The Rutherford Institute :: You Want to Make America Great Again? Start by Making America Free Again |

October 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Living in a representative republic means that each person has the right to take a stand for what they think is right, whether that means marching outside the halls of government, wearing clothing with provocative statements, or simply holding up a sign.

That’s what the First Amendment is supposed to be about.

Yet through a series of carefully crafted legislative steps and politically expedient court rulings, government officials have managed to disembowel this fundamental freedom, rendering it with little more meaning than the right to file a lawsuit against government officials.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: You Want to Make America Great Again? Start by Making America Free Again |

The Rutherford Institute :: Creating a Suspect Society: The Scary Side of the Technological Police State |

October 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s a given that Big Brother is always watching us.

Unfortunately, thanks to the government’s ongoing efforts to build massive databases using emerging surveillance, DNA and biometrics technologies, Big Brother (and his corporate partners in crime) is getting even creepier and more invasive, intrusive and stalker-like.

Indeed, every dystopian sci-fi film (and horror film, for that matter) we’ve ever seen is suddenly converging into this present moment in a dangerous trifecta between science and technology, Big Business, and a government that wants to be all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful—but not without help from the citizenry.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Creating a Suspect Society: The Scary Side of the Technological Police State |

The Rutherford Institute :: Empire of Lies: Are ‘We the People’ Useful Idiots in the Digital Age? |

September 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

In an Orwellian age where war equals peace, surveillance equals safety, and tolerance equals intolerance of uncomfortable truths and politically incorrect ideas, “we the people” have gotten very good at walking freely into the slaughterhouse, all the while convincing ourselves that the prison walls enclosing us within the American police state are there for our protection.

Call it doublespeak, call it hypocrisy, call it delusion, call it whatever you like, but the fact remains that while we claim to value freedom, privacy, individuality, equality, diversity, accountability, and government transparency, our actions and those of our government rulers contradict these much-vaunted principles at every turn.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Empire of Lies: Are ‘We the People’ Useful Idiots in the Digital Age? |

The Rutherford Institute :: What I Don’t Like About Life in Post-9/11 America |

September 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Life in a post-9/11 America increasingly feels like an endless free fall down a rabbit hole into a terrifying, dystopian alternative reality in which the citizenry has no rights, the government is no friend to freedom, and everything we ever knew and loved about the values and principles that once made this country great has been turned on its head.

We’ve walked a strange and harrowing road since September 11, 2001, littered with the debris of our once-vaunted liberties.

We have gone from a nation that took great pride in being a model of a representative democracy to being a model of how to persuade the citizenry to march in lockstep with a police state.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: What I Don’t Like About Life in Post-9/11 America |

The Rutherford Institute :: Criminalizing Childhood: School Safety Measures Aren’t Making the Schools Any Safer |

September 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

It used to be that if you talked back to a teacher, or played a prank on a classmate, or just failed to do your homework, you might find yourself in detention or doing an extra writing assignment after school.

Of course, that was before school shootings became a part of our national lexicon.

Nowadays, as a result of the government’s profit-driven campaign to keep the nation “safe” from drugs, weapons and terrorism, students are not only punished for minor transgressions such as playing cops and robbers on the playground, bringing LEGOs to school, or having a food fight, but they are being punished with suspension, expulsion, and even arrest.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Criminalizing Childhood: School Safety Measures Aren’t Making the Schools Any Safer |

The Rutherford Institute :: Vigilantes with a Badge: Warrior Cops Endanger Our Lives and Freedoms |

August 29, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

I have known a lot of good cops, I have defended a lot of good cops, and I have been fortunate to call a number of good cops friends.

So when I say that warrior cops—hyped up on their own authority and the power of the badge—have not made America any safer or freer, I am not disrespecting any of the fine, decent, lawful police officers who take seriously their oath of office to serve and protect their fellow citizens, uphold the Constitution, and maintain the peace.

My beef is with the growing squads of warrior cops who have been given the green light to kill, shoot, taser, abuse and steal from American citizens in the so-called name of law and order.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Vigilantes with a Badge: Warrior Cops Endanger Our Lives and Freedoms |

The Rutherford Institute :: Battlefield America: The Ongoing War on the American People |

August 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Police in a small Georgia town tasered a 5-foot-2, 87-year-old woman who was using a kitchen knife to cut dandelions for use in a recipe. Police claim they had no choice but to taser the old woman, who does not speak English but was smiling at police to indicate she was friendly, because she failed to comply with orders to put down the knife.

