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I never fail to be amazed — and that’s undoubtedly my failing. I mean, if you retain a capacity for wonder you can still be awed by a sunset, but should you really be shocked that the sun is once again sinking in the West? Maybe not.

The occasion for such reflections: machine guns in my hometown. To be specific, several weeks ago, New York Police Commissioner William J. Bratton announced the formation of a new 350-officer Special Response Group (SRG). Keep in mind that New York City already has a police force of more than 34,000 — bigger, that is, than the active militaries of Austria, Bulgaria, Chad, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kenya, Laos, Switzerland, or Zimbabwe — as well as its own “navy,” including six submersible drones. Just another drop in an ocean of blue, the SRG will nonetheless be a squad for our times, trained in what Bratton referred to as “advanced disorder control and counterterror.” It will also, he announced, be equipped with “extra heavy protective gear, with the long rifles and machine guns — unfortunately sometimes necessary in these instances.” And here’s where he created a little controversy in my hometown. The squad would, Bratton added, be “designed for dealing with events like our recent protests or incidents like Mumbai or what just happened in Paris.”

Now, that was an embarrassment in liberal New York. By mixing the recent demonstrations over the police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and others into the same sentence with the assault on Mumbai and the Charlie Hebdo affair in France, he seemed to be equating civil protest in the Big Apple with acts of terrorism. Perhaps you won’t be surprised then that the very next day the police department started walking back the idea that the unit would be toting its machine guns not just to possible terror incidents but to local protests. A day later, Bratton himself walked his comments back even further. (“I may have in my remarks or in your interpretation of my remarks confused you or confused the issue.”) Now, it seems there will be two separate units, the SRG for counterterror patrols and a different, assumedly machine-gun-less crew for protests.

Here was what, like the sun going down in the West, shouldn’t have shocked me but did: no one thought there was any need to walk back the arming of the New York Police Department with machine guns for whatever reasons. The retention of such weaponry should, of course, have been the last thing to shock any American in 2015. After all, the up-armoring and militarization of the police has been an ongoing phenomenon since 9/11, even if it only received real media attention after the police, looking like an army of occupation, rolled onto the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, in response to protests over the killing of Michael Brown.

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In fact, the Pentagon (and the Department of Homeland Security) had already shunted $5.1 billion worth of military equipment, much of it directly from the country’s distant battlefields — assault rifles, land-mine detectors, grenade launchers, and 94,000 of those machine guns — to local police departments around the country. Take, for example, the various tank-like, heavily armored vehicles that have now become commonplace for police departments to possess. (Ferguson, for instance, had a “Bearcat,” widely featured in coverage of protests there.)

Since 2013, the Pentagon has transferred for free more than 600 mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, or MRAPs, worth at least half a million dollars each and previously used in U.S. war zones, to various “qualified law enforcement agencies.” Police departments in rural areas like Walsh County, North Dakota (pop. 11,000) now have their own MRAPs, as does the campus police department at Ohio State University. It hardly matters that these monster vehicles have few uses in a country where neither ambushes nor roadside bombs are a part of everyday life.

Post-Ferguson, a few scattered departments have actually moved to turn these useless vehicles back in. It’s clear, however, that police forces “kitted out with Marine-issue camouflage and military-grade body armor, toting short-barreled assault rifles, and rolling around in armored vehicles” — that is, almost indistinguishable from soldiers — are now the future of American policing and there’s no walking that back. Since Ferguson, President Obama has essentially refused to do so and Congress certainly won’t. Despite a small uproar over the pile of military equipment being transferred to the police, there is no indication that the flow will be staunched.

When it comes to all this militarized equipment, as the president has emphasized (and the task force he appointed to look into these matters will undoubtedly reemphasize), “reform” is mainly going to be focused on “better training” in how to use it. In other words, reform will prove to be a code word for further militarization. And don’t count on anyone returning those 94,000 machine guns either in a country that seems to be in some kind of domestic arms race and in which toddlers now regularly find their parents’ loaded guns and wound or kill them.

