Americans Have Lost VIRTUALLY ALL of Our Constitutional Rights

George Washington's picture by Anthony Freda:


This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a scorecard on the extent of the loss of each right.  (This is an updated version of an essay we wrote in February.  Unfortunately, a lot of information has come out since then.)

First Amendment

The 1st Amendment protects speech, religion, assembly and the press:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Supreme Court has also interpreted the First Amendment as protecting freedom of association.

However, the government is arresting those speaking out … and violently crushing peaceful assemblies which attempt to petition the government for redress.

A federal judge found that the law allowing indefinite detention of Americans without due process has a “chilling effect” on free speech. And see this and this.

There are also enacted laws allowing the secret service to arrest anyone protesting near the president or other designated folks (that might explain incidents like this).

Mass spying by the NSA violates our freedom of association.

The threat of being labeled a terrorist for exercising our First Amendment rights certainly violates the First Amendment. The government is using laws to crush dissent, and it’s gotten so bad that even U.S. Supreme Court justices are saying that we are descending into tyranny.

For example, the following actions may get an American citizen living on U.S. soil labeled as a “suspected terrorist” today:

And holding the following beliefs may also be considered grounds for suspected terrorism:

Of course, Muslims are more or less subject to a separate system of justice in America.

And 1st Amendment rights are especially chilled when power has become so concentrated that the same agency which spies on all Americans also decides who should be assassinated.

Second Amendment

The 2nd Amendment states:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Gun control and gun rights advocates obviously have very different views about whether guns are a force for violence or for good.

But even a top liberal Constitutional law expert reluctantly admits that the right to own a gun is as important a Constitutional right as freedom of speech or religion:

Like many academics, I was happy to blissfully ignore the Second Amendment. It did not fit neatly into my socially liberal agenda.




It is hard to read the Second Amendment and not honestly conclude that the Framers intended gun ownership to be an individual right. It is true that the amendment begins with a reference to militias: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Accordingly, it is argued, this amendment protects the right of the militia to bear arms, not the individual.


Yet, if true, the Second Amendment would be effectively declared a defunct provision. The National Guard is not a true militia in the sense of the Second Amendment and, since the District and others believe governments can ban guns entirely, the Second Amendment would be read out of existence.




More important, the mere reference to a purpose of the Second Amendment does not alter the fact that an individual right is created. The right of the people to keep and bear arms is stated in the same way as the right to free speech or free press. The statement of a purpose was intended to reaffirm the power of the states and the people against the central government. At the time, many feared the federal government and its national army. Gun ownership was viewed as a deterrent against abuse by the government, which would be less likely to mess with a well-armed populace.


Considering the Framers and their own traditions of hunting and self-defense, it is clear that they would have viewed such ownership as an individual right — consistent with the plain meaning of the amendment.


None of this is easy for someone raised to believe that the Second Amendment was the dividing line between the enlightenment and the dark ages of American culture. Yet, it is time to honestly reconsider this amendment and admit that … here’s the really hard part … the NRA may have been right. This does not mean that Charlton Heston is the new Rosa Parks or that no restrictions can be placed on gun ownership. But it does appear that gun ownership was made a protected right by the Framers and, while we might not celebrate it, it is time that we recognize it.

The gun control debate – including which weapons and magazines are banned – is still in flux …

Third Amendment

The 3rd Amendment prohibits the government forcing people to house soldiers:

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

While a recent lawsuit by a Nevada family – covered by (Mother Jones, Fox News and Courthouse News – alleges violation of the Third Amendment, this appears to be an isolated incident and an aberration.

So we’ll count this as an Amendment which is still being honored! Score one for We the People!

 In America, Journalists Are Considered Terrorists
Painting by Anthony Freda:

Fourth Amendment

The 4th Amendment prevents unlawful search and seizure:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

But the government is spying on everything we dowithout any real benefit or justification.

Indeed, experts say that the type of spying being carried out by the NSA and other agencies is exactly the kind of thing which King George imposed on the American colonists … which led to the Revolutionary War.

And many Constitutional experts – such as Jonathan Turley – think that the police went too far in Boston with lockdowns and involuntary door-to-door searches.

Paintings by Anthony Freda:

Fifth Amendment

The 5th Amendment addresses due process of law, eminent domain, double jeopardy and grand jury:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

But the American government has shredded the 5th Amendment by subjecting us to indefinite detention and taking away our due process rights.

