The Greatest Threat to Our Freedoms: A Government of Scoundrels, Spies, Thieves, Ruffians, Rapists and Killers

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“There is nothing more dangerous than a government of the many controlled by the few.”—Lawrence Lessig, Harvard law professor

The U.S. government remains the greatest threat to our freedoms.

The systemic violence being perpetrated by agents of the government has done more collective harm to the American people and our liberties than any single act of terror.

More than terrorism, more than domestic extremism, more than gun violence and organized crime, the U.S. government has become a greater menace to the life, liberty and property of its citizens than any of the so-called dangers from which the government claims to protect us.

This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls.

As I explain in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, when the government views itself as superior to the citizenry, when it no longer operates for the benefit of the people, when the people are no longer able to peacefully reform their government, when government officials cease to act like public servants, when elected officials no longer represent the will of the people, when the government routinely violates the rights of the people and perpetrates more violence against the citizenry than the criminal class, when government spending is unaccountable and unaccounted for, when the judiciary act as courts of order rather than justice, and when the government is no longer bound by the laws of the Constitution, then you no longer have a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.”

What we have is a government of wolves.

Worse than that, we are now being ruled by a government of scoundrels, spies, thugs, thieves, gangsters, ruffians, rapists, extortionists, bounty hunters, battle-ready warriors and cold-blooded killers who communicate using a language of force and oppression.

Does the government pose a danger to you and your loved ones?

The facts speak for themselves.

We’re being held at gunpoint by a government of soldiers—a standing army. While Americans are being made to jump through an increasing number of hoops in order to exercise their Second Amendment right to own a gun, the government is arming its own civilian employees to the hilt with guns, ammunition and military-style equipment, authorizing them to make arrests, and training them in military tactics. Among the agencies being supplied with night-vision equipment, body armor, hollow-point bullets, shotguns, drones, assault rifles and LP gas cannons are the Smithsonian, U.S. Mint, Health and Human Services, IRS, FDA, Small Business Administration, Social Security Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Education Department, Energy Department, Bureau of Engraving and Printing and an assortment of public universities. There are now reportedly more bureaucratic (non-military) government civilians armed with high-tech, deadly weapons than U.S. Marines. That doesn’t even begin to touch on the government’s arsenal, the transformation of local police into extensions of the military, and the speed with which the nation could be locked down under martial law depending on the circumstances. Clearly, the government is preparing for war—and a civil war, at that—but who is the enemy?

We’re being robbed blind by a government of thieves. Americans no longer have any real protection against government agents empowered to seize private property at will. For instance, police agencies under the guise of asset forfeiture laws are taking property based on little more than a suspicion of criminal activity. In one case, police seized $53,000 from the manager of a Christian rock band that was touring and raising money for an orphanage in Thailand. Despite finding no evidence of wrongdoing, police kept the money. Homeowners are losing their homes over nonpayment of taxes (for as little as $400 owed) and municipal bills such as water or sewer fees that amount to a fraction of what they have invested in their homes. And then there’s the Drug Enforcement Agency, which has been searching train and airline passengers and pocketing their cash, without ever charging them with a crime.

We’re being taken advantage of by a government of scoundrels, idiots and cowards. American satirist H.L. Mencken calculated that “Congress consists of one-third, more or less, scoundrels; two-thirds, more or less, idiots; and three-thirds, more or less, poltroons.” By and large, Americans seem to agree. When you’ve got government representatives who spend a large chunk of their work hours fundraising, being feted by lobbyists, shuffling through a lucrative revolving door between public service and lobbying, and making themselves available to anyone with enough money to secure access to a congressional office, you’re in the clutches of a corrupt oligarchy. Mind you, these same elected officials rarely read the legislation they’re enacting, nor do they seem capable of enacting much legislation that actually helps rather than hinders the plight of the American citizen.

We’re being locked up by a government of greedy jailers. We have become a carceral state, spending three times more on our prisons than on our schools and imprisoning close to a quarter of the world’s prisoners, despite the fact that crime is at an all-time low and the U.S. makes up only 5% of the world’s population. The rise of overcriminalization and profit-driven private prisons provides even greater incentives for locking up American citizens for such non-violent “crimes” as having an overgrown lawn. As the Boston Review points out, “America’s contemporary system of policing, courts, imprisonment, and parole … makes money through asset forfeiture, lucrative public contracts from private service providers, and by directly extracting revenue and unpaid labor from populations of color and the poor. In states and municipalities throughout the country, the criminal justice system defrays costs by forcing prisoners and their families to pay for punishment. It also allows private service providers to charge outrageous fees for everyday needs such as telephone calls. As a result people facing even minor criminal charges can easily find themselves trapped in a self-perpetuating cycle of debt, criminalization, and incarceration.”

