Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Full-Blown Fascism Emerging in America

During the Viet Nam war, protesters freely threw around the accusation that the US government was becoming fascist. While I knew they were technically correct in terms of collusion of business and government, our government still seemed largely constrained by the chains of the Constitution. Sadly, that's no longer the case.

In his brilliant video, "
From Freedom to Fascism," Aaron Russo traces the seeds of American fascism to the institution of the federal income tax and Federal Reserve Bank in 1913. Thomas Jefferson repeatedly warned that a central bank would spell the end of freedom in the US.

I've seen several
lists like the one Naomi Wolf gives as her ten steps (video) (print) followed by every country that abandons freedom for fascism. They're all happening here. With the announcement yesterday that we now have one million people on the official terrorist watch, her discussion about how she and many others were put on the list is chilling.

Yes, 9-11 changed everything -- including Americans' understanding of, and desire for, political freedom. Hitler used the Reichstaag fire to pass the Enabling Act to take total power in Germany. In the same way, Bush used 9-11 as the pretext for passing the PATRIOT ACTS I & II and their bretheren. It is interesting that China is building a
high-tech police state with the help of US technology.

The recent passage of the
revamped FISA law is one more step towards total tyranny. Joel Skousen writes: "With the final passage of the FISA reform bill this week, the US Senate has reached a new low in its outright disregard for the constitution its members are sworn to uphold. Simply put, Congress has no power to legislate any law that violates any of the provisions of the constitution. Period.

In this case, the constitution is clear: no warrantless searches are permitted--none. That's what constitutions are supposed to do: put strict limits on lawmaking power so that individual rights are protected from evil minorities, evil majorities, or in this case, insipid yes men in Congress eager to please those above them conspiring to use the phony threat of terrorism to dismantle constitutional protections."

For all you folks who have put your hope in Obama, after saying he wouldn't,
he voted for FISA. I hate to burst your bubble, but he won't do away with the total surveillance state. Nor will he withdraw from Iraq, or keep us out of Iran. He's under the thumb of the same PTB as Bush, and McCain. Think Obama is anti-war? He just promised 10,000 more US soldiers to Afghanistan! Does anyone remember how the Soviet Union was brought down in part because of their disastrous Afghan adventure? McBama OCain for President!

More and more liberals and progressives are
warning that "voting for Obama and keeping one's fingers crossed, is not a sign of hope. It's a sign of self-delusion." So is voting for McCain to "perserve freedom."

Bill Moyers decries the
demise of the media into their current position as lap dogs of the PTB. "Sadly . . . the Fourth Estate has become the fifth column of democracy, colluding with the powers that be in a culture of deception that subverts the thing most necessary to freedom, and that is the truth."

If the media had been doing its job, it "could have spared that country from rack and ruin, saved thousands of American lives and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives, and freed hundreds of billions of dollars for investment in the American economy and infrastructure." Instead, the media basically parroted the erroneous and misleading intelligence fed to them by the liars who wanted this war.

Stephen Colbert skewered the press two years ago when he revealed how they operate when he keynoted the US Press Club dinner: ". . . let's review the rules. Here's how it works. The president makes decisions, he’s the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Put them through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration . . . You know, Fiction."

announced earlier this month that they want to develop a "safety bracelet" for all airline passengers to wear. Taking the place of a boarding pass, it will not only monitor your whereabouts, but be your own personal Taser device -- on you, of course! Announcing the new iShock!
A Sign of our Times - In the fifth this year of many
coming bank failures, the California's IndyMac had lines of depositors trying to get their money. Those with more than $100K were left holding the bag. Without a massive infusion, the FDIC will be able to cover only a small fraction of the total number of bank deposits at risk. In an attempt to calm the public, and FDIC official assures us that the former IndyMac Bank is "as safe and as sound as any bank in the country right now." If IndyMac just failed, what does that say about the other banks?!

Some $1 billion of uninsured deposits held by 10,000 IndyMac customers are now trapped and federally seized. Since FDIC only insures deposits of up to $100,000, holders of accounts with larger amounts under one social security number (business and/or personal) may consider dispersing funds to safer havens.

The new
plan to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could cost US taxpayers hundreds of billions, if not trillions, of dollars. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard writes that as the full effects of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac debacle spread through the world, the US could face a "foreign funding crisis." That could be devasting since we depend upon $700 billion a year in funding from Asian, Russian and Middle Eastern sources to fund our current account deficit.

So we're borrowing money to fund to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and so Iraqi puppet Prime Minister al-Maliki can
hand out cash on the streets of Baghdad?
increase in the wholesale inflation rate is the highest in 27 years!
Iran just discovered a
huge new oil field and signed a signed a major oil deal with Russia. Now an attack on Iran will now be viewed as an attack on Russia's vital interests. China aleady views it as such because of a long-term $400 billion LNG contract. The Russions have reportedly stationed their latest fighters and bombers in easy reach of Iran and Iraq if their vital interests are threatened. Are we at the edge of the abyss? Maybe so, if it is true that Bush supports an Israeli attack on Iran.

Maybe it is only
our own soliders who have the leverage to stop the war with Iran. Support the Troops! Bring 'em Home!

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