The Illusion of Freedom: The Police State Continues

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“What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security… This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.”—Historian Milton Mayer, They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45

Brace yourself.

There is something being concocted in the dens of power, far beyond the public eye, and it doesn’t bode well for the future of this country.

Anytime you have an entire nation so mesmerized by the antics of the political ruling class that they are oblivious to all else, you’d better beware. Anytime you have a government that operates in the shadows, speaks in a language of force, and rules by fiat, you’d better beware. And anytime you have a government so far removed from its people as to ensure that they are never seen, heard or heeded by those elected to represent them, you’d better beware.

The world has been down this road before.

As historian Milton Mayer recounts in his seminal book on Hitler’s rise to power, They Thought They Were Free, “Most of us did not want to think about fundamental things and never had. There was no need to. Nazism gave us some dreadful, fundamental things to think about—we were decent people‑—and kept us so busy with continuous changes and ‘crises’ and so fascinated, yes, fascinated, by the machinations of the ‘national enemies’, without and within, that we had no time to think about these dreadful things that were growing, little by little, all around us.”

We are at our most vulnerable right now.

The gravest threat facing us as a nation is not extremism—delivered by way of sovereign citizens or radicalized Muslims—but despotism, exercised by a ruling class whose only allegiance is to power and money.

Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

America is burning, and all most Americans can do is switch the channel, tune out what they don’t want to hear, and tune into their own personal echo chambers.

We’re in a national state of denial.

Yet no amount of escapism can shield us from the harsh reality that the danger in our midst is posed by an entrenched government bureaucracy that has no regard for the Constitution, Congress, the courts or the citizenry.

If the team colors have changed from blue to red, that’s just cosmetic.

The playbook remains the same. The leopard has not changed its spots.

Scrape off the surface layers and you will find that the American police state is alive and well and continuing to wreak havoc on the rights of the American people.

“We the people” are no longer living the American Dream.

We’re living the American Lie.

Indeed, Americans have been lied to so sincerely, so incessantly, and for so long by politicians of all stripes—who lie compulsively and without any seeming remorse—that they’ve almost come to prefer the lies trotted out by those in government over less-palatable truths.

The American people have become compulsive believers.

As Nick Cohen writes for The Guardian, “Compulsive liars shouldn’t frighten you. They can harm no one, if no one listens to them. Compulsive believers, on the other hand: they should terrify you. Believers are the liars’ enablers. Their votes give the demagogue his power. Their trust turns the charlatan into the president. Their credulity ensures that the propaganda of half-calculating and half-mad fanatics has the power to change the world.”

While telling the truth “in a time of universal deceit is,” as George Orwell concluded, “a revolutionary act,” believing the truth—and being able to distinguish the truth from a lie—is also a revolutionary act.

Here’s a truth few Americans want to acknowledge: nothing has changed (at least, not for the better) since Barack Obama passed the reins of the police state to Donald Trump.

The police state is still winning. We the people are still losing.

In fact, the American police state has continued to advance at the same costly, intrusive, privacy-sapping, Constitution-defying, relentless pace under President Trump as it did under President Obama.

Police haven’t stopped disregarding the rights of citizens. Having been given the green light to probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip, shoot and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance, all with the general blessing of the courts, America’s law enforcement officials are no longer mere servants of the people entrusted with keeping the peace. Indeed, they continue to keep the masses corralled, under control, and treated like suspects and enemies rather than citizens.

SWAT teams haven’t stopped crashing through doors and terrorizing families. Nationwide, SWAT teams continue to be employed to address an astonishingly trivial array of criminal activities or mere community nuisances including angry dogs, domestic disputes, improper paperwork filed by an orchid farmer, and misdemeanor marijuana possession. With more than 80,000 SWAT team raids carried out every year on unsuspecting Americans for relatively routine police matters and federal agencies laying claim to their own law enforcement divisions, the incidence of botched raids and related casualties continue to rise.

The Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security haven’t stopped militarizing and federalizing local police. Police forces continue to be transformed into heavily armed extensions of the military, complete with jackboots, helmets, shields, batons, pepper-spray, stun guns, assault rifles, body armor, miniature tanks and weaponized drones. In training police to look and act like the military and use the weapons and tactics of war against American citizens, the government continues to turn the United States into a battlefield.

