November 21, 2001. Those who read my recent essay on what
is left of America's Bill of Rights ("The Way We Were,"
November 13, 2001) know that I believe Orwell's vision of the future,
crafted over 50 years ago and memorialized in his classic novel,
"1984," is all but upon us.
Certainly, sufficient mechanisms are now in place. All that remains
is for the government to deploy those mechanisms in a widespread
and systematic crackdown upon the entire civilian population of
America. For some of my fellow citizens, that crackdown has already
begun; for some it is already over. Regrettably, the vast majority
seems blissfully unaware of what is going on right under their noses.
Some might dismiss my observations as right-wing paranoia. Problem
is, many American leftists are every bit as alarmed as I. And, truth
be told, I'm not really all that much of a right winger. That is
a poorly-fitting rap hung upon me by some on the left who correctly
perceive me to be their enemy.
Though it is always tough for one to gauge one's own level of delusion,
I do not think I am being overly paranoid.
It really is getting as bad as some of us say. It may already be
too late to do anything about it, but it is certain that nothing
will be done until a critical mass of my countrymen tumble to the
fact of just how bad things have gotten.
image from a documentary I saw on the Chicago stockyards many years
ago keeps surging up from my subconscious: An endless line of cattle
moving two abreast through a series of chutes, bovinely unaware
of the fate that awaited them, literally just around the corner
where they were swiftly executed, then transported for rendering.
Funny, but I always figured it would be the leftists that would
do us in. I never counted on Clinton's Republican successor to be
the architect of our ultimate demise. And such a self-avowed Christian,
at that. Nothing meek about those seemingly intent upon inheriting
the earth these days. Just goes to show how little difference there
is between the country's two major political parties.
Today, I forward another's essay for your review. I strongly commend
it to your immediate attention as a logical companion to my piece
on the Bill of Rights. Its author is a lawyer, too, but these are
events that are particularly obvious to lawyers, many of whom correctly
perceive the stupendous shift that has just occurred in the context
of personal liberty in America. This fellow appears to me to be
pretty much a leftist, but he correctly nails what is going on.
The time has come for us to put aside our perceived differences,
Republican vs. Democrat, left vs. right, have vs. have not, etc.
While we were bickering amongst ourselves, our country got hijacked
by totalitarians. "They" run everything now. The media
is theirs. Government at all levels is theirs. Business enterprise
of any significant size and of every stripe is theirs. All who oppose
them are vilified and crushed.
Oligarchic neo-fascists is how I have taken to describing them.
Neo-conservatives (neo-cons) is another label that many are using.
"They" are the globalists, the one-worlders that once
again have put our sons and daughters in harm's way in far away
places with strange-sounding names, just to advance their agenda
of remaking the world in America's image. And it is rapidly becoming
an image that is neither pretty nor, even, comfortable. Pity that
we don't even get the benefit of the comfort for which we have been
surrendering our liberty.
have been artfully guiding us through the chutes toward our demise.
Witness the clamor for more security which allows them to impose
the crackdown in response to record levels of public approval. How
much longer before Kissinger's prophetic words come to pass, whereby
we welcome the arrival of the UN troops, to "rescue" us
from some contrived domestic crisis? -ed
Toward A Police State or Have We Arrived?
Secret Military Tribunals, Mass Arrests and Disappearances,
Wiretapping & Torture
by Michael Ratner
November 20, 2001