Posts Tagged ‘despotism’

So far in 2012-A Doomsday Year I have covered in part the escalating food prices, the escalating energy costs, the increasing controls imposed upon us, and today I will look at the issue of communications in our daily lives.

We have come to take for granted many of the freedoms our constitution protects, and in so doing have become complacent in the way we simply accept what is being placed upon our dinner plate of daily news. Unfortunately, much of what we see on the front page of the dailies and the evening news is watered down, biased, and/or poorly reported by the media outlets. It used to be that a newspaper in large part would print just the facts on the front page, and nothing more. The papers were opinionated, but they wisely restricted opinionated articles to the opinion pages of the paper. Today, many of the stories we read are filled with statements that promote one ideology or another, and this is true for both side of the aisle, lefty and righty alike.

There are still places you can go today to get a good, factual report on many issues and events, but you usually have to do quite a lot of digging to find the truth. As this is an election year for the presidency, this fact makes it more vital than ever that you take the time to educate yourself of the real truth and not the truth that a special interest group wants to push. Take the story that claims Warren Buffett’s secretary pays more taxes than he does.

The left wants you to believe something that is not true, and they know it is not true, so they manipulate the facts so that at first glance it sounds like it is true, and grabs your attention, big time. When one of the richest men in the world gets away with paying less in taxes than most of the people reading this blog pay, it makes you mad, doesn’t it? At Obama’s State of the Union speech, Buffett’s secretary, Debbie Bosanek, got a front row seat sitting next to her royal highness Michelle Obama, and of course it was staged so that President Obama could make the most of the attention grabber of the evening.

According to several articles, Buffett’s 2010 tax return says he paid 6.9 million in taxes. I am guessing his secretary wasn’t paid all that much whereby she would be paying anywhere near that much in taxes in 2010, and their 2011 tax returns are probably going to be very similar to their 2010 returns. Percentage is where the truth is, and since most of Warren Buffett’s income is from capital gains, and that is where they twisted the claim that he paid less in taxes than his secretary. The top rate for capital gains income is 15 percent, period. Going by that rate, I pay nearly twice as much in taxes as Buffett does, including all federal and state taxes. The reality is that it probably takes me two years to make as much income as he pays out in taxes in a day. However, the left doesn’t want you to see that part of the argument. They only want you to be angry that the rich are better off than you are and are given all kinds of bennies for being rich. Class warfare at its finest. Remember this story when you look at the news. By the way, the right is just as guilty as the right when it comes to “modifying” the news to their advantage.

So where does communications come into the puzzle of predicting the future? It comes into the puzzle through the way certain items are left out of the commonly shared news, and which pieces are shared with gusto. One of the stories I have been following is the issue of the National Guard and how they are supposedly patrolling the US/Mexico border to cut down on illegal immigration. Unfortunately, their involvement was severely restricted, and their actual value was diminished to the point where the expense incurred did not come close to making it worth the taxpayer’s money for them to be there. If the military is going to patrol the border, they should do so fully armed with the intent of actually preventing illegal entry into this nation by anyone. They were relegated to performing nothing more than being used as a photo-op for political gain.

The more important issues that you see very little reporting on is the fact that the government wants to increase the usage of drone technology to patrol the skies under the guise of watching the borders of this nation, the natural inclination for many of us is to say, so what, we need the protection. In fact, we do, but this is not what will happen in the long run. These drones will be used for purposes beyond that which the constitution allows. But that doesn’t matter, because the powers that be only use the constitution when it suits their needs. And even then, they twist it into a perversion of what the constitution really means.

We look at the history of the world’s most despotic regimes and learn that the media outlets in those countries were usually the first target for control, and in some sense, we see the same thing happening today here today in the United States. Newspapers and television stations are afraid to say something different, something that might offend, simply because it is more politically expedient to go with what the “powers that be” want them to say. Global warming, gay rights, religious issues, morality and more are all subjects that are controlled by very small minority groups, and yet they have the biggest advantage because they have more political pull with the media outlets.

Those of us with a different standard or levels of morality and viewpoint still have outlets we can turn to, but these outlets are disappearing, overwhelmed in most part by the mainstream media in their push for popular support and advertising dollar. We will continue to see the far left ideology increase in power, as we get closer to Election Day. You will see an overwhelming majority of leftist attacks against sound, biblically based positions that the candidates may wish to take, but will not because of the fact that money and popularity goes hand in hand with the political structure in this nation. We, as a nation, will continue to see erosions in our society and economy as the left gains power and control, thus furthering our descent into failure as a nation. And when that point arrives, you had better be prepared, because Uncle Sam will not be there to give you a hand up, nor a hand out.

Watch the headlines and as the year passes by, you will begin to see what I mean.

