The Illusion Of Freedom: The Police State Is Alive And Well

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Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security... This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.”—Historian Milton Mayer, They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45

Brace yourself.

There is something being concocted in the dens of power, far beyond the public eye, and it doesn’t bode well for the future of this country.

Anytime you have an entire nation so mesmerized by the antics of the political ruling class that they are oblivious to all else, you’d better beware. Anytime you have a government that operates in the shadows, speaks in a language of force, and rules by fiat, you’d better beware. And anytime you have a government so far removed from its people as to ensure that they are never seen, heard or heeded by those elected to represent them, you’d better beware.

The world has been down this road before.

As historian Milton Mayer recounts in his seminal book on Hitler’s rise to power, They Thought They Were Free, “Most of us did not want to think about fundamental things and never had. There was no need to. Nazism gave us some dreadful, fundamental things to think about—we were decent people?—and kept us so busy with continuous changes and 'crises' and so fascinated, yes, fascinated, by the machinations of the 'national enemies', without and within, that we had no time to think about these dreadful things that were growing, little by little, all around us.”

We are at our most vulnerable right now.

The gravest threat facing us as a nation is not extremism—delivered by way of sovereign citizens or radicalized Muslims—but despotism, exercised by a ruling class whose only allegiance is to power and money.

Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

America is burning, and all most Americans can do is switch the channel, tune out what they don’t want to hear, and tune into their own personal echo chambers.

We’re in a national state of denial.

Yet no amount of escapism can shield us from the harsh reality that the danger in our midst is posed by an entrenched government bureaucracy that has no regard for the Constitution, Congress, the courts or the citizenry.

If the team colors have changed from blue to red, that’s just cosmetic.

The playbook remains the same. The leopard has not changed its spots.

Scrape off the surface layers and you will find that the American police state is alive and well and continuing to wreak havoc on the rights of the American people.

“We the people” are no longer living the American Dream.

We’re living the American Lie.

Indeed, Americans have been lied to so sincerely, so incessantly, and for so long by politicians of all stripes—who lie compulsively and without any seeming remorse—that they’ve almost come to prefer the lies trotted out by those in government over less-palatable truths.

The American people have become compulsive believers.

As Nick Cohen writes for The Guardian, “Compulsive liars shouldn’t frighten you. They can harm no one, if no one listens to them. Compulsive believers, on the other hand: they should terrify you. Believers are the liars’ enablers. Their votes give the demagogue his power. Their trust turns the charlatan into the president. Their credulity ensures that the propaganda of half-calculating and half-mad fanatics has the power to change the world.”

While telling the truth “in a time of universal deceit is,” as George Orwell concluded, “a revolutionary act,” believing the truth—and being able to distinguish the truth from a lie—is also a revolutionary act.

Here’s a truth few Americans want to acknowledge: nothing has changed (at least, not for the better) since Barack Obama passed the reins of the police state to Donald Trump.

The police state is still winning. We the people are still losing.

In fact, the American police state has continued to advance at the same costly, intrusive, privacy-sapping, Constitution-defying, relentless pace under President Trump as it did under President Obama.

Police haven’t stopped disregarding the rights of citizens. Having been given the green light to probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip, shoot and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance, all with the general blessing of the courts, America’s law enforcement officials are no longer mere servants of the people entrusted with keeping the peace. Indeed, they continue to keep the masses corralled, under control, and treated like suspects and enemies rather than citizens.

SWAT teams haven’t stopped crashing through doors and terrorizing families. Nationwide, SWAT teams continue to be employed to address an astonishingly trivial array of criminal activities or mere community nuisances including angry dogs, domestic disputes, improper paperwork filed by an orchid farmer, and misdemeanor marijuana possession. With more than 80,000 SWAT team raids carried out every year on unsuspecting Americans for relatively routine police matters and federal agencies laying claim to their own law enforcement divisions, the incidence of botched raids and related casualties continue to rise.

The Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security haven’t stopped militarizing and federalizing local police. Police forces continue to be transformed into heavily armed extensions of the military, complete with jackboots, helmets, shields, batons, pepper-spray, stun guns, assault rifles, body armor, miniature tanks and weaponized drones. In training police to look and act like the military and use the weapons and tactics of war against American citizens, the government continues to turn the United States into a battlefield.