How the National Security State Outlasted Its Critics

Not so long ago, that 9/11 “changed everything” seemed like the hyperbolic cliché of a past era. From the present moment, however, it looks ever more like a sober description of what actually happened. Congratulations, that is, are due to Osama bin Laden. Even dead and buried at sea, he deserves some credit. He proved to be midwife to the exceedingly violent birth of a new American world. Today, 13 years after the attacks he launched, an exceptionally healthy, well-armed teenage America is growing fast. Under the banner of Fear and Terror that bin Laden inspired, this country has been transformed in myriad ways, even if we only half notice because we’re part of it. And it isn’t a world much interested in walking anything back.

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Consider the National Security Agency. In June 2013, it was faced with the beginning of a devastating rollout of a trove of top-secret documents exposing its inner workings. Thanks to Edward Snowden, Americans (and Germans and Brazilians and Mexicans and Afghans) came to know that the agency had, in the post-9/11 years, set up a surveillance state for the ages, one for which the phrase Orwellian might be distinctly inadequate. The NSA was listening in on or intercepting the communications of 35 chancellors, presidents, and other world leaders, the secretary-general of the U.N., the offices of the European Union, foreign corporations, peasants in the backlands of the planet, and oh yes, American citizens galore (and that’s just to start down a far longer list). All of this effort has — from the point of view of “intelligence” — been remarkably expensive but (as far as anyone can tell) relatively useless. Few terrorists have been found, next to no plots broken up, and little useful, actionable intelligence provided to the government, despite the yottabytes of data collected. The whole effort should have been written off as a bust and scaled back radically. The agency’s methods arguably violated the Constitution, made a mockery of the idea of privacy, and tore up sovereignties of every sort. Instead, that global surveillance system remains embedded in our world and growing, its actions sanctified.

Clearly, in the new post-9/11 American rulebook, no one was to have the right to keep a secret — except the national security state itself, which was madly classifying anything in sight, while the Obama Justice Department went after anyone who leaked anything about it or blew a whistle on it with a fierceness never before experienced in our history. Hence, the towering anger of top NSA officials (and their retired colleagues) at Edward Snowden when he exposed their “privacy” to scrutiny, too.

If ever there was a system in need of “reform,” this was it. And yet the NSA has successfully outlasted the long Snowden moment without a single thing being walked back, not even the most shocking revelation for Americans: that the agency was gathering and storing their bulk phone “metadata.” A year ago, a presidential advisory board on privacy concluded that the bulk data collection was “illegal and unproductive” and recommended changes. None have yet taken place. “Reform” efforts on the NSA collapsed in Congress even before the Republicans took the Senate. As with the police, so the president has announced minor “tweaks” to the system of data collection and it’s marching right on.

Similarly, the CIA outlasted Senator Dianne Feinstein. After years of effort, a truncated, redacted version of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Torture Report that she oversaw was finally released, filled with American horrors and barbarities. The result, as with Snowden’s revelations, was nada. For torture, no one at the CIA is to be held responsible or accountable; nor did the CIA pay any price for hacking into the computer systems of the committee’s staff or turning on the woman once known as the senator from the national security state. The whole process seemed to signal that congressional oversight of the U.S. intelligence community was now more fiction than fact.

Admittedly, when President Obama came into office, in what may be the single exception to the rule of the era, he walked back one crucial set of Bush administration policies, ending torture and closing the “black sites” at which much of it occurred. Since then, however, the CIA has expanded, while its power, like the national security state within which it is lodged, has only grown.

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The process of expanding that shadow government and freeing it from supervision has, in fact, been unending. Only last week, for instance, the Obama administration announced that the 17 intelligence outfits that make up the U.S. Intelligence Community were about to get a new baby. Amid a thicket of outfits now devoted to cyberintelligence, including “cyber-operations centers” at the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and the National Security Agency, the new Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, which will be housed in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, will “analyze cyberthreats and coordinate strategy to counter them.” It will assumedly be the civilian equivalent of the military’s 2009 creation, the U.S. Cyber Command. And keep in mind that all this is happening in the country that is responsible for launching the planet’s first cyberwar.

Or consider another growth industry: drones and their progeny. They are spinning off into domestic air space at a startling rate and can now be found from America’s borderlands to thousands of feet up in the skies above commercial jetliners to the White House grounds (reportedly thanks to the recreational activities of a drunken employee of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency). Abroad, Washington’s drones have been this country’s true “lone wolf” hunters, inflicting terror from the skies on Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya in 2011, and most recently Syria. In five of those seven countries they have been at it for years, in the case of Pakistan flying hundreds of strikes in its tribal borderlands.

