain over all private land within 25 miles of the border. After all legal citizens have been assisted with their relocation to newly built relocation assistance camps we will be detonating a series of tactical thermonuclear weapons along the border. This will create an impenetrable line of radiation that will need no maintenance and no supervision for decades. To further ensure that no illegal aliens can make it through there will be drones patrolling from overhead. These will not be surveillance drones, these will be the most sophisticated armed hunter killer drones available. The drone operators will be instructed to shoot anything that moves. The protection of legal citizens is our highest priority, take note that entering the border zone will be highly dangerous and should be avoided.

As residents of the border zone are aware, the enemy has become quite proficient at tunneling. At the outside edge of the irradiated zone the Army Corps of Engineers will take hundreds of machines and thousands of low wage unskilled workers and dig a trench across the border. This trench will be roughly 20 feet wide by 50 feet deep. Steel plates, steel rebar, steel beams, and billions of yards of concrete will fill this massive trench. Permanent ground penetrating radar stations will constantly monitor the earth around and below the “great underground wall”. Any evidence of a tunnel under the wall will be met with the finest bunker busting bombs delivered by the border air patrol. That’s right, in the name of “national security” no expense will be spared. An entire squadron of fighter jets will be on the ready to meet any air, or underground breach of the border. Again, the safety and security of all legal citizens is our highest priority. As a result, no commercial or private air traffic will be permitted near the border zone.

The enemy is crafty and has a reputation for defeating all security measures with simple and cheap methods. The best opportunity for this will be via the Gulf of Mexico. The obvious solution is an armada of the most advanced warships in the world, a network of buoy sensors, mines, and sea drones. Any inflatable raft or rowboat filled with illegal immigrants will be spotted and destroyed quickly and effectively. To ensure the safety and security of legal citizens, activity in or near the Gulf of Mexico will not be permitted.

In addition to threats created on land, by air, by sea, and underground, the enemy has adopted a “hearts and minds” campaign in the United States. To combat this offensive maneuver we are issuing wiretap warrants for every phone call made in the United States. Under the greatest legislation ever enacted, The Patriot Act, we will utilize all available resources to monitor text messages, emails, Facebook messages, Tweets and all other potentially harmful methods of communication. It is vital to national security to know everything that everyone is thinking, saying, or doing. We intend to document these potentially dangerous activities.

To further ensure the safety of American citizens the brave men and women of the United States military will be assisting law enforcement indefinitely. Rest assured America, the most noble, brave, intelligent, well trained, awesome people of our society are in those uniforms, nothing can go wrong.

The total cost of this vital defense is nearly impossible to project, likely start up costs will be in the trillions. Maintenance costs will likely be even higher. But we are not talking about a dam or bridge. We are talking about the future of this great nation. If this plan is not enacted, we will all be speaking Spanish in 2 years. Loaves of bread will no longer exist, instead only tortillas will be found. The American past time of barbecue grilling will vanish along with polish sausages, ribs, steaks, and hot dogs. Numerous combinations of cheese, shredded meat, tortilla, and salsa will be the new national cuisine. Football, baseball, and basketball will be replaced with soccer. This is guaranteed to happen. We must nuke the border, and we must suspend all laws in order to accomplish this. We will re-institute the rule of law as soon as it is safe, we promise.

– The Republican Federal Government

THE LEFT PERSPECTIVE

Dear Straight People, LGBT People, White People, Minorities, Handicapped People, Young People, Old People, Middle Aged People, Rich People, Poor People, Middle Class People, all other specific groups of people are equally considered in the writing of this Facebook status update,

We face a humanitarian crisis on our southern border! We must act quickly to ensure that no lives are unnecessarily lost, human or animal alike. As a result of the urgency of this situation we are suspending The Constitution and operating under international law as dictated..er…directed by the United Nations.

Beginning today the newly formed international joint armed forces are being deployed to every major metropolitan area within the contiguous United States. This is being done in an effort to assist local police forces with the implementation of new citizenship requirements.

The new citizenship requirements are as follows: if you can get here, you are a citizen.

