Empire of Lies Breaks Down: Ugly Truths the Deep
State Wants to Keep Hidden
By John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead
“The world is a dangerous place, not because
of those who do evil, but because of those who
look on and do nothing.”—Albert Einstein
November 06, 2021:
- America is breaking down.
This breakdown—triggered by polarizing circus
politics, media-fed mass hysteria, racism, classism,
fascism, fear-mongering, political correctness,
cultural sanitation, virtue signaling, a sense of
hopelessness and powerlessness in the face of
growing government corruption and brutality, a
growing economic divide that has much of the
population struggling to get by, and militarization
and militainment (the selling of war and violence as
entertainment)—is manifesting itself in madness,
mayhem and an utter disregard for the very
principles and liberties that have kept us out of
the clutches of totalitarianism for so long.
In New York City, for example, a 200-year-old
statue of Thomas Jefferson holding the Declaration
of Independence will be removed from the City
Council’s chambers where it has presided since 1915.
Despite Jefferson’s many significant
accomplishments, without which we might not have the
rights we do today,
he will be banished for having been, like many
of his day, a slaveowner. Curiously, that same
brutal expectation of infallibility has yet to be
applied to many other politically correct yet
equally imperfect and fallible role models of the
In Washington, DC, a tribunal of nine men and
women spoke with one voice to affirm that the
government and its henchmen can literally
get away with murder and not be held accountable
for their wrongdoing. The Supreme Court’s latest
rulings are yet another
painful lesson in compliance, a reminder that in
the American police state, “we the people” are at
the mercy of law enforcement officers who have
almost absolute discretion to decide who is a
threat, what constitutes resistance, and how harshly
they can deal with the citizens they were appointed
to ‘serve and protect.”
All across the country, from California to
Connecticut and every point in between, men and
women who have worked faithfully and diligently at
their jobs for years are being terminated for daring
to believe that they have a right to bodily
integrity; that they should not be forced, against
their conscience or better judgment, to choose
between individual liberty and economic survival;
and that they—and not the government, or the FDA, or
the CDC, or the Corporate State—have dominion over
their bodies. Conveniently enough, this COVID-19
pandemic has created yet another double standard in
how “we the people” navigate this country: while “we
the middling classes” are subjected to vaccine
mandates and denied even the right to be skeptical
about the origins of the COVID virus, let alone the
efficacy of the so-called cure, the government,
corporations and pharmaceutical companies have been
shielded from liability with blanket immunity laws
that ensure we are little more than guinea pigs for
their questionable experiments.
And then in Pennsylvania, a man traveling on a
commuter train harassed, assaulted and then raped a
woman over the course of 40 minutes and more than
two dozen train stops while fellow travelers,
watching and filming the attack,
did nothing. Not a single witness called 911.
Not a single bystander intervened to help the woman.
Despite the fact that the man was outnumbered and
could have been overwhelmed by those on the train,
no collective effort was made to ward off the attack.
Only when it was too late, when the damage had been
done and the train had pulled into its last stop,
did police show up to intervene.
There is an allegory here for what is happening
to our country and its citizens, who have also been
waylaid by a madman (the Deep State), stripped of
their safety nets (their rights undermined and
eroded), and savaged out in the open by a fiend (the
American Police State and its many operatives—the
courts, the legislatures and their various armies)
that is devoid of humanity while those not in the
immediate crosshairs watch safely from a distance
without making a move to help.
This is madness, yet there is a method to this
This is how freedom falls and tyranny rises.
Remember, authoritarian regimes begin with
incremental steps: overcriminalization, surveillance
of innocent citizens, imprisonment for
nonviolent—victimless—crimes, etc. Bit by bit, the
citizenry finds its freedoms being curtailed and
undermined for the sake of national security. And
slowly the populace begins to submit.
No one speaks up for those being targeted.
No one resists these minor acts of oppression.
No one recognizes the indoctrination into tyranny
for what it is.
Historically this failure to speak truth to power
has resulted in whole populations being conditioned
to tolerate unspoken cruelty toward their fellow
human beings, a bystander syndrome in which people
remain silent and disengaged—mere onlookers—in the
face of abject horrors and injustice.
Time has insulated us from the violence
perpetrated by past regimes in their pursuit of
power: the crucifixion and slaughter of innocents by
the Romans, the torture of the Inquisition, the
atrocities of the Nazis, the butchery of the
Fascists, the bloodshed by the Communists, and the
cold-blooded war machines run by the military
We can disassociate from such violence. We can
convince ourselves that we are somehow different
from the victims of government abuse. We can
continue to spout empty political rhetoric about how
great America is, despite the evidence to the
We can avoid responsibility for holding the
We can zip our lips and bind our hands and shut
In other words, we can continue to exist in a
state of denial. Yet there is no denying the ugly,
hard truths that become more evident with every
- The government is not our friend. Nor
does it work for “we the people.”