Washington’s grimly named Predator and Reaper drones have been hunting their prey in the backlands of the planet 24 hours a day for more than a decade now. Thousands of people have been wiped out, including women, children, and wedding parties, as well as numerous significant and insignificant figures in terror outfits of every sort. And yet in not one of those countries has the situation improved in any significant way in terms of U.S. policy goals. In most of them it has grown worse and the drones have been a factor in such developments, alienating whole populations on the ground below. This has been obvious for years to counterinsurgency experts. But a reconsideration of these drone wars is beyond the pale in Washington. Drone assassination is now a sacrosanct act of the American state, part of a “global” war 13 years old and ongoing. No one in any position of power, now or in the immediate future, is going to consider flying them back.

The CIA has sometimes been called the president’s private army. Today, it’s running most (but not all) of Washington’s drone campaigns and so those robotic lone wolves could be considered the president’s private air force. In the process, the twenty-first-century White House has been officially and proudly turned into an assassin’s lair and don’t expect that to change in 2016 or 2020 either.

Permanent War and the Permanent Election Campaign

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Similar points could be made about the 13-year-old “global war” the Bush administration launched and the specific wars, raids, conflicts, invasions, and occupations that have been carried out under its aegis. President Obama has been fighting Iraq War 3.0 and Syria War 1.0 for six months, claiming that Congressional post-9/11 authorizations allow him to do so. Now, he wants a three-year extension on something he claims he doesn’t need and has delivered a text to Congress filled with enough loopholes to send an army (and air force) through — and not just in Iraq and Syria either. Not getting this authorization wouldn’t, however, significantly affect the administration’s plans in the Middle East. So much for the “power” of Congress to declare war. That body is nonetheless evidently going to spend months holding hearings and “debating” a new authorization, even as fighting goes on without it, based on informal agreements pounded out by the White House and the Pentagon. (Alice would have found Wonderland sane by comparison.)

In this way, the White House has in our time become a war-making and assassination-producing machine. In the same period, terror groups and membership in them have leapt across the Greater Middle East and Africa; no terror organization has been destroyed (though the original al-Qaeda, a modest enough outfit to begin with, has been weakened); most have expanded; the Islamic State, the first mini-terror state in history, has taken over significant parts of Iraq and Syria and is expanding elsewhere; Libya is a chaos of competing militias, some of an extreme Islamic nature; Yemen is believed to be in a state of collapse with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula on the rise; Afghanistan remains a war disaster area; Pakistan is significantly destabilized; and so on. And yet, as the president’s authorization request indicates, there is no walking any of this back.

In the meantime, on the domestic front in this “too big to fail” century, the country that eternally sallies forth under the banner of democracy has been working on a new political system which, as yet, has no name. Here’s what we do know about our latest version of “democracy”: in a period when plenty of American citizens weren’t too small to fail, the inequality gap has grown to yawning proportions. On the principle that what goes up must come down, some part of the vast infusion of money flowing to the .01% or even the .001% has, with a helping hand from the Supreme Court, been raining down on the electoral system.

In the same way that the national security state was funded to the tune of almost a trillion dollars a year and war became perpetual, the new political system, focused on TV advertising, has created a perpetual campaign season. (It is now estimated that the 2016 presidential campaign alone could cost $5 billion, essentially doubling the $2.6 billion spent in 2012.) And here’s the most recent news from that round-the-clock campaign, whose focus is increasingly on donors, not voters: the Koch brothers and their allied donor networks have pledged nearly one billion dollars for election season 2016 (more than double the amount they contributed in 2012). And they already have pledges for $249 million, which suggests that they may even exceed their present guesstimate.

Despite comments from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg about her personal desire to roll back the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that opened the floodgates of money, it’s clear that this court won’t be walking its election-financing positions back anytime soon. In donor terms, think of what that court did as the equivalent of the Pentagon putting all those machine guns and MRAPs in the hands of the police.

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And keep in mind that, as the U.S. changes, the world does, too. Consider it a form of reverse blowback, as from drones to surveillance to cyberwar, Washington helps lay the groundwork for a new more extreme century in which, from sovereignty to privacy, boundaries are there to be broken, new kinds of weaponry to be tested out in the real world, and new kinds of conflicts to be launched.

