Governments since the Roman Empire have created enemies to instill fear in the population so that the people are manipulated into giving more police power over to the government. Politicians always go along with this Machiavellian deception.
Much liberty and freedom has been sacrificed in the interest of "keeping us safe." In the 19 years since 9/11 and right on through to our current "lockdowns." If any period in the U.S. ever exceeded the past 20 years in terms of liberty lost while our military is "fighting to protect our freedoms" in wars around the world it would only be the period just prior to, during and immediately after the war of Northern Aggression.
Whenever I hear that our military is fighting wars "to protect our freedoms," I have to shake my head. If this is true, then why are our "freedoms" being eroded away like a beach in a hurricane? Perhaps it is not Muslim terrorists who are a danger to our "freedoms," but our own politicians and unelected bureaucrats.
The U.S. establishment has created a confusion of cause and effect by and through a flag-waving mania in America. "Patriotism" and "safety" throughout history have covered a multitude of mischief. We are seeing it now!
Phony patriotism is strong leverage against a population ignorant of the ways of treason by its own government. The American people may be the most propagandized people in the history of the world. I also have no doubt that U.S. history is full of wars "for democracy" killing millions under the propaganda of patriotism with the majority support of the people and the full support of all but a small cadre of "elected representatives" — who are paid by the federal government, incidentally.
When George Washington said "government is force," he meant that government is force against its own people.
Since by definition government is force, then it follows that the government will use any ruse imaginable to increase its power. Increased use of government force or power could backfire unless skillfully handled and justified in the public mind. Therefore, governments rarely take action unless accompanied by skillful propaganda.
A whole generation of Americans has been raised to adulthood and beyond who have not seen peace in their lifetimes. Now, they might never see freedom or personal liberty ever again, if the current crop of power-grabbing politicians have their way.
Thankfully, there's been a ray of hope in Pennsylvania. After six months of lockdowns, a Pennsylvania Federal Court in Butler County v. Wolf reviewed the indefinite "emergency" restrictions imposed by the executive branch of Pennsylvania government, declaring limitations on gathering size, "stay-at-home orders," and mandatory business closures unconstitutional.
Refusing to accept the alleged need for a "new normal," the Court stated that an "independent judiciary [is needed] to serve as a check on the exercise of emergency government power."
Too bad most judges are members of the cadre of elites that have contempt for the average person. So we will see what comes of this. One can and must always hope. Meanwhile, thanks to the war on [name your crisis here], we can't move around without being "tested," all our communications are intercepted by the American spying apparatus, we are humiliated and groped and fondled by agents of government if we choose to travel, our bank accounts are monitored and banking activities reported to the government, we can be stopped and required to submit to warrantless blood draws if we're suspected of driving impaired, and politicians — including Trump — are openly advocating for laws to "legalize" stealing our weapons from us based on unverified reports of mental illness or threats — or just because some politicians are frightened of them, and business owners are arrested if they try to make a living.
The Bill of Rights is but a memory, sacrificed for "national security" and "to keep us safe." The American people have barely protested. As I wrote last week, we have entered a post-Constitutional America.
Exercising the 1st Amendment right of civil disobedience or even contrarian speech can get people labeled as terrorists. Certainly, they are subject to "cancellation."
One very important psychological mechanism of deception is to promote fear of the loss of something that has actually already been lost.
For example, the government authorities tell us of the threats posed to democracy and our lives… when America is already a fascist country. It is not unpatriotic to say this because it is a fact. Democracy is only the mask so that they can steal your wealth and freedom and, more importantly, your sons and daughters.
I feel the need to state this before it gets memory holed. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
The right of a citizen to peaceably assemble and express one's views should be guaranteed by the Constitution. Will we let our freedoms be washed away?
Yours for the truth,
Editor, The Bob Livingston Letter®