Cosa sta succedendo esattamente?
Questa è una rivoluzione? E' anarchia? È uno spettacolo progettato per distrarci dalle macchinazioni dello stato di polizia? È un mezzo sociologico per ristabilire il nostro equilibrio nazionale? È uno schema machiavellico progettato per polarizzare ulteriormente la popolazione e minare i nostri sforzi per unirci contro la tirannia del governo? Questa cosiddetta rivolta populista è in realtà una guerra di razza fabbricata e un referendum nell'anno elettorale su chi dovrebbe occupare la Casa Bianca?
“In a fully developed bureaucracy there is nobody left
with whom one can argue, to whom one can present grievances, on whom the
pressures of power can be exerted. Bureaucracy is the form of
government in which everybody is deprived of political freedom, of the
power to act; for the rule by Nobody is not no-rule, and where all are
equally powerless, we have a tyranny without a tyrant.” ― Hannah Arendt,
What exactly is going on?
Is this revolution? Is this anarchy? Is this a spectacle engineered
to distract us from the machinations of the police state? Is this a
sociological means of re-setting our national equilibrium? Is this a
Machiavellian scheme designed to further polarize the populace and
undermine our efforts to stand unified against government tyranny? Is
this so-called populist uprising actually a manufactured race war and
election-year referendum on who should occupy the White House?
Whatever it is, this—the racial hypersensitivity without racial
justice, the kowtowing to politically correct bullies with no regard for
anyone else’s free speech rights, the violent blowback after years of
government-sanctioned brutality, the mob mindset that is overwhelming
the rights of the individual, the oppressive glowering of the Nanny
State, the seemingly righteous indignation full of sound and fury that
in the end signifies nothing, the partisan divide that grows more
impassable with every passing day—is not leading us anywhere good.
Certainly it’s not leading to more freedom.
This draconian exercise in how to divide, conquer and subdue a nation is succeeding.
It must be said: the Black Lives Matter protests have not helped.
Inadvertently or intentionally, these protests—tinged with mob violence,
rampant incivility, intolerance, and an arrogant disdain for how an
open marketplace of ideas can advance freedom—have politicized what
should never have been politicized: police brutality and the
government’s ongoing assaults on our freedoms.
For one brief moment in the wake of George Floyd’s death, it seemed as if finally “we the people” might put aside our differences long enough to stand united in outrage over the government’s brutality.
That sliver of unity didn’t last.
We may be worse off now than we were before.
Suddenly, no one seems to be talking about any of the egregious
governmental abuses that are still wreaking havoc on our freedoms:
police shootings of unarmed individuals, invasive surveillance, roadside
blood draws, roadside strip searches, SWAT team raids gone awry, the
military industrial complex’s costly wars, pork barrel spending,
pre-crime laws, civil asset forfeiture, fusion centers, militarization,
armed drones, smart policing carried out by AI robots, courts that march
in lockstep with the police state, schools that function as
indoctrination centers, bureaucrats that keep the Deep State in power.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
How do you persuade a populace to embrace totalitarianism, that
goose-stepping form of tyranny in which the government has all of the
power and “we the people” have none?
You persuade the people that the menace they face (imaginary or not) is so sinister, so overwhelming, so fearsome
that the only way to surmount the danger is by empowering the
government to take all necessary steps to quash it, even if that means
allowing government jackboots to trample all over the Constitution.
This is how you use the politics of fear to persuade a freedom-endowed people to shackle themselves to a dictatorship.
It works the same way every time.
The government’s overblown, extended wars on terrorism, drugs,
violence, illegal immigration, and so-called domestic extremism have
been convenient ruses used to terrorize the populace into relinquishing
more of their freedoms in exchange for elusive promises of security.
Having allowed our fears to be codified and our actions criminalized,
we now find ourselves in a strange new world where just about
everything we do is criminalized, even our ability to choose whether or
not to wear a mask in public during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Strangely enough, in the face of outright corruption and incompetency
on the part of our elected officials, Americans in general remain
relatively gullible, eager to be persuaded that the government can solve
the problems that plague us, whether it be terrorism, an economic
depression, an environmental disaster, or a global pandemic.