Schools haven’t stopped treating young people like hard-core prisoners. School districts continue to team up with law enforcement to create a “schoolhouse to jailhouse track” by imposing a “double dose” of punishment for childish infractions: suspension or expulsion from school, accompanied by an arrest by the police and a trip to juvenile court. In this way, the paradigm of abject compliance to the state continues to be taught by example in the schools, through school lockdowns where police and drug-sniffing dogs enter the classroom, and zero tolerance policies that punish all offenses equally and result in young people being expelled for childish behavior.

For-profit private prisons haven’t stopped locking up Americans and immigrants alike at taxpayer expense. States continue to outsource prison management to private corporations out to make a profit at taxpayer expense. And how do you make a profit in the prison industry? Have the legislatures pass laws that impose harsh penalties for the slightest noncompliance in order keep the prison cells full and corporate investors happy.

Censorship hasn’t stopped. First Amendment activities continue to be pummeled, punched, kicked, choked, chained and generally gagged all across the country. The reasons for such censorship vary widely from political correctness, safety concerns and bullying to national security and hate crimes but the end result remained the same: the complete eradication of what Benjamin Franklin referred to as the “principal pillar of a free government.”

The courts haven’t stopped marching in lockstep with the police state. The courts continue to be dominated by technicians and statists who are deferential to authority, whether government or business. Indeed, the Supreme Court’s decisions in recent years have most often been characterized by an abject deference to government authority, military and corporate interests. They have run the gamut from suppressing free speech activities and justifying suspicionless strip searches to warrantless home invasions and conferring constitutional rights on corporations, while denying them to citizens.

Government bureaucrats haven’t stopped turning American citizens into criminals. The average American now unknowingly commits three felonies a day, thanks to an overabundance of vague laws that render otherwise innocent activity illegal, while reinforcing the power of the police state and its corporate allies.

The surveillance state hasn’t stopped spying on Americans’ communications, transactions or movements. On any given day, whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether it’s your local police, a fusion center, the National Security Agency or one of the government’s many corporate partners, is still monitoring and tracking you.

The TSA hasn’t stopped groping or ogling travelers. Under the pretext of protecting the nation’s infrastructure (roads, mass transit systems, water and power supplies, telecommunications systems and so on) against criminal or terrorist attacks, TSA task forces (comprised of federal air marshals, surface transportation security inspectors, transportation security officers, behavior detection officers and explosive detection canine teams) continue to do random security sweeps of nexuses of transportation, including ports, railway and bus stations, airports, ferries and subways, as well as political conventions, baseball games and music concerts. Sweep tactics include the use of x-ray technology, pat-downs and drug-sniffing dogs, among other things.

Congress hasn’t stopped enacting draconian laws such as the USA Patriot Act and the NDAA. These laws—which completely circumvent the rule of law and the constitutional rights of American citizens, continue to re-orient our legal landscape in such a way as to ensure that martial law, rather than the rule of law, our U.S. Constitution, becomes the map by which we navigate life in the United States.

The Department of Homeland Security hasn’t stopped being a “wasteful, growing, fear-mongering beast.” Is the DHS capable of plotting and planning to turn the national guard into a federalized, immigration police force? No doubt about it. Remember, this is the agency that is notorious for militarizing the police and SWAT teams; spying on activists, dissidents and veterans; stockpiling ammunition; distributing license plate readers; contracting to build detention camps; tracking cell-phones with Stingray devices; carrying out military drills and lockdowns in American cities; using the TSA as an advance guard; conducting virtual strip searches with full-body scanners; carrying out soft target checkpoints; directing government workers to spy on Americans; conducting widespread spying networks using fusion centers; carrying out Constitution-free border control searches; funding city-wide surveillance cameras; and utilizing drones and other spybots.

The military industrial complex hasn’t stopped profiting from endless wars abroad. America’s expanding military empire continues to bleed the country dry at a rate of more than $15 billion a month (or $20 million an hour). The Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety. Yet what most Americans fail to recognize is that these ongoing wars have little to do with keeping the country safe and everything to do with enriching the military industrial complex at taxpayer expense.

The Deep State’s shadow government hasn’t stopped calling the shots behind the scenes. Comprised of unelected government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors, paper-pushers, and button-pushers who are actually calling the shots behind the scenes, this government within a government continues to be the real reason “we the people” have no real control over our so-called representatives. It’s every facet of a government that is no longer friendly to freedom and is working overtime to trample the Constitution underfoot and render the citizenry powerless in the face of the government’s power grabs, corruption and abusive tactics.

And the American people haven’t stopped acting like gullible sheep. In fact, many Americans have been so carried away by their blind rank-and-file partisan devotion to their respective political gods that they have lost sight of the one thing that has remained constant in recent years: our freedoms are steadily declining.