This new streamlined and efficient approach is more appropriate for todays modern lifestyle. We should no longer be bound by the laws and regulations of a much more simple time. Todays fast paced world and ever changing technological advances are advancing much more quickly than law in the United States. Because of this disconnect between trends and law, the office of the Presidency in cooperation with the United Nations has dissolved congress and the supreme court. The three bickering and partisan branches of government are inefficient and legislation was far too difficult to enact under the old system. Through internet polling and Facebook “Likes” the United States will engage in a direct democracy where the people and the President make the choice, after UN approval, your choice will be law. Gone are the stumbling points of the outdated Republican form of government that this nation struggled under for over 200 years.

Along with the new “true democratic” method of decision making our great nation is moving toward equality on many fronts. To help ensure the equality between new immigrants and current citizens we have taken the advice of some of the most highly educated Americans and implemented a new policy of disarmament. The weak and unarmed will no longer suffer at the hands of those with weapons. What was once considered the great equalizer has since turned into a tool of inequality, pitting man against man and resulting in murder.

We expect the Religious Right Wing Republicans to resist disarmament. They cling to their Bibles and guns in times of change. The resulting uprising must be squashed. But do not be afraid, as we move forward into this new and great America the international armed forces of the UN will protect Americans from any violent uprising. Any individual posing a threat to the collective will be dealt with accordingly.

In this great time of change the wealth issues facing America must be addressed. In order for the advancement of this society we must break down the class barriers that exist. Science has proven that in the animal kingdom and in human history it is unnatural for people or animals to differentiate themselves from the collective because of talent or access to resources. The most successful species do no specialize their work or their workers thus compensation is not specialized, this is a scientific fact. It is time for the 99% to all be part of the 1%.

Join us as we push forward! Join us as we change America! Join us as we bring hope, love, happiness, and equality to everyone! Join us as we eliminate racism, murder, trans fats, sugary drinks, and wealth!*

– The Modern Democratic Federal Government

*All Americans are encouraged to participate however, if you are religious, wealthy, less educated, untrendy, and less “green”, please do not bother rallying with us. We can spot you. You will be imprisoned. Thanks!

UPDATE: 8/14/2012 (little black boxes are now MANDATORY in all new vehicles, as required by the NHTSA) link here.

Recently, my long time friend was telling me about a theory that he had. I was astonished that I had never considered the scenario that he laid out. The next day after discussing the issue with him I began writing this post. To my surprise 2 highly trafficked websites that I frequent ran a story on this very topic on April 18. (HERE)

I am sure you have heard of an airliners “little black box”. You may have heard that some manufacturers and bureaucrats have considered some form of “black box” for vehicles. You may have also heard that some commercial fleets of delivery trucks have similar units in their trucks that track travel speeds, stop times, and other traffic info. (Example HERE)

What you may not know is that some railroad lines use similar technology to ensure that their massive machines are being driven according to protocol. My friend has first hand experience with these devices since he works for a major rail line. The devices are frequently checked and in the near future will be connected via wireless network to a remote location for constant live monitoring.

His theory is that one day the Federal Government will mandate these black boxes in all vehicles. In doing so they will be able to keep track of us, our location, our movement, our routine, etc.

In my estimation this is very likely to come true. So here is my expansion on his theory:

At some point in the very near future new vehicles will be mandated by the Federal Government to have “black boxes”. These boxes will be able to do more than log speed, they will log travel locations, stop times, refueling habits, tire pressure, oil cleanliness, GPS mapping of all travel,  exhaust emissions, fluid levels, seat belt usage, weight hauled or towed, accidents and accident locations, etc.,etc.,etc. Of course these boxes will be pushed on us under the auspices of safety and protection. Likely these devices will begin somewhat harmless and gradually morph into a tool of the state. They will eventually be mandated for all vehicles, not just new ones.

Every single thing I listed above can currently be tracked. Some of these items are already being monitored by our personal vehicles for our own purposes. It is not a difficult jump to make to collect all of this info in one location and record it. From there the unit could be accessed by law enforcement on the spot, or even remotely.

Perhaps one day there will be checkpoints, similar to automated turnpike toll areas. The checkpoints will be strategically placed near highly trafficked areas such as grocery stores, schools, and public buildings. The checkpoints will be relatively unnoticeable. Similar to traffic cameras the scanners will be mounted in a way that makes them forgetable.

The next logical question is, how will these systems remain in vehicles? The answer is simple, at first they will be wired into the vehicles computer. If the unit is removed the car will not drive. There will be the few people that know how to remove the units and will be willing to risk the large fine for doing so. However, the majority of people will never attempt to block or remove the devices for fear of the state.

