On July 2, 2008 President Obama stated:
"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."As I said in an earlier commentary, over the past year the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has ordered 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition.
Peggy Dixon, the spokesperson for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA, has explained that these orders are reflective of "strategic sourcing contracts" (intended to assure low prices on large purchases). Ms. Dixon's explanation sounds a little strained when one considers that her own estimate of 15,000,000 rounds/year necessary for training and practice would mean, not a 4-5 year supply, but in excess of 100 years supply (unless they're planning to go to war with someone).
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) the order was for 450,000,000 rounds of .40 caliber HST pistol ammo.
- ICE also ordered 40,000,000 rounds of rifle ammo.
- DHS itself is for 750,000,000 rounds "for it's training facilities." Part of their explanation includes the following numbers, FLETC provides training to over 90 federal agencies and 70,000 agents and officers.
- DHS has also released a solicitation for 7000 select-fire (fully automatic) rifles, caliber 5.65X45mm NATO as "personal defense weapons" (PDW) along with magazines that "have the capacity to hold thirty (30) rounds. These same exact weapons, when semi-automatic, (as opposed to fully automatic as DHS has requested) and in the hands of law-abiding citizens are labelled "assault weapons," not PDW.
On March the 2nd, CNET reported that DHS is contracting for domestic surveillance Predator drones. Homeland Security's specifications say drones must be able to detect whether a civilian is armed. Also specified: "signals interception" and "direction finding" for electronic surveillance.
Yesterday Gateway Pundit reported that the DHS is purchasing 2,717 mine-resistant armor protected vehicles (MRAPs). These vehicles were designed in response to the high numbers of casualties suffered by America troops in Iraq due to IEDs. They replaced or augmented the use of armored Hummers in patrolling hostile areas. They were designed with "V-shaped" floor plates to deflect the blast from a mines and IEDs. They cost over $500,000 each (2700 X $500,000 = $1.35 billion--that's a lot of taxpayer dollars, folks).
The DHS claims that these retrofitted MRAPS are for "rapid response teams" and were recently used to help people affected by natural disasters (like hurricane Sandy).
Excuse me, but wouldn't a couple of thousand "deuce and a half" heavy transport trucks be better suited for disaster response? Wouldn't they be capable of carrying more supplies and aid-workers? Wouldn't "deuces" cost a whole heck of a lot less than these armored vehicles?
. . . and to what critical situation are these "rapid response teams" responding? What acts of terror have occurred? What emergency situations have we seen in recent days that would require the use of armored personnel carriers? Are we about to be invaded? Are the Mexican or the Canadian Governments planning to attack us?
. . . or is this an example of a government gone mad? Has Janet Napolitano become a loose cannon, intent on building up a paramilitary force for use against a phantom enemy or is the Obama Administration preparing a personal army to use against American citizens?
These actions simply don't add up in a democratically elected republic like America. These are not the actions of a government that is responsive to the needs and demands of the people they serve; they are more reminiscent of a government contemplating repression and suppression.
Again, I am not one given to conspiracy theories. I don't see black helicopters everywhere, I am not suspicious of FEMA coffin storage facilities, and I generally don't buy into the whole "government's coming to get you" concept. I don't like the U.N, think it's a waste of American taxpayer money, and serves primarily as a forum for bashing America, but I'm not worried that they're coming to take over.
. . . and no, I don't wear a tin-foil hat, but when I see numbers like those above and a continuing progression of purchasing contracts like those mentioned above, I begin to wonder.
I am led to ponder the significance of these items and the gradual erosion of our rights or privacy and property by the growing advances in the field of electronic surveillance and internet data-mining. I get a little uncomfortable with placing video-surveillance cameras on every street corner, in every store, on every ATM and the ease with which that information is accessible to law-enforcement agencies.