Here’s the problem as I see it: “we the people” have become so trusting, so gullible, so easily distracted, so out-of-touch and so sure that our government will always do the right thing by us that we have ignored the warning signs all around us.

In so doing, we have failed to recognize such warning signs as potential red flags to use as opportunities to ask questions, demand answers, and hold our government officials accountable to respecting our rights and abiding by the rule of law.

Unfortunately, once a free people allows the government to make inroads into their freedoms, or uses those same freedoms as bargaining chips for security, it quickly becomes a slippery slope to outright tyranny. And it doesn’t really matter whether it’s a Democrat or a Republican at the helm, because the bureaucratic mindset on both sides of the aisle now seems to embody the same philosophy of authoritarian government.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, this is what happens when you ignore the warning signs.

This is what happens when you fail to take alarm at the first experiment on your liberties.

This is what happens when you fail to challenge injustice and government overreach until the prison doors clang shut behind you.

In the American police state that now surrounds us, there are no longer such things as innocence, due process, or justice—at least, not in the way we once knew them. We are all potentially guilty, all potential criminals, all suspects waiting to be accused of a crime.

So you can try to persuade yourself that you are free, that you still live in a country that values freedom, and that it is not too late to make America great again, but to anyone who has been paying attention to America’s decline over the past 50 years, it will be just another lie.

The German people chose to ignore the truth and believe the lie.

They were not oblivious to the horrors taking place around them. As historian Robert Gellately points out, “[A]nyone in Nazi Germany who wanted to find out about the Gestapo, the concentration camps, and the campaigns of discrimination and persecutions need only read the newspapers.”

The warning signs were definitely there, blinking incessantly like large neon signs.

“Still,” Gellately writes, “the vast majority voted in favor of Nazism, and in spite of what they could read in the press and hear by word of mouth about the secret police, the concentration camps, official anti-Semitism, and so on. . . . [T]here is no getting away from the fact that at that moment, ‘the vast majority of the German people backed him.’”

Half a century later, the wife of a prominent German historian, neither of whom were members of the Nazi party, opined: “[O]n the whole, everyone felt well. . . . And there were certainly eighty percent who lived productively and positively throughout the time. . . . We also had good years. We had wonderful years.”

In other words, as long as their creature comforts remained undiminished, as long as their bank accounts remained flush, as long as they weren’t being discriminated against, persecuted, starved, beaten, shot, stripped, jailed and turned into slave labor, life was good.

This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls.

As Primo Levi, a Holocaust survivor observed, “Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.”

Freedom demands responsibility.

Freedom demands that people stop sleep-walking through life, stop cocooning themselves in political fantasies, and stop distracting themselves with escapist entertainment.

Freedom demands that we stop thinking as Democrats and Republicans and start thinking like human beings, or at the very least, Americans.

Freedom demands that we not remain silent in the face of evil or wrongdoing but actively stand against injustice.

Freedom demands that we treat others as we would have them treat us. That is the law of reciprocity, also referred to as the Golden Rule, and it is found in nearly every world religion, including Judaism and Christianity.

In other words, if you don’t want to be locked up in a prison cell or a detention camp—if you don’t want to be discriminated against because of the color of your race, religion, politics or anything else that sets you apart from the rest—if you don’t want your loved ones shot at, strip searched, tasered, beaten and treated like slaves—if you don’t want to have to be constantly on guard against government eyes watching what you do, where you go and what you say—if you don’t want to be tortured, waterboarded or forced to perform degrading acts—if you don’t want your children to grow up in a world without freedom—then don’t allow these evils to be inflicted on anyone else, no matter how tempting the reason or how fervently you believe in your cause.

As German theologian and anti-Nazi dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer observed, “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”

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SofaPapa's picture

Here is an idea for people to play with:

Countries at fullscale war design massive propaganda operations in support of the war effort.  This is true of all the participants, regardless of which side wins the war.

When the war is over, the losing side's propaganda is discredited, exposed, and delegitimized.  In particular, I'm thinking of WW2, and the endless treatments of Nazi propaganda.  Nazi propaganda is now considered the "gold standard" of how to disseminate false information.

But wait... there were several powers at war during the 1940s.  Every single one of these powers had a massive propaganda campaign active as part of the war effort.  The United States most certainly had an effort equally powerful as that of the Nazis to use on populations both domestic and foreign.