RFID technology could even be utilized to tag vehicles with unique identification numbers to ID the vehicles owner, as a vehicle passed through the checkpoint the black box would be accessed remotely and the information would be uploaded and electronically reviewed. The placement of the RFID is as easy as placing it on your license plate renewal sticker, or inserting it into the plate itself. For the higly advanced, a chip in their skin will provide all of the information that the traffic scanner could need about who they are, where they live, where they work and how much their fine should be based on their income.

The information collected from the black box will be reviewed by a computer system. The system will be set up to look for anything from improper stop times at stop signs to evidence of a hit and run accident, and everything in between.

Using the plethora of information from the black boxes, speeding tickets could be issued based on recorded speeds on roads traveled (most GPS units have the speed limits of every driveable road in the US programmed into them making it easy to establish whether or not you were exceeding the posted speed limit). The same GPS units can monitor your behavior at traffic lights, intersections, and parking lots.

The Police will rarely be tasked to set up speed traps or patrol for traffic violations. As a result, the nation will be “saving money” by not paying as many officers to be on duty, not paying for as much fuel, not paying for as many patrol cars, and not paying for as many incidents between officers and citizens. (This will be the sales pitch)

The question of drug and alcohol monitoring also needs to be addressed. This one is fairly simple for the Federal Government to resolve as well. All vehicles will be mandated to have a blood alcohol level measuring device installed in them. These devices are similar to what multiple DUI drivers get put in their vehicles during probation, the major difference is that the devices will monitor for drug use as well. Violators will likely be sealed into their own vehicles until an officer can arrive to safely arrest them.

The illegal trafficking of narcotics would be much more difficult to detect without human inspection, but not impossible. Robotic “sniffers” are used routinely to search for explosives and narcotics by the military and border patrol. Checkpoints could have “sniffers” installed in the road to check every vehicle passing by for explosives or narcotics.

Another technology that would be useful are modular x-ray machines. Similar units are being used in airports to scan individuals, it is a fact that the DHS has outfitted passenger vans with larger units and are using them on roadways today to monitor the cargo of vehicles. Guns, ammunition, explosives, and packages of narcotics would all be easy to spot using the x-ray devices.

What happens if someone is spotted trafficking weapons, narcotics, or explosives? Utilizing “Onstar” like technology, the police checkpoints will be capable of transmitting an order to the vehicles computer to shut down the vehicles engine. The vehicle itself could be used to retain the violators and keep them trapped until police arrived.

Now comes the scary part, this is starting to become a reality. Bill # 1813S has passed the US Senate and is set to be voted on by The House, it includes section # 31406 . It is in this section that a Federal mandate to begin installing “black boxes” in all new vehicles beginning in 2015 exists. (Legislation can be found HERE)

The TSA and DHS are setting up highway checkpoints across the nation using VIPR teams and technology described previously in this post.

Drones are being deployed by Federal and state forces domestically to monitor civilian activity, as I wrote about in my previous post, “Eagle Eye”.

The police state is expanding by leaps and bounds and it will surely evolve to utilize all available technology to further its agenda. The police state agenda has recently grown through the passage of legislation such as the NDAA, which allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens without trial (HERE, there is tons of information available on this topic). There was the proposed crackdown on the internet with the legislation nicknamed PIPA and its counterpart SOPA. These were also widely publicized power grabs by the police statists. The horror didn’t end there however, a new monster nicknamed CISPA has emerged. Will it be defeated as well? It is almost daily that another power grab is reported either by mainstream or alternative news outlets.

Skeptics of the existence of a police state in America will say that all of these actions by government are in our best interest. They will say that people calling attention to legislative and policy driven power grabs by government are paranoid, misinformed, and even mentally deficient. (Example: Here)

The skeptics are clearly ignorant of history if they choose this argument. While the Nazi’s prepared for their “Final Solution”, the people inside the ghettos were told that the fences being installed around the perimeters of their neighborhoods were for, “their own protection”. Then as the lightly armed Nazi soldiers loaded the residents of the Ghettos into cattle cars they said that they “must hurry”, “the Russians were advancing”. They lied to their faces, scared them with lies about imminent danger, then painted themselves as heroes who were saving the people from the dangerous aggressors, then they drove the trains to concentration camps.