The government claims the right to assassinate or indefinitely detain any American citizen on U.S. citizen without any due process. And see this.

As such, the government is certainly depriving people of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.

There are additional corruptions of 5th Amendment rights – such as property being taken for private purposes.

The percentage of prosecutions in which a defendant is denied a grand jury is difficult to gauge, as there is so much secrecy surrounding many terrorism trials.

Protection against being tried twice for the same crime after being found innocent (“double jeopardy”) seems to be intact.  Hey … that’s two Constitutional rights which are still intact!

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Sixth Amendment

The 6th Amendment guarantees the right to hear the criminal charges levied against us and to be able to confront the witnesses who have testified against us, as well as speedy criminal trials, and a public defender for those who cannot hire an attorney:

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Subjecting people to indefinite detention or assassination obviously violates the 6th Amendment right to a jury trial. In both cases, the defendants is “disposed of” without ever receiving a trial … and often without ever hearing the charges against them.

More and more commonly, the government prosecutes cases based upon “secret evidence” that they don’t show to the defendant … or sometimes even the judge hearing the case.

The government uses “secret evidence” to spy on Americans, prosecute leaking or terrorism charges (even against U.S. soldiers) and even assassinate people. And see this and this.

Secret witnesses are being used in some cases. And sometimes lawyers are not even allowed to read their own briefs.

Indeed, even the laws themselves are now starting to be kept secret. And it’s about to get a lot worse.

True – when defendants are afforded a jury trial – they are provided with assistance of counsel. However, the austerity caused by redistribution of wealth to the super-elite is causing severe budget cuts to the courts and the public defenders’ offices nationwide.

Moreover, there are two systems of justice in America … one for the big banks and other fatcats, and one for everyone else. The government made it official policy not to prosecute fraud, even though fraud is the main business model adopted by Wall Street. Indeed, the biggest financial crime in world history, the largest insider trading scandal of all time, illegal raiding of customer accounts and blatant financing of drug cartels and terrorists have all been committed recently without any real criminal prosecution or jail time.

On the other hand, government prosecutors are using the legal system to crush dissent and to silence whistleblowers.

And some of the nation’s most powerful judges have lost their independence … and are in bed with the powers-that-be.

Seventh Amendment

The 7th Amendment guarantees trial by jury in federal court for civil cases:

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

As far as we know, this right is still being respected (that’s three rights still being followed).

However – as noted above – the austerity caused by redistribution of wealth to the super-elite is causing severe budget cuts to the courts, resulting in the wheels of justice slowing down considerably.

Painting by Anthony Freda:

Eighth Amendment

The 8th Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment:

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Indefinite detention and assassination are obviously cruel and unusual punishment.

The widespread system of torture carried out in the last 10 years – with the help of other countriesviolates the 8th Amendment. Many want to bring it back … or at least justify its past use.

While Justice Scalia disingenuously argues that torture does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment because it is meant to produce information – not punish – he’s wrong. It’s not only cruel and unusual … it is technically a form of terrorism.

And government whistleblowers are being cruelly and unusually punished with unduly harsh sentences meant to intimidate anyone else from speaking out.

Ninth Amendment

The 9th Amendment provides that people have other rights, even if they aren’t specifically listed in the Constitution:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

We can debate what our inherent rights as human beings are. I believe they include the right to a level playing field, and access to non-toxic food and water. You may disagree.

But everyone agrees that the government should not actively encourage fraud and manipulation. However, the government – through its malignant, symbiotic relation with big corporations – is interfering with our aspirations for economic freedom, safe food and water (instead of arsenic-laden, genetically engineered junk), freedom from undue health hazards such as irradiation due to government support of archaic nuclear power designs, and a level playing field (as opposed to our crony capitalist system in which the little guy has no shot due to redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the super-elite, and government support of white collar criminals).

By working hand-in-glove with giant corporations to defraud us into paying for a lower quality of life, the government is trampling our basic rights as human beings.

Tenth Amendment

The 10th Amendment provides that powers not specifically given to the Federal government are reserved to the states or individual:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Two of the central principles of America’s Founding Fathers are:

(1) The government is created and empowered with the consent of the people



(2) Separation of powers

Today, most Americans believe that the government is threatening – rather than protecting – freedom.  We’ve become more afraid of our government than of terrorists, and believe that the government is no longer acting with the “consent of the governed“.