Schools haven’t stopped treating young people like hard-core prisoners. School districts continue to team up with law enforcement to create a “schoolhouse to jailhouse track” by imposing a “double dose” of punishment for childish infractions: suspension or expulsion from school, accompanied by an arrest by the police and a trip to juvenile court. In this way, the paradigm of abject compliance to the state continues to be taught by example in the schools, through school lockdowns where police and drug-sniffing dogs enter the classroom, and zero tolerance policies that punish all offenses equally and result in young people being expelled for childish behavior.

For-profit private prisons haven’t stopped locking up Americans and immigrants alike at taxpayer expense. States continue to outsource prison management to private corporations out to make a profit at taxpayer expense. And how do you make a profit in the prison industry? Have the legislatures pass laws that impose harsh penalties for the slightest noncompliance in order keep the prison cells full and corporate investors happy.

Censorship hasn’t stopped. First Amendment activities continue to be pummeled, punched, kicked, choked, chained and generally gagged all across the country. The reasons for such censorship vary widely from political correctness, safety concerns and bullying to national security and hate crimes but the end result remained the same: the complete eradication of what Benjamin Franklin referred to as the “principal pillar of a free government.”

The courts haven’t stopped marching in lockstep with the police state. The courts continue to be dominated by technicians and statists who are deferential to authority, whether government or business. Indeed, the Supreme Court’s decisions in recent years have most often been characterized by an abject deference to government authority, military and corporate interests. They have run the gamut from suppressing free speech activities and justifying suspicionless strip searches to warrantless home invasions and conferring constitutional rights on corporations, while denying them to citizens.

Government bureaucrats haven’t stopped turning American citizens into criminals. The average American now unknowingly commits three felonies a day, thanks to an overabundance of vague laws that render otherwise innocent activity illegal, while reinforcing the power of the police state and its corporate allies.

The surveillance state hasn’t stopped spying on Americans’ communications, transactions or movements. On any given day, whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether it’s your local police, a fusion center, the National Security Agency or one of the government’s many corporate partners, is still monitoring and tracking you.

The TSA hasn’t stopped groping or ogling travelers. Under the pretext of protecting the nation’s infrastructure (roads, mass transit systems, water and power supplies, telecommunications systems and so on) against criminal or terrorist attacks, TSA task forces (comprised of federal air marshals, surface transportation security inspectors, transportation security officers, behavior detection officers and explosive detection canine teams) continue to do random security sweeps of nexuses of transportation, including ports, railway and bus stations, airports, ferries and subways, as well as political conventions, baseball games and music concerts. Sweep tactics include the use of x-ray technology, pat-downs and drug-sniffing dogs, among other things.

Congress hasn’t stopped enacting draconian laws such as the USA Patriot Act and the NDAA. These laws—which completely circumvent the rule of law and the constitutional rights of American citizens, continue to re-orient our legal landscape in such a way as to ensure that martial law, rather than the rule of law, our U.S. Constitution, becomes the map by which we navigate life in the United States.

The Department of Homeland Security hasn’t stopped being a “wasteful, growing, fear-mongering beast.” Is the DHS capable of plotting and planning to turn the national guard into a federalized, immigration police force? No doubt about it. Remember, this is the agency that is notorious for militarizing the police and SWAT teams; spying on activists, dissidents and veterans; stockpiling ammunition; distributing license plate readers; contracting to build detention camps; tracking cell-phones with Stingray devices; carrying out military drills and lockdowns in American cities; using the TSA as an advance guard; conducting virtual strip searches with full-body scanners; carrying out soft target checkpoints; directing government workers to spy on Americans; conducting widespread spying networks using fusion centers; carrying out Constitution-free border control searches; funding city-wide surveillance cameras; and utilizing drones and other spybots.

The military industrial complex hasn’t stopped profiting from endless wars abroad. America’s expanding military empire continues to bleed the country dry at a rate of more than $15 billion a month (or $20 million an hour). The Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety. Yet what most Americans fail to recognize is that these ongoing wars have little to do with keeping the country safe and everything to do with enriching the military industrial complex at taxpayer expense.