We’re being spied on by a government of Peeping Toms. The government is watching everything you do, reading everything you write, listening to everything you say, and monitoring everything you spend. Omnipresent surveillance is paving the way for government programs that profile citizens, document their behavior and attempt to predict what they might do in the future, whether it’s what they might buy, what politician they might support, or what kinds of crimes they might commit. The impact of this far-reaching surveillance, according to Psychology Today, is “reduced trust, increased conformity, and even diminished civic participation.” As technology analyst Jillian C. York concludes, “Mass surveillance without due process—whether undertaken by the government of Bahrain, Russia, the US, or anywhere in between—threatens to stifle and smother that dissent, leaving in its wake a populace cowed by fear.”

We’re being ravaged by a government of ruffians, rapists and killers. It’s not just the police shootings of unarmed citizens that are worrisome. It’s the SWAT team raids gone wrong that are leaving innocent citizens wounded, children terrorized and family pets killed. It’s the roadside strip searches—in some cases, cavity searches of men and women alike carried out in full view of the public—in pursuit of drugs that are never found. It’s the potentially lethal—and unwarranted—use of so-called “nonlethal” weapons such as tasers on children for “mouthing off to a police officer. For trying to run from the principal’s office. For, at the age of 12, getting into a fight with another girl.”

We’re being forced to surrender our freedoms—and those of our children—to a government of extortionists, money launderers and professional pirates. The American people have been repeatedly sold a bill of goods about how the government needs more money, more expansive powers, and more secrecy (secret courts, secret budgets, secret military campaigns, secret surveillance) in order to keep us safe. Under the guise of fighting its wars on terror, drugs and now domestic extremism, the government has spent billions in taxpayer dollars on endless wars that have not ended terrorism but merely sown the seeds of blowback, surveillance programs that have caught few terrorists while subjecting all Americans to a surveillance society, and militarized police that have done little to decrease crime while turning communities into warzones. Not surprisingly, the primary ones to benefit from these government exercises in legal money laundering have been the corporations, lobbyists and politicians who inflict them on a trusting public.

Whatever else it may be—a danger, a menace, a threat—the U.S. government is certainly no friend to freedom.

To our detriment, the criminal class that Mark Twain mockingly referred to as Congress has since expanded to include every government agency that feeds off the carcass of our once-constitutional republic. In fact, there’s a very good reason you don’t hear much in the way of specifics about the government’s tyranny from politicians: it’s because they can’t afford to upset the apple cart (i.e., jeopardize their posh lifestyles).

So no matter which party wins the White House, controls Congress or appoints future Supreme Court justices, rest assured that the menace of the shadow government—the permanent, unelected bureaucracy that operates beyond the reach of the Constitution, the courts and the citizenry—will continue uninterrupted.

Our backs are against the proverbial wall.

The government and its cohorts have conspired to ensure that the only real recourse the American people have to express their displeasure with the government is through voting, which is no real recourse at all. The penalties for civil disobedience, whistleblowing and rebellion are severe. If you refuse to pay taxes for government programs you believe to be immoral or illegal, you will go to jail. If you attempt to overthrow the government—or any agency thereof—because you believe it has overstepped its reach, you will go to jail. If you attempt to blow the whistle on government misconduct, there’s a pretty good chance you will go to jail.

For too long, the American people have been made to act like puppets dancing to a tyrant’s tune.

We have obeyed the government’s dictates, no matter now extreme. We have paid its taxes, penalties and fines, no matter how outrageous. We have tolerated its indignities, insults and abuses, no matter how egregious. We have turned a blind eye to its indiscretions and incompetence, no matter how imprudent. We have held our silence in the face of its lawlessness, licentiousness and corruption, no matter how illicit.

We have suffered.

How long we will continue to suffer depends on how much we’re willing to give up for the sake of freedom.

America’s founders provided us with a very specific explanation about the purpose of government and a roadmap for what to do when the government abuses its authority, ignores our objections, and establishes itself as a tyrant.

We must choose between peaceful slavery (in other words, maintaining the status quo in servitude to the police state) and dangerous freedom. That will mean carving out a path in which we begin to take ownership of our government, starting at the local level, challenging the status quo, and raising hell whenever a government official steps out of line.

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Contributed by John W. Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute.

Since 1996, John W. Whitehead has taken on everything from human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, protection of religious freedom, and child pornography, to family autonomy issues, cross burning, the sanctity of human life, and the war on terrorism in his weekly opinion column. A self-proclaimed civil libertarian, Whitehead is considered by many to be a legal, political and cultural watchdog—sounding the call for integrity, accountability and an adherence to the democratic principles on which this country was founded.

Time and again, Whitehead hits the bull’s eye with commentaries that are insightful, relevant and provocative. And all too often, he finds himself under fire for his frank and unadulterated viewpoint. But as he frequently remarks, “Anytime people find themselves under fire from both the liberal left and the conservative right, it means that that person is probably right on target.”

Mr. Whitehead’s commentaries have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times and USA Today.

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  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    Aside from the shameless hawking of his book-which he is free to do-this article gives an accurate, concise summary of the current state of affairs in the US. Citizens are under attack by a predatory government which has misappropriated and co-opted agencies and powers with which it has no true authority to do. If the Republic isn’t yet dead, it is on life support and the government is, ever so slowly, pulling the plug.