The war ended.  The losers (Germany and Japan) were then "exposed" for their propaganda.  What about the winners?  Where has that propaganda gone?

It never goes away.  It never stopped.  Never has the US been called out on the lies we can be sure are part of the government arsenal for information control.

The systems we are dealing with now have been in place for decades.  The lies they tell are layered upon decades of prior lies and manipulations to advance their cause.  For the past 16 years, we live in an explicitly declared state of war: the war on terror.  This is to support the unbelievably complex and increasingly difficult to hide edifice of lies developed over more than half a century.

We need to realize the duration of this conflict if we are properly to understand what "the people" are up against. This is not about Trump.  It's not even about Hillary or about Obama or about Bill or about the Bushes.  This system has been toxic for decades, and it only grows in toxicity with each lie added to the prior set.

This is the "system" we are up against.  Voting in a new president is not going to end this.

Secession from the system by various regions provides the best hope for creating physical locations where new, less damaging politics can attempt to take root.  But of course the central powers are going to fight that with everything they've got.

Start watching the long game.  It's shocking when you realize everything you were raised on (for everyone alive now in the west) is intertwined with an incredible edifice of false reality.

Small, subtle steps in the other direction are the best hope we have.  Stop looking for the "big win".  Day by day educate people about the concrete steps which would represent improvement.  For today, I choose to focus on ending the drug war.  That one may actually be moving the right direction.

It's taken us decades to descend to our current state.  There is no reason to expect it would not take decades of work to improve the situation in a meaningful way.

The journey of a thousand miles, etc.

NidStyles's picture

Pretty sure the only part of Germany's propaganda that was wrong was that they were going to win the war. The whole planet fought against them, and they had no chance without nuclear weapons.


Why does Israel and the rest of the world want us to be enemies with Russia? Because that would put the majority of the nuclear weapons in the world in European hands. It would negate Israel as a world power, and make China essentially become what it really is...


A third world slave state with nukes.


This is why the Jews push to destroy European political power. They want to be in charge, and they can't if the Europeans still have all their nukes. These days, nukes are political power, and whoever controls the button has all the power.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) NidStyles Feb 22, 2017 4:02 AM

I would rather say is The Police CORPORATE CARTELS not The Police State. Basically there is No State, every agency is an instrument for a cartel of big businesses to mantain their grip on their market. And here is how they control their recalcitrant subjects:

REPORT: Massive Advertising Platform bans Popular Website over Support of Donald Trump

Who could be... the most recalcitrant of all?

I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

Made me laugh as the writer decries 'lies' then repeats the biggest lie of all. The fucker should wake up to that one, otherwise good article.

Salzburg1756's picture

The Nazis were angels. You killed them and have now been sent to Hell. Open your eyes. Look around you. You are ruled by a people who hate all other people, the jews. The Nazis tried to prevent that, but they underestimated your foolishness and the viciousness of the jews.

Lordflin's picture

One big difference between pre-war Germany and modern US... it is called the 2nd amendment. As we all know one of the early acts of the German government was to disarm its people.

Do Americans have the courage to exercise their constitutional right to protect themselves from an encroaching governmental overreach? Some do...

Is life so sweet... guess we will find out...

diesheepledie's picture

Nothing wrong with a Pollice State. In fact we need one. A strong nationalist one. That is what most of you saps don't get. We have a globalist shadow government that needs to be crushed. We need a strong nationalist government to crush it. A police state like you have never seen before. I am volunteering. Even in my old age .. to majn the fire hoses against these pieces of excrement.

Sam.Spade's picture

You assume there are only two choices:  Nationalism at the expense of Empire or Empire at the expense of Nationalism.  But there are more.  Specifically, how about Constitutionalism at the expense of both Nationalism and Empire?  How about returning to a system where most political power was local, on individual, county, or city level, followed by the States, and, finally, Federal, with the least scope of authority.

This is the goal we must fight for because concentrated power, whether at the national or global level, is death to human liberty and worth.

Big Twinkie's picture

Constitutionalism?  No, you're not going to win this war if you play by the rules.

Cloud9.5's picture

That is the same lie the power mongers have used in every crisis real or manufactured to disembowel the Constitution and relegate it to the dust bin of history.  Your argument has given the President the authority to summarily execute you.  Welcome to the post Constitutional America.  I hope for your and your family’s sake you don’t manage to piss off the people in control.

detached.amusement's picture

Funny, I received a letter from 1861 saying Welcome to Post Constitutional America

because the Constitution for the unites states of america was dead and no longer in place.