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So far in 2012-A Doomsday year I have covered in part the escalating food prices, in part one, and the escalating energy costs in part two. Historians are well aware of the fact that economic difficulties usually precedes a time of discontent and upheaval. Historically, we can look back at our own history and examine:

  • The economy of the 1760s as a precedent to the war for independence from the English empire;
  • The depression of the 1750s prior to the war for Southern Independence;
  • The period just before our entrance to WW I;
  • And our great world depression of the 1930s before WWII broke out.

Today, I will take a look at the increasing controls being placed upon the citizens of this country as we continue to steamroll towards the next great depression, which I believe will officially be recognized in late 2013 or early 2014. Of course, some analysts will say that this depression has already begun, and I for one agree with them. It normally takes some time for any government to accept the fact that failure has come upon them, and this economic situation we are enjoying today is no different.

Government controls come in many forms, from control of the media to removal of personal liberties. The headlines are ablaze with the reports that both the senate and the house have both tabled further discussion of the SOPA/PIPA legislation, accompanied by shout of victory by the opposition. Unfortunately, there has been no real victory as the intent is to restart passage of both of these pieces of legislation after the furor has died down.

The hallmark of any despotic regime is the thumbs on approach that the regime takes towards the media industry, and their attempts to squelch any untoward criticism of that regime. For example, if you own a newspaper and say something bad about fearless leader, you most likely will lose your newspaper, and quite likely your life as well. It used to happen all the time in the Soviet Bloc nations, and still occurs even today. The SOPA/PIPA legislation is a wide-ranging set of laws that could easily be used to quench the fires of dissent in this nation based upon the ability of the government to require any particular websites extinction based upon a false claim of copyright infringement. For example, if I were to use this, or another of my blogs to copy a substantial portion of any newspaper article with reference to wrongdoing by our government, they would be able to shut me down cold. This action would be based upon my “piracy” of the copyright holder of that newspaper article.

Granted, piracy is an unacceptable act, and we already have sufficient legislation on the books that addresses that issue today. Unfortunately, our government refuses to utilize current legislation and pursue those scofflaws that already break those laws. The true downside of this legislation is that instead of pursuing criminals, it makes it all that much easier for our government to control the public. The fear aspect of the law is what makes people allow their government to become stronger, and as the government gets stronger it becomes more despotic. Additionally, it is not just the federal level of legislation that the government uses to control people, but state and local level legislation as well. Take the increasingly frequent usage of what the government calls roadside sobriety checkpoints. I prefer to call them chokepoints, myself. These are where a state, county or local police agency sets up a roadblock and checks for drunk drivers or other persons who are operating a vehicle illegally.

We accept these chokepoints because we demand something be done about drunk drivers, or people who drive without insurance, or operate with a suspended license. This makes sense as we wish to be protected, however, this action actually violates our constitutional rights. Amendment four of the US Constitution, part of the Bill of Rights states:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

This means that your property, which includes the car you are driving in, shall be secure, and free from search without a warrant, and that warrant shall not be issued unless there is probable cause that you have violated a particular law. For Sherriff Billy Bob to set up a roadblock and check each car that passes through for violations is tacitly illegal. How can any law enforcement officer state without exception that each of those vehicles, without knowing who will be coming through that chokepoint, to be in violation of a law, and how could any competent judge agree to issue warrants against any and all vehicles that may be driving on that road during the established chokepoint? The answer is simple; they cannot.

We keep asking for more and more protections, but what we really accomplish is the surrender of our constitutional rights, and thus the surrender of our personal sovereignty. We allow a despotic regime to be established because we haven’t the courage to stand up and argue for our own rights, and our guarantee of liberty provide by the constitution.

I believe that no matter who wins this round of election for president, we will see an explosion of government control by the end of this year. My next post will go into some detail with what I see happening to support that view, by the way. Special interest groups are dictating more and more as to what we will be allowed to do and say, and I see that movement becoming stronger in the coming months. Obama-care is a patently unconstitutional piece of legislation, and yet many of us asked for it, to our shame. (Not me, by the way.) Our beloved incandescent light bulbs are going the way of the dinosaur, and the 100-watt light bulbs are already on the banned substance list. 100-watt bulbs are verboten as of 01 January of this year (2012).

The list of controls is growing longer every day, with the passage of each new law. As the economy continues its slide into failure, we will see more and more legislation to hide the reality and extent of the danger, while cloaking that public controlling legislation under the guise of it being “for our own well being.” Stay tuned while I address more of what I see as contributing to our demise as a nation and the collapse of the world as we know it today.

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A Hitler in the White House?

