A friend sent me, in good faith, an e-mail this morning. Like me, he is a military veteran (though retired and no longer reserve status), but unlike me, he is a conservative and he still seems to have some hope that we can reform our current mess in DC, Pierre, and elsewhere. I appreciate his concern, but there are a few problems.
Here is what he sent, in part:
On Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 7:38 AM
Senators Demand the Military Lock Up of American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window
By Chris Anders, Washington Legislative Office at 10:46am
UPDATE III: The Senate rejected the Udall amendment 38-60.
While nearly all Americans head to family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Senate is gearing up for a vote on Monday or Tuesday that goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans. The Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself.
Senators need to hear from you, on whether you think your front yard is part of a “battlefield” and if any president can send the military anywhere in the world to imprison civilians without charge or trial. …
Here is what I wrote back to my friend. His e-mail to me on this first Saturday in November and the last weekend before “the most important election of our lifetime” (as I’ve been told by countless friends and acquaintances) stuck a chord deep in my heart.
Hi! Thanks for sending this, but you did know that this Update was from November of last year:
Nov 23, 2011 – Senators Demand the Military Lock Up of American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window. By Chris …
This bill has already passed and signed into law – with all these hideous provisions – in 2011 and has been the law of the land ever since: and though going through court, has been used multiple times against civilians, reservists and National Guardsmen, active duty AND retired military personnel, like the Marine put into a psychiatric ward a few months ago? It could happen to you or me, today or tomorrow.
We could be in our homes, on the road, in the meetinghouse worshiping God, in a store, or at work: they’d come and not even read us our rights before they put the cuffs on and shoved us into the back of a cop car and hauled us away – probably not to a jail but to a hospital (Fort Meade or Hot Springs, probably) or just to a temporary “holding area” which might actually be a building or have a canvas awning or tent.
The Constitution, despite the rituals and procedures being carried out right now, is a dead letter: we are no longer a republic, we are not even a “democracy” anymore; at best we are an “elective” tyranny in which we are again supposedly electing our masters for the next four years. But the differences between Democratic and Republican administrations is nil: neither one will repeal this NDAA (passed by a Democratic Administration with a Democratic Senate and Republican House), or the USA PATRIOT Act (passed by a Republican Administration with a Republican Senate and Republican House), nor the hundreds of Executive Orders or the hundreds of thousands of pages of Federal Regulations that dictate nearly every waking (and sleeping) moment of our lives, from how much water we use to flush our toilets and what kind of bulbs and toilet paper we use and the temperatures on our dish washers, washing machines, and showers to the ever-growing percentage of our income that is sucked up as taxes by the federal government, state government, county government, town or city government, special districts and intergovernmental agencies and agreements. Of course, that paycheck is made ever more worthless by the even more stealthy theft by mind-boggling borrowing of trillions of dollars, the “quantitative easing” of the Federal Reserve which is nothing more than the electronic printing of more trillions backed by nothing – not even the hot air out of politicians’ mouths.
One of the few hopes we have left is that our brothers and sisters still in uniform DAILY or MONTHLY, when the balloon DOES go up, will NOT obey their immoral, unconstitutional but supposedly “legal” orders to round the likes of you and me up and put us in O’Hara Stadium or a hastily-erected tent camp out on Range Road between Stevens High School and the armory. Of course, they’ll be told by their officers and the politicians and the DHS and such that it is for “our own protection” and if the SPs or the ARNG don’t do it, the RCPD or PCSO probably will do it anyway, and then disarm our brothers and sisters in uniform and stick them in there with us old, dangerous people who have such quaint but dangerous ideas about freedom and liberty and defending our nation against our enemies – our really DANGEROUS enemies, who aren’t a few ragheads with suicide vests and AK-47s made in 1950 hiding in tunnels outside of Kandahar. But until then, they’ll continue to distract us with political circuses, just like they distract us with circuses like football and basketball and baseball and the latest Hollywood divorce scandals. And they will also continue to distract us with “bread” paid for by our own taxes and then graciously given back (minus a 25-50% “commission” of course) to provide food stamps and build roads and waste water treatment plants and “highway art” and non-profit museums and foundations that tell us how evil Americans were and how bad religion and morality and tradition are.
Pray to God that we be spared the judgment we deserve for letting our people and land and nation be sold up the river for a whole lot less than that bowl of beans for which Esau sold his birthright. As a people, we don’t even have Esau’s excuse that he was hungry: we apparently lost our hunger for liberty and righteousness somewhere along the road to this awful reckoning we now face.
PS: For another view of this, visit and view RAMPANT INJUSTICE
This documentary exposes the blatant trampling of the Constitutional rights of Americans during white collar crime investigations by the Department of Justice and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service.