The Deep State’s shadow government hasn’t stopped calling the shots behind the scenes. Comprised of unelected government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors, paper-pushers, and button-pushers who are actually calling the shots behind the scenes, this government within a government continues to be the real reason “we the people” have no real control over our so-called representatives. It’s every facet of a government that is no longer friendly to freedom and is working overtime to trample the Constitution underfoot and render the citizenry powerless in the face of the government’s power grabs, corruption and abusive tactics.

And the American people haven’t stopped acting like gullible sheep. In fact, many Americans have been so carried away by their blind rank-and-file partisan devotion to their respective political gods that they have lost sight of the one thing that has remained constant in recent years: our freedoms are steadily declining.

Here’s the problem as I see it: “we the people” have become so trusting, so gullible, so easily distracted, so out-of-touch and so sure that our government will always do the right thing by us that we have ignored the warning signs all around us.

In so doing, we have failed to recognize such warning signs as potential red flags to use as opportunities to ask questions, demand answers, and hold our government officials accountable to respecting our rights and abiding by the rule of law.

Unfortunately, once a free people allows the government to make inroads into their freedoms, or uses those same freedoms as bargaining chips for security, it quickly becomes a slippery slope to outright tyranny. And it doesn’t really matter whether it’s a Democrat or a Republican at the helm, because the bureaucratic mindset on both sides of the aisle now seems to embody the same philosophy of authoritarian government.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, this is what happens when you ignore the warning signs.

This is what happens when you fail to take alarm at the first experiment on your liberties.

This is what happens when you fail to challenge injustice and government overreach until the prison doors clang shut behind you.

In the American police state that now surrounds us, there are no longer such things as innocence, due process, or justice—at least, not in the way we once knew them. We are all potentially guilty, all potential criminals, all suspects waiting to be accused of a crime.

So you can try to persuade yourself that you are free, that you still live in a country that values freedom, and that it is not too late to make America great again, but to anyone who has been paying attention to America’s decline over the past 50 years, it will be just another lie.

The German people chose to ignore the truth and believe the lie.

They were not oblivious to the horrors taking place around them. As historian Robert Gellately points out, “[A]nyone in Nazi Germany who wanted to find out about the Gestapo, the concentration camps, and the campaigns of discrimination and persecutions need only read the newspapers.”

The warning signs were definitely there, blinking incessantly like large neon signs.

“Still,” Gellately writes, “the vast majority voted in favor of Nazism, and in spite of what they could read in the press and hear by word of mouth about the secret police, the concentration camps, official anti-Semitism, and so on. . . . [T]here is no getting away from the fact that at that moment, ‘the vast majority of the German people backed him.’”

Half a century later, the wife of a prominent German historian, neither of whom were members of the Nazi party, opined: “[O]n the whole, everyone felt well. . . . And there were certainly eighty percent who lived productively and positively throughout the time. . . . We also had good years. We had wonderful years.”

In other words, as long as their creature comforts remained undiminished, as long as their bank accounts remained flush, as long as they weren’t being discriminated against, persecuted, starved, beaten, shot, stripped, jailed and turned into slave labor, life was good.

This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls.

As Primo Levi, a Holocaust survivor observed, “Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.”

Freedom demands responsibility.

Freedom demands that people stop sleep-walking through life, stop cocooning themselves in political fantasies, and stop distracting themselves with escapist entertainment.

Freedom demands that we stop thinking as Democrats and Republicans and start thinking like human beings, or at the very least, Americans.

Freedom demands that we not remain silent in the face of evil or wrongdoing but actively stand against injustice.

Freedom demands that we treat others as we would have them treat us. That is the law of reciprocity, also referred to as the Golden Rule, and it is found in nearly every world religion, including Judaism and Christianity.

In other words, if you don’t want to be locked up in a prison cell or a detention camp—if you don’t want to be discriminated against because of the color of your race, religion, politics or anything else that sets you apart from the rest—if you don’t want your loved ones shot at, strip searched, tasered, beaten and treated like slaves—if you don’t want to have to be constantly on guard against government eyes watching what you do, where you go and what you say—if you don’t want to be tortured, waterboarded or forced to perform degrading acts—if you don’t want your children to grow up in a world without freedom—then don’t allow these evils to be inflicted on anyone else, no matter how tempting the reason or how fervently you believe in your cause.

