Comply Or Die
This is a must read for all American Patriots. This article by John Whitehead over at Counterpunch explains where we are and how we proceed:
"Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us? The constitutional theory is that we the people are the sovereigns, the state and federal officials only our agents. We who have the final word can speak softly or angrily. We can seek to challenge and annoy, as we need not stay docile and quiet.”
—Justice William O. Douglas, dissenting, Colten v. Kentucky, 407 U.S. 104 (1972)
1972 was a long, long time ago. Here's the new reality:
It’s all a lie.
There can be no free speech for the citizenry when the government speaks in a language of force.
What is this language of force?
Militarized police. Riot squads. Camouflage gear. Black uniforms. Armored vehicles. Mass arrests. Pepper spray. Tear gas. Batons. Strip searches. Surveillance cameras. Kevlar vests. Drones. Lethal weapons. Less-than-lethal weapons unleashed with deadly force. Rubber bullets. Water cannons. Stun grenades. Arrests of journalists. Crowd control tactics. Intimidation tactics. Brutality.
This is not the language of freedom.
This is not even the language of law and order.
This is the language of force.
Here's a quote from LAPD Officer Friendly:
Indeed, as Officer Sunil Dutta of the Los Angeles Police Department advises:
"If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me."
This is not the rhetoric of a government that is of the people, by the people, and for the people.
This is not the attitude of someone who understands, let alone respects, free speech.
And this is certainly not what I would call “community policing,” which is supposed to emphasize the importance of the relationship between the police and the community they serve.
There's more, including one example of rational, de-escalation of a protest in St. Louis back in 2011.
Nobody said taking America back from the global corporate fascists was gonna be easy. Whitehead outlines the path forward: https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/07/12/comply-or-die-the-police-states-...