Police in California are being sued for using excessive force against a deaf 76-year-old woman who was allegedly jaywalking and failed to halt when police yelled at her. According to the lawsuit, police searched the woman and her grocery bags. She was then slammed to the ground, had a foot or knee placed behind her neck or back, handcuffed, arrested and cited for jaywalking and resisting arrest.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Battlefield America: The Ongoing War on the American People |

The Rutherford Institute :: From Boston to Ferguson to Charlottesville: The Evolution of a Police State Lockdown |

August 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

It has become way too easy to lockdown this nation.

Five years ago, the city of Boston was locked down while police carried out a military-style manhunt for suspects in the 2013 Boston Marathon explosion.

Four years ago, the city of Ferguson, Missouri, was locked down, with government officials deploying a massive SWAT team, an armored personnel carrier, men in camouflage pointing heavy artillery at the crowd, smoke bombs and tear gas to quell citizen unrest over a police shooting of a young, unarmed black man.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: From Boston to Ferguson to Charlottesville: The Evolution of a Police State Lockdown |

The Rutherford Institute :: Institutionalizing Intolerance: Bullies Win, Freedom Suffers When We Can’t Agree to Disagree |

August 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

What a mess.

As America has become ever more polarized, and those polarized factions have become more militant and less inclined to listen to—or even allow for the existence of—other viewpoints, we are fast becoming a nation of people who just can’t get along.

Here’s the thing: if Americans don’t learn how to get along—at the very least, agreeing to disagree and respecting each other’s right to subscribe to beliefs and opinions that may be offensive, hateful, intolerant or merely different—then we’re going to soon find that we have no rights whatsoever (to speak, assemble, agree, disagree, protest, opt in, opt out, or forge our own paths as individuals).

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Institutionalizing Intolerance: Bullies Win, Freedom Suffers When We Can’t Agree to Disagree |

The Rutherford Institute :: Hiroshima Revisited: Memorializing the Horrors of War with 10 Must-See War Films |

July 31, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Nearly 73 years ago, the United States unleashed atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing more than 200,000 individuals, many of whom were civilians.

Fast forward to the present day, and the U.S. military under President Trump’s leadership is dropping a bomb every 12 minutes.

This follows on the heels of President Obama, the antiwar candidate and Nobel Peace Prize winner who waged war longer than any American president and whose targeted-drone killings continued to feed the war machine and resulted in at least 1.3 million lives lost to the U.S.-led war on terror.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Hiroshima Revisited: Memorializing the Horrors of War with 10 Must-See War Films |

The Rutherford Institute :: A New World Order: Brought to You by the Global-Industrial Deep State |

July 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

There are those who will tell you that any mention of a New World Order government—a power elite conspiring to rule the world—is the stuff of conspiracy theories.

I am not one of those skeptics.

What’s more, I wholeheartedly believe that one should always mistrust those in power, take alarm at the first encroachment on one’s liberties, and establish powerful constitutional checks against government mischief and abuse.

I can also attest to the fact that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: A New World Order: Brought to You by the Global-Industrial Deep State |

The Rutherford Institute :: The Constitution Is Not Neutral: Courts of Justice Should Not Act Like Courts of Order |

July 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

For those still deluded enough to believe they’re living the American dream—where the government represents the people, where the people are equal in the eyes of the law, where the courts are arbiters of justice, where the police are keepers of the peace, and where the law is applied equally as a means of protecting the rights of the people—it’s time to wake up.

We no longer have a representative government, a rule of law, or justice.

Liberty has fallen to legalism.

Freedom has fallen to fascism.

Justice has become jaded, jaundiced and just plain unjust.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: The Constitution Is Not Neutral: Courts of Justice Should Not Act Like Courts of Order |

The Rutherford Institute :: The Danger Is Real: We Need a New Declaration of Independence for Modern Times |

June 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Imagine living in a country where armed soldiers crash through doors to arrest and imprison citizens merely for criticizing government officials.

Imagine that in this very same country, you’re watched all the time, and if you look even a little bit suspicious, the police stop and frisk you or pull you over to search you on the off chance you’re doing something illegal.

Keep in mind that if you have a firearm of any kind while in this country, it may get you arrested and, in some circumstances, shot by police.

If you’re thinking this sounds like America today, you wouldn’t be far wrong.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: The Danger Is Real: We Need a New Declaration of Independence for Modern Times |

The Rutherford Institute :: Government Eyes Are Watching You: We Are All Prisoners of the Surveillance State |

June 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

First broadcast in America 50 years ago, The Prisoner—a dystopian television series described as “James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafka”—confronted societal themes that are still relevant today: the rise of a police state, the freedom of the individual, round-the-clock surveillance, the corruption of government, totalitarianism, weaponization, group think, mass marketing, and the tendency of humankind to meekly accept their lot in life as a prisoner in a prison of their own making.

