"I Am Numb" - John Whitehead Rages "Whose Country Is This Anyway?"

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“The first time it was reported that our friends were being butchered there was a cry of horror. Then a hundred were butchered. But when a thousand were butchered and there was no end to the butchery, a blanket of silence spread. When evil-doing comes like falling rain, nobody calls out ‘stop!’ When crimes begin to pile up they become invisible. When sufferings become unendurable the cries are no longer heard. The cries, too, fall like rain in summer.” ― Bertolt Brecht, Selected Poems

There are days I wake up, and I’m not sure what country I live in anymore.

There are days I wake up and want to go right back to sleep in the hopes that this surreal landscape of government-sanctioned injustice, corruption and brutality is just a really bad dream.

There are days I am so battered by the never-ending wave of bad news that I have little outrage left in me: I am numb.

And then I get hold of myself, shake myself out of the doldrums, and remind myself that it’s not yet time to give up: America needs our outrage and our alertness and our tenacity and our fierce determination to remain a free people in a land where justice matters.

This is still our country. 

Don’t just sit there.

Do something.

When you hear that the U.S. government “lost” 1,475 migrant children within its care over a three-month period, in some cases handing them off to human traffickers, don’t just chalk it up to incompetent bureaucrats. The Trump Administration’s plan to separate immigrant children from their parents at the border should outrage anyone with a moral conscience, especially in light of the government’s latest revelation that it is unable to account for the whereabouts of 1500 of those children.

Mind you, this is not just a Trump problem. A recent report indicates that under President Obama’s watch, migrant children were allegedly beaten, threatened with sexual violence and repeatedly assaulted while under the care of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials. According to Newsweek, “Border authorities were accused of kicking a child in the ribs and forcing a 16-year-old girl to ‘spread her legs’ for an aggressive body search. Other children accused officers of punching a child in the head three times, running over a 17-year-old boy and denying medical care to a pregnant teen, who later had a stillbirth.”

ACT. It doesn’t matter what your politics are or where you stand on immigration issues. There are some lines that should never be crossed—some government actions that should never be tolerated or justified—no matter what the end goal might be, and this is one of them. Demand that Congress stop playing politics and endangering children’s lives.

When you read that Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants police to use stop and frisk tactics randomly against Americans without even the need for reasonable suspicion, don’t just shake your head disapprovingly.

ACT: Call the Justice Department (202-353-1555) and read them the Fourth Amendment: “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.”

After you watch the video of how the Transportation Security Administration, unfailingly tone deaf to the spirit of the Fourth Amendment, subjected a 96-year-old World War II veteran in a wheelchair to a patdown that left no part of her body untouched, don’t just seethe in silence.

ACT: Contact your representative in Congress and file a complaint on the TSA’s egregious practices. When old women and little children are being groped by government agents, things have gone too far. In light of revelations that the TSA “has created a new secret watch list to monitor people who may be targeted as potential threats at airport checkpoints simply because they have swatted away security screeners’ hands or otherwise appeared unruly,” you can expect even more headache-inducing behavior in the near future.

When you find out that Amazon is selling police real time facial recognition software that can scan hundreds of thousands of faces, identify them, track them, and then report them to police, don’t just shrug helplessly.

ACT: Harness the power of your wallet to urge Amazon to favor freedom principles over profit motives. It’s only a matter of time before these programs are used widely here in the U.S. They are already being used and abused abroad. For instance, Amazon’s Rekognition software was used by broadcasters to identify attendees at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Chinese police have used similar facial recognition tools to scan crowds at rock concerts, malls and gas stations in order to catch alleged lawbreakers. Just recently, Chinese police used the technology to capture a suspect who had been living under a pseudonym after he failed to pay for $17,000 worth of potatoes. Chinese schools are even employing the facial recognition cameras in classrooms to alert teachers to students who aren’t paying attention.

When you hear Sessions bragging about how much he loves civil asset forfeiture, which allows the government to seize Americans’ personal property—money, cars, homes and other valuables—without having to first prove that any criminal conduct has taken place, don’t just take his word for it.

ACT: Do your own research. You’ll soon discover that because of the corruption that surrounds this abusive program, countless innocent Americans have been robbed blind by government agents out to get rich at their expense. Billions of dollars have been taken without probable cause. Anthonia Nwaorie, a Texas nurse who had saved up $41,377 to start a medical clinic for women and children in Nigeria, had her life savings seized by Customs Agents who refused to return the money unless she agreed to pay their “expenses.” Six months later, even though Nwaorie was never charged with a crime, she’s still waiting to get her money back.

