Although the women of the United States are confined within the narrow circle of domestic life, and their situation is, in some respects, one of extreme dependence, I have nowhere seen woman occupying a loftier position; and if I were asked... in which I have spoken of so many important things done by Americans, to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply, To the superiority of their women.

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Squelching of Dissent

Here are some case studies in the homogenization of political views in this country.

Case #1: Mr. Brian Frank is kicked out of his position as the Republican chairman of his precinct for posting pro-Gary Johnson comments on his Facebook. Behold the authority of a sternly worded letter:

Shame on Mr. Frank for rooting for a candidate that actually wants to repeal all of Obamacare and not replace it with Mittcare. The audacity of someone who is against a Massachusetts liberal like Mitt who simultaneously considers themselves a Republican. You can package up Mitt anyway you like, but at the end of the day, his record as a grown-man politician is the same--a statist, authoritarian tool. Moving along....

Case #2  Justin Hallman, a high school student did a video for his American Government class that got him a visit from the FBI. See if you can spot the subversion and threat this posed:

Hi, my name is Justin Hallman. I made this video for a project I had to do for my American Government class, my teacher, Mr. Sparks liked it so much that he gave it a score of 45/35 points or 128%! I'd like to share this video with you to see how other people like it. So please enjoy the video and remember to rate it if you can :).

If you don't go upvote his video, you're some sort of commie, by the way. Here's the families story via Infowars:

About a month later, Hallman was shocked to receive a knock on the door of his family’s home from two FBI agents, including Special Agent Matthew Bowman. Hallman provided us with images of Bowman’s FBI card which he left at the property when Hallman decided not to answer the door.
When Hallman’s mother called the number on the card she was told by Bowman, “We need to talk to your son.”
The two FBI agents returned to the house and began to talk to Hallman about his interests and hobbies, a tactic Hallman saw as the FBI agents attempting to gain his trust.
The FBI agents then attempted to recruit Hallman to spy on Anonymous. “They wanted me to be an informant, to possibly put my life in danger, to help them arrest and gain intel on occupy protesters and hackers,” he writes.
The agents then began to question Hallman about his support for Ron Paul’s presidential campaign as well as a conversation he had conducted with his teacher about the Illuminati secret society.
They also asked me why I had talked to my teacher about the Illuminati,” writes Hallman. “I told them it was just harmless talk about the 1776 Illuminati that formed from the enlightenment era. I said my teacher said they are/were terrorists and not to talk about them (this caused the FBI agents to look puzzled and they changed the subject very fast to Anonymous). In the end they finally left for an “important meeting.”
The fact that the FBI men knew about Hallman’s conversation with his teacher clearly suggests that it was the teacher or another official at the school who reported Hallman to the FBI in the first place.
Hallman concluded his email b
y expressing concern the incident could hamper his future career prospects.
“So that’s my story, a teen from the suburbs who was questioned by the FBI about a harmless free speech protected video I made for school. My record forever scarred with the truth that the FBI questioned me. When getting a job they will see that, when getting a passport they will see that, when going to college they will see that,” he writes.

Now I would tend to disbelief this story, which seems to have been sent in by the Hallman family, if I did not personally know someone with a similar story. Because of a Facebook like, a girl I know personally was interrogated by Homeland Security. The subject was a boy on her friend list who was planning to subvert the US government (as if it needed any help). Prior to coming to the school, the agent had spoken to her neighbors and had left a note on her door. For weeks afterward, she was terrifed to drive home alone and went to her grands house instead. The boy in question was a friend of the family who had been to church with them a few times, he wasn't even her boyfriend. He probably posted some off the wall stuff, or heck maybe it was just Ron Paul stuff, I don't know, but the school located right behind my subdivision allowed this agent access the minor without the parent's permission and then acted like nothing happened. So this stuff is going on. 

Case #3: Mitt Romney moving to get Gary Johnson knocked off the ballot wherever possible. Now there's a lot of division among constitutional types on whether Johnson is worthy of the vote. But I think that Mitt is going all Locutus of Borg on Johnson is very telling. We will have the Hegelian Dialectic whether you proles like it or not. And when you get a central banking statist as your leader, just remember: you voted for it!

Efforts by GOP attorneys to keep Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson off of the November 2012 presidential ballot in Virginia have failed.
The Virginia Board of Elections rejected an appeal by the Republican Party of Virginia this week that sought to challenge Johnson’s petition signatures – paving the way for the former New Mexico Governor to appear on the ballot alongside GOP nominee Mitt Romney and Democrat Barack Obama.

The national Republican Party may not want to publicly acknowledge the presence of a true fiscal conservative in this race, but they are certainly taking Gov. Johnson seriously enough to engage in a concerted campaign to get his name off ballots in key states before voters even get a chance to vote.
Jay Kramer, a Mitt Romney campaign supporter from Washington, D.C., filed a challenge on Friday to keep Libertarian candidate for President, Gov. Gary Johnson, from appearing on the Iowa ballot in November. The Romney campaign hired the Des Moines-based Nyemaster Goode PC for the challenge, which will be heard by Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz on Monday at 3 p.m.
"This is clearly a setup," said the Johnson campaign's attorney, Alicia Dearn. "The Libertarian Party had 2,000 petition signatures and should have been on the ballot without challenge, as they have always done in the past. 

