America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
The American Dream
January 8th, 2013
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If someone were to ask you for an example of a âtotalitarian societyâ, how would you respond?Â Most Americans would probably think of horribly repressive regimes such as the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Communist China, East Germany or North Korea, but the truth is that there is one society that has far more rules and regulations than any of those societies ever dreamed of having.Â In the United States today, our lives are governed by literally millions of laws, rules and regulations that govern even the smallest details of our lives, and more laws, rules and regulations are constantly being added.Â On January 1st, thousands of restrictive new laws went into effect all over America, but most Americans have become so accustomed to the matrix of control that has been constructed all around them that it does not even bother them when even more rules and regulations are put into place. Â In fact, a growing number of Americans have become totally convinced that âfreedomâ and âlibertyâ must be tightly restricted for the good of society and that âthe free marketâ is inherently dangerous.Â On the national, state and local levels, Americans continue to elect elitist control freaks that are very eager to tell all the rest of us how to run virtually every aspect of our lives. According toÂ Merriam-Webster, the following is one of the ways that the word âtotalitarianâ is defined: âof or relating to a political regime based on subordination of the individual to the state and strict control of all aspects of the life and productive capacity of the nation especially by coercive measuresâ.Â And that is exactly what we are witnessing in America today â nearly all aspects of our lives and of the economy are very tightly controlled by a bunch of control freaks that just keep tightening that control with each passing year.Â We still like to call ourselves âthe land of the freeâ, but the truth is that we are being transformed into a totalitarian society unlike anything the world has ever seen before.Â Where will we end up eventually if we keep going down this road?
If you still believe that America is âfreeâ, just consider some of the things that are illegal in America todayâŠ
-Starting on January 1st, it is now illegal to make or importÂ 75 watt incandescent light bulbsÂ anywhere in the United States.
-InÂ Oregon, it is illegal to collect rainwater that falls on your own property.
-InÂ New Jersey, it is illegal to have an âunrestrainedâ cat or dog in your vehicle while you are driving.
-If you milk your cow and sell some of the milk to your neighbor, you could end up having your home raidedÂ by federal agents.
-InÂ Miami Beach, FloridaÂ you must recycle your trash properly or face huge fines.
-All over the United States, cops are shutting downÂ lemonade stands run by childrenÂ because they donât have the proper âpermitsâ.
-Down inÂ Tulsa, OklahomaÂ one unemployed woman had her survival garden brutally ripped out and carted away by government thugs because it did not conform to regulations.
-Over in Massachusetts, all children in daycare centersÂ are mandated by state lawÂ to brush their teeth after lunch.Â In fact, the state even provides the fluoride toothpaste for the children.
-At one public school down in Texas, a 12-year-old girl named Sarah Bustamantes was arrestedÂ for spraying herself with perfume.
-A 13-year-old student at a school in Albuquerque, New Mexico was arrested by policeÂ for burping in class.
-All over the United States cities have passed laws that actually make it illegal toÂ feed the homeless.
With each passing year, the number of decisions that we are allowed to make for ourselves gets smaller and smaller.
This includes some really fundamental things such as basic health decisions.
For example, the CDC will soon be recommending that nearly every single American be vaccinated for the flu every single year.Â The following is from a recentÂ Natural News articleâŠ
An advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that every person be vaccinated for the seasonal flu yearly, except in a few cases where the vaccine is known to be unsafe.
âNow no one should say âShould I or shouldnât I?ââ said CDC flu specialist Anthony Fiore.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted 11-0 with one abstention to recommend yearly flu vaccination for everyone except for children under the age of six months, whose immune systems have not yet developed enough for vaccination to be safe, and people with egg allergies or other health conditions that are known to make flu vaccines hazardous.
These ârecommendationsâ are often made into mandatory requirements by school districts and employers all over the country.Â Will employers all over the nation soon require all of their employees to take these vaccines each year based on these CDC ârecommendationsâ?Â This is already happening in the healthcare field.Â Hundreds of healthcare professionals all over the nationÂ are being firedÂ for refusing to take certain vaccines.Â It doesnât matter that there is aÂ tremendous amount of evidenceÂ that many of these vaccines are dangerous.Â Many health professionals today are being faced with the choice of either submitting to the ârecommendationsâ of the âexpertsâ or losing their jobs.
We see this kind of âcreeping totalitarianismâ in the business world as well.Â As I have written aboutÂ previously, small businesses all over the country are being absolutely suffocated by mountains of laws, rules and regulations.