When you hear about armed Denver police pulling a gun on a school official and conducting a classroom-to-classroom search for a missing student at an area high school, don’t just thank your lucky stars your childhood was more idyllic. Likewise, when you hear that the lieutenant governor of Texas thinks the solution to school shootings is fewer school doors (entrances and exits), don’t just marvel at the short-sightedness of government officials.

ACT: Say “enough is enough” to government-sponsored violence. The systemic violence being perpetrated by agents of the government has done more collective harm to the American people and our liberties than any single act of terror or mass shooting. Violence has become the government’s calling card, starting at the top and trickling down, from the more than 80,000 SWAT team raids carried out every year on unsuspecting Americans by heavily armed, black-garbed commandos and the increasingly rapid militarization of local police forces across the country to the surveillance drones that are already crisscrossing American skies.

When you read about how 28-year-old Andrew Finch of Kansas answered a 5 pm knock on his front door only to be shot in the head and killed ten seconds later by a police sniper because a SWAT team responded to a prank “swatting” phone call with full force, don’t just tsk-tsk over the senseless tragedies arising from militarized and police and overzealous SWAT teams. Not only did police refuse to identify the officer who pulled the trigger, but he was also never charged with Andrew’s death.

ACT: Demand accountability. If any hope for police reform is to be realized, especially as it relates to how SWAT teams are deployed locally and holding police accountable for their actions, it must begin at the community level, with local police departments and governing bodies, where citizens can still, with sufficient reinforcements, make their voices heard.

The rise of SWAT teams and militarization of American police—blowback effects of the military empire—have unfortunately become entrenched parts of American life. SWAT teams originated as specialized units dedicated to defusing extremely sensitive, dangerous situations. As the role of paramilitary forces has expanded, however, to include involvement in nondescript police work targeting nonviolent suspects, the mere presence of SWAT units has actually injected a level of danger and violence into police-citizen interactions that was not present as long as these interactions were handled by traditional civilian officers. Nationwide, SWAT teams have been employed to address an astonishingly trivial array of criminal activity or mere community nuisances: angry dogs, domestic disputes, improper paperwork filed by an orchid farmer, and misdemeanor marijuana possession, to give a brief sampling. In some instances, SWAT teams are even employed, in full armament, to perform routine patrols. All too often, botched SWAT team raids have resulted in one tragedy after another for American citizens with little consequences for law enforcement.

When you find out that police and other law enforcement agencies are accessing the DNA shared with genealogical websites and using it to identify possible suspects, don’t offer up your DNA without some assurance of privacy protections.

ACT: Protect your privacy. It’s not just yourself you have to worry about, either. It’s also anyone related to you who can be connected by DNA. These genetic fingerprints, as they’re called, do more than just single out a person. They also show who you’re related to and how. As the Associated Press reports, “DNA samples that can help solve robberies and murders could also, in theory, be used to track down our relatives, scan us for susceptibility to disease, or monitor our movements.”

By accessing your DNA, the government will soon know everything else about you that they don’t already know: your family chart, your ancestry, what you look like, your health history, your inclination to follow orders or chart your own course, etc. Capitalizing on this, police in California, Colorado, Virginia and Texas use DNA found at crime scenes to identify and target family members for possible clues to a suspect’s whereabouts. Who will protect your family from being singled out for “special treatment” simply because they’re related to you? As biomedical researcher Yaniv Erlichwarns, “If it’s not regulated and the police can do whatever they want ... they can use your DNA to infer things about your health, your ancestry, whether your kids are your kids.”

In the face of DNA evidence that places us at the scene of a crime, behavior sensing technology that interprets our body temperature and facial tics as suspicious, and government surveillance devices that cross-check our biometricslicense plates and DNA against a growing database of unsolved crimes and potential criminals, we are no longer “innocent until proven guilty.”

Finally, when you hear someone talking about how two American citizens in Montana were detained by a Border Patrol agent because he overheard them speaking Spanish at a gas station, don’t just shake your head in disgust.