With word Friday that a challenge has been lodged in Ohio to try to remove Libertarian Party presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson's name from the November ballot in Ohio, a senior advisor to Johnson's campaign is charging that the national Republican Party is mounting a concerted effort to "deny citizens the right to vote for the candidate of their choice."
In recent weeks, with the full support and legal assistance of the Republican Party, Johnson's ballot status has been challenged in Michigan, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Iowa and now Ohio. 
The Johnson press release pretty much sums it up:

"The national Republican Party may not want to publicly acknowledge the presence of a true fiscal conservative in this race, but they are certainly taking Gov. Johnson seriously enough to engage in a concerted campaign to get his name off ballots in key states before voters even get a chance to vote.
"In states across the nation, Republican operatives, lawyers, and in some cases, elected officials, are filing frivolous challenges to Governor Johnson's ballot status. They know that even if their challenges fail, fending them off is a drain on our resources and a distraction from the real issues in this campaign. We don't have hundreds of millions of dollars to throw around, nor do we have the Republicans' endless supply of lawyers.
"We have dealt with many challenges in this campaign from the major parties, who clearly don't want voters to have a viable third option in this election, but this attack on voting rights and democracy is over the top.
"Governor Johnson has made it clear that we will fight every one of these challenges and do everything in our power to be on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The prospect of a successful two-term governor who is a proven fiscal conservative and champion of social tolerance may be a thorn in the sides of the two so-called major parties, but Governor Johnson will not be deterred in his effort to give voters a real choice in November." 

Governor Johnson has a great track record compared to Obamney. He actually did reduce government in New Mexico, and isn't that what this country really needs. But, but, he'll never win! Correction: we'll never win doing the same *#$*# thing over and over, sheep. Look how we've got the lawyer-slime on the ooze because people of conscience are bailing from both parties like rats from the sinking ship. More people vote for American Idol than for president for a reason--at least that vote counts for something. 


  1. Freedom is paae´´. We all belong to the government now. The government knows more about us than we can remember about ourselves.

    1. Well, the government thinks they own us and will be in for a rude awakening when their whole system collapses one of these days. I don't facebook and put up pictures of myself everywhere because I don't want to make it easy on them. Knowledge is power.

  2. The word was supposed to be "passe´ ".

  3. And the government belongs to the power brokers: big oil, big pharma, Wall Street (including Bain Capital and Goldman Sachs), big coal and all the military industrial corporate complex that get their greedy hands on our tax dollars and end up killing our soldiers because of incompetency and making crap we don't need. The plutocrats own you! The GOP is trying to remove Gary Johnson just like John Kerry removed Ralph Nader from several states ballots. There is no liberal versus conservative anymore. It's corporate/Plutocrats/Oligarchs versus we the people.

    1. BTW, this cements my vote for Gary Johnson!

    2. This is the message I've been working on since I started blogging, getting down to the root of the problem and there the oligarchs are.

  4. How the hell many FBI agents are there out there for them to luxuriously waste any time on a school age patriot like Justin Hallman when there are so many real terrorists out there?!?

    And I mean real terrorists. I have my doubts about most of the Lackawanna Six and Yassin Aref.

    1. Well, we are in debt trillions of dollars, I guess that buys some homegrown spooks.

      Yeah, there's some crazy stuff going on in Yemen for sure, but when one looks at the pattern of rent-a-mob or rent-a-terrorist, you can put more pieces together.

      As in, wasn't Al Qaeda backed rebels behind "stabilizing" Libya? I wonder if Ambassador Stevens peed in the wrong person's cheerios. One thing is for sure, I don't believe this cover story of a Youtube (in a nation where the infrastructure has been hosed) set off a "mob". That's just a load of crap.

    2. No doubt Libya was a coordinated attack by some group, not necessarily Al Qaeda itself. We have a long history with stirring up resentment from multiple groups in Libya and while Khadaffi had given up on chasing nukes and backed down from overt support for terrorism, remember he was still trying to beat the bankers by installing a gold dinar in the oil markets. The US didn't lead in his overthrow. France had more to gain, was the primary cheerleader to take him down, and Obama played into being Sarkozy's puppet bypassing Congress in the process, which was disgusting. The burning question is why aren't we seeing similar violence against the European consulates there or was this specifically tied to 9/11 anniversary for now and the others will be coming?

      Stevens himself had nothing to do with it other than failing to demand or procure adequate security. That would be a Hillary's State Department failure.

  5. Homeland Security was never for real terrorists. Is anyone finally understanding that already? Look at how our police departments are becoming more and more heavily militarized. And, I can assure you they aren't going after the corporate backed 'protestors'. Don't forget that Bush put Blackwater down in N.O and how the cops murdered innocent civilians. It's happening more and more as well. Terrorism is just a substitute for 'cold war'. More money going the the Homeland Security industrial complex and their lobbyists.