One of the biggest changes that small businesses will be dealing with in the next couple of years isÂ Obamacare.Â Many small businesses have been cutting back hours in an attempt to get around the new requirements contained in Obamacare.Â The following is one example from a news story that was publishedÂ earlier this weekâŠ
Around 100 local Wendyâs workers have learned their hours are being cut. A spokesperson says a new health care law is to blame.
âThirty-six to 37 hours a week.â Thatâs how many hours T.J. Growbeck works at the 84th and Giles Wendyâs restaurant. The money he earns helps him pay for the basics, but thatâs not the case for all his co-workers. âThere are some people doing it trying to get by.â
The company has announced that all non-management positions will have their hours reduced to 28 a week. Gary Burdette, Vice President of Operations for the local franchise, says the cuts are coming because the new Affordable Health Care Act requires employers to offer health insurance to employees working 32-38 hours a week. Under the current law they are not considered full time and that as a small business owner, he canât afford to stay in operation and pay for everyoneâs health insurance.
But the IRS has announced that it is going to make it very hard for employers to avoid these new Obamacare regulations.Â According to new IRS rules, all firms that âhave at least 50 full-time employees or anÂ equivalent combinationÂ of full-time and part-time employeesâ will be required to provide healthcare for their employees and their dependents.Â The following is from a recentÂ New York Times articleâŠ
Under the rules, employers must offer coverage to employees in 2014 and must offer coverage to dependents as well, starting in 2015.
The new rules apply to employers that have at least 50 full-time employees or an equivalent combination of full-time and part-time employees. A full-time employee is a person employed on average at least 30 hours a week. And 100 half-time employees are considered equivalent to 50 full-time employees.
Thus, the government said, an employer will be subject to the new requirement if it has 40 full-time employees working 30 hours a week and 20 half-time employees working 15 hours a week.
So conceivably an employer could have only part-time employees and still be required to provide healthcare coverage under Obamacare.
Of course many small businesses will not be able to afford to do this, so expect to see a significant number of them shut down or to try to survive with skeleton crews in 2014 and 2015.
As the number of laws, rules and regulations that govern our lives continues to multiply, the control freaks that run things will continue to try to use technology to watch us all and make sure that we are obeying their rules.
One way that they are doing this is with automated traffic cameras.Â Of course much of the time the performance of these cameras is terribly flawed.Â Just consider the following example which recently appeared in theÂ Baltimore SunâŠ
The Baltimore City speed camera ticket alleged that the four-door Mazda wagon was going 38 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone â and that owner Daniel Doty owed $40 for the infraction.
But the Mazda wasnât speeding.
It wasnât even moving.
The two photos printed on the citation as evidence of speeding show the car was idling at a red light with its brake lights illuminated. A three-second video clip also offered as evidence shows the car motionless, as traffic flows by on a cross street.
But even though technology sometimes fails, the control freaks that run things seem absolutely obsessed with using it to monitor us.Â After all, there are so many of us and watching all of us is a very big job.
For example, did you know that listening devices are being installed on public buses all over the United States?Â The following is from aÂ recent Wired articleâŠ
Transit authorities in cities across the country are quietly installing microphone-enabled surveillance systems on public buses that would give them the ability to record and store private conversations, according to documents obtained by a news outlet.
The systems are being installed in San Francisco, Baltimore, and other cities with funding from the Department of Homeland Security in some cases,Â according to the Daily, which obtained copies of contracts, procurement requests, specs and other documents.
According to the article, some of these systems are incredibly advanced and pair the audio that is being recorded with video that is being taken at the same timeâŠ
In Eugene, Oregon, the Daily found, transit officials requested microphones that would be capable of âdistilling clear conversations from the background noise of other voices, wind, traffic, windshields wipers and enginesâ and also wanted at least five audio channels spread across each bus that would be âpaired with one or more camera images and recorded synchronously with the video for simultaneous playback.â
But that is just one example of how the surveillance of the American people is rapidly growing.Â For many more examples, please see my previous article entitled â29 Signs That The Elite Are Transforming Society Into A Total Domination Control Gridâ.
If America continues down the path that it is on right now, the United States will eventually be transformed into a âBig Brother societyâ that is far more restrictive than anything George Orwell ever dreamed of.
We need a fundamental cultural revolution in this nation.Â We need a revival of the principals of liberty and freedom that were so important during the founding days of this country.Â We need to teach people that even though liberty and freedom may be unpredictable at times, such an environment is greatly preferable to a society where all of our decisions are made for us by a tiny elite.
Please share this article with as many people as you can.Â Time is running out, and we need to wake up as many as we can while there is still time.
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Contributed by Michael Snyder of The American Dream.
Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream , The Truth and Economic Collapse Blog.
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