ACT: Remind yourself (and those around you) that despite the polarizing, racially-charged rhetoric being tossed about by President Trump, this is still a nation whose strength derives from the diversity of its people and from the immigrants who have been seeking shelter on our shores since the earliest days of our Republic. As President Ronald Reagan recognized in one of his last speeches before leaving office:

“We lead the world because, unique among nations, we draw our people—our strength—from every country and every corner of the world. And by doing so we continuously renew and enrich our nation… Thanks to each wave of new arrivals to this land of opportunity, we're a nation forever young, forever bursting with energy and new ideas, and always on the cutting edge, always leading the world to the next frontier. This quality is vital to our future as a nation. If we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost… Those who become American citizens love this country even more. And that's why the Statue of Liberty lifts her lamp to welcome them to the golden door. It is bold men and women, yearning for freedom and opportunity, who leave their homelands and come to a new country to start their lives over. They believe in the American dream. And over and over, they make it come true for themselves, for their children, and for others. They give more than they receive. They labor and succeed. And often they are entrepreneurs. But their greatest contribution is more than economic, because they understand in a special way how glorious it is to be an American. They renew our pride and gratitude in the United States of America, the greatest, freest nation in the world—the last, best hope of man on Earth.”

As I  make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American Peopleif the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, are to mean anything anymore—if they are to stand for anything ever again—then “we the people” have to stand up for them.

We cannot allow ourselves to be divided and distracted and turned into warring factions.

We cannot sell out our birthright for empty promises of false security.

We cannot remain silent in the face of ugliness, pettiness, meanness, brutality, corruption and injustice.

We cannot allow politicians, corporations, profiteers and war hawks to whittle our freedoms away until they are little more than empty campaign slogans.

We must stand strong for freedom.

We must give voice to moral outrage.

We must do something—anything—everything in our power to make America free again.

As Reagan recognized, “If we lose this way of freedom, history will record with the great astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening.”

Comments

stacking12321 J S Bach Tue, 05/29/2018 - 23:27 Permalink

click on the link at the beginning of the article if you want to know.

https://rutherford.org/about/about_john_whitehead

only thing whitehead is wrong about, is trying to use a corrupt and pwned system to try to effect change. it's good to speak truth to power when the situation arises, but it shouldn't be a focus.

change will happen because a system corrupt to its core collapses, and decent people who have turned away from the system and created alternatives, offer people something better.

 

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Ms No Ignatius Wed, 05/30/2018 - 00:20 Permalink

First we have to find out if these are government number or a complete fabrication.  What is going on with the child traffickers and how are people flooding in in such large numbers that nobody notices any of this activity, in an outright police state?  Is the Clinton Foundation running a Haiti operation just inside out border?  WTH?

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2Blondboys Ms No Wed, 05/30/2018 - 00:42 Permalink

Was this man outraged in 2014 when children were sent over the border without their parents?  I remember the pictures now being circulated.  I was imagining how the government would handle those children detained?  As much as I detested Obama, I am sure he  would not authorize any purposeful harm to children.  Reuniting kids with parents?  I imagine not so easily done.  We must secure our borders.  A porous border allows this chaos.

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Ms No 2Blondboys Wed, 05/30/2018 - 00:45 Permalink

I don't have any reason to believe that the story with all of these kids even happened yet.  It's the first thing he mentioned and if we don't secure our border before the CIA finishes destabilizing Mexico and Central America all of the kids in this country might be done for.  I'm glad the alleged 1500 is such a crucial issue right at this time.  Is there a dead baby on the beach somewhere?  Is this CNNs top story?  If so it's BS.

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MillionDollarButter NidStyles Wed, 05/30/2018 - 00:58 Permalink

We should shoot the next 400 "kids" that try to cross our border illegally.  Think of the thousands of others who would be saved by not attempting it.  Mea culpa: I am not an open borders faggot...  except for Israel.  Open borders for Israel.

P.S.  You should use your fine org to SUE the American government for providing an attractive nuisance by not shooting these kids.  This has gone on long enough.

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ConanTheContrarian1 Luc X. Ifer Wed, 05/30/2018 - 08:06 Permalink

Sometimes, insanity isn't its own reward. Who, exactly, "sold" you to the fascists? Seems like Wilson had a battalion of Marines helping the White Russians after WW1. And, come to think of it, wouldn't anyone powerful enough to sell you be the same ones who are now trying to sell us to the same state-controlled slavery?

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Indo_Expat Ms No Wed, 05/30/2018 - 15:26 Permalink

Fags don't have wives, blithering rug muncher.

My residence in Indonesia is documented and on the net, 17 years.

Pick up the phone and dial the number, dried-up, desiccated anon douchebag. It only goes to one place by virtue of the country code - that is to Indonesia, and directly to me as with the IP address on the email. 