Hail Spode's picture

Ultimately we have to "play" by some rules in order to have a civilization. I support what those selling the constitution said it would do, but its safeguards against the centralization of government power proved to be inadequate. When a prototype of an airplane crashes, the engineers figure out what happened and build the new one with some tweaks to prevent those failures from crashing it again. In this case, one of the major problems with constitutionalism is that agents of the federal government are in charge of determining the limits of the federal government's power. For a full break down of what crashed the plane and what we should do to fix it for America 2.0 see......

markpower49's picture

John Rutherford is a cuckservative too stupid to get aboard the Trump train. His opinion is meaningless. He is an apologist for progressives and can join them in the ovens.

Ignatius's picture

"We’re in a national state of denial."

Start with 9/11-anthrax.  NIST whistleblower:

The truth will out... but will it come too late?

desertboy's picture

Right on.  A society's own self-awareness is key.

With recent legisation, this website might be SWAT-teamed soon by the "Ministry of Truth" if people don't put their foot down.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Trump is a very smart guy, even though he sometimes acts the fool.  My question to other Trump voters is simple -- why doesn't Trump lay out an argument similiar to this article to explain himself?   When he calls certain parts of the MSM "the enemy," why doesn't he add that they are owned by six multi-national corporations that have an agenda?  Why not just lay it all out?  He's a fucking Ivy League grad -- he has it in him.

The answer is troubling to me.

Blanco Diablo's picture

A: Either Trump shilled the voters (Which I doubt)

B: Trump is surrounded by enemies and Pence is waiting in the wings for the NWO hit on Trump

C: Trump's daughter married a deep cover mossad agent who gently points him in the wrong direction.
(IE: Dumping Flynn, IMHO Fatal Mistake)

LetThemEatRand's picture

Not your down, but Trump shilled the voters (me included) is my leading contender.

Trump could go on national TV/Twitter/etc tonight and lay out the NWO bullshit.  He could explain what MSM is and why it is fucking with him.  He could explain why the deep state is fucking with him.  Plenty of people -- including many snowflakes -- would listen.  Yes, he'd get major backlash from MSM, but I would bet big money he would change people's minds, and bolster the support of those who voted for him.  And the MSM is already trying to destroy him.  He has balls which is clear.  So why not lay it out?

Blanco Diablo's picture

I tend to agree with you, but I still got a little hope. When I read about Haley and Pence stating that Russia giving back Crimea to Victoria Nuland that pretty much convinced me that you are correct.

LetThemEatRand's picture

"Russia giving back Crimea to Victoria Nuland"...


Razor Burn'd Capitalist's picture

I'll play along.

A & B


C is laughable only in nobody rich gets to be in Mossad seriosuly....fucks up the moral I'm told amongst other snatch and grab realities

 So no deep super secret action there.

However your on the right trail...just tracking with the wrong dog.

Trump traded his daughter in marriage for a "power marriage" and your right Jr's along for the ride.

Find who owns the note on this transaction and you'll be seeing the power behind the Trump Talk. 

DJT's a playa and just might be crazy enough to go full throttle, we'll see soon.




ZD1's picture

When he calls certain parts of the MSM "the enemy," why doesn't he add that they are owned by six multi-national corporations that have an agenda?

The problem is that shareholders who own those six multi-national corporations have limited control over what the media does since over 90 percent of the news media are leftists and/or Tribe members.

LetThemEatRand's picture

"The problem is that shareholders who own those six multi-national corporations have limited control over what the media does since over 90 percent of the news media are leftists and/or Tribe members."

Why do you think that the lack of shareholder control is "the problem"?   I'd like to know.


ZD1's picture

With media being overwhelmingly dominated by leftists and Tribe members, they would still dominate with their agenda even if those six corporations were broken up into smaller corporations.

LetThemEatRand's picture

ZD1 -- I've observed an interesting pattern with your posts.  I will leave it at that but if you'd like me to call you out I will.

Putting that aside, you did not answer my question.  What does any of that have to do with shareholders of the six corporations that are trying to destroy Trump?

ZD1's picture

Do you own mutual funds, ETFs or stocks? How much control do you have over the corporations in your investment portfolio?

Those six media corporations are owned by a multitude of shareholders who have no direct control over what the overwhelmingly leftist CEO's and journalists do.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Okay, I'll bite.  What does that have to do with my suggestion that Trump explain why the MSM entities he called out have an agenda against him?  Are you seriously suggesting that the guys we see on TV or read at the NYT are outside the control of their management?   You do know how multi-national corporations work, don't you?

