Do you remember the old War On Drugs PSA that said “this is your brain… this is your brain on drugs” and there was something about a frying pan and an egg frying?
That was what I was reminded of when I read Naomi Wolf’s most recent piece in the Huffington Post. She scared me two years ago – that was my brain – now she’s scared me again – that is my brain on the drug of complacency.
We have to snap out of it NOW. Otherwise, we will find ourselves living scared constantly.
Several things in the past few weeks have sent up red flags if you are paying attention. None of this stuff “started” here – but it all will finish We the People if We don’t wake up.
Several weeks back we had the scan and grope by the TSA begin in earnest. This did offend people. BUT the mainstream media went out and found plenty of people to stand up in front of a camera for their 10 seconds of fame and say “Oh if it keeps planes from blowing up, I’m for it.” Does anyone not think this is the modern day equivalent of Hitler keeping the trains running on time?
Earlier this week there was the announcement that Walmart would be running PSAs on behalf of the Homeland Security asking you to report “anything” suspicious. Other little hotspots in the news on the ‘net have included a woman whose child was asked questions about her blogging activities by Child Protective Services.
I am feeling the Fascist state approaching here – unless of course you want to consider that it is already here. Websites shut down, watch lists formed –
Just so you don’t have to go back and re-read it, I am going to list Wolf’s ten steps to a Fascist State here. If you failed to react to them then, perhaps you will now.
The ten steps:
1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy.
terrorism? Wikileaks? North Korea? Iran? Take your pick.
2. Create a gulag
run a Google search on domestic detention camps – much of the stuff was written in the past 4 years but as recently as July 2010 there was an article in a blog on internment camps hiring – see it here.
3. Develop a thug caste (Blackwater USA)
Remember Blackwater? Well it changed its name to Xe. Rebranding always works right? Who would think “Blackwater” with a name like Xe. Let’s just call it Xe – The thug caste formerly known as Blackwater.
4. Set up an internal surveillance system
Big Brother is everywhere – never forget it.
5. Harass citizens’ groups
Even the Tea Partiers have been listed by TPTB, taking down license plates and photographing people at the rallies.
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release
Let’s see – how about the radio personality who was detained for hours in a Florida airport because she refused body scanning and pat down? Just for a start.
7. Target key individuals
When you begin to see “big names” targeted for their activisim, begin to worry – Who? Oh don’t you remember when Ted Kennedy was placed on the No-Fly list – guess he finally got off the list since his passing.
8. Control the press
Remember you’re reading blogs for news now – don’t depend on MSM for anything but happy talk.
9. Dissent equals treason
One word: Wikileaks
10. Suspend the rule of law
President Bush suspended Habeas Corpus in 2006 – President Obama may – or may not have reinstated it with his actions regarding the Guantanamo detainees. Regardless of the status of Habeas Corpus in 2010, the fact that the President of the USofA has a pen that can sign off on any Executive Order he can dream up is enough to keep you awake at night. Whether it will be this President or the next one remains to be seen.
What is needed RIGHT NOW is for the people of these United States to realize that freedom is theirs if they can keep it and to keep it we must work for it.
Your reading list:
Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for Revolutionaries, Naomi Wolf