Perhaps the best visual debate ever on individuality and freedom, The Prisoner (17 episodes in all) centers around a British secret agent who abruptly resigns only to find himself imprisoned and interrogated in a mysterious, self-contained, cosmopolitan, seemingly tranquil retirement community known only as the Village. The Village is an idyllic setting with parks and green fields, recreational activities and even a butler.

While luxurious and resort-like, the Village is a virtual prison disguised as a seaside paradise: its inhabitants have no true freedom, they cannot leave the Village, they are under constant surveillance, their movements are tracked by surveillance drones, and they are stripped of their individuality and identified only by numbers.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Government Eyes Are Watching You: We Are All Prisoners of the Surveillance State |

The Rutherford Institute :: Whose Country Is This? Is the Constitution Even Welcome Here Anymore? |

May 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

There are days I wake up, and I’m not sure what country I live in anymore.

There are days I wake up and want to go right back to sleep in the hopes that this surreal landscape of government-sanctioned injustice, corruption and brutality is just a really bad dream.

There are days I am so battered by the never-ending wave of bad news that I have little outrage left in me: I am numb.

And then I get hold of myself, shake myself out of the doldrums, and remind myself that it’s not yet time to give up: America needs our outrage and our alertness and our tenacity and our fierce determination to remain a free people in a land where justice matters.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Whose Country Is This? Is the Constitution Even Welcome Here Anymore? |

The Rutherford Institute :: When Things Fall Apart: A Graduation Message for a Dark Age |

May 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Say no to war. Addressing the graduates at Binghampton Central High School in 1968, at a time when the country was waging war “on different fields, on different levels, and with different weapons,” Twilight Zone creator

declared:

Too many wars are fought almost as if by rote. Too many wars are fought out of sloganry, out of battle hymns, out of aged, musty appeals to patriotism that went out with knighthood and moats. Love your country because it is eminently worthy of your affection. Respect it because it deserves your respect. Be loyal to it because it cannot survive without your loyalty. But do not accept the shedding of blood as a natural function or a prescribed way of history—even if history points this up by its repetition. That men die for causes does not necessarily sanctify that cause. And that men are maimed and torn to pieces every fifteen and twenty years does not immortalize or deify the act of war… find another means that does not come with the killing of your fellow-man.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: When Things Fall Apart: A Graduation Message for a Dark Age |

The Rutherford Institute :: The Age of Petty Tyrannies |

May 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

We labor today under the weight of countless tyrannies, large and small, carried out in the name of the national good by an elite class of government officials who are largely insulated from the ill effects of their actions.

We, the middling classes, are not so fortunate.

We find ourselves badgered, bullied and browbeaten into bearing the brunt of their arrogance, paying the price for their greed, suffering the backlash for their militarism, agonizing as a result of their inaction, feigning ignorance about their backroom dealings, overlooking their incompetence, turning a blind eye to their misdeeds, cowering from their heavy-handed tactics, and blindly hoping for change that never comes.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: The Age of Petty Tyrannies |

The Rutherford Institute :: We’re All Trespassers Now in the Face of the Government’s Land Grabs |

May 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

We have no real property rights.

Think about it.

That house you live in, the car you drive, the small (or not so small) acreage of land that has been passed down through your family or that you scrimped and saved to acquire, whatever money you manage to keep in your bank account after the government and its cronies have taken their first and second and third cut…none of it is safe from the government’s greedy grasp.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: We’re All Trespassers Now in the Face of the Government’s Land Grabs |

The Rutherford Institute :: Dial T for Tyranny: While America Feuds, the Police State Shifts Into High Gear

May 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing.

Played out on the national stage and eagerly broadcast to a captive audience by media sponsors, this farcical exercise in political theater can, at times, seem riveting, life-changing and suspenseful, even for those who know better.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Dial T for Tyranny: While America Feuds, the Police State Shifts Into High Gear

The Rutherford Institute :: Is the U.S. Government Evil? You Tell Me

April 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Is the U.S. government evil?

You tell me.

This is a government that treats its citizens like faceless statistics and economic units to be bought, sold, bartered, traded, tracked, tortured, and eventually eliminated once they’ve outgrown their usefulness.

This is a government that treats human beings like lab rats to be caged, branded, experimented upon, and then discarded and left to suffer from the after-effects.

This is a government that repeatedly lies, cheats, steals, spies, kills, maims, enslaves, breaks the laws, overreaches its authority, and abuses its power at almost every turn.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Is the U.S. Government Evil? You Tell Me

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