The Jackboots Are Coming: Mass Arrests, Power Grabs and the Politics of Fear

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
By Paul Martin

By John W. Whitehead
Rutherford.com
June 19, 2019

“Never has our future been more unpredictable, never have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to follow the rules of common sense and self-interest—forces that look like sheer insanity, if judged by the standards of other centuries.” ― Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

How do you persuade a populace to embrace totalitarianism, that goose-stepping form of tyranny in which the government has all of the power and “we the people” have none?

You persuade the people that the menace they face (imaginary or not) is so sinister, so overwhelming, so fearsome that the only way to surmount the danger is by empowering the government to take all necessary steps to quash it, even if that means allowing government jackboots to trample all over the Constitution.

This is how you use the politics of fear to persuade a freedom-loving people to shackle themselves to a dictatorship.

It works the same way every time.

The government’s overblown, extended wars on terrorism, drugs, violence and illegal immigration have been convenient ruses used to terrorized the populace into relinquishing more of their freedoms in exchange for elusive promises of security.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Case in point: on June 17, the same day President Trump announced that the government would be making mass arrests in order to round up and forcibly remove millions of illegal immigrants—including families and children—from the country, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling in Gamble v. United States that placed the sovereignty (i.e., the supreme power or authority) of federal and state governments over that of the citizenry, specifically as it relates to the government’s ability to disregard the Constitution’s Double Jeopardy Clause.

At first glance, the two incidents—one relating to illegal immigration and the other to the government’s prosecutorial powers—don’t have much to do with each other, and yet there is a common thread that binds them together.

That common thread speaks to the nature of the government beast we have been saddled with and how it views the rights and sovereignty of “we the people.”

Now you don’t hear a lot about sovereignty anymore.

Sovereignty is a dusty, antiquated term that harkens back to an age when kings and emperors ruled with absolute power over a populace that had no rights. Americans turned the idea of sovereignty on its head when they declared their independence from Great Britain and rejected the absolute authority of King George III. In doing so, Americans claimed for themselves the right to self-government and established themselves as the ultimate authority and power.

In other words, in America, “we the people”— sovereign citizens—call the shots.

So when the government acts, it is supposed to do so at our bidding and on our behalf, because we are the rulers.

That’s not exactly how it turned out, though, is it?

The Rest…HERE

2 Responses to “The Jackboots Are Coming: Mass Arrests, Power Grabs and the Politics of Fear”

  1. Jade Helm

    So, according to the article, illegal aliens have the perfect defense mechanism against deportation, because if they are deported the U.S. will be a police state and Hitler was bad. I call bullshit on the John R. Whitehead’s thesis.

    If an American citizen doesn’t report to jury duty or to a court hearing, he or she can have a warrant for their arrest issued and either the police or a bounty hunter can arrest them and bring them in to a jail. If an illegal entrant had agreed to appear in court for their hearing with regard to an asylum claim and they don’t show up, they should be arrested and deported and it doesn’t violate the due process or equal protection clauses of the Constitution. Based on Mr. Whitehead’s writing, the United States must just submit to being invaded and view the invasion as proof of our freedom. I’m very surprised that Revolution Radio published this piece. What happened? Did the SPLC or ACLU become part of your advisory board?

    #4001229
  2. Josey Wales

    1. The Supreme Court can not “make” law. Only interpret it … and decide if it does not violate The Constitution.

    2. We are all under The Constitution. No gov’t or company or agency can make a law that violates it.

    But wait …

    https://leagueofthesouth.com/punishing-beliefs/

    #4001444

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