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June 18, 2013 - 12:00 am
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The past month’s news about our national government’s acceleration towards tyranny (“arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority”) made me recall the most memorable lines in “Like a Rolling Stone,” arguably Bob Dylan’s best work, and according to Rolling Stone magazine the best rock and roll song ever.

Dylan’s masterpiece is a sarcastic six-minute “See, I told you so” directed at a condescending high-society princess. She thought she had it all, only to see it disappear at the hands of a betraying, conniving beau. As a result, she is forced to fight for her everyday survival like most of the rest of us.

In his final verse, Dylan tells her:

When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose.
You’re invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.

I would like to be wrong, but I fear that more people than ever who could help put a stop to this nation’s government-sponsored madness have reached a dangerous conclusion, namely that they have plenty to lose, and that they’re better off staying invisible.

Recent news about activities during the past several years of President Barack Obama’s Internal Revenue Service, misnamed Department of Justice, and National Security Agency has probably convinced many people who might otherwise make a difference that getting involved is simply not worth the risk to their reputations, their families, their friendships, or their careers. To some, it must appear that choosing political apathy, while limiting one’s “news” exposure to  things like Kim Kardashian’s weight, Kanye West’s oversized ego, Jennifer Love Hewitt’s engagement, or whatever other trivial obsessions I might have missed has never looked more attractive.

Those considering activism now know that supporting disfavored causes ends invisibility. Anyone organizing or even participating in an effort to do something about government waste, fraud, and abuse, or working to elect people who might stop the the Obama administration’s Federal Reserve-assisted debt and spending death spiral now recognizes that they potentially have plenty to lose. The IRS, based on its track record of the past three years, won’t hesitate to ask them and their associates about their political beliefs, who’s giving them money, what books they’ve read, and their ambitions for political office. Those who really start to become pains in the rear end, or those who merely write checks in support of opposition causes, face the prospect of having the IRS target their individual and business tax returns, while other federal and state regulatory thugs perform anal exams on other aspects of their lives.

Anyone mounting an effort to stop the slaughter of over one million innocent pre-born babies each year while asserting the scientific fact that life begins at conception and that it deserves the God-given protection identified as humans’ primary inalienable right in our Declaration of Independence from that point on should be prepared to have the IRS ask them about their prayers, their street demonstrations and counseling, and whether they give equal time to those who believe that it’s okay for a mother to abort her unborn child because it’s inconvenient.

Anyone with something in their past which they would rather others not know must confront the likelihood that it will become known. The suspicion here is that a few phone calls or emails from “concerned citizens” or a bit of online key-word trickery can trigger the NSA to profile anyone.

We now know that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper by his own smarmy admission lied through his teeth several months ago when he gave a “No” answer to the following question: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”

The reality is that the NSA has