In sum, we, the people, are ever less in control of anything. The police are increasingly not “ours,” nor are the NSA and its colleague outfits “our” intelligence agencies, nor are the wars we are fighting “our” wars, nor the elections in which we vote “our” elections. This is a country walking back nothing as it heads into a heavily militarized future. In the process, an everyday American world is being brought into existence that, by past standards, will seem extreme indeed. In other words, in the years to come an ever-less recognizable American way of life will quite expectably be setting in the West. Don’t be shocked.

Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of The United States of Fear as well as a history of the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture. He runs the Nation Institute’s TomDispatch.com. His new book is Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World (Haymarket Books).

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Sam says:

    TIME FOR CITIES AND STATE LEGISLATORS TO STEP IN TO STOP THE EPIDEMIC OF POLICE AND DCS TERROR.

    Thanks for the great article. This militarization of police must be stopped. The people must wake up and fight back. The problem is most Americans are too passive.

    It is time for legislators to enact strict laws to curtail this police abuse which is out of control. Here are some laws I recommend that every state and county must enact. So please write to your legislator and demand the following:

    a) No arrest without a warrant except for violent crimes committed in the officers presence or when the suspect is planning to flee.
    b) No hearsay allowed for probable cause (except by biological parents in the case of children abused by 3rd parties).
    c) No SWAT teams unless evidence of an armed group.
    d) Make resisting arrest a crime only when arrestee uses extreme violence. Merely trying to pull away or push back or trying to run away are normal physiological reactions and defense mechanisms of any normal human being.
    e) Disturbing the peace should be a crime only when violence or physical aggression is used.
    f) Police should be monitored by independent citizens boards.

    Immediate suspension without pay for any police or DCS (who are children’s police) in the event of any complaint of assault, trespass or any illegal act by them until the matter is INDEPENDENTLY investigated.

    g) Internal Affairs must be a separate independent agency—most internal affairs are sham units often covering up police and other agency misconduct.
    h) 20 year statute of limitations for civil rights violations by police.
    i) No military grade weapons for police. All which are donated will be sent to a smelting factory to recycle the metal and burn all electronics.

    Police can only carry handguns, no more.

    j) All police must wear a camera helmet and have a dashcam. They cannot contact private citizens or enter private property without video taping the entire encounter, a copy of which will be available to the citizen on request. No evidence of wrong doing against police by police testimony and no waiver of rights allowed unless proven by video evidence, as some police are professional liars.

    Contacting citizens or entering private property without a dashcam is a felony.

    k) Double penalties for police (or DCS workers, who are basically children’s police) who break the law. Mandatory prosecution of police (and DCS gangsters) involved in illegal acts or brutality. If not prosecuted, special prosecutors can be appointed, or a private lawyer can start a criminal prosecution of police and DCS gangsters and civil rights penalties can be assessed against the state also for failure to prosecute.

    Time to stop police and DCS gang terror. Time for people to speak up and for local, state and federal governments to step in.

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  2. Wally [AKA "BobbyBeGood"] says: • Website

    Engelhardt has drank the 9/11 Kool-Aid, his effort is futile.

    Engelhardt even believes Bin Laden was killed and then dumped into the sea. How can he be taken seriously when he places faith in the very information sources he claims to question?

    Without exposing the impossible & laughable USG 9/11 conspiracy theory for the fraud that it is nothing will change. Nothing.

    9/11 is the raison d’etre for all that we are seeing. Taking it down is the only answer.

    http://www.ae911truth.org

    If it can’t happen as alleged, then it didn’t.

    Thanks.

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    • Replies: @Art
    "9/11 is the raison d’etre for all that we are seeing. Taking it down is the only answer."

    Agree 100% - the Zionists have manipulated the word "terrorist" to the point that the American people have become mindless.
  3. Realist says:
    @Sam
    TIME FOR CITIES AND STATE LEGISLATORS TO STEP IN TO STOP THE EPIDEMIC OF POLICE AND DCS TERROR.

    Thanks for the great article. This militarization of police must be stopped. The people must wake up and fight back. The problem is most Americans are too passive.

