American Democracy: 1776-2011.
It turns out that destroying the American democratic republic was easy to accomplish, historians will write someday. Simply get the three major cable news networks to blather on about useless bull**** for a few days, while legislators meet in secret behind closed doors to rush through the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA), and its evil twin sister, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is a clever name for an Internet censorship bill straight out of an Orwellian nightmare.
Sure, some independent media web sites and Jon Stewart warned us about this. Ron Paul & Son warned us about this. Amnesty International and the ACLU have been screaming from the rooftops, crying bloody murder. But the American people let it happen, because the vast majority of us simply didn’t find out in time.
And now President Obama’s advisers are saying he is withdrawing his veto threat against NDAA, so it will become law.
As will SOPA, since it is becoming ever more apparent that our “elected officials” in Congress are not satisfied with their 9% approval rating. They want a 0% approval rating.
I have no idea why Congress is pushing through anti-American legislation that is not only incompetent, but openly belligerent.
I have no idea why an American media blackout on NDAA is still in effect — Anderson Cooper, Chris Matthews, Bill O’Reilly and the other broadcast “journalists” have been disgustingly silent on what is undoubtedly the most important news story of the past decade. The single most important news story since September 11th, 2001.
Combined, NDAA and SOPA simply destroy American democracy. That isn’t hype. That isn’t exaggeration. Within a few days, your freedom of speech will be gone — post something controversial online, and the government can legally “disappear” it.
Annoy the government too much, or criticize Congress’ infinite wisdom and mercy, and you may find yourself in military prison for the remainder of your life, without access to a trial or attorney. Even if you’re an American citizen on US soil.
This is a brave new world. Watch what you say. Be mindful of who you associate with. You may criticize your government within the privacy of your own home, amongst close family or friends, but do not post negative comments online. Do not assemble. Do not protest. Do not agitate. Do not give “comfort” to the “enemy.”
This is a sad day for all of us. All of our military spending, all of our fortresses and moats, and it turns out democracy was attacked from within, the historians will write someday. We didn’t even see it coming.
I honestly just want to sit and cry.
Someone front me the money for a passport and someone give me stay in Canada indefinitely. Fuck this bullshit ass country.
hey, who wants to put me up in canada… i figure I need to get out within the next year, year and a half. I’m serious about this.
The thing that’s important to realize about the NDAA is that the president currently already possesses the power of indefinite detention. Obama was never threatening to veto the bill because of this, he was threatening to veto this because the bill, before it was altered, would have taken away the power of indefinite detention from the president and given it to Congress. He didn’t want that to happen and now that the restrictions on his power are out of the bill, he’s withdrawn his veto threat. And by passing this bill, Congress will be giving him the permission to detain US citizens indefinitely (in the past, he only had this power because he gave it to himself).
Read more here. This is really, incredibly important to understand.
for sure. However, this among a lot of the other developments happening in the the US are what’s got me nervous. The gov’t has been able to do these things and has been doing these things for a long time. What wiggs me out is the fact that now a lot of these things are legal on paper. It’s now a time where they don’t give a fuck and they’re putting it out on the table.
I’ve already had friends that were raided by the fed’s for 12 hour straight, had the majority of their stuff taken including their children’s poetry, love letters, etc and issued a subpoenas for grand jury trials for terrorist activities a year and a half ago.
This shit isn’t going to stop me from doing what I’m doing, but this is a good excuse to GTFO. I’m getting tired of olympia anyhow