And the federal government is trampling the separation of powers by stepping on the toes of the states and the people. For example, former head S&L prosecutor Bill Black – now a professor of law and economics – notes:

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the resident examiners and regional staff of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency [both] competed to weaken federal regulation and aggressively used the preemption doctrine to try to prevent state investigations of and actions against fraudulent mortgage lenders.

Indeed, the federal government is doing everything it can to stick its nose into every aspect of our lives … and act like Big Brother.

Conclusion: While a few of the liberties enshrined in the Bill of Rights still exist, the vast majority are under heavy assault.

Other Constitutional Provisions … and The Declaration of Independence

In addition to the trampling of the Bill of Rights, the government has also trashed the separation of powers enshrined in the main body of the Constitution.

The government is also engaging in activities which the Founding Fathers fought against, such as taxation without representation (here and here), cronyism, deference to central banks, etc.

As thethe preamble to the Declaration of Independence shows, the American government is still carrying out many of the acts the Founding Fathers found most offensive:

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. [Background]


He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. [Background here, here and here]




He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: [Background]




For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences [Background]




He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation. [Background]




He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us. [Background here, here and here]

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AurorusBorealus's picture

There is a great deal of discussion about liberty, freedom, and democracy in libertarian circles.  I am not a libertarian (I am a conservative, of the old-style sort), but I find myself in sympathy with the libertarians these days as the fascists and socialists (financed by a petrodollar-euro fiat monetary system) have seemed to combine themselves into an increasingly totalitarian regime over all of Western Civilization.

You really must distinguish between the concepts of liberty and freedom.  Liberty has a French etymology liberté, while freedom has a Germanic etymology from "freiheit."  They really have very different meanings, though people increasingly have come to use the two interchangeably.  Freedom, as explained in much Germanic philosophy, is a concept of collective decision-making... in groups people are free to determine how to conduct the affairs of the group.  This is democratic, essentially.  It is also totalitarian: the dictatorship of the majority.  Freedom is not a right, though it certainly is a reality.

Liberty is the capacity of the individual to freely determine how to conduct his or her own affairs and is often in direct opposition to freedom.  This is why rights are protections of individual liberty against the freedom of the group to make laws and generally impose its will on the whole of society.  Liberty is not a reality; liberty must be preserved against freedom and democracy.

The Constitution of the United States is a document that recognizes the conflicts between liberty and democracy and comes down clearly on the side of liberty, with the Bill of Rights, with the separation of powers, with the indirect election of representatives.  Libertarianism, and democracy are co-travelers often, but they are not the same thing; the two are, in fact, often in opposition to one another.  So I ask you libertarians, for your own good, to stop equating democracy with liberty and with the U.S. Constitution; you are doing yourselves a serious disservice.  You also should rethink many of your positions on democracy, the Constitution, and liberty in order to present a more intellectually coherent synopsis of your political agenda.

Element's picture

Don't think I've ever read that as well described and dots joined, well done.

Spastica Rex's picture

Yes, but look what we got in return:


The poor have EBT, free and reduced lunch, Obama Phones, and Big Macs.

The middle class have F350s, granite counter tops, Kahn Academy, and all the debt they can gather.

The rich have, well, everything else!

Win, win, win!


Nuance is fucking un-American, and if anyone here tries to use it, I'm going to tell Rand Paul.

PGR88's picture

Screw this guy and his "nuanced" view of the 2nd Amendment

It was NOT created to give hunters right to find food on the frontier.  It was created for guns to be used against illigitimate government and their agents.  The 2nd Amendment was created so that the government will always face a well-armed populace

Radical Marijuana's picture

"Unfortunately, a lot of information has come out since then."


the more you know,

the worse it gets ...

kchrisc's picture

"My firearms are the cement that hold together my rights of Life, Liberty and Property."

kchrisc's picture

Ones rights cannot be 'lost' or taken. They can only be relinquished by their owner.