As German theologian and anti-Nazi dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer observed, “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”

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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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  • wayne g dearry

    When things get so bad sometimes we may have to act like a police state for a time

    • Andy

      They’re getting so bad so that we do become a police state. That’s the plan.

    • Steve Rusk

      That’s always the cover story for the transition.

  • bj Antigua

    your book was published before Trump took office. And virtually all the instances that you mention are under the control of the States or the Communities. Not the Federal Government. Trump has influence over the Executive Branch. Not Legislative or Judicial. just another slam against Trump cause that will sell your books. The truth is that the globalists control the direction that the media go, and much of the local state and legislative government. They hate Trump. You apparently hate Trump. Enough said.

  • THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH YOU DON’ FA

    Great article, so sad but so true

  • alohajim

    Great article as usual from John Whitehead. So true about the monsters among us – they are impotent without the common men recruited to carry out their evil. What is it that motivates these unthinking morons, greed? power? ignorance? fear? perhaps a combination of all four. We are not much different from North Korea. One brutal dictator but it’s ordinary people, given a badge, a gun, and a government job that carry out the evil agenda of killing, torturing, and acute repression.

    Very very sad state of affairs and very frustrating because it’s impossible to convey the truth of our world to those who don’t already see it. Brainwashed from birth from the schools, media, and entertainment systems, lies are internalized as truths. Very few of us have realized the truth of bankers completely controlling all governments, owning the major multinational corporations and much of the world’s natural resources, and fleecing humanity blind through their ‘right’ to create currencies from nothing and charge the world ‘interest’ on it.

    I see two things that are critical in keeping this aberration going : people must watch TV and not understand that all governments serve bankers and only bankers. Solution? Stop watching TV/msm and ask every politician and wanna be politician one question : do you support fiat currencies, central banking, and fractional reserve banking (the right of bankers to create money from nothing), or the honest money of silver and gold.

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    It took years to get here.

    It’ll take nore than 32 days to work out the bare-bones of a fix, much less the details.
    Take a few days more to set a fix in motion.

    “For every new regulation, 2 must be gotten rid of,” is a start. It shouldn’t be too difficult for us to remind the Prez that this is a good idea re: laws, as well.

    Breathe, snowflake. . . Breathe. A supertanker neither turns nor stops on a dime.

    • jimmy joe

      You sure have a whole lot of faith in an, obvious, to most of us anyway, CORRUPT govt. Funny how you actually think it all went away, overnight, mind you, simply because “your” guy is in the dark house!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA Talk about “snowflake”???

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        Reading comprehension is your friend.

        I said the exact opposite of “overnight.”

        Btw – Trump is not “my guy.” I’ve never supported him any farther than him being the least worse choice out of the worst group of candidates in US history.

        Now, don’t you have a 2nd grade reading class to go to, shitferbrains?

        • jimmy joe

          Well, snowflake, 32 days is overnight, with the corrupt, us govt, but you already knew that, didn’t you, snowflake?? Or, are you the ONLY “person” to experience quick, and timely services from them?? HAHAHAHAHAHA Now that scenario is fucking funny, you being the only person in the entire fucked up nation, getting everything he needs/wants from the corrupt govt, in a timely manner!!! FUCKING SNOWFLAKES, EVERYWHERE!!!

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            Your local mental health professional can help you with your projection issues. It would behoove you to take advantage of that help before you project your lunacy onto the wrong person, and wake up in a ditch 3 miles outside of town.

        • jimmy joe

          And you actually think that it will go away, all the corruption in dc, suddenly goes away because your guy that calls himself a republicrat is now in office?? HAHAHAHAHAHA!! Yea, talk about snowflakes, here is one folks, he calls himself ReverendDraco!!!

        • jimmy joe

          And I’m the one with “shitferbrains”, eh?? You, being of “sound mind”, actually thinks there will be no more corruption, in exactly 32 days from the time of the new regime, and I’M the one with “shitferbrains” that needs to go back to “2cnd grade”??? Boy, ain’t you the smart one, snowflake??