    It is time for legislators to enact strict laws to curtail this police abuse which is out of control. Here are some laws I recommend that every state and county must enact. So please write to your legislator and demand the following:

    a) No arrest without a warrant except for violent crimes committed in the officers presence or when the suspect is planning to flee.
    b) No hearsay allowed for probable cause (except by biological parents in the case of children abused by 3rd parties).
    c) No SWAT teams unless evidence of an armed group.
    d) Make resisting arrest a crime only when arrestee uses extreme violence. Merely trying to pull away or push back or trying to run away are normal physiological reactions and defense mechanisms of any normal human being.
    e) Disturbing the peace should be a crime only when violence or physical aggression is used.
    f) Police should be monitored by independent citizens boards.

    Immediate suspension without pay for any police or DCS (who are children’s police) in the event of any complaint of assault, trespass or any illegal act by them until the matter is INDEPENDENTLY investigated.

    g) Internal Affairs must be a separate independent agency—most internal affairs are sham units often covering up police and other agency misconduct.
    h) 20 year statute of limitations for civil rights violations by police.
    i) No military grade weapons for police. All which are donated will be sent to a smelting factory to recycle the metal and burn all electronics.

    Police can only carry handguns, no more.

    j) All police must wear a camera helmet and have a dashcam. They cannot contact private citizens or enter private property without video taping the entire encounter, a copy of which will be available to the citizen on request. No evidence of wrong doing against police by police testimony and no waiver of rights allowed unless proven by video evidence, as some police are professional liars.

    Contacting citizens or entering private property without a dashcam is a felony.

    k) Double penalties for police (or DCS workers, who are basically children’s police) who break the law. Mandatory prosecution of police (and DCS gangsters) involved in illegal acts or brutality. If not prosecuted, special prosecutors can be appointed, or a private lawyer can start a criminal prosecution of police and DCS gangsters and civil rights penalties can be assessed against the state also for failure to prosecute.

    Time to stop police and DCS gang terror. Time for people to speak up and for local, state and federal governments to step in.

    “The problem is most Americans are too passive.”
    The problem is most Americans are too stupid

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    “The problem is most Americans are too passive.”
    The problem is most Americans are too stupid
     
    Stupid is a big part of it. And growing more stupid at a fierce pace by importing millions of lower IQ Mesoamericans while deterring birth rates of the higher IQ population. America's average IQ today must be substantially lower than the 100 average of her founding stock natives - probably closer to the low 90's and declining.

    But an equally large part is that the founding stock population has become a wage slave class. White people are unable to speak or act politically due to debt and scarcity of jobs. Tens of millions are currently jobless. Anyone who dares speak out about, for example, negro dysfunction or Mesoamerican dysfunction will lose his job and livelihood. He will not find another job. His family will become homeless. The only possibility the average white american has for free political speech is online anonymous commentary and even that carries risk enough to deter the majority.

    Couple the wage slavery/debt load with terrifyingly high levels of unemployment and the fact that our political candidates are selected for us by the .001% elites and you'll have a good basis for understanding what is happening today. Layer on top of this the surveillance and militarized police state and you'll see there really is no way out except a military coup (ie american Pinochet) or military defeat by a foreign power. The likelihood of either of those happening in this century is zero. So why not just stop having kids, drink yourself stupid, smoke some pot, and watch "reality" TV?
  4. Stalin famously opined he didn’t mind elections as long as he got to count the votes. Our home grown oligarchs don’t mind elections as long as they get to choose whom we can vote for.

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  5. […] Tom Englehardt raises the question: Just when did it become an accepted thing for the New York Police Department to be armed with machine guns? […]

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  6. matt says:

    in before the “actually blowing up brown people with cool hi-tech gizmos is good” crowd

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    Normally only brown people within the mission area (3000 away from US) are killed and only the poorer ones, with this gear they can have US based operations and kill brown people without expensive airlift operations right in the US. That'll keep the donation base growing for congress and cut spending in the district. You'll have more for furnishings and Downton Abbey decor. They're such frauds, they are trying to copy Putinism to lead the nation. Putin, he loves America. Obama? Not so much! Is dickhead one word?
  7. Art says:
    @Wally
    Engelhardt has drank the 9/11 Kool-Aid, his effort is futile.

    Engelhardt even believes Bin Laden was killed and then dumped into the sea. How can he be taken seriously when he places faith in the very information sources he claims to question?

