Posted on August 13, 2009 at 23:46:35 EST
by Benyamin B.
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Since September 2008, there has been a massive expansion of government in the USA, practically unprecedented in history. Not surprisingly, this largely unconstitutional shift has been met with great opposition from the people. Many ordinary people with no prior interest or experience in politics have begun writing articles, starting groups, leading rallies and taking part in other kinds of peaceful protests against these policies. In fact, recently, on Tax Day (April 15), there were major protests – referred to as "Tea Parties" (named after the Boston Tea Party of 1773) – all over the country, with an estimated one million people in attendance.
Unfortunately, the growing dissatisfaction with the very type of policies that drove the forefathers of the current generation of Americans into revolution over two hundred thirty years ago has terrified their collectivist and clueless supporters so much that they have resorted to the dirtiest form of non-violent resistance yet: mass disinformation campaigns.
First on the list is the attempt to paint all those who support the Constitution as violent militia inbred redneck types. Recently, a report to the Missouri police about the "Modern Militia Movement" ( http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=91937) described the following as "warning signs" for militia membership or even domestic terrorism:
- Displaying an American flag.
- Support for Ron Paul and/or other third party candidates.
- Displaying a Libertarian Party bumper sticker on your car.
- Buying gold.
- Believing that there are people working to merge America, Canada and Mexico into a single nation.
In other words, if you believe these things, according to this report, you are a suspected domestic terrorist. Notice how – as Joseph Farah correctly points out in the very same article – Homeland Security does not consider "I like Osama" bumper stickers, preaching hateful anti-American and pro-Islamic terrorist propaganda, attending anti-American mosques or displaying the flag of the Caliphate as "warning signs" for membership in Islamic terrorist groups.
In fact, when was the last time that someone who displayed an American flag killed three thousand Americans on one day? Since 9/11, more than 13,000 Islamic terrorist attacks have been committed worldwide.
This raises the question: is the government just plain stupid or is there something else? The anti-Constitutionalist trend in America actually goes back to the "Progressive Era", which began in the 1890s. The idea was that the government had a greater "responsibility" to the people than the Constitution allowed it to have, and thus, the Constitution was "outdated". The direct consequences of the unconstitutional policies of that time were, of course, that government became bigger and freedom became limited. Interestingly, both members and supporters of the Democratic Party and the Republic Party supported the movement – including presidents Theodore Roosevelt (Republican) and Woodrow Wilson (Democrat) – as well as the Rockefeller and other super rich families (despite the fact that it would seem they would lose a lot more money in taxes). It was also during this era that the Federal Reserve System (also known as The Fed) was created (yet it was never an actual part of the government), under the Federal Reserve Act – passed in 1913. The Fed has presided over the largest depression in American history: The Great Depression – more on this in future articles.
Since then, the American government has grown significantly and the Constitution’s relevance has shrunk significantly. During the Great Depression, president Franklin Delano Roosevelt along with other progressives – or "liberals" as they began to call themselves then – succeeded in getting countless big government policies – many of which had nothing to do with fixing the economy – passed all under the banner of fixing the economy. Sound familiar? This was also followed by major government expansions in the 1960s and 1970s.
In fact, the only president in the last one hundred years who has actually spoken out and acted against big government was president Ronald Reagan, who famously stated that "government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem". Yet, even under him, some parts of government were expanded.
The sad reality is that even under nominally conservative presidents, who claim to support small government, personal responsibility and individual rights and freedoms, government has only expanded. Perhaps the best example is what happened under president George W. Bush, government increased more under him than it did under president Bill Clinton. Of course, even three months into his term, President Barack Hussein Obama’s expansion of government was already quickly approaching FDR’s levels.
In just three months, the government has taken over major companies or parts of major companies – including General Motors -, has put a sizable portion of the money from the economic "stimulus" bill into programs that do absolutely nothing for the economy, such as "neighborhood stabilization activities", "digital-TV coupons", National Endowment for the Arts and others of this nature, has created very high minimum limits on car fuel emissions; has taxed CEOs of companies it had previously "bailed out" for taking bonuses that it let them take in the first place at a tax rate of 90%; has allocated money to send thousands of people to college; is working to send and pay for the college education of all Americans in exchange for their service to the government; is working on bringing back the Fairness Doctrine; is working on gaining full control over the internet with the power to shut it (or parts of it) down at any time it wants; is continuing to "bailout" companies that should fail; may soon "bailout" California; and the list goes on and on.
Yet, there would be no government expansion with a conscious and alert public. The media and education system in America are decisively in support of government expansion and the restriction of individual freedoms – all for the "greater good", of course. Countless movies and shows portray Constitutionalists as rednecks, hillbillies, hicks and militia types that seek to kill innocent people and force their way upon others. At the same time, hardly any movies are made with Islamic terrorists, and even when they are made, Islam is portrayed as an entirely peaceful "religion" and the very same Constitutionalists are portrayed as "racists" (in fact, it is easier to count movies which actually do uphold individualism and anti-terrorism because the number of such movies made in the last decade can probably be counted on two human hands, if we're lucky).