Axenolith's picture

Exactly, though the majority never realize that they have modified or relinquished many of their rights through the use of cleverly worded contracts (many clearly fraudulent to boot).  There is a host of "benefits" to which the majority of Americans believe they are wholley entitled to which are actually enumerated in densely worded contract language referenced outside of the actual signatory document.  You sign on the dotted line for things like a SS #, medicare/medicaid, foodstamps, etc... and the "fine print" of that document is subsequently referenced in US code and subdivision bureaucracies regulatory filings.  The things you are subject to are contained therein.

lakecity55's picture

Bath House Barry:

"I have just been informed the US Constitution is a virtual document. It does not exist! It was apparently created by an evil time traveler! I have directed Bill Ayers, my close friend, And Jeremiah Wright, to draft a New Constitution for us! Until then, I will have to rule by emergency decree!"

heinrich6666's picture

The real book to see on this is:

The 2nd Amendment in particular is shown in the right light.

Surging Chaos's picture

I know this is going to ruffle the feathers of the constitutionalists here, but Lysander Spooner was right when he said 150 years ago that the Constitution failed to restrain the power of the state. The guy was a century and a half ahead of his time, and I'm surprised why he hasn't been mentioned more regarding the status of the Constitution today.

When you give people a monopoly on violence, the natural tendency of any state is to go from being limited to tyrannical, even when you have a document like the Constitution to limit said state. It doesn't matter how much you attempt to restrain and limit the power of the state. No government has ever stayed small or limited.

"But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist." -- Lysander Spooner

El Vaquero's picture

I think that Thomas Jefferson understood this before Lysander Spooner was born.


"What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."


He clearly understood that governments tend to grow tyrannical over time.  For some reason, I don't think he would be surprised to see what we have become.  No matter what kind of system we have, those who value liberty will always have to struggle against the sociopaths and meglamaniacs who would force their will upon others.

pragmatic hobo's picture

look george ... should we not realize by now the contitution as it was/is written is for "the people" and not the population in general? and when looked that way it is working better than anyone ever thought possible?

optimator's picture

You silly George Washington, all that time spent typing what rights we've lost.

You could have simply typed a sentence or two describing what few rights we have left (as of today).

Millivanilli's picture

The codification of this policy came out of 911.  Take a look at molten metal spewing out of wtc 1 and 2 or how wtc 7 was imploded.   Get fucking real, America.  


THis shit was planned to make YOU the problem.   Meanwhile the 99.9 percent of the top level  banksters NEVER seem to go to jail. 

shovelhead's picture

Enough of this Freedom horseshit...

I'm off to Huff Po to catch up on Lady Gaga news and see what the sensitive people who care are discussing.

I find it invaluable to know how they plan to make my life more meaningful and 'empowering'.

Widowmaker's picture

Rights haven't gone anywhere, they have been monetized.

If you aren't rich or incorporated you can't afford rights.

Fascism runs deep.

El Vaquero's picture

This one'll piss you off.  Drunk 49 yr old cop hits on 23 yr old, she denys him.  He goes apeshit:

But that could be considered a case of a bad apple who was just fired.  However, this one'll scare you:


What 4th amendment? 


We had a major public event near me where "security" would have been impossible.  Yet there were still guys sitting in their SUVs with the full chest plates and paramilitary gear.  They were low key compared to what happens in many of the east coast cities and places like Chicago, but they were there.  I wanted to walk up and tell them that, were there an actual terrorist attack, they'd just be there to clean up the mess and none of that fun gear would get used in any meaningful way.  Of course, that would get me accused of terrorism or some shit.  Nothing like random bag searches was happening though.

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

In a free and fair society, one of the men in that bar would have appropriately gone William Wallace on that cop.

Widowmaker's picture

The defense of the Constitution is personal protection.

If people start taking this seriously and shooting Fascists this tide will change quickly, as will the occurrance of a dramatic increase in sympathy towards "freedom fighters."


semperfi's picture

The new dark ages are upon us.

DOT's picture

Does any one have a working link to the DHS/Fema video about terrist white dudes? The Video comes up but will not play; displaying a black screen with the message "This Video is Private".

MickV's picture

When there is no legal executor of the law (POTUS) then there is no law, and the "law" is whatever evil men say it is.

CH1's picture

This formed under the previous POTUS (and earlier Poti) as well.

The entire structure is corrupt.

Walk away from it.

MickV's picture

Obama is the first Usurper sitting in office with public knowledge of the Usurpation. Chester Arthur was the first but no one knew it. It was only recently found (2009) that his father was naturalized when Chester was 13.

Anusocracy's picture

Nobody has a right to form a government.