    Without exposing the impossible & laughable USG 9/11 conspiracy theory for the fraud that it is nothing will change. Nothing.

    9/11 is the raison d'etre for all that we are seeing. Taking it down is the only answer.

    http://www.ae911truth.org

    If it can't happen as alleged, then it didn't.

    Thanks.

    “9/11 is the raison d’etre for all that we are seeing. Taking it down is the only answer.”

    Agree 100% – the Zionists have manipulated the word “terrorist” to the point that the American people have become mindless.

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  8. the problem is that the USA is not very democratic.

    How do ya fix that?

    Make it more democratic!

    How do you make the USA more democratic?

    Well, you find nations that are similar to the USA in culture and background, and you make the USA more like them.

    What nations are sorta like the USA and yet more democratic?

    Well, any of the western nations are more democratic than the USA (canada, UK, france, germany, sweden, norway, australia, NZ, austria, switz, etc etc).

    OK, what can we say about those nations that is not true of the USA?

    Well, they are all smaller. Maybe being big makes a nation more undemocratic?

    How so?

    Well, go back to the seminal documents of the founding of the USA (federalist papers (the ones written by madison), madison’s notes on the constitutional convention, and his ‘divide et impera’ letter written to jefferson). If you read those documents carefully, you will see that the reason the founding “fathers” discarded the articles of confederation and installed our present constitution was that they felt the several states were becoming too democratic. To quote the founding “father” Elbridge Gerry, under the articles of confederation there was “an excess of democracy.”

    Madison wrote that by enlarging the voting districts via the creation of a federal government, democracy would be decreased because larger districts would have more people and therefore more factions and that therefore the majority would be less able to discover their common interests and would not be able to unite against the rich. Thus, madison wrote, the federal governmental structure would “protect the minority of the opulent against the majority.”

    So, the federal govt is a democracy-dampening device. The fed govt structure puts the power of the gov’t in federal hands where the people have less say. Smaller nations have the power more localized.

    So how do you make the USA smaller (like all the rest of the other western nations)?

    Well, you send power back to the states.

    How do you do that?

    You call a constitutional convention of the states and re-write the constitution to make the states more in control of things like civil rights, immigration, commerce, the police etc.

    How would the constitution be re-written? By state legislatures proposing amendments to put the states in control and then having 38 state legislatures ratify these amendments.

    Well, how do you call a constitutional convention of the state legislatures?

    You need control of 34 state legislatures to call the convention. The GOP currently has control of about 31 state legislatures. Then once the convention has been called, you create the proposed amendments. Then 38 of the state legislatures have to ratify these amendments. That would put the states back in control, and that would increase democracy and make the states more like the other nations of the West–smaller and therefore more unified, coherent and more democratic. More like all those other western nations. The ones with democracy. The ones where the people have some say.

    How does the GOP get control of 38 state legislatures when they only have 31 states now? Well, the GOP would have to put forth the aforesaid plan as I wrote above, put it forth as a plan and a proposal to the white american majority, and the GOP would have to ask the white people of 7 states to put the GOP in control of these additional 7 states so that these 38 states can take control of america back from the corporations and the federal gov’t. 31 plus 7 is 38. That is the magic number. Control of 38 state legislatures by the GOP should be the GOP’s primary goal.

    But it is not. Why not?

    For more on the constitutional background, read Dr Fresia’s book TOWARD AN AMERICAN REVOLUTION and read Dr Holton’s book UNRULY AMERICANS.

    For more on the plan for a state constitutional convention, go here:
    http://www.selfgovern.com

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    • Replies: @rustbeltreader
    Press freedom has gone way down and despotism and public debt are way up. Easy to see where it's all headed. http://index.rsf.org/#!/index-details/USA
    We used to be in the top three. Now reduced to leaks, rumors and propaganda efforts. More stuff closing, fewer professionals, shortages, more conflict in a post conflict environment, rioting, crackdowns, flunky bureaucrats, petty crime, school closings, college debt, pawn brokers, mortgage rackets, newspapers shuttered, suicidal terrorism...everything censored.
  9. fnn says:

    US has really become a horrendous place. It certainly gives the impression of being controlled by Jewish warmongers and Jewish pornographers. And that ugly and vicious state religion of Holocaust,”hate whitey” and MLK. Intense hate masquerading as universal love, spawning witch-hunts and the vicious and stupid SJW cult. The current militarized police state was prefigured by the sophisticated federal atrocity ops at Ruby Ridge and Waco. The ugliness of hyper-financialization replacing industrialization, resulting in hundreds of derelict cities and towns in the NE and Midwest, can’t be overlooked.