The tactic of creating a problem, offering a “solution”, and using the methods of implementing the solution to further tyranny against the people is as old as the hills, as proven by the the previously mentioned Nazi tactics against the Jewish people.

I believe that we are seeing history replayed before our eyes. We are seeing the erosion of personal freedoms and individual Liberty on a massive scale, but it is being done quietly with stealth maneuvers.

It seems that the public as a whole is misinformed and accepting of the official story regarding big government’s heavy handed legislation.

It also seems, fortunately, that segments of the population are beginning to realize that Leviathan is not our friend.

Unfortunately for Liberty however, there is a significant segment of the population that continues to cry for the Federal Government to “do more”.
One thing is for sure, we are on the path to a totalitarian highly centralized Federal government.

Are you willing to accept it?

Additional Reading:

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/14-incredibly-creepy-surveillance-technologies-that-big-brother-will-soon-be-using-to-spy-on-you

http://www.infowars.com/new-socialist-french-nanny-state-mandates-breathalyzers-in-all-cars/

Thank God for the “Affordable Care Act”!

We now have the Federal Government ensuring that as Americans we all have……….

……..A militarized civilian police force?

The text in bold is the text as taken from the Affordable Care Act. The standard text are my questions and analysis of this section of the law.

See the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, page 1312:

SEC. 5210. ESTABLISHING A READY RESERVE CORPS. Section 203 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 204) is amended to read as follows:

SEC. 203. COMMISSIONED CORPS AND READY RESERVE CORPS.

(a) ESTABLISHMENT–
(1) IN GENERAL.–here shall be in the Service a commissioned Regular Corps and a Ready Reserve Corps for service in time of national emergency. (What constitutes a “national emergency”? This vague term does not identify what conditions must be met for an event to be considered a national emergency.)

(2) REQUIREMENT.–All commissioned officers shall be citizens of the United States and shall be appointed without regard to the civil-service laws and compensated without regard to the Classification Act 2 of 1923, as amended. (Notice that this specifies commissioned officers must be legal citizens, it does not state that enlisted individuals must fulfill a citizenship requirement. The Classification Act 2 and civil service laws apply to civilian government employees. The only government employees that are not subject to the civil service laws are the military. The ready reserve corps will operate without regard to these laws, one can easily infer then that this corps is more of a military branch than it is a branch of the civil service.)

(3) APPOINTMENT.– Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall be appointed by the President and commissioned officers of the Regular Corps shall be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. (Note that officers of the corps are appointed by the Executive branch without any Senate oversight)

(4) ACTIVE DUTY.–Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall at all times be subject to call to active duty by the Surgeon General, including active duty for the purpose of training. (This is a standing force that is on the ready at all times.)

(5) WARRANT OFFICERS.–Warrant officers may be appointed to the Service for the purpose of providing support to the health and delivery systems maintained by the Service and any warrant officer appointed to the Service shall be considered for purposes of this Act and title 37, United States Code, to be a commissioned officer within the Commissioned Corps of the Service.

(b) ASSIMILATING RESERVE CORP OFFICERS INTO THE REGULAR CORPS.—Effective on the date of enactment of the Affordable Health Choices Act, all individuals classified as officers in the Reserve Corps under this section (as such section existed on the day before the date of enactment of such Act) and serving on active duty shall be deemed to be commissioned officers of the Regular Corps. (Effectively any Presidentially appointed reserve corps officer will be automatically assimilated into the regular corps without any oversight or requirements. )

(c) PURPOSE AND USE OF READY RESERVE.–
(1) PURPOSE.–The purpose of the Ready Reserve Corps is to fulfill the need to have additional Commissioned Corps personnel available on short notice (similar to the uniformed service’s reserve program) to assist regular Commissioned Corps personnel to meet both routine public health and emergency response missions. (At this point the “ready reserve” and “commissioned corps” are being compared to the “uniformed service’s”. This wording infers similarities in organizational structure with the military.)