That is why they are ALL BASED ON FORCE.

no more banksters's picture

"Inside this cultural totalitarianism, concepts have been distorted in such a degree that, today, in reality represent almost different things of what represented in the past. The concepts of "new" and "freedom" have been substantially annexed by neoliberalism. The result today, is exactly opposite of what these concepts supposed to represent in the past. The concept of "freedom" tend to mean the ability of economic activity in a global arena of fierce competition and nothing more. In order to prevail this model of primitive society simulation - the imposition, survival of the strongest - some human conquests of the past centuries dissolve, and this is propagated as the "new". The decline and the fight for survive regarded as progress."

Radical Marijuana's picture

For sure, no more banksters!

"... concepts have been distorted in such a degree that, today, in reality represent almost different things of what represented in the past ..."

As you probably are already well aware, the most important of the ways that the current Bizarro Mirror World was developed was that the meaning of "money" was gradually perverted to become totally opposite to what "money" used to mean.

Of course, another of the illustrative ways that inversion happened was that, IN FACT, hemp is the single best plant on the planet for people, for food, fiber, fun and medicine. However, that was rebranded as "marijuana, that is almost as bad as murder." Enforcing that HUGE LIE became 75% of the War on Drugs, which segued from slavery, and prepared the path towards the runaway fascist police state situation we are in now! The militarized police were gradually selected and trained to obey insane orders, based on patently false facts, and to repeat those huge lies, as if they made sense, while using violence to back those lies up. Overall, these trends can be compared to things like Americans are being treated like the native Americans were, and Americans are being treated like niggers were, and Americans are being treated like Palestinians were.

There is an overall "inverted totalitarianism" which is based on backing up legalized lies, with legalized violence, which is driving our society insane. Our civilization is constantly becoming more psychotic, because it is based on lies, backed with violence, BUT, that violence can never make those lies become true. Gradually, the meaning of words is being destroyed, with words like "money" being taken over, and gradually replaced by something which is actually the opposite of what "money" used to mean, but nevertheless, is still talked about as being "money."

The most important step and driving force behind the destruction of the rights and freedoms of Americans is the way that their monetary and taxation systems became fraud, backed by force, where everything suffered from totalitarian inversions, so that the word "money" itself was cannibalized! That enabled the dominate system of organized lies operating organized robberies to run away, to become the system which so obviously exists today, where almost none of the historically established and recognized human rights and freedoms are still respected by the current government of the USA.

The supreme paradox there is that the short-term triumphs of being able to back up fraud with force makes those doing it more and more wealthy and powerful in the short-term, but destroys the entire system that they operated within in the longer term!

rtrco's picture

The only elected members of our goiverning bodies who support individual freedoms and advocate a strict adherence to the principles of the Constitution are the Tea Party elected members. And look how they were undermined in this whole debt ceiling / shutdown debacle. 

If you want to RESTORE this country you must be brave, open and vocal in your support of the TEA PARTY agenda!! 

The only way to recover our country is to REMOVE the elected officials that brought us this calamity. The 2010 elections were the roadmap. Make the 2014 elections TEA PARTY 2.0 and wipe the electoral map clean.

Winston of Oceania's picture

Likely a RINO setup for the TP Libertarian minded to discredit them. Reminds me of the old Soviet Union, with the likes of Juan McCain and Leslie Grahm running the so called Right Wing.

CH1's picture

Forget "the country," it is no more salvagable than Rome in 450 AD. Don't waste your energies.

Start building something better.

MickV's picture

You still don't get it ( or won't). There is no United States anymore, there is no "Constitution' anymore. It has been voided by the Usurpation of an illegal entity as "executor of the laws". Barack Hussein Obama is not an eligible natural born Citizen, since he was born a British subject of a British subject father. He is a domestic enemy of the United States and a puppet of the NWO, who's wet dream was to install an illegal POTUS in order to void US Citizen sovereignty.


Tell the truth GW, you coward.

CH1's picture

Tell the truth GW, you coward.

Stop being a punk. GW has no obligation to focus on your pet issue.

I've disagreed with GW in the past, and told him so. But I very much respect the immense amount of important work he's doing.

MickV's picture

GW is nothing but a steam vent, aiding and abetting the Usurpation of the Republic. Knowledge of the ineligibility of the domestic enemy Obama is the NWO kryptonite, yet GW refuses to educate. Just imagine if the knowledge that Obama is not eligible, no matter WHERE birth occured reached critical mass, and he was removed (See the 25th Amendment and 3 US Code 19-- that the "person acting as President" can be removed due to "INABILITY"-- i.e physical or constitutional disability). It would be a huge victory for We the People, and the first step towards restoring the Republic, and a BIG FU to the NWO.