Best get that raging penis envy under control, laying off the testosterone injections and a close shave would be a good start. Can't recommend how to treat that erect, 4" clit though, it will probably require resection and a good vascular surgeon might be able to hack it off for you.

Now turn off that computer you have no business being on and get back in the kitchen, slavering hosebag.

Robert S. Finnegan

Kuningan, Jakarta

rsfinnegan@gmail.com

+62-812-9173-1666

https://www.the5thestate.asia

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SaudiMail 2Blondboys Wed, 05/30/2018 - 05:09 Permalink

You need to listen to George Webb mate, Obama was into child trafficking just as much as Hillary is.  It's all about the money you see, human beings are simply a commodity to them, a profit point.  Some commodities are sold for sex, others for their organs. Many of these commercially viable 'products' are encouraged to become illegal immigrants so they can be captured and processed to meet demand. 

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LaugherNYC stacking12321 Wed, 05/30/2018 - 01:14 Permalink

ENTIRE ARTICLE is Russian propaganda trolling.

Our country is just fine. The back and forth and argument over policies and priorities are all healthy engagement to move forward. No 1,500 kids were lost. They were placed with guardians who themselves don't want to be on ICE speed dial. This whole thing is just an amped up troll factory.

MSNBC and CNN may as well have the RT logo on them. Nonstop insults and demeaning coverage of everything the guy does, particularly anything that points towards peace and progress in trade fairness.

Its the USA. The muck and mire is where great nations are born!

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Heros LaugherNYC Wed, 05/30/2018 - 04:21 Permalink

Typical comment for a foreskin muncher:  "lets you and him go have a fight".

"Our Country" is a Christian country, and your people have destroyed it with your never ending perverted scheming.  We can't be sure whether is was all the infants drained of blood for your matza bread, or if it was all the inbreeding, but it is certainly the one tribe whose minds never leave the cesspool.

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LaugherNYC Heros Wed, 05/30/2018 - 11:58 Permalink

Russian troll much?

The USA is not a "Christian" country. It is an AMERICAN REPUBLIC. Your Russian banana republic is a perverted kleptocracy, where dissent is stifled, and differences are punished with prison and death.

Your Russian version of "good Christianity" is a joke, and an insult to the religion. 

The USA will be around long after Russia is gone. As soon as alts end oil dependence, Russia will implode. It is a one-commodity economy. Putin's desperation mounts as US and Saudi production grow. He has stolen so much for himself and his cronies, there will be little left for anyone else. His trolls hive away with propaganda bullshit like this article and comments, deny the reality of shale and the endless oceans of yet-to-be tapped reserves and new finds evolving technology keeps coming. Just look at the increase in US reserves technology has proven in the past 10 years - they have almost DOUBLED! It's likely to double again in the next decade. Oopsie Vladdie/ 

Keep on believing. Russia defaulted on its debt most recently just 20 years ago this month! LMFAO. The next one will be coming again soon. Nobody in the world wants roubles, and never will. Until Vlad backs each 1000 rouble note with ownership of your own cruise missile, it will be good for wiping your ass or buying a shot of vodka. Dosvedanya, Boris!

 

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Arctic Frost J S Bach Tue, 05/29/2018 - 23:31 Permalink

 

He needs to be told, WE DID ACT! We voted in an anti-establishment President and how do you respond? Instead of “Acting” and try it figure out WHY Americans put Trump into office you write stupid articles blaming him for everything. Everything you described happened under Obama! 

 

We acted, where are you? Oh, that’s right busy blaming all YOUR indecencies on the “right.”

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WarPony Arctic Frost Wed, 05/30/2018 - 00:36 Permalink

We acted, in Montana during the Freeman standoff.  FBI had to change their rules of engagement, because they would have died otherwise.  http://tech.mit.edu/V116/N16/militia.16w.html

We were Nation-wide and the kicker was the Militia's written "Notice of Intent to Defend" simultaneously hand-delivered to thirteen State's FBI headquarters prior to April 19, 1996.  Heck, even Murnion, the Ferguson County, Montana prosecutor said on live radio: "We all know what happens on the 19th."

Not on my watch, bitches.  And, no, it didn't.

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Indo_Expat WarPony Wed, 05/30/2018 - 02:11 Permalink

You are not going to do shit except lie down and surrender to your murderers, Princess Pony. You played no part whatsoever in any action against the Nazi fascists occupying the U.S. and never will.

As if you had a "watch," cringing, cocksucking coward. Your only watch consists of counting down the days to your demise at the hands of the machine, bitch.