    1. I believe ex-CIA agent John Stockwell said that if the Cold War ever ended, a new enemy would be manufactured to replace it. I can't find out whatever happened to him either, he vanished from making speeches 20 years ago.
      Where the grant money goes, so goes the propaganda and fear machine. Homeland Security is to secure the government from the people.

    2. If that was a response to mine about the FBI, you're correct about the whole Homeland Security construct and the terrorism substitute for the old 'cold war'. A lot of us already understand it. All the major powers are too broke to get involved in larger nation-state conflicts like Korea and Vietnam anymore, so they're supplying terrorists with the tools of the trade as illustrated by US supplying bin Laden back in the 80's, Iran-Contra, and now whomever gave Libyan rebels arms.

      My concern is just with the FBI itself chasing students as shown in the OP and their involvement in the detainment of Brandon Raub, which should have been no more than a minor local matter. Even the FBI raids on state sanctioned businesses like California's medical marijuana outlets is extreme abuse of federal authority. They have no more Constitutional authority to criminalize marijuana under federal law than they did with alcohol prohibition which required an amendment to the Constitution to give them that authority. The drug war isn't a failure. It's accomplishing it's intended purpose; to isolate us, drive irrational fear into us, and allow them to break into our homes to exert control.

      Read John Whitehead's article SWAT Team Mania: The War Against the American Citizen

    3. Here here!!! But FYI, I'm a grant recipient and I don't propagandize, lol. But point taken. Frank Koza, I agree with you on Brandon Raub, but he's not the only one. Bradley Manning and Julian Assange are in dire danger as well. We are all living in scary times no matter what political affiliation, especially if it isn't affiliated with Dems or GOP. We clearly need a new path in this country. The one we are on has been co-opted by the Oligarchs and Plutocrats. Capitalism is dying and we are all feeling the pain of it and going to feel even more of it after the elections I'm afraid. It is the end of empire. One good news is that the indefinite detention of American civilians by our military in the NDAA section 1021 was just struck down by a judge that Obama appointed. The bad news of course, is that the U.S government is already seeking an appeal of that verdict. Here we go again and again.
      I have to say that it is a joy to see your blog. I don't run into a lot of conservatives who really know what is going on and are willing to see their own party for what it has become. I may not agree with your opinions all the time, but they are well informed for the most part and refreshing.
      "We live in the declining years of what is still the biggest economy in the world, where a looter elite has fastened itself upon the decaying carcass of the empire.
      The U.S., which has a long history of violent plutocratic rule unknown to the textbook-fed, will stand out as the best-armed Third World country, its population ill-fed, ill-housed, ill-educated, ill-cared for in health, and increasingly poverty-stricken: even Social Security may be whittled down, impoverishing tens of millions of the elderly."
      --Chick Callenbach

    4. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Lots of wild stuff going on, all prophecied, so that's exciting. I don't know why more "conservatives" who claim to be brighter bulbs than libs don't go into the history books and follow the money on these perps. It seems that's wall ALL good
      Americans should be doing.

  6. I have tried to work within the Republican Party system since the 1980's. I have been precinct chairman to county chairman but they are control freaks and like top down authority. You are suppose to do what they tell you to do. I waited to see just how they were going to treat Ron Paul and his delegates at the convention and they did exactly as I expected. A recent poll of 13,000 Ron Paul supporters only 6% said they will vote for Romney. Adios GOP!

    1. Yes, these people need to pay. People clamor that Obama is the worst person ever, but don't understand that this kind of corruption the GOP exhibited is the true systemic enemy of the Republic.

    2. So true. I have difficulty convincing people that Obama himself isn't the enemy, it's the entire system. It doesn't matter who's in charge, "the system" itself runs it all. Even Ron Paul couldn't do much in the system itself, but at least he's awakened many of the sheep, no small feat in itself. Note that Paul rarely ever demonized Obama during his campaign as most Republicans tend to do, emphasizing that the whole government as it is being run into the ground is the problem.

      Jacques Ellul described it well calling it "la technique" in "The Technological Society". The translated book is very hard to read, but wikipedia captures most of the essence fairly well. If you haven't heard of him, I think you might enjoy learning a bit of some of his works.

    3. Yes, people have a religious attitude toward "experts". When you don't agree, you're regarded as a heretic.

  7. Just a thought for a yard sign:

    O bama
    R omney

    None of the above

    1. That reminds me of the Richard Pryor movie where he wins with his "none of the above" campaign. Perhaps that would make a great theme for how us "sane" people feel.

  8. you may be interested in seeing this- confession- even knowing about the bilderberger (ap) group - I poo poohed Ventura-not any more...


    1. I love how he brings up Vietnam, because that touches everyone. You can look up the NSA docs that admit that the Tonkin incident never happened. LBJ also was responsible for the attack on the USS Liberty.


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