(2) USES.–The Ready Reserve Corps shall–
(A) participate in routine training to meet the general and specific needs of the Commissioned Corps; (nothing real special here)

(B) be available and ready for involuntary calls to active duty during national emergencies and public health crises, similar to the uniformed service reserve personnel; (Did you notice the word “involuntary” in that sentence? And again a reference to similarities with the “uniformed services”)

(C) be available for backfilling critical positions left vacant during deployment of active duty Commissioned Corps members, as well as for deployment to respond to public health emergencies, both foreign and domestic; and (DID YOU READ THAT!? BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC! So we are discussing a military style “civilian” corps that can be involuntarily deployed to a foreign land as deemed necessary by the President for an undefined “national emergency” or “public health emergency”. Currently the military is the only place that this type of stuff exists. So again, more similarities with the uniformed services.)

(D) be available for service assignment in isolated, hardship, and medically underserved communities (as defined in section 399SS) to improve access to health services. (I can’t help but think of the scenes in movies like Shindler’s List where the poor and destitute Jews were stood in line and watched over by the military police. Most of which were under the impression they were in those lines for their own good.)

(d) FUNDING.—For the purpose of carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the Commissioned Corps under this section, there are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to the Office of the Surgeon General for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014. Funds appropriated under this subsection shall be used for recruitment and training of Commissioned Corps Officers. (WHAT!? A vague definition of how money will be appropriated and allocated…..no, not from our government!)

The hardcore Obama supporters out there will excuse this obvious power grab as nothing more than our dear leader and his minions filling the gaps in our nations emergency response preparedness. There are rebuttals out there stating that this is simply the creation of a reserve corps for the Public Health Service. The PHS does not have a uniformed reserve and has had past difficulties in fielding adequate numbers of their people to emergencies, such as after Hurricane Katrina.

What they will and have failed to address are the questions I raised above.

They will fail to address why essentially another branch of the military has been created.

They will fail to address why this new force answers directly to the President and requires no formal declaration of any type by Congress in order to be deployed domestically and abroad.

They will fail to address why this was snuck in with the “healthcare law” to begin with.

They will fail to address what a standing civilian army operating under its own set of rules implies for the future of our country.

They will fail to address the dangers of having solely executive appointed leadership operating a militarized force.

They will fail to admit that these are Obama’s “brown shirts”.

The term “brown shirt’s” was a nickname for the Nazi paramilitary police force the Sturmabteilung, or SA. The SA were a force created by the Nazi party that existed outside of the military but mirrored military ranking and operational procedures. The SA carried out the bidding of the Nazi party and was assigned to special duties by the party. They were an intrical part of the rise of the Nazi party and Adolf Hitler into power. Eventually the SA was dissolved and replaced by the more famous SS…..but that would NEVER happen in America.

The main argument supporting that this will not be a militarized force is that this is intended to be a corps of doctors, nurses, medical professionals, etc. But where is this specified? I did not read any requirements for members of the corps. If the requirements still need to be written then the legislation should not have passed. Half cocked legislation is dangerous and leaves an open door for the abuse of legislative power.

Maybe it wont be President Obama who misuses this new “corps”. Maybe we wont see misuse in our lifetimes, maybe we will. But the first question that needs to be answered is why is this even necessary? What void exists in the current plethora of military and police forces that exist at the Federal, State, and municipal levels?

Am I missing something?

The stated use for this corps is for national emergencies….which happen frequently enough that a new paramilitary force should be created and kept on standby at all times, right?

What is a national emergency anyway? We often hear declarations of a “state of emergency” for cities, counties, or nearly entire states due to flooding, wildfires, tornados, hurricanes, etc. In these circumstances we have municipal city and fire departments with back up from surrounding communities or county offices. Then there are the National Guard and FEMA as well. Not to mention the thousands of volunteers, hundreds of non profit organizations and many church organizations that pour into any disaster area in the nation to help with relief.

To have a national emergency we must have to have such a massive natural disaster that it throws our entire nation into chaos, or we are invaded by a foreign military, or we have a pandemic, or we are invaded by aliens. In those circumstances I would say that a national emergency could be declared. In those instances what good will the brown shirts serve?

It seems to me that the dangers that exist with a standing paramilitary force are far greater than the rewards. After all, if this is such a great thing that is highly necessary….why did it get snuck through in the healthcare reform law?

Concerns such as mine are being dismissed as “conspiracy theory”. This is a convenient scape goat term that is used as a blanket to cover any descending point of view. It is the fastest and easiest way to discredit and devalue analysis that does not coincide with the “official story”. Once something is labeled a conspiracy theory a whole new set of requirements is put on the idea that even the original story did not meet. I do not find this issue to be a conspiracy or a theory about a conspiracy at all! This has happened. The law exists, the text is there, interpret it how you may. I am attempting to point out some things that seem off to me.

