12/02/08 "ICH" -- -- They
say that the difference between how democracy in Europe has
evolved compared to that of the United States is that in Europe
the government is afraid of the People whereas in the United
States the People are afraid of the government. That's a
dangerous state of affairs and it looks like it's going to get
It's not only a matter of who you vote for... it's a matter of
how well informed you are when you do vote... and Americans now
are notorious for not being nearly as well informed as the
citizens of many other countries are. So in America, we don't
really think that deeply about the range of choices that are or
are not available to us. Fatal mistake.
below is indicative of the evolving consciousness of law
enforcement in our nation... and it's our 'Shock and Awe'
government, with its penchant for gratuitous and unconscionable
violence, and the People's refusal to hold them accountable,
that is setting the stage for our future in this 'land of the
free and home of the brave.'
When we allow
fear and force to dominate the way in which our government deals
with people we don't know... we open the door to despotism, for
surely when we fail to protect the legitimate rights of any
group or person, we sow the seeds of our own destruction. Take
a look at this video if you want to know what is happening to
civil liberties in our own country. I guess for some members of
our community, this is not news at all.
local law enforcement officers are now being trained to treat
citizens the way military personnel were trained to treat
Guantanamo prisoners. Your government doesn't seem to care
anymore what you think... except maybe during an election year
and even then, not so much. And like the military, many police
officers who have been trained to just follow orders, are doing
just that...just following orders. Watch this video.
and indifference to the plight of others is what allows this
kind of thing to happen. You probably won't get a better wake
up call than this. No doubt bad public relations will force
this kind of evidence into dark corners. The question is, will
we wake up, or will we remain silent until something like this
happens to someone we know and care about... or maybe to a lot
of people we know and care about?
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