The Rutherford Institute :: A Crisis in the Making: Know Your Rights or You Will Lose Them |

December 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

We are approaching critical mass, the point at which all hell breaks loose.

The government is pushing us ever closer to a constitutional crisis.

What makes the outlook so much bleaker is the utter ignorance of the American people—and those who represent them—about their freedoms, history, and how the government is supposed to operate.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: A Crisis in the Making: Know Your Rights or You Will Lose Them |

The Offended Majority – PaulCraigRoberts.org

December 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

For too many decades the American people, by which I mean the people born and raised in the US in neighborhoods where there were family and neighbors who shared a culture, language, values, and history, have sat tolerantly while a tiny percentage of the population took away their culture by making it offensive to the tiny minority for Americans to live in their own culture.

For example, as John Whitehead of the Rutherford institute makes clear in his statement below, Americans are no longer allowed to practice Christmas outside their own homes. Homosexuals might be out of the closet, but the vast majority of Americans have been shoved into the closet.

Whitehead gives an accurate account of Americans’ inability to enjoy a public celebration of Christmas. The tiny minority simply won’t allow it and succeeded in using the Supreme Court to prevent it.

Source: The Offended Majority – PaulCraigRoberts.org

The Rutherford Institute :: Yes, You Have the Right to Talk Back to the Government, But It Could Get You Killed |

November 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

What the architects of the police state want are submissive, compliant, cooperative, obedient, meek citizens who don’t talk back, don’t challenge government authority, don’t speak out against government misconduct, and don’t step out of line.

What the First Amendment protects—and a healthy constitutional republic requires—are citizens who routinely exercise their right to speak truth to power.

It’s not an easy undertaking.

Weaponized by police, prosecutors, courts and legislatures, “disorderly conduct” charges have become a convenient means by which to punish those individuals who refuse to be muzzled.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Yes, You Have the Right to Talk Back to the Government, But It Could Get You Killed |

The Rutherford Institute :: Red Flag Gun Laws: Yet Another Government Weapon for Compliance and Control | John Whitehead 

November 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

We never learn.

In the right (or wrong) hands, benevolent plans can easily be put to malevolent purposes.

Even the most well-intentioned government law or program can be—and has been—perverted, corrupted and used to advance illegitimate purposes once profit and power are added to the equation.

The war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on illegal immigration, asset forfeiture schemes, road safety schemes, school safety schemes, eminent domain: all of these programs started out as legitimate responses to pressing concerns and have since become weapons of compliance and control in the police state’s hands.-

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Red Flag Gun Laws: Yet Another Government Weapon for Compliance and Control |

The Rutherford Institute :: A Badge of Shame: The Government’s War on America’s Military Veterans |

November 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The government even has a name for its war on America’s veterans: Operation Vigilant Eagle.

As first reported by the Wall Street Journal, this Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program tracks military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and characterizes them as extremists and potential domestic terrorist threats because they may be “disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war.”

Coupled with the DHS’ dual reports on Rightwing and Leftwing “Extremism,” which broadly define extremists as individuals, military veterans and groups “that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely,” these tactics bode ill for anyone seen as opposing the government.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: A Badge of Shame: The Government’s War on America’s Military Veterans |

The Rutherford Institute :: America Is on the Brink of a Nervous Breakdown | John Whitehead

October 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Yet another shooting.

Yet another smear of ugliness, hatred and violence.

Yet another ratcheting up of the calls for the government to clamp down on the citizenry by imposing more costly security measures without any real benefit, more militarized police, more surveillance, more widespread mental health screening of the general population, more threat assessments and behavioral sensing warnings, more gun control measures, more surveillance cameras with facial recognition capabilities, more “See Something, Say Something” programs aimed at turning Americans into snitches and spies, more metal detectors and whole-body imaging devices at so-called soft targets, more roaming squads of militarized police empowered to do more stop-and-frisk searches, more fusion centers to centralize and disseminate information to law enforcement agencies, and more government monitoring of what Americans say and do, where they go, what they buy and how they spend their time.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: America Is on the Brink of a Nervous Breakdown |

The Rutherford Institute :: Has America Become a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy? |

October 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

We’re living in two worlds, you and I.

There’s the world we see (or are made to see) and then there’s the one we sense (and occasionally catch a glimpse of), the latter of which is a far cry from the propaganda-driven reality manufactured by the government and its corporate sponsors, including the media.

Indeed, what most Americans perceive as life in America—privileged, progressive and free—is a far cry from reality, where economic inequality is growing, real agendas and real power are buried beneath layers of Orwellian doublespeak and corporate obfuscation, and “freedom,” such that it is, is meted out in small, legalistic doses by militarized police armed to the teeth.

All is not as it seems.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Has America Become a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy? |

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

October 16, 2018 by · 1 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 |

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