NATO Summit Descends: Hello Police State, Goodbye America
by Melissa Melton
May 21, 2012
One only has to face the images of innocent children murdered in unjust NATO strikes and occupations all over the world to empathize with this weekend’s NATO Summit protesters. NATO world leaders have converged upon Chicago under cover of millions of dollars in militarized protection. Images and video abound of unarmed people being violently arrested, others bleeding from baton wounds. Live streams of cop swarms, like piranha in full riot gear, helmets with shields and sticks at the ready are barely recognizable as American streets.
Anyone still desperately clutching to that “it can’t happen here” normalcy bias need only look at the proof that it is happening, right here, right now. Freedom of speech? The right to protest, to peaceably assemble, or to petition for a governmental redress of grievances? Maybe if we still lived in a constitutional republic, you could. But you don’t. We don’t. Not anymore.
This is nothing new. Don’t be fooled. We aren’t slipping into corporate fascism. We’re already there by design. This slithering thing slinking around and donning our government as a face mask has been completely taken over by corporate interests for some time. The elite overlords wear and operate our president like a hand puppet; as long as he can continue centralizing power in the executive and selling us out to his big corporation masters, he doesn’t mind. He will keep signing executive orders that diminish the Constitution little by little, until all that’s left of the fabric is a useless piece of thread.