We have relinquished control over the most intimate aspects of our
lives to government officials who, while they may occupy seats of
authority, are neither wiser, smarter, more in tune with our needs, more
knowledgeable about our problems, nor more aware of what is really in
our best interests. Yet having bought into the false notion that the
government does indeed know what’s best for us and can ensure not only
our safety but our happiness and will take care of us from cradle to
grave—that is, from daycare centers to nursing homes—we have in
actuality allowed ourselves to be bridled and turned into slaves at the
bidding of a government that cares little for our freedoms or our
The lesson is this: once a free people allows the government inroads
into their freedoms or uses those same freedoms as bargaining chips for
security, it quickly becomes a slippery slope to outright tyranny.
Nor does it seem to matter whether it’s a Democrat or a Republican at
the helm anymore. Indeed, the bureaucratic mindset on both sides of the
aisle now seems to embody the same philosophy of authoritarian
government, whose priorities are to milk “we the people” of our
hard-earned money (by way of taxes, fines and fees) and remain in
control and in power.
Modern government in general—ranging from the militarized police in
SWAT team gear crashing through our doors to the rash of innocent
citizens being gunned down by police to the invasive spying on
everything we do—is acting illogically, even psychopathically. (The
characteristics of a psychopath include a “lack of remorse and empathy, a
sense of grandiosity, superficial charm, conning and manipulative
behavior, and refusal to take responsibility for one’s actions, among
When our own government no longer sees us as human beings with
dignity and worth but as things to be manipulated, maneuvered, mined for
data, manhandled by police, conned into believing it has our best
interests at heart, mistreated, and then jails us if we dare step out of
line, punishes us unjustly without remorse, and refuses to own up to
its failings, we are no longer operating under a constitutional
republic. Instead, what we are experiencing is a pathocracy: tyranny at
the hands of a psychopathic government, which “operates against the
interests of its own people except for favoring certain groups.”
So where does that leave us?
Having allowed the government to expand and exceed our reach, we find
ourselves on the losing end of a tug-of-war over control of our country
and our lives. And for as long as we let them, government officials
will continue to trample on our rights, always justifying their actions
as being for the good of the people.
Yet the government can only go as far as “we the people” allow. Therein lies the problem.
The pickle we find ourselves in speaks volumes about the nature of
the government beast we have been saddled with and how it views the
rights and sovereignty of “we the people.”
Now you don’t hear a lot about sovereignty anymore. Sovereignty is a
dusty, antiquated term that harkens back to an age when kings and
emperors ruled with absolute power over a populace that had no rights.
Americans turned the idea of sovereignty on its head when they declared their independence from Great Britain and rejected the absolute authority of King George III. In doing so, Americans claimed for themselves the right to self-government and established themselves as the ultimate authority and power.
In other words, in America, “we the people”— sovereign citizens—call the shots.
So when the government acts, it is supposed to do so at our bidding and on our behalf, because we are the rulers.
That’s not exactly how it turned out, though, is it?
In the 200-plus years since we boldly embarked on this experiment in
self-government, we have been steadily losing ground to the government’s
brazen power grabs, foisted upon us in the so-called name of national
The government has knocked us off our rightful throne. It has usurped
our rightful authority. It has staged the ultimate coup. Its agents no
longer even pretend that they answer to “we the people.” Worst of all,
“we the people” have become desensitized to this constant undermining of
How do we reconcile the Founders’ vision of the government as an
entity whose only purpose is to serve the people with the police state’s
insistence that the government is the supreme authority, that its power
trumps that of the people themselves, and that it may exercise that
power in any way it sees fit (that includes government agents crashing
through doors, mass arrests, ethnic cleansing, racial profiling,
indefinite detentions without due process, and internment camps)?
They cannot be reconciled. They are polar opposites.