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  10. @leftist conservative
    the problem is that the USA is not very democratic.

    How do ya fix that?

    Make it more democratic!

    How do you make the USA more democratic?

    Well, you find nations that are similar to the USA in culture and background, and you make the USA more like them.

    What nations are sorta like the USA and yet more democratic?

    Well, any of the western nations are more democratic than the USA (canada, UK, france, germany, sweden, norway, australia, NZ, austria, switz, etc etc).

    OK, what can we say about those nations that is not true of the USA?

    Well, they are all smaller. Maybe being big makes a nation more undemocratic?

    How so?

    Well, go back to the seminal documents of the founding of the USA (federalist papers (the ones written by madison), madison's notes on the constitutional convention, and his 'divide et impera' letter written to jefferson). If you read those documents carefully, you will see that the reason the founding "fathers" discarded the articles of confederation and installed our present constitution was that they felt the several states were becoming too democratic. To quote the founding "father" Elbridge Gerry, under the articles of confederation there was "an excess of democracy."

    Madison wrote that by enlarging the voting districts via the creation of a federal government, democracy would be decreased because larger districts would have more people and therefore more factions and that therefore the majority would be less able to discover their common interests and would not be able to unite against the rich. Thus, madison wrote, the federal governmental structure would "protect the minority of the opulent against the majority."

    So, the federal govt is a democracy-dampening device. The fed govt structure puts the power of the gov't in federal hands where the people have less say. Smaller nations have the power more localized.

    So how do you make the USA smaller (like all the rest of the other western nations)?

    Well, you send power back to the states.

    How do you do that?

    You call a constitutional convention of the states and re-write the constitution to make the states more in control of things like civil rights, immigration, commerce, the police etc.

    How would the constitution be re-written? By state legislatures proposing amendments to put the states in control and then having 38 state legislatures ratify these amendments.

    Well, how do you call a constitutional convention of the state legislatures?

    You need control of 34 state legislatures to call the convention. The GOP currently has control of about 31 state legislatures. Then once the convention has been called, you create the proposed amendments. Then 38 of the state legislatures have to ratify these amendments. That would put the states back in control, and that would increase democracy and make the states more like the other nations of the West--smaller and therefore more unified, coherent and more democratic. More like all those other western nations. The ones with democracy. The ones where the people have some say.

    How does the GOP get control of 38 state legislatures when they only have 31 states now? Well, the GOP would have to put forth the aforesaid plan as I wrote above, put it forth as a plan and a proposal to the white american majority, and the GOP would have to ask the white people of 7 states to put the GOP in control of these additional 7 states so that these 38 states can take control of america back from the corporations and the federal gov't. 31 plus 7 is 38. That is the magic number. Control of 38 state legislatures by the GOP should be the GOP's primary goal.

    But it is not. Why not?


    For more on the constitutional background, read Dr Fresia's book TOWARD AN AMERICAN REVOLUTION and read Dr Holton's book UNRULY AMERICANS.

    For more on the plan for a state constitutional convention, go here:
    www.selfgovern.com

    Press freedom has gone way down and despotism and public debt are way up. Easy to see where it’s all headed. http://index.rsf.org/#!/index-details/USA
    We used to be in the top three. Now reduced to leaks, rumors and propaganda efforts. More stuff closing, fewer professionals, shortages, more conflict in a post conflict environment, rioting, crackdowns, flunky bureaucrats, petty crime, school closings, college debt, pawn brokers, mortgage rackets, newspapers shuttered, suicidal terrorism…everything censored.

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  11. @Realist
    "The problem is most Americans are too passive."
    The problem is most Americans are too stupid

    “The problem is most Americans are too passive.”
    The problem is most Americans are too stupid

    Stupid is a big part of it. And growing more stupid at a fierce pace by importing millions of lower IQ Mesoamericans while deterring birth rates of the higher IQ population. America’s average IQ today must be substantially lower than the 100 average of her founding stock natives – probably closer to the low 90′s and declining.