Posted: 11/06/2009 in Uncategorized
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While pouring over today’s headlines in the e-papers it hit how shockingly similar today’s government is becoming to another country’s government was during the years of the great depression. Of course, we are all aware of how closely Obama follows FDR’s agenda of government control and domination, but have you ever noticed how similar his tactics are to Adolf Hitler’s? Not that I’m trying to suggest that Obama is another Hitler, mind you, but the rapidity with which our freedom is being stripped from under us brings it to mind.

We tend to acquaint the term Nazi as being a specific form of political philosophy bordering upon some kind of demonic hatred, but in reality, Nazi is not really a name. Nazi is actually the abbreviation for the National Socialist German Workers Party. The name was changed in 1920, and formerly they had been called the German Workers’ Party. Of course we are aware of the fact that this was a an activist labor union organization, and union philosophy is based upon communist philosophy. Or more correctly, Marxist philosophy. Karl Marx was a big agitator in early class warfare in Russia, and was the father of Communism. Sort of.

But the Communism that arose over the years is not the same Communism that Marx envisioned. Marx held that all should have equal everything, as I understand his writings. There should be no Proletariat class and labor class. But with the rise of the power of Lenin, and then Stalin, the classes were spread even further apart. It happened because government gained control over every aspect of national and local government, business, religion and economy. The people became willing servants of the very government who at first sought to serve the people.

Hitler gained power in the same way with his party of choice. People in need can become desperate enough to make decisions without careful consideration, and just like Hitler, Obama’s skillful oratory wooed the masses and convinced his followers that he was indeed, as Oprah put it, I believe, the ONE! Where did he come from? He says he is from Hawaii. We don’t know that for certain as he seems to want to keep his birth certificate private.

According to an article from Israeli National News, “According to Obama’s Kenyan (paternal) grandmother, as well as his half-brother and half-sister, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya, not in Hawaii as the Democratic candidate for president claims. His grandmother bragged that her grandson is about to be President of the United States and is so proud because she was present DURING HIS BIRTH IN KENYA, in the delivery room.” An interesting article, and if true, what then for our own dear Presidenté? Hitler wasn’t born in the nation he came to rule either. He was born in Austria. But as the laws of Germany are not the laws of this nation, one needn’t be a natural born citizen to assume the highest office in the land.

But again, where did he come from? And by this I mean not the place of birth, but what was his environment as he grew up? His mother, Ann Dunham, was a white, British born woman from Kansas, and his father, Barak Hussein Obama Sr. was a Muslim from Kenya. An interesting blend of environment, wouldn’t you say? Especially when you consider that they divorced about the time Barry turned two years old. Then his mother remarried, took the kid to Indonesia and finally dumped him with his grandparents instead of taking responsibility for his care. In a nutshell, that is where our current president comes from. This tells us a lot about his actions today. 1.His main parental figures come from a background that lived in a socialist nation, 2.his parents come from a liberal educational environment, 3.he was exposed to much turmoil in a foreign country as a boy, 4, he had exposure to Islamic education and morays as a child, 5,he was seemingly abandoned by his only natural parent.

The fact that he rose to such heights is a wonder in itself, but one has to wonder how he got to where he is today, and who prodded him along the way? A kid with that kind of background doesn’t get into the top schools all on his own, you know.

But at any rate, the similarities are there if you look hard enough. Businesses became nationalized, as was the health care industry. Censorship became the norm, just like with today’s attempts to reestablish the unnecessary Fairness doctrine is doing. Once, it may have been a tool to balance opinion, but not so for today. One may engage in discussion of nearly any matter, and weigh in pro or con on the issue at the same time. There is no need to regurgitate an unneeded regulation except to eliminate the minority viewpoints, which today happen to be conservative.

Church’s were persecuted and forced to close, prohibiting the freedom of religion that the Left wants to remove from us. By forcing the establishment of the homosexual lifestyle as acceptable, Obama has worked against the Word of God, and promoted that which we know to be unacceptable to Him. We find that in a manner similar to the anti-Jewish policies of the Hitler regime, Christians are more and more being forced to either abandon their beliefs, or find other employment. Unless we accept the terms of the left, a Christian cannot work and still express their freedom of speech, and enjoy the freedom of religion.

As with the Hitler Youth Organization, Obama is bolstering and growing the so called volunteer organization called AmeriCorps, a program first introduced by Bill Clinton. By promoting, and some say eventual requirement, this program, the Obama administration is embedding a spirit of obeisance and dependency to the national government. Just like Hitler did.

The Hitler administration promoted a program called Work Through Joy, which basically dictated and controlled how people were to spend their leisure time. The Obama administration wants to promote his version of good health and culture by instituting more physical education in the schools, and by promoting what the UN calls Ecotourism.

So, am I saying that Obama is a Hitler wanna be? Not at all. But what I am suggesting is that he is more than definitely a socialist, and we need to be aware of what is in store for us as we, as a nation, travel down the same road to despotism that many other nations have taken.