We are fast approaching a moment of reckoning where we will be forced
to choose between the vision of what America was intended to be (a
model for self-governance where power is vested in the people) and the
reality of what it has become (a police state where power is vested in
This slide into totalitarianism—helped along by overcriminalization,
government surveillance, militarized police, neighbors turning in
neighbors, privatized prisons, and forced labor camps, to name just a
few similarities—is tracking very closely with what happened in Germany
in the years leading up to Hitler’s rise to power.
We are walking a dangerous path right now.
No matter who wins the presidential election come November, it’s a sure bet that the losers will be the American people.
Despite what is taught in school and the propaganda that is peddled
by the media, the 2020 presidential election is not a populist election
for a representative. Rather, it’s a gathering of shareholders to select
the next CEO, a fact reinforced by the nation’s archaic electoral college system.
Anyone who believes that this election will bring about any real
change in how the American government does business is either incredibly
naïve, woefully out-of-touch, or oblivious to the fact that as an
in-depth Princeton University study shows, we now live in an oligarchy that is “of the rich, by the rich and for the rich.”
When a country spends close to $10 billion
on elections to select what is, for all intents and purposes, a
glorified homecoming king or queen to occupy the White House and fill
other government seats, while more than 40 million of its people live in poverty, more than 40 million Americans are on unemployment, more than 500,000 Americans are homeless, and analysts forecast it will take a decade to work our way out of the current COVID-induced recession, that’s a country whose priorities are out of step with the needs of its people.
Be warned, however: the Establishment—the Deep State and its
corporate partners that really run the show, pull the strings and
dictate the policies, no matter who occupies the Oval Office—is not
going to allow anyone to take office who will unravel their power
structures. Those who have attempted to do so in the past have been
effectively put out of commission.
Voting sustains the illusion that we have a democratic republic, but
it is merely a dictatorship in disguise, or what political scientists
Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page more accurately refer to as an “economic élite domination.”
In such an environment, the economic elite (lobbyists, corporations,
monied special interest groups) dictate national policy. As the
Princeton University oligarchy study indicates, our elected officials, especially those in the nation’s capital, represent the interests of the rich and powerful rather than the average citizen. As such, the citizenry has little if any impact on the policies of government.
We have been saddled with a two-party system and fooled into
believing that there’s a difference between the Republicans and
Democrats, when in fact, the two parties are exactly the same. As one commentator noted,
both parties support endless war, engage in out-of-control spending,
ignore the citizenry’s basic rights, have no respect for the rule of
law, are bought and paid for by Big Business, care most about their own
power, and have a long record of expanding government and shrinking
We’re drowning under the weight of too much debt, too many wars, too
much power in the hands of a centralized government run by a corporate
elite, too many militarized police, too many laws, too many lobbyists,
and generally too much bad news.
The powers-that-be want us to believe that our job as citizens begins
and ends on Election Day. They want us to believe that we have no right
to complain about the state of the nation unless we’ve cast our vote
one way or the other. They want us to remain divided over politics,
hostile to those with whom we disagree politically, and intolerant of
anyone or anything whose solutions to what ails this country differ from
What they don’t want us talking about is the fact that the government
is corrupt, the system is rigged, the politicians don’t represent us,
the electoral college is a joke, most of the candidates are frauds, and,
as I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we as a nation are repeating the mistakes of history—namely, allowing a totalitarian state to reign over us.
Former concentration camp inmate Hannah Arendt warned against this
when she wrote, “Never has our future been more unpredictable, never
have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to
follow the rules of common sense and self-interest—forces that look like
sheer insanity, if judged by the standards of other centuries.”
As we once again find ourselves faced with the prospect of voting for
the lesser of two evils, “we the people” have a decision to make: do we
simply participate in the collapse of the American republic as it
degenerates toward a totalitarian regime, or do we take a stand and
reject the pathetic excuse for government that is being fobbed off on
Never forget that the lesser of two evils is still evil.
ABOUT JOHN W. WHITEHEAD
Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People is available at www.amazon.com. Whitehead can be contacted at email@example.com.
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