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Indo_Expat malcolmevans Wed, 05/30/2018 - 15:38 Permalink

Awww, being yanked kicking and screaming into reality a little too much for you eh, pedantic pussy?

Troll = anyone going against the grain of the sissified, self-entitled dwindling ZH mob that believe they control the content and narrative here. In reality you don't control shit, including your own yammering, bloviating sucks.

Fact is, keening anon coward cunt, you and your pals here control nothing and your days of dogpiling opposing view commenters here in typical liberal scumbag style and MO to silence them are over. Get used to it.

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Blue Steel 309 J S Bach Tue, 05/29/2018 - 23:32 Permalink

Already saw this at The Burning Platform and the comments were better.

Here are some of them

 

Sorry John. Bless you for trying but voicing opposition to the oppressors is futile and counterproductive. Do you really imagine an evil prick like sessions and those who facilitated Mr. Finch’s brutal murder will be swayed in any way by some strongly worded letter? That’s playing by the House’s rules. I say fuck the House. Withdraw consent.

Vote, my ass.

 

“…this is still a nation whose strength derives from the diversity of its people…”

What a bunch of horseshit.

 

Call the justice department?

OMG, the best single laugh out loud minute of my life in recent memory. Tears, actual tears. My kids thought I had lost it.

 

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
And he wrote this over 150 years ago.
It always makes me shake my head when anyone espouses the Constitution, the very document that assured our enslavement that September in 1787.

more at https://www.theburningplatform.com/2018/05/29/whose-country-is-this-is-…

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Oldwood Blue Steel 309 Wed, 05/30/2018 - 00:04 Permalink

Our liberties cannot be preserved by ANY document. Our society reflects everything we are and believe. That's not to say that we haven't been lied to and indoctrinated to act in certain ways, but ultimately everything in our world is our choice.

We want to pretend that we can isolate ourselves from our reality, our "humanness". Set forth new rules, socialism, communism, progressivism, whatever, to mold us into something new, heavenly, without greed or malice.

Rules, to live by, in denial of WHO.WE.ARE.

We grasp physics, yet can still imagine a professor or scientist somewhere developing Danny Dunn's anti gravity paint that will defy all laws of physics.

High minded people have struggled with this throughout history, some relying on self sacrifice while others happily sacrificing their friends and neighbors to build the perfect world.

Our forefathers had the best of intentions, and while our constitution has flaws, is still probably the best effort yet to quantify our higher ideals without reliance on force, but ultimately force is always required. There will be those forcing others to conform, and yet others demanding the yolk of conformity removed. Factions will grow stronger until ultimate force is required to dominate. We are seeing this ramping of force all around us, powers of the state used to retain their power by removing a president they see as a threat. They are convinced they are on the side of right, regardless of what they may destroy. No different than those imposing communism or Islam, no cost too high or too immoral.

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snblitz Oldwood Wed, 05/30/2018 - 02:01 Permalink

but ultimately force is always required.

Force is **always** required.

The thief will continue thieving until **forced** to stop.

The politician will pursue graft and corruption until **forced** to stop.

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants " -- Thomas Jefferson

TJ was telling us even back then that **force** is **always** required.

The tyrants are the deep state, politicians, and our fellow citizens.  They will not stop until forced to stop.

They do not care how you vote.  They do not see the fight as a debate.  They do not have honor.  They do not care if the fight is fair.  What they want is your submission, your wealth or your destruction.  You have no choice but to respond in kind or die.

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Al Gophilia Blue Steel 309 Wed, 05/30/2018 - 01:17 Permalink

I agree with the sentiments you have expressed but wonder how you can blame a piece of paper for the downfall of the Republic? The failure of constituents to adhere to the constitution's guiding text is to blame, not the text. How else is a republic supposed to work, when the description of a republic is: having a political system where the individual is sovereign over the state? Government is therefore the responsibility of the individual. If you let government grow out of hand, you can't ask big brother to fix itself, you have to contain it if you're supposed to be in control of it. You have to live to the tenets of the constitution if it is to be a living document.

Let's assume that you are correct. How would you go about improving it if it were up to you? That is something that I haven't heard from anyone who blames the short comings of the document as the problem and additionally, how will you then get the document to enforce the changes if the document is supposed to be all powerful? Guns don't discharge of their own volition, rules aren't meaningful unless enforced and not surprisingly, government doesn't change direction or influence, for good or bad, on its own steam, unless it is tyrannical ie.

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