Of course, such portrayals of Constitutionalists couldn’t be further from the truth. Most of the people who are tired of government expansion are simply good, honest, hard-working people who play by the rules. Suddenly, the government – which is supposed to represent them and abide by the Constitution – does neither and instead rushes to save major companies – which have clearly failed and thus, should be allowed to fail – with their tax dollars (as in the cases of General Motors and Chrysler, in which the government and even the United Auto Workers (UAW) union have together acquired near control of the companies); engages unprecedented pork-barrel spending even though it is already in heavy debt; imposes laws restricting their liberties; classifies them as "suspected domestic terrorists" while literally sticking its head in the sand when it comes to protecting them from Islamic terrorists; and ignores them when they peacefully beg, plead and protest.
Anyone with common sense should oppose these policies and anyone with common sense should use their Constitutional right – while they still have it – to peacefully assemble and speak out against the advance of big brother.
The second part of the disinformation campaign is one which has especially accelerated in recent times: the cyber disinformation campaign. Supporters of the collectivist policies of the government – or maybe even agents of the government itself – have engaged in spreading false rumors, false facts and even inciting freedom-loving individuals to violence, all for the purpose of painting them as militant and uneducated.
One example of such disinformation is a quote attributed to Karl Marx that has recently been circulating around on the internet:
"Owners of capital will stimulate the working class to buy more and more expensive goods, houses and technology, pushing them to take on more and more expensive debt, until their debt becomes unbearable. The unpaid debt will lead to bankruptcy of all banks, which will have to be nationalized, and the state will have to take the road which will eventually lead to communism."
Yet, if one has a reasonable degree of familiarity with Karl Marx and his works, the following three issues come to mind (thanks to G. Edward Griffin of Freedom Force International and Unfiltered News for noticing this first):
- "Technology", as a type of good, did not exist back in the 1860s, with the exception of a few minor mechanical gadgets, such as wind-up clocks.
- The "working class" did not usually have houses back then. Factory workers and other "blue collared workers" – as we would call them today – lived mainly in densely populated urban areas (thus, in apartments).
- The assumption that the "working class" had credit that could be turned into debt by the banks is entirely false, especially since most people did not even have credit back then.
Due to this quote’s similarities to the current financial crisis, as well as its mentions of modern terms, one may not think twice and use it to further their point. Of course, then, leftists and other collectivists will quickly show that this quote is not real and thus, discredit the individual or group entirely. One minor mistake as such can drag the entire organization down, even if it is one hundred percent correct with everything else.
Another example of disinformation has been the so-called "FEMA Concentration Camps". Recently, Glenn Beck, together with James Meigs of Popular Mechanics, debunked claims by conspiracy theorists that two specific facilities were FEMA (or other US government run) concentration camps. One purported camp turned out to be an Amtrak Repair Facility. Moreover, it turned out that the video that "exposed" the "camp" had been created in 1995 by actual extremist militia members with possible ties to Timothy McVeigh. It turned out that satellite images of the other purported camp supposedly located in the state of Wyoming turned out to be satellite images of a North Korean concentration camp, while the facility located in Wyoming is actually a National Guard training camp. Yet, both conspiracy theorists and even some perfectly normal individuals have used these two particular facilities as "evidence" for concentration camps run by the American government. Furthermore, the fact that claims for the first purported camp were cooked up by the very few extremist militia members that actually do exist only serves the agenda of those seeking to distort the image of perfectly rational American patriots, simply seeking to take their country back to the Constitution.
There is also another slightly less apparent consequence of these claims: should US government-run concentration camps actually exist or should they ever be built, it will now be much harder to prove their existence.
Thus, there is indeed a powerful disinformation campaign going on and there is no doubt that collectivists are involved in it, both by disseminating false information and by exploiting the mistakes of honest individuals or simply grouping them in together with conspiracy theorist nut jobs. However, this shouldn’t be of any surprise since utilitarianism – the idea that the ends justify the means – is a key property of collectivist ideologies and systems. As a result, collectivists have no problem with playing as dirty as possible in order to win. This is, of course, in sharp contrast to most individualists, who stand on principles and morals, leading them to play by the rules.
The moral of the story is: remember, we have the factual, rational and moral high ground. Individualism means freedom; collectivism means slavery. Individualism is right and collectivism is wrong. So please, double check your facts, don’t trust every bit of information that is given to you without checking it out for yourself – not just in the case of the mainstream media, but also in the case of alternative media – and don’t turn everything into a conspiracy! Finally, to quote Glenn Beck: "There is enough out there. We don't need to make stuff up."
Here at the ATC, we do our best to ensure that all the facts and evidence we present here is one hundred percent accurate and true. Of course, since we are human, it is inevitable that we will make mistakes, but rest assured, we do check our facts and evidence before we post them here. Should you find anything that may seem inaccurate, please, do not hesitate to report it to us.
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