          • BooBooBaby

            Wow! Thank you for proving everyone that YOU are Truly a Brainwashed UNHINGED TRIGGERED UNEDUCATED SNOWFLAKE LIBTARD!!!

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            When I originally posted, fuckwit, it was 32 days since inauguration.

            I was wrong – it’s a first grade reading class that you’re late for.

        • BooBooBaby

          That Jimmy Joe guy is a Nutjob Triggered Unhinged TROLL…LMOA! Look at how many times he wrote you back!! Hahahahaha!!
          He is a Luntic!! He would be Lucky if he had Shitforbrains!! Hahahaha!! I bet he is just an Uneducated Jealous Moocher anyhow!

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            He’s obviously a drunken welfare rat, for sure.

      • BooBooBaby

        Hahahahahaha!! The Only “Snowflake” is YOU…..YOU Typical Unhinged Dishevelled Jealous Uneducated Violent Crazy Looney Lying Lefty Racist Race Baiting Whiny Loser Nutjob DemonRat LIBTARD CryBaby Snowflake Hypocrite!!! Go TROLL somewhere else…..maybe Hit-Liar-y Clinton has time to listen to You whine and lie….and TROLL your BS!!
        Bwhaaaaaaaa! Bwhaaaaaaaa! Bwhaaaaaaaa! Bwhaaaaaaaa! LMAO-AT YOU!! Hahahahahaha! Hahahahahaha!!!

        • jimmy joe

          Is that as far as your “thinking” goes, binary?? Everything, left or right?? hillary or trump?? And you think I MUST be a hillary supporter because I see things WAY different than you?? Oh yea, and I MUST be uneducated demacan and not one of you that refers to themselves as a republicrat?? And you poo poo baby think I HAVE SHITFER BRAINS?? You and that fucking snowflake think alike, you know that?? I laugh my ass off at sheeple just like YOU on a daily basis, FYI!!

  • Frank

    FEAR sells books, as J Whitehead knows, so he continues to promote fear.
    Neither our government or our society is perfect, that’s why we have the US Constitution, so The People have the power to change both – should they collectively decide to do so.
    Are Canada or Israel “Police States”? Their governments engage in the same “surveillance” activities as the US Gov, and in some cases go even further.
    Anybody with a good command of the English (‘Amercan) language can take the facts of an otherwise harmless, innocuous or even poorly-executed legal action intended to protect the Rights of The People event and twist them and turn them into a threat to a free society by conveniently omitting facts, manipulating the context, and exploiting seeds of doubt and distrust. This is what J Whitehead does.
    I have read Whitehead’s books – paid for one, borrowed the others, and fact-checked his claims and assertions as I read. I was disgusted at the frequency of his “liberties” with facts and context – as compared with other sources on a point of topic.
    I live in a suburb of a major US city. I can drive wherever I choose without fear of being pulled over by the cops and compelled to produce proof of my identity or purpose. My home has never been searched, for any reason. Crime in my area is kept under control because the cops do enough to maintain an acceptable level of law, order, and common public civility – all without infringing on my Constitutional Rights. Imagine that!!
    The advances of the “surveillance state” are driven by corporate greed, government greed, and citizen apathy. Too many citizens defer their individual responsibilities to others, reverse this condition and the others will cease to thrive.

    • jimmy joe

      So, since you, personally, have never been a target of our corrupt “system”, that must mean, it “doesn’t” exist, eh??? Sorry to burst your bubble, but it DOES exist, regardless of the idea you were never a target! I believe that if everyone was armed, we would not need the dinks, mostly.

      • Frank

        While I live in a relatively peaceful area, I know that others aren’t as fortunate. I can’t argue with the idea of increased gun ownership. Honest statistics prove that an increase in responsible individual gun ownership deters crime. Each individual would take greater responsibility for their own safety and criminals beware.

    • G’ma G

      It’s not going to do any good to change the Constitution when those elected ignore it. We have to change who we elect. I’m thinking a lottery might work. I would rather be represented by the grocery store clerk who lives on the corner than any puppet of the elite.