When I look at the pattern:
- Cameras on every street
- Large complexes designed for internet monitoring and communications intercept capabilities
- Huge purchases of ammunition and arms
- Expansion in the size and mission of the DHS
- Acquisition of a large number of armored vehicles
- Concerted assaults on our 1st Amendment rights (in the form of political correctness and so-called "hate laws"
- Concerted assaults on our 2nd Amendment rights
- Electronic assaults on our 4th Amendment rights
The distance between freedom and enslavement, liberty and oppression, isn't all that great. Our military veterans are now being scrutinized for any sign of mental illness and prevented from purchasing or owning firearms should they have been so diagnosed at some time in the past.
It is frighteningly similar to the tale of Soviet soldiers at the end of World War II. Any soldier who had been a POW or been influenced in some way by Western culture, for however short a time, was seen as a security risk to the Stalinist regime and packed off to Siberia indefinitely.
Singer Songwriter Al Stewart famously documented this story in his song, "Roads To Moscow" based on the biography of Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn. It's a great song and ends with a terrifying tale of warning:
The push for tighter and tighter gun-regulations, for doctors and mental health workers to violate the privacy of their patients and to obtain information on patients who may possess firearms or (in the case of children) whose parents own firearms, and the campaign, by the Hollywood media, to vilify hunters, gun-owners and those who hold their patriotism and faith as badges of honor all point to something far more dangerous, far more malevolent, than routine security concerns.. . . I'm coming home, I'm coming home
Now you can taste it in the wind, the war is over
And I listen to the clicking of the train wheels as we roll across the border
And now they ask me of the time
That I was caught behind their lines and taken prisoner
"They only held me for a day, a lucky break", I say;
They turn and listen closer
I'll never know, I'll never know
Why I was taken from the line and all the others
To board a special train and journey deep into the heart of holy Russia
And it's cold and damp in the transit camp, and the air is still and sullen
And the pale sun of October whispers the snow will soon be coming
And I wonder when I'll be home again and the morning answers
And the evening sighs and the steely Russian skies go on forever
All of the dictatorships of the last century were the product of leftist ideology, from Lenin to Stalin, to Hitler, to Mussolini, to Mao, to Castro, to Pol Pot, to Sadam Hussein. They all had a common theme, the state is supreme.
It is impossible for right-wing ideologues to create a dictatorship, because they are all dedicated to the preservation of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We live and breathe individual responsibility and liberty. We want less government control, not more.
When George Orwell wrote Animal Farm and 1984, he wasn't describing a manifestation of right-wing politics, but of left-wing politics.
. . . and that is the most disturbing thing. This Administration and the party that it dominates and the supporters it courts are leftists to their core. They believe in the state as the ultimate source of power, rather than the people. They espouse the exact opposite of what our Founding Fathers intended and believed in . . . and they have set about trying to transform this nation into a reflection of their leftist ideology.
I close with a quote from Willam Butler Yeats poem, "The Second Coming"
. . . Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Do we conservatives "lack all conviction" while those who would usurp our rights and freedoms are filled with "passionate intensity?" Have Americans been lulled to sleep by the "rocking cradle" of Juvenal's "bread and circuses" (government handouts and cable television)? Are we once more asleep as the "rough beast" of despotism "slouches towards Bethlehem [Washington D.C.] to be born."
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
. . . The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
It's certainly beginning to look that way.
I came to scoff, at those who have been shouting "CONSPIRACY!" "GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER!" to sneer at the "preppers". . . but now I am forced by circumstances to pay very close attention.
The actions of our ever expanding federal government and those who would ignore or do away with our Constitution in the name of "homeland security" and paternalism demand it. Thomas Jefferson and others admonished us that "Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom."
We cannot just sit back and ignore what is occurring. The actions I have listed above are not the actions of a benevolent, benign government. The lies and ad hominem attacks coming from the Oval Office and those who speak for this administration are not the words of "a uniter."
The threats being levelled at reporters who dare speak the truth about this administration are not a sign of "the most open and transparent administration in history," they are a symptom of a paranoid regime. They are what I would expect of Hugo Chavez's regime or Fidel Castro's government, not an American government.
Long Live Our American Republic!!!!