I can’t pinpoint the reason behind all of this, but I can tell you that it appears to me this was created with intentions beyond the stated official story. I don’t think it bodes well for the future of America to have such things in existence. I think that the creation of a paramilitary force acting under direct authority of the executive branch is a sign of what is coming. I don’t like it. I think that it is the end of America as we knew it.

What do you think?

Updated material is past the previously posted story.

Remember the movie Eagle Eye? Remember how the computer could see where the guy was the whole time and all it had to do was tap into ATM cameras, traffic cameras, security cameras, etc. To accomplish it.

Well it just got easier.

http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/7/coming-to-a-sky-near-you/

According to that article we should expect 30,000 drones in our skies by 2020.

On a typical day there are some 4-6,000 commercial jets in the sky at any time. Think about it, any time you look up you can usually see at least 2-3 planes crossing the sky. Imagine 5 times that number of planes in the sky, that will be the quantity of drones in our airspace by 2020.

There are roughly 35,000 cities and towns in the United States. This means there will be enough drones in 8 years to put one on patrol over almost every single city or town in the US.

There are roughly 350 million people in the United States. Making the 30,000 drones, approximately one drone per each 11,500 people. There are only 13,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the US, that is approximately one per every 29,000 people. There will be over 2 times the amount of drones in the sky as there are McDonald’s on the ground.

There are roughly 150 million homes in the United States. Approximately one drone per 5,000 houses. Google how many houses are in your area.

The land area of the United States is 3.79 million square miles. Divided between 30,000 drones that is only 126 square miles to patrol in order to canvas the United States.

The patrol area of a Northrop Grumman Global Hawk drone is 4000 square miles per day. At that rate, the 30,000 drones could survey every square mile of the country 32 times every single day. Consider that there are vast expanses of mountains, water, and desert that would be virtually unnecessary to patrol because they are uninhabitable.

Combine these drones with GPS in our phones, RFID tags in our credit cards and ID badges, Onstar and GPS in our vehicles, traffic cameras, security cameras, police car dash cams, etc. And you have a scenario where if the right person is looking they can find you, watch you, and record you, whenever and wherever they want.

The drones eliminate the little privacy that was left when hiding from cameras and other tracking devices.

Consider:

Traffic cameras can’t see into your fenced in back yard to watch your kids play, or your wife sunbath.

Security cameras in the store can’t create heat signature images of the inside of your home from thousands of feet in the air. Drone operators will know how hot you take your showers, what time you go to bed, etc., etc., etc.

You can put your RFID credit card in a blocking wallet to prevent unwanted transmission of personal data. Unless you’re underground, you can’t hide from the drones.

You can yank your dash GPS out of your car and throw it in the ditch, or leave your phone at home, or have Onstar removed from your vehicle. But the drones will still fly.

Keep in mind, not all drones are created equal. Not all drones are equipped with only cameras. Some drones are quite powerful. The link below is for one of the first hunter killer drones built and it has replaced F16 fighter jets for an entire squadron. It is currently in service with the United States border patrol.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Atomics_MQ-9_Reaper

We aren’t talking about SkyNet, this isn’t a sci-fi movie, this is real life. This is the police state in action.

UPDATE: the following links expand on what I previously reported in this post. I feel this is one of the biggest issues facing our country, that is why I am reposting this with new information.

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/06/04/the-age-of-drones-military-may-be-using-drones-in-us-to-help-police

http://www.infowars.com/epa-using-drones-to-spy-on-cattle-ranchers-in-nebraska-and-iowa/

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-boeing-spy-drone-phantom-20120604,0,3627487.story

http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/11/border-agency-overextended-drone-program/

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/2269/706/The_Insects_Are_Watching:_The_Future_Of_Government_Surveillance_Technology.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2161647/Is-really-just-fly-Swarms-cyborg-insect-drones-future-military-surveillance.html

!http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/magazine/the-drone-zone.xml

http://m.cnet.com/news/us-drone-hijackings-raise-security-concerns/57466445

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/07/12/navy-beginning-to-implement-underwater-drones-in-gulf/

http://m.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/07/small-drone-missile-soon/

http://seattle.cbslocal.com/2012/08/10/boeing-demonstrates-drones-that-perform-like-swarm-of-insects/