  • jimmy joe

    Chris, I was actually going to reply to that, apparent, dink, but you said it all, partner. Thank you!!

  • Christian Gains

    I AM, and will continue to be, an ardent monitor of John Whitehead’s Articles, & HAVE BEEN for probably 10+- years.

    99.99% I’ve agreed with, and ANY disagreement I had, was more a matter of personal preference than ardent disagreement.

    UNTIL THIS ARTICLE.

    AND! I don’t even disagree with his concerns, (of multiple EGREGIOUS acts of WANTON disregard of the Constitutional limits of Govt., BY the Govt.)

    BUT! Mr. Whitehead “doth fret abit much me thinks” at this point…

    His CLEARLY “over the top” renunciation of the Trump Admin., (after only 4 weeks!???!!!??), ESPECIALLY considering that TRUMP is probably the 2nd MOST vilified President since Andrew Jackson, (altho Jack Kennedy WOULD have been, had not TPTB (dark forces) against him, eliminated him so early)…is UTTERLY inconceivable…TRUMP SHOULD BE ADMIRED FOR THE ENEMIES HE’S MADE!!!

    SURELY, a man of Mr. Whiteheads’ knowledge of History CERTAINLY KNOWS that NO HUMAN can reverse such a demonically inspired organization (which B.O. et al, developed & instituted), in merely 4 weeks!?!?

    SOOOOO, “What’s the purpose here?” I wondered, and got a STRONG inspiration!

    Mr. Whitehead is WARNING US of the errant & un-Constitutional defiance that the previous Administrations established, as habit! And!

    THAT’S GREAT! And! That’s what I expect! Except that he needn’t drag the PRESENT (barely developed, & CERTAINLY NOT ESTABLISHED), agenda of the TRUMP ADMIN., through the muck & mire, of the CRIMINAL & UNGODLY previous Admin., this SOON!?!

    Unless, of course, he ACTUALLY BELIEVES that TRUMP is a miracle worker…(which he OBVIOUSLY does NOT).

    At this point in time, I STRONGLY URGE any reader to take to heart Mr. Whitehead’s well detailed rendition of the acts of “The Police State” that have been developed, continued, and encouraged, by the PREVIOUS Administrations, AND! Keep a close eye on THIS NEW Admin., BUT!

    At LEAST give them time to get a Cabinet chosen, AND a few more E.O.’s enforced, (ALL of which are keeping TRUMP’S promises), before we “go off” on the Administration as being “no better than the previous 3!

    I can name SEVERAL admirable decisions and mandates, that President Trump has ALREADY enacted and demanded, (not the LEAST being the “Ban of entrance of ALL immigrants from, (either), Nations with collapsed Govt.s, OR, Nations who sponsor, or, ARE furthering, terrorists armies or organizations)…

    Let’s give this new Admin. the opportunity to BEGIN…before we denounce it.

    BUT!! LET’S KEEP our EYES & EARS open, and monitor the developments, AND! IF we’re NOT seeing a better respect for our RIGHTS, THEN let your Representatives KNOW IT!

    BUT! For God’s SAKE! This new admin. is being tirelessly attacked, damned, cursed, assaulted, (both thru Media, AND personally), and belittled, (as often as the Media speaks), with little or NO support from the “enemy of the people”…Let’s NOT ourselves BECOME the enemy of this Admin., UNLESS it’s PROVEN necessary!

    They’ve ONLY gotten THRU their FIRST 30 days!! They’ve STILL GOT 60 MORE days to go, before you should be laying down barrages of damning accusations!!!

    JMHO….

    • Frank

      As was stated, and with which I agree:
      “Freedom demands responsibility.” Freedom also demands vigilance and Freedom demands action, not apathy or abdication.
      What is that quote? “All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to stand by and do nothing” ?

    • BooBooBaby

      Thank you! You are 100% correct!
      Very well said, and so true!

  • Jim Estes

    Anybody surprised?? If so, get back under the rock.

  • BooBooBaby

    These military police should be out there arresting those Liberal Nutjob Paid for Protesters aka Rioters!!!

    And when is someone going to look into and lock up George Soros and others just like him that are trying to take down America and Europe and etc.!?