- Our so-called government
representatives do not actually represent
us, the citizenry. We are now
ruled by an oligarchic elite of
governmental and corporate interests whose
main interest is in perpetuating power and
- Republicans and Democrats like
to act as if there’s a huge difference
between them and their policies. However,
they are not sworn enemies so much as they
are partners in crime, united in a common
goal, which is to
maintain the status quo.
- The lesser of two evils is
- Some years ago, a
newspaper headline asked the question:
“What’s the difference between a politician
and a psychopath?” The answer, then and now,
remains the same: None. There is virtually
no difference between psychopaths and
- 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
- The government knows exactly
which buttons to push in order to manipulate
the populace and gain the public’s
cooperation and compliance.
- If voting made any difference,
they wouldn’t let us do it.
shadow government—which is comprised of
unelected government bureaucrats,
corporations, contractors, paper-pushers,
and button-pushers who are actually calling
the shots behind the scenes right now and
operates beyond the reach of the
Constitution with no real accountability to
the citizenry—is the real reason why “we the
people” have no control over our government.
- You no longer have to be
poor, black or guilty to be
treated like a criminal in America. All
that is required is that you belong to the
suspect class—that is, the citizenry—of the
American police state. As a de facto
member of this so-called criminal class,
every U.S. citizen is now guilty until
- “We the people” are no longer
shielded by the rule of law. By gradually
whittling away at our freedoms—free speech,
assembly, due process, privacy, etc.—the
government has, in effect, liberated itself
from its contractual agreement to respect
our constitutional rights while resetting
the calendar back to a time when we had no
Bill of Rights to protect us from the long
arm of the government.
- Private property means
nothing if the government can take your
home, car or money under the flimsiest of
pretexts, whether it be asset forfeiture
schemes, eminent domain or overdue property
private property means little at a time when
SWAT teams and other government agents can
invade your home, break down your doors,
kill your dog, wound or kill you, damage
your furnishings and terrorize your family.
- We now find ourselves caught
in the crosshairs of a showdown between the
rights of the individual and the so-called
“emergency” state, and “we the people” are
- All of those freedoms we
cherish—the ones enshrined in the
Constitution, the ones that affirm our right
to free speech and assembly, due process,
privacy, bodily integrity, the right to not
have police seize our property without a
warrant, or search and detain us without
probable cause—amount to nothing when the
government and its agents are allowed to
disregard those prohibitions on government
overreach at will.
- If there is an absolute maxim
by which the federal government seems to
operate, it is that the American taxpayer
always gets ripped off.
- Our freedoms—especially the
Fourth Amendment—continue to be choked out
by a prevailing view among government
bureaucrats that they have the right to
search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe,
pat down, taser, and arrest any individual
at any time and for the slightest provocation.
- Forced vaccinations, forced
cavity searches, forced colonoscopies,
forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol
tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye
scans, forced inclusion in biometric
databases: these are just a few ways in
which Americans continue to be reminded that
we have no control over what happens to our
bodies during an encounter with government
- Finally, freedom is never
free. There is always a price—always a
sacrifice—that must be made in order to
safeguard one’s freedoms.
We cannot remain silent in the face of the
government’s ongoing overreaches, power grabs, and
crimes against humanity.
Evil disguised as bureaucracy is still evil.
Indeed, this is what Hannah Arendt referred to as
banality of evil.
As I make clear in my book Battlefield
America: The War on the American People and
in its fictional counterpart
The Erik Blair Diaries, such evil
happens when bureaucrats (governmental and
corporate) unquestioningly carry out orders that are
immoral and inhumane; obey immoral instructions
unthinkingly; march in lockstep with tyrants;
mindlessly perpetuate acts of terror and inhumanity;
and justify it all as just “doing one’s job.”
Such evil prevails when good men and women do
By doing nothing, by remaining silent, by being
bystanders to injustice, hate and wrongdoing, good
people become as guilty as the perpetrator.
There’s a term for this phenomenon where people
stand by, watch and do nothing—even when there is no
risk to their safety—while some horrific act takes
place (someone is mugged or raped or bullied or left
to die): it’s called the bystander effect.
It works the same whether you’re talking about
kids watching bullies torment a fellow student on a
playground, bystanders watching someone dying on a
sidewalk, passengers on a train filming a fellow
traveler be raped without intervening to help, or
citizens remaining silent in the face of government
We need to stop being silent bystanders.
It’s time to stand up for truth—for justice—for
freedom—not just for ourselves but for all humanity.
Tomorrow may be too late.
Constitutional attorney and author John W.
Whitehead is founder and president
Rutherford Institute. His books Battlefield
America: The War on the American People and
A Government of Wolves: The Emerging
American Police State are available
www.amazon.com. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nisha Whitehead is the Executive Director of The
Rutherford Institute. Information about The
Rutherford Institute is available at
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