Read the story at the following link to better describe the title of this post.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2150281/REVEALED-Hundreds-words-avoid-using-online-dont-want-government-spying-you.html?ICO=most_read_module

“The Hunger Games” is about a powerful central government that controls every aspect of its citizens lives. Some in this society are more fortunate than others, they receive entertainment from the lower classes who are forced to compete in the hunger games. This higher class resides in a capital city far away from the strife of middle and lower class life, they are out of touch and apathetic. Their lives are so plush and carefree that their only concern is to obsess over entertainment, specifically the brutal contest of the hunger games.

The lower classes live meager lives with only the basic necessities available to them. These lower classes participate in the hunger games for a few reasons, mainly because they are forced to, but also because some see it as a way to gain favor with the affluent part of society, and some participate because it is prideful to win.

The more wealthy parts of the lower class participate as well, their motivation is to prove dominance over the lowest classes, reinforce superiority in society, and jockey for power within their class.

In the story, the government knows that without an event such as the hunger games the less fortunate populace would become tired of their poor living conditions, lack of personal freedom, and individual liberty. An insurrection would be very likely in a distractionless world. As a result of this viewpoint the hunger games are made to be a spectacle, propagandized and glorified to garner the attention of the masses. The event offers a glimmer of hope to the people who wish to fight for a better existence. Simultaneously the hunger games are used as a way to intimidate citizens, to remind them that the government’s power is so great that their children can be forcibly removed from them and killed, and there is nothing that can be done to stop it.

To summarize how I interpret “The Hunger Games” story: There is an all powerful highly centralized government that wants its subjects to have enough hope so as not to rise up and overthrow them as a result of this discontent. At the same time they wish to minimize the amount of hope that is felt by the people to stave off a coup resulting from an emboldened, hopeful population. They also use these games to reinforce their unquestionable power over the life of each individual under their rule.

I can’t help but relate this line of thinking to our current situation as Americans. Or even to world history.

The Roman people were shown displays of government favor in the forms of bread being tossed to coliseum crowds, festivals that went on for months, and barbaric displays of aggression that were held up as the best forms of entertainment. This society also regarded military service as its most honorable profession, and service was regarded as the best way for lower class individuals to be seen as part of the elite ruling class.

Today we get “government bread” thrown to us from time to time, Obamacare, American Reinvesment Act, Social Security, etc. The “freebies” pacify the masses as they laud their government for “doing the right thing”. A loyal following of apathetic, idealistic, “useful idiots” is created through this societal bribery. Our society voluntarily participates in the hunger games; the youth of the nation sign up for military service craving respect and honor, hoping to defend our nation from harm, and put their lives on the line to protect what they love. Then they are sent to fight political wars fueled by hateful rhetoric and at times baseless accusations. Galvanizing events are used to lobby support for the wars of aggression and maintain compliance among the populace. Media and government propaganda are utilized to influence the thoughts and beliefs of citizens in order to create strong pro war advocates. The idea of war only for self defense has been demonized and written off as “unpatriotic”. As war rages, the threat of military conscription keeps the young who do not volunteer for war in fear of what may happen, and their parents in fear for their children.

In “The Hunger Games”, the upper class are so disconnected from the lower classes who are forced to fight in the contest that they actually cheer and encourage the murder of children for their entertainment. It is a sick situation that was spawned from a ruthless bloodthirsty government bent on dominating its people. Today in America, Neo-Conservative Republicans talk about “flattening” countries, and turning desert nations “into glass”, simply because they practice a different religion or have a different form of government. The “nuke ’em” advocates dismissively ignore the massive amount of collateral damage that is inflicted on innocent civilians during conflict. Clearly the aggressive, bloodthirsty foreign policy that our government has chosen to pursue has created a mindset that shows little respect to human life.

We do not yet live in a complete totalitarian state. However, I feel that the parallels between today’s America and the future America portrayed in “The Hunger Games” are many. The future of our nation may well end up similar to the America depicted in the film as a result of trends we see today.

These are just the musings of a paranoid, conspiratorial, libertarian, nutcase. Ignore them if you choose, but don’t laugh at them, because while you sit and laugh, the ruling elite and special interest continue to dismantle and pervert the law to benefit their totalitarian state agenda.