Thursday, February 6, 2014

What, Me Worry?

So every "dissident" [i.e. political opponent or critic] can be tracked, with gathering places identified, and trail followed.

Their ideas and tactics known. 

All of the things that they own can be identified [through "club card memberships," Amazon records, etc.]

Why the fuck wouldn't someone with his or her hand on the controls abuse that?  Since when have we elected saints and innocents?

And once in, why the fuck wouldn't someone use it to perpetuate his or her ppower ad influence?

And if people objected, what abuser would care?  If those "dissidents" couldn't gather and plan, couldn't meaningfully communicate, couldn't--hey, wait a minute, let's disarm them just in case--where is there any meaningful impediment to an authoritarian state?

Why the fuck do Americans think that they're so special that it couldn't happen to them?  The only things that have made Americans "special" are the tenuous, enforced limitations on government power that were more easily maintained in an earlier, technologically and ballistically limited time.  [well, that and great resources and protective borders and. . . ]

I know, I know -- why, the army could never be used against the American people; it's made up of right-thinking, good folk who would rebel against any rise of a totalitarian state.


I was at a mall with a recent horrific shooting incident.  I watched the police arriving.  Some were amazingly brave and dedicated.  Some were young men, excitedly laughing and eagerly pulling their tactical weapons out of their cars -- hey, we can finally use these!

Or militarized police and security forces are already a standing internal army -- anathema to those crafty folks that put together the limitations-you know, checks and balances and withholding of power by us governed--that have made us special.

I'm waiting for the folks who call me such a chicken-little fellow to explain how it could never happen.  The ones who laughed when I suggested that the surveillance state was everywhere.

You know, my pre-Snowden critics.

Oh, by the way, lots of the folks I implicitly criticize here know I've done it.  Know who I am, what kind of porn I like, know that I cheated on wives and girlfriends and Monolopoly.  They could crush me like a bug.  Why won't they?  Because I am a bug.  But if I met or joined other smart, better bugs, I would be squashed.

Rant rant extremist  extremist  nutjob nutjob

there; I'm done


Who Am Us Anyway? said...

If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times: Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

Mister Parker said...

I have to agree with Who. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony. You can't expect to wield supreme power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!

mister muleboy said...

Run away !!!!

mister muleboy said...

Hey, it's Bette than I fart in your general direction . . . .

mister muleboy said...

Those are the only ones I remember. . . .