Element's picture

Why don't you become a zh editorial contributor? You can do it, the facility is there, so why not?

Loan Gunman's picture

I did work for everthing, I worked my a** off for decades.  Now we're not allowed to not like it when someone takes our money.  Must be a member of the FSA.

dexter_morgan's picture

The FSA crosses all political, social, cultural lines now days unfortunately. Big reason why status quo we be status quo till collapse.

Cloud9.5's picture

We have two to seven years before oil shortages trip up the system.  The inter agency rivalry for resources will tear the statist dream to shreds.  They cannot control it because it is falling apart.  We the people need to look after ourselves.  Our efforts should be concentrated on food and personal security for our immediate families.  A garden, a personal water supply and a security fence would go a long way in enhancing survivability.


We know what the Constitution says.  It is written in plain English so that a grade schooler can understand it. When it all comes tumbling down we as a nation need to go back to it and embrace it like some old time religion.


The government cannot control Detroit much less Miami or L.A.  They have no chance controlling the country.   The best they can hope for is to prevent the F.S.A. in and around D.C. from eating them alive.


God helps those that help themselves.  Look after your own.  The Devil can and will take the hindmost.

SMC's picture

rationaldemocracy provides additional supporting evidence: 

Asymmetrical standards only weaken the side that benefits.

eddiebe's picture

Out of the ballpark, George!

surf0766's picture

I am really in shock that the American electorate has so willingly turned everything over to the progressive movement this way.


From capitalism to communism in 40 years.

dontgoforit's picture

As you sow....LBJ forward and Vietnam and the resultant discord that grew into older dissidents who became college profs and political 'leaders' and viola!  fucked

Dan The Man's picture

Election after election, this party that party, hundreds of years later,  amerikans vote away their freedoms for the easy get....and they all whine about it.  

No accountability being accepted by the voters, that's for sure.  They all allowed it to happen.  A nation of fools and idiots.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

hey gw your namesake took it to the streets did he not? valley forge in winter...tom payne give me liberty..

The Persistent Vegetable's picture

Which is why the idea of there being "conservative" and "liberal" parties in this country is a joke. If there were, much of this would have been stopped in its tracks. When you see both sides of the aisle voting for the patriot act or the ndaa or allowing the NSA to hear me have phone sex with my wife, then you know that they are all working together. But i guess most Americans want their rights taken away because they keep  returning these ass hats to office year after year after year.

Oldwood's picture

The media fleshes out the agenda and the populist politicians fight for the higher ground. Those who stand on founding principles are tolerated so as to give contrast but never gain the traction needed to have actual political power. The media establishes the ground rules and the politicians play it out for power...and nothing else. Someone stands up and tells the truth, 20% or so of people will recognize it and show support, but immediately be reminded by their media how positively stupid that is, and everyone scurries for shelter. The media runs this show. Yes, there are plenty of takers out there willing to give any freedom or shred of dignity away for another Obamaphone, but if the truth were allowed to be spoken and given any credibility by the press, this shit would come tumbling down. We are ruled by the media, not power hungry polticians. The outright lies that are left unconfronted every fucking day tells me that this is true.

Radical Marijuana's picture

That is true enough, Oldman ... What I ask is who would so quickly vote your comment down? I tend to presume that there are more and more people PAID TO  BE TROLLS on Internet ??? Of course, I have no direct proof, however, there have been lots of documented stories about various secret police powers, and black budgets, being devoted to influencing and controlling the mass media.

Oldman, your comment seems plainly obvious, that a handful of huge corporations dominate about 90% of the "news" that most people ever are told. Obviously, the politicians care so much about raising money between elections because advertizing on the mass media is extremely expensive, but, without that, most politicians could not have a chance of running a successful campaign to get elected.

Clearly, there are powers behind the mass media, but nevertheless, the mass media are the best scientific brainwashing and professional lying that money can buy, and that surely does control how the public thinks, and therefore, behaves. There is a pyramid of power above the mass media, but nevertheless, your points, Oldman, appear to me to be indubitably correct. Therefore, again, I wonder what kind person votes you down so quickly?

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You really think your vote elects the person you voted for? Ever hear of diebold?