    But an equally large part is that the founding stock population has become a wage slave class. White people are unable to speak or act politically due to debt and scarcity of jobs. Tens of millions are currently jobless. Anyone who dares speak out about, for example, negro dysfunction or Mesoamerican dysfunction will lose his job and livelihood. He will not find another job. His family will become homeless. The only possibility the average white american has for free political speech is online anonymous commentary and even that carries risk enough to deter the majority.

    Couple the wage slavery/debt load with terrifyingly high levels of unemployment and the fact that our political candidates are selected for us by the .001% elites and you’ll have a good basis for understanding what is happening today. Layer on top of this the surveillance and militarized police state and you’ll see there really is no way out except a military coup (ie american Pinochet) or military defeat by a foreign power. The likelihood of either of those happening in this century is zero. So why not just stop having kids, drink yourself stupid, smoke some pot, and watch “reality” TV?

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    All excellent points and valid. But over a hundred years this country was importing cheap labor from Europe at the behest of American companies.

    "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore." And so Europe did! The reason they were tired, poor, huddled and wretched refuse was low IQ in most cases.
  12. What the hell. Give ‘em nuclear weapons! We gave them to Israel, and that’s practically the same place.

    With this much firepower, New York can start building settlements in New Jersey.

    America has gone totally f’ing koyaanisqatsi crazy, so who really could care anymore?

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  13. Realist says:
    @Stan D Mute

    “The problem is most Americans are too passive.”
    The problem is most Americans are too stupid
     
    Stupid is a big part of it. And growing more stupid at a fierce pace by importing millions of lower IQ Mesoamericans while deterring birth rates of the higher IQ population. America's average IQ today must be substantially lower than the 100 average of her founding stock natives - probably closer to the low 90's and declining.

    But an equally large part is that the founding stock population has become a wage slave class. White people are unable to speak or act politically due to debt and scarcity of jobs. Tens of millions are currently jobless. Anyone who dares speak out about, for example, negro dysfunction or Mesoamerican dysfunction will lose his job and livelihood. He will not find another job. His family will become homeless. The only possibility the average white american has for free political speech is online anonymous commentary and even that carries risk enough to deter the majority.

    Couple the wage slavery/debt load with terrifyingly high levels of unemployment and the fact that our political candidates are selected for us by the .001% elites and you'll have a good basis for understanding what is happening today. Layer on top of this the surveillance and militarized police state and you'll see there really is no way out except a military coup (ie american Pinochet) or military defeat by a foreign power. The likelihood of either of those happening in this century is zero. So why not just stop having kids, drink yourself stupid, smoke some pot, and watch "reality" TV?

    All excellent points and valid. But over a hundred years this country was importing cheap labor from Europe at the behest of American companies.

    “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” And so Europe did! The reason they were tired, poor, huddled and wretched refuse was low IQ in most cases.

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  14. Melendwyr says: • Website

    I don’t think anything can stop this other than a complete elimination of the political class and its servants, French-Revolution-style.

    I find the objections to spending on political campaigns darkly humorous. If we weren’t idiots and fools, the amount of money spent would be irrelevant, because all that can buy is advertizing. But ads almost always determine who wins American elections. It follows that, collectively, we deserve the government we’re getting.

    Rome lasted a long time after the true fall of the Republic. Somehow I don’t think we’ll be following in its footsteps.

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  15. @matt
    in before the "actually blowing up brown people with cool hi-tech gizmos is good" crowd

    Normally only brown people within the mission area (3000 away from US) are killed and only the poorer ones, with this gear they can have US based operations and kill brown people without expensive airlift operations right in the US. That’ll keep the donation base growing for congress and cut spending in the district. You’ll have more for furnishings and Downton Abbey decor. They’re such frauds, they are trying to copy Putinism to lead the nation. Putin, he loves America. Obama? Not so much! Is dickhead one word?

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  16. Sam J. says:

    You know the phrase,“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”

    This is the essence of Jewish behavior. They didn’t pay for the statue, they didn’t pay for the base. They just put advertising on it after we and the French paid for the damn thing.

    The statue of liberty has nothing what so ever to do with that Jewish advertising on it. Read the story about the s.o.l. and you’ll see.

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