    • ExecutorOffice

      it pulled the plug in 1871, and clinched the deal in 1989:
      Non-profit Delaware Corporation
      Incorporation Date 4/19/89
      File No. 2193946

  • frankw

    So, tell me again how much better off we are for having defeated Hitler and Fascism in WW2?. The irony is overwhelming. We didn’t defeat it, we just Americanized it.

    • Meltonmark

      You never defeated Hitler. Russia did.

      • ExecutorOffice

        USA INC would have nuked the Krauts if’n da Ruskies hadn’t battered the beasts

    • ExecutorOffice

      The bankers are much better off financially with every banker’s war.

      • Meltonmark

        That’s why they had to remove Hitler. He demonstrated how well and how quickly a society can develop economically once the ‘Zionist’ bankers are removed.

  • csbubba

    What we have is a government of wolves.

    Worse than that, we are now being ruled by a government of scoundrels,
    spies, thugs, thieves, gangsters, ruffians, rapists, extortionists, bounty
    hunters, battle-ready warriors and cold-blooded killers who communicate using a
    language of force and oppression.

    Let me fix that for you here.

    America has become a Kakistocracy
    A government by the worst persons; a form of government in which the worst persons are in power. Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.
    a government by the least able or worst citizens. A Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens!

    But we are not free except to do as we are told.

    The worst threat to our freedom is our own government!

    To state an obvious example: Taking other people’s money via force and spending it will land everyone but a politician in jail.

    • ExecutorOffice

      Answer? The 1,000 year Reich,,,except with Jesus instead of Adolf this time. Along with the earth getting smeltered. And hell will possibly be chock full of attorneys for sure, and loads of so-called officials.

  • Lonster


  • cmb

    Jill Stein

  • Meltonmark

    “The U.S. government remains the greatest threat to our freedoms.” Some would argue it is the greatest threat to everyone’s freedoms.

  • Meltonmark

    The descriptions apply equally to Westminster and the British ruling elite.

  • SP_88

    The government is indeed a corrupt bunch of criminals. And they have been methodically transforming our free republic into a dictatorship. And though they are the ones who deserve the blame for all the destruction they have caused, it is we the people who have allowed this to get as bad as it is. Some of us have chosen to do nothing about it because they either don’t know what to do or because they are lazy and they think that someone else will do it. Others have chosen to support these crooked politicians and their anti-American agenda. Doing nothing is as bad as supporting the criminal politicians. Doing nothing is a choice people make. Doing nothing will eventually not be a choice.
    Once the elitists are able to complete their agenda, which they certainly will if we continue to do nothing, we will no longer have the freedoms we have now. The government will be able to do whatever they want, and we’ll have no recourse. We won’t be able to say that they violated the Constitution if the Constitution is no longer the law of the land. And one of their goals is to replace the Constitution with a new one. And the new one will be nothing like the one we have now. The new one will not have any of the rights and freedoms that we have now. There will not be a 2nd amendment or any other amendment that outlines our rights.
    These elitists and globalists have already written the new Constitution. And it is nothing but a bunch of ambiguous rhetoric that basically says that we have a right to whatever the government says, and if the government changes their mind, then we will have to deal with it whether we like it or not.
    If we don’t stand up and demand change and demand that the government respects our rights, then we will have a grim future to look forward to. And we will need to stand up in numbers and make a unified front, something that is impossible right now because we have allowed the government to divide us and separate us into small groups of black people and white people, democrats and republicans, left and right, liberals and conservatives, etc. And all these groups waste so much time and effort concentrating on our differences and bickering about it. Meanwhile, the government is taking advantage of everyone by playing us against each other and fanning the flames of racism, political ideology and religious differences. And to make things worse they are bringing in as many Muslim refugees as possible because they know that it will add to the division and chaos. They know that it will lead to more violence and mayhem.
    Nothing is random or accidental. Nothing is being done because of stupidity or incompetence. And nothing is being done for the reasons they are giving us. Everything they are doing is to push their agenda.
    So don’t be afraid of being called a conspiracy nut. Be afraid of what they are doing that has caused people to come up with these conspiracy theories.

    • Meltonmark

      Quite so. Well said.

  • ExecutorOffice

    The fix? DEREGISTER for starters from the slave chattel role of USA INC

  • fishing4truth

    I’m sad because this article is factual; America has become so corrupt that Politicians betray their oaths of office on a daily basis. Where is integrity in America? Politicians act as though their criminal behaviors are the norm and they have the right to pluck as many chickens as possible while supposedly guarding the hen houses under their watch. I suggest that all politicians read and remember the following: “The Lord is laughing at those who plot against the godly, for he knows their judgment day is coming. Evil men take aim to slay the poor; they are ready to butcher those who do right. But their swords will be plunged into their own hearts, and all their weapons will be broken. It is better to have little and be godly than to own an evil man’s wealth; for the strength of evil men shall be broken, but the Lord takes care of those he has forgiven.” Psalm 37: 12-17