A cloud on the horizon, no bigger than a man's hand
Comments were mostly favorable with some demurrals along the lines of,
"Oh I don't think it'll be THAT bad - just like Jimmy Carter maybe."
One of those who agreed it was going to be very bad indeed, was appropriately enough, a Russian lady with a keen sense of history.
I wrote about Obama's trial balloon of a "...civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded" as the military.
My comment was, "Who do you think they'll be recruiting from? Teenagers? Disaffected minorities? Illegal aliens even, as part of an "amnesty" and "path to citizenship"?
By now, a lot of you have seen this video from the election in 2008:
Two Black Panthers, one of them conspicuously armed, swaggering in front of a Philadelphia polling place, intimidating people with remarks like, "You're going to be ruled by the black man."
Their particular hatred seems to have been directed at two African-American poll watchers they called, "race traitors."
Keep that in mind, it's an important point.
Attorney-General Eric Holder's Justice Department dismissed the case against the Black Panthers after it had already been won by default.
Oh, but the one with the billy club has been enjoined not to brandish a weapon near a polling place anymore.
It's already illegal to brandish a weapon near a polling place - or any other place with intent to intimidate for that matter.
Now the media (well FOX, CNN hasn't posted it yet) is abuzz with this:
Kenneth Gladney, an African-American was handing out 'Don't Tread on Me' buttons and stickers at a demonstration against nationallized health care outside a "town hall" meeting in St. Louis, when he got knocked to the ground and kicked by four Service Employees International Union (SEIU) thugs.
Gladney said in an interview the first to throw a punch was African-American - who called him the N-word.
If you'll look at the video, you'll see that people came to Gladney's aid - thank God! The day that doesn't happen is when we'll know our country is in it deep.
But, look at the body language of the man in the white shirt. He's angry, and gutsy enough to confront those thugs - but then he has to back off quickly when they advance on him. In the video it looks exactly like what it is, a man afraid.
Understand, I'm NOT criticizing that man's courage. It took cojones to stand up to those thugs. It's his preparation that was lacking.
And that goes for all of us.
Winston Churchill once said that the Second World War first appeared on the horizon like a cloud no bigger than a man's hand.
What do you think this is?
I've said it before, to put a fascist state in place they need a thug corps. And make no mistake, what is on the drawing board in Washington is the plans for a fascist state.
That's why there is this unseemly haste to overhaul, well pretty much everything: the banking and credit system, health care, etc. This has to be largely in place before the mid-term elections of 2010. Because even if the Republicans make substantial gains in congress, it's damn near impossible to dismantle massive government programs.
Once Americans have to go to the government as supplicants for their home loans and health care it probably won't matter who's in office anyway, we're serfs.
Once they control the credit system, and mandate health care through your employer - they control your job.
There is quite obviously a dawning realization of that in this country, and folks are taking to the streets and meeting halls to protest.
That's where the fascists have to strike back.
Next: The Thug Corps.
Note: The statement of Kenneth's lawyer.
Kenneth was attacked on the evening of August 6, 2009 at Rep. Russ Carnahan’s (D-MO)town hall meeting in South St. Louis County. I was at the town hall meeting as well and witnessed the events leading up to the attack of Kenneth. Kenneth was approached by an SEIU representative as Kenneth was handing out “Don’t Tread on Me” flags to other conservatives. The SEIU representative demanded to know why a black man was handing out these flags. The SEIU member used a racial slur against Kenneth, then punched him in the face. Kenneth fell to the ground. Another SEIU member yelled racial epithets at Kenneth as he kicked him in the head and back. Kenneth was also brutally attacked by one other male SEIU member and an unidentified woman. The three men were clearly SEIU members, as they were wearing T-shirts with the SEIU logo.
Kenneth was beaten badly. One assailant fled on foot; three others were arrested. Kenneth was admitted to St. John’s Mercy Medical Center emergency room, where he was treated for his numerous injuries. Kenneth was merely expressing his freedom of speech by handing out the flags. In fact, he merely asked people as they exited the town hall meeting whether they would like a flag. He in no way provoked any argument or altercation, as evidenced by the fact that three assailants were arrested.