I watched the movie “Rendition” a few nights ago and began thinking about the situation in our nation today. The movie is about an Egyptian man who has lived in the United States for 20 years, moving here when he was 14. He is a college educated chemical engineer, married, with a young son and a pregnant wife. He has some relatives who have the same last name as a known terrorist so he is kidnapped by the CIA upon his return to the United States from South Africa. When questioned by the CIA counter terrorism branch he denies any knowledge of terrorists, past terrorist attacks, or plans for future attacks. As a result of his denial he is put on a plane and taken to a country in the Middle East (which I surmised to be Egypt) and is given to the nation’s secret police for questioning. He is subjected to beatings, water boarding, and electric shock torture. He finally gives up names of “co-conspirators” and is thrown back into a very small cell.
An American intelligence analyst who survived a terrorist bombing that killed his companion replaces the dead man as part of the interrogation team. After days of torture the prisoner gives a list of names to his interrogators. The American runs the names of the people given up by the prisoner through various intelligence agencies, including Interpol. What he finds is that the names given are the members of the Egyptian National Soccer Team in 1990, the year the prisoner left Egypt for America. In the meantime, the wife of the prisoner has contacted an old friend who is the chief of staff for a prominent Senator. The friend is stonewalled and when he is faced with losing his job if he pursues the matter further he tells the wife that he can do nothing to help. The analyst goes to the Minister of the Interior in this foreign country, shows the information he has found, and gets the man to sign an order for the release of the prisoner. The American then arranges clandestine travel for the man to get home.
After September 11, 2001 I bought into many of the steps taken to find terrorists and stop them in their tracks. I agreed with the Patriot Act at the time, when I knew only talking points about it. Much has changed in light of thirteen years of wars that have not really made our nation any safer from outside attack, but have certainly made the nation much more of a police state. Today the story line of this movie is more than just a story about Moslem terrorism; it is much closer to home.
When I first heard Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, and others call me a homophobic, islamophobic, hate mongering, bomb throwing Nazi TEA Party “potential domestic terrorist” I took offense. And frankly, they drove me deeper into the Republican ranks of voters. But in the years since the 2010 elections, and especially in the last few months, I have begun to hear Republicans speak the same rhetoric as life-long Marxist Democrats. John McCain, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Peter King, and others begin to call people like me the same names and refer to patriotic citizens in the same vein as the Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Schumer crowd.
This is alarming to me. When I see the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens without charge, without trial, and without probable cause I begin to wonder. I hear those in both political parties call me and other patriots “potential domestic terrorists” for having the temerity to stand up and demand our government follow the Constitution. I wonder when they will subject me to the same treatment as this innocent man in the movie. All that is necessary for me to be arrested and held indefinitely is for someone, anyone, to denounce me as a terrorist for my political beliefs and my rights under the Constitution are gone, just like that!!!! Call me crazy but this sounds like a movie right out of Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, Communist China, East Germany, North Korea, and countless Moslem countries. Of course, politicians in both parties who are calling for these NDAA provisions say they will never abuse the Constitution and subject We the People to these provisions. If that is the case then why even have those provisions in the bill?????
Our nation has lasted long past any form of government since the Roman Empire because the Constitution provides for “unalienable rights” given by God and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America. Those currently in charge of our government have already trampled on those rights. The 1st Amendment, written to protect religious organizations FROM government, is constantly under attack where Christianity is concerned. Atheists, agnostics, and Moslems aren’t attacked by those who are so concerned about the “separation of church and state”. Only Christians are subjected to the restrictive decisions by activist judges. The Secret Service now has the option of declaring the 1st Amendment provision of “the right of the people to peaceably assemble” null and void if they decide they want to. No justification is needed other than the President or other high level official will be present. So they can prevent any dissent from being voiced by a gathering of protestors when it suits them. I know what that sounds like to me, and it isn’t a free Republic!!!!!
Our civil rights under the 2nd Amendment are constantly under attack by local, state, and federal governments, despite the amendment very clearly stating that ”the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”. New York City and the State of California are using registration lists to confiscate the firearms of people who have done nothing to violate the law, and other states are not far behind. This video is from Canada but it is coming here:
Some Senators are saying all veterans are mentally unstable and therefore should not be allowed to own firearms. Colorado state legislators are being recalled by state voters for passing gun control laws that stand against the Constitution and the will of We the People because citizens are fed up and taking action. Obamacare has provisions for the search of citizen homes without probable cause and without a warrant, violating the 4th Amendment. The 9th and 10th Amendments are being rendered irrelevant by federal bribery and/or bullying of state governments who are so dependent on federal tax dollars that they refuse to stand on those provisions of the Constitution. Add the fact that the political machines own most politicians at the state level, and many at city and county level also where do We the People go for redress of our grievances?
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, before he left office, outlawed what was it; salt, pepper, any soft drink over 16 ounces, among a host of unconstitutional actions. The Federal Food and Drug Administration is about to outlaw trans-fats, and the EPA has now outlawed the use of wood burning stoves, just to name a few instances of government bureaucratic over-reach. Wood burning stoves????? I can’t eat what I want to eat now?????
Does anyone really believe these same people won’t subject We the People to the FEMA camps when push comes to shove and citizens have reached their limit of toleration of tyranny? What have federal agencies, unconstitutional ones at that, done to ensure that We the People will not be subjugated and led to the slaughter as were the Jews and others in Nazi Germany????? It looks to me like they are doing exactly the opposite.
This is not a Democrat vs. Republican battle here. This is, good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, ruling political elite vs. We the People, the working class American; and finally the Constitutional Republic vs. dictatorship. From a practical aspect this is what we are facing, like it or not. The Republican Party as currently controlled is as much a danger to liberty as the Democrat Party. They have teamed up to enslave We the People, and they are doing just that!!!!!
I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.
December 20, 2013
Bob, as usual, you say succinctly what I profoundly agree with! I read the latest issue of “Imprimis” the pamphlet published by Hillsdale College. I don’t know if you receive it or not but this issue talked about the duality of our government and how all of this Socialist policy is vested in the Administrative Bureaucracy – something not one of us “We the people” have any direct voice in. We do not elect their heads of departments.
It is my sincere belief that once Obamacare is fully implemented that all it will take is a Tyrant to head that Bureaucracy and we will BE a Socialist State! Oh wait. We already have a Tyrant!
I don’t get imprimis but I am familiar with Hillsdale and need to get their pamphlet. Thanks for the kind words. I wish more people would take heed and stop doing the dem vs. repub thing because that is destroying our nation. Many see it but refuse to change themselves. As long as people are willing to tolerate the parties the way they are nothing is going to change.