You're either very stupid or very Zionist.  I'm not sure which, so enlighten me.

ZD1's picture

The majority of the MSM are leftists who are in absolute agreement with management who are leftists and or Tribe members.

I'm not stupid or a Zionist. I'm a spy from the Pleidians.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Okay, it's all about Left and Right and Pleidians and Tribe members.  And shareholders, apparently.  No Zionists, though.  Got it.

ZD1's picture

Okay, got it. You're one of those who think it's all about neocons and Zionists.

No leftists, globalists, Islamists, Muslim Brotherhood, Saudis, Communists, Socialists, Marxists, Pleidians or any other group.

Be sure to check under your bed tonite to make sure there aren't any neocons and Zionists hiding under there.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I'll check under my bed tonight for neocons and Zionists.  They are the only reason leftists, globalists, islamisists, muslim brotherhoodists, Saudis, Communists, socialists, marxists, or ZD1's from the Pleadias are a threat to anyone who doesn't live in a shithole controlled by the same.

ZD1's picture

So my spy masters from Pleadian control want to know if you honestly believe that it's only neocons and Zionists that are responsible for all the shitholes that have existed on earth throughout history?

LetThemEatRand's picture

Sociopaths are the problem.  The neocons and zionists are the latest on top of the sociopath ladder.  Human history has known many variations, most of whom were simply warlords or Kings.

bh2's picture

"why doesn't Trump lay out an argument similiar to this article to explain himself"

Because it's not a conversation. It's a war. Different rules.

Deception and surprise are key elements necessary to win. The most reliable way to deceive an arrogant enemy is to appear inept. Then surprise him with an attack he doesn't expect. Be unpredictable. Make him angry.

When you gain the initiative, continue to hit harder, increasing the tempo as opportunity permits. Allow the enemy no time or space to regroup. Force him to make mistakes. Then hit him again. If he is making a mistake, don't interfere. Assist him to continue.

The aim isn't to appease or to mollify. It is to vanquish.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Yeah, but this is a Republic made up of voters that decide who wins and loses.  Or at least it is if we can keep it.

Lore's picture

I'm with BH2.  I've read a couple of Trump's books, and some of the things he says lately are contradictory to the beliefs expressed before.  He's pandering to authorized narratives; going with the flow; not letting on how much he sees. To me, nowadays, Trump practically screams Art Of War.  I see him demonstrating cleverness that I never anticipated prior to his presidency.  He's got the psychopathic mainstream media infuriated and running in circles like proverbial headless chickens. 

Quoting Sun Tzu: "All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near... Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt... Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak." 

Note how Trump is seen to be experiencing setbacks lately. Every move that the enemy makes is a learning opportunity. Trump may not be the chess player that Putin is, but he seems to have marvelous intuition and more than a couple of very good advisors helping him to choose his battles. His moves and counter-moves will be stuff of future dissertations. 

Also regarding war, this paragraph in the essay above should stand out for everyone here:

"The military industrial complex hasn’t stopped profiting from endless wars abroad. America's expanding military empire continues to bleed the country dry at a rate of more than $15 billion a month (or $20 million an hour). The Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety. Yet what most Americans fail to recognize is that these ongoing wars have little to do with keeping the country safe and everything to do with enriching the military industrial complex at taxpayer expense." 

Returning to Sun Tzu: "There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare." 


TeethVillage88s's picture

Lore, 1st 2 years are strategic. I'd guess you are correct, but simply think Leadership requires Observation and initial faints to the right and to the left.

1) Observe & Orientate 2) Plan 3) Implement

Then Repeat checking manpower, funding, equipment, facilities, training, reorganization, removal of leadership.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"Trump lay out an argument similiar to this article to explain himself? "

This is a very good question.

I would like to hear him describe how his choices of Cohn, Mnuchin are going to assist in draining the swamp.


ZD1's picture

Who would you suggest that he nominate instead?

Maybe a Muslim Brotherhood crony from Obama's swamp?

LetThemEatRand's picture

You're exposing yourself for what you are, ZD1, without me having to do it. The choices are not Muslim Brotherhood or bankster.

ZD1's picture

Oh darn. You found me out. I'm a spy from the Pleidians.

So you wouldn't select someone from the Muslim Brotherhood or a bankster?

Hmmm, would you select a neocon, an Islamist or a Zionist?

Maybe a crazy Libertarian like Gary Johnson?

Who would LTER suggest?