That Can't Happen Here?

“That can’t happen here in America” has been one of the most widely used talking points of people who aren’t so politically inclined or historically informed as they would like to think. I remember as far back as my days in the military, almost 15 years ago, having conversations with my commanding officer and others. They would talk about the power of the US military and rhetorically ask what other countries could possibly go toe-to-toe with the power and might that could be wielded by this nation’s armed forces. Even as far back as then, I was a lone voice saying that no nation has ever stood the test of time. As young as I was and as little as I knew—as a young 18-year-old fresh out of Basic—I still spoke of the power and might of the Roman Empire, and how it was the world’s sole superpower for far longer than this young republic of ours here, and yet still did not stand the test of time, and how that the external power of the Roman Empire meant little as it decayed from the inside out. Remember that that ancient hegemon persisted nearly 1,500 years from its establishment to the fall of Constantinople.

A failed test
After a series of civil wars and internal fighting began to take their toll, accompanied by a lack of morality and the widespread presence of corruption, as well as the contagion of apathy, the Romans soon reached the point of no return. Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” So, what does this have to do with modern America? Well, America failed a significant test this month with the events that unfolded in Boston on April 15th, expanding into nearby Watertown on the 19th. Why do I believe this? This event was another airframe shock test for the American people and one they failed miserably. “Airframe shock testing” refers to pushing something to its limit to check the recoil, or blowback. In the case of testing societies, it’s used to show what a target society is willing to put up with before they say “enough.”

Unfortunately, it appears that there is almost nothing that the American people won’t accept. People should find it very troubling that the events that took place at the Boston Marathon—whatever truly did happen—were sufficient grounds for the citizens of Watertown to sacrifice more than most even understand. Let’s put aside the fact that there are more unanswered questions about the bombing than I have room to write about, and that we were told to ignore all those questions, to ignore ANYTHING that wasn’t introduced as “official” evidence by the FBI, including pictures, videos, eyewitness testimony, our own common sense, and things like that. That we were expected to wave the flag as the controlled media ramped up that patriotic nationalism once again, enticing us to forget about everything else, and that if you even think about questioning the narratives presented to us, you are IMMEDIATELY rendered a crazy, un-American conspiracy theorist. No matter how many times you are lied to by the officials and the mainstream media, there must still be something wrong with you if you dare question what you are told.

A police state?
So, with no evidence other than “words,” uttered by proven liars, this event allowed for an American city to be turned into a militarized zone, and by over 9,000 locally-, state-, and federally-funded police and troops—and who knows who else? We can now safely put the argument to rest concerning whether the police state which so many have spoken about for so long can actually happen. Everybody who has said, “It can’t happen here” was proven wrong and that argument is no longer a valid talking point because it DID happen here, and without so much as a whimper. Now, I am not saying that people should have revolted in open armed revolution, but I am simply making an observation. If it can happen in or near a major city like Boston, with a population of over 625,000, it can happen in a city like New York, one borough at a time. And if it can happen in New York, it can happen anywhere.

I would hope you find this troubling for obvious reasons, but I’ll expand on these events to make the implications clear. What you are witnessing is the closing down of an open society, and as Ron Paul said in a warning to us all years ago, “The stage is set for our country eventually devolving into a military dictatorship, and few seem to care.” It seems to be acceptable to have a militarized police force that also works side-by-side with the military, with the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act thrown to the wind. It seems to be acceptable for these troops to perform door-to-door searches under the guise of security, and if you even mention the 4th Amendment, you’re pegged as a troublemaker who doesn’t want to go along with “what’s best for the common good.”

Battlefield USA
So, families being pulled out of their homes at gunpoint and handcuffed for doing absolutely nothing wrong is now okay? I haven’t even touched on the blending of the lines that once separated battlefields from what was formerly known as the territory of “America,” where now the entire world is drawn up as a battlefield in this “war on terror,” and that if you are declared an “enemy combatant” or “unprivileged belligerent” you will fall under the rules of war with military force legally sanctioned. This all means that you are not afforded due process and you can be held indefinitely without a trial, and there is nothing you can do about it, legally speaking.

So, maybe right now you feel comfortable, and you think that you’re not in harm’s way because you haven’t done anything wrong. What happens when somebody you know, or maybe somebody you don’t know, is accused of being an “enemy of the state”? You can now be detained under the law of war and declared an “associated force” who has “substantially supported” this person. And how, exactly, are you going to convince someone you haven’t done anything wrong, when the State can lock you up, say whatever they want about you, and you might never even get a chance to talk to someone again. This is what all these troublesome developments are indicating: that it’s been possible for what’s left of freedom in this country to be closed down like a mom-and-pop shop ever since the collapse of 2008.

As long as they have the majority of people willing to listen to the mainstream media outlets and obediently do whatever they’re told, then it won’t be much of a task for the powers that be to marginalize the people who won’t comply. This is why it is so important for people to understand what is at stake, what is happening right now in real time, and why it is so important to ask questions, demand answers, and never compromise your freedom for security.

Security at the expense of liberty?
As we have seen time and time again, the government’s claiming the responsibility to keep us safe—how has that worked out for us? They will expect you to accept more DHS, TSA, FBI, XYZ, etc., as the police state expands under the guise of protecting Americans from “terror.” But notice they never advise people to arm themselves. Hmm. In fact, they are moving in the opposite direction in that regard, as many officials are pushing for more gun control, especially right here in Pennsylvania, but I don’t have the space to get into that, so I will close with Ron Paul’s remarks on the Boston bombings. The renowned former congressman warned, “The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city. This unprecedented move should frighten us much more than the attack itself.”

Indeed it should, my friends.

  • Anthony Antonello
  • Following six years in the military, and much time as a medic and firefighter, Anthony Antonello has witnessed the ups and downs in life. From spending time fighting for the United States military, to the everyday horror covered on the local news, Antonello was there, witnessing events most only see from the comfort of their homes on a TV screen.Not allowing those images to simply absorb in the noise of the mainstream media, there was only one thing left to do for the man from Northeastern Pennsylvania: become politically active. Antonello now travels the country, covering stories and events to show people firsthand what the mainstream media refuse to show —and asking questions the mainstream media refuse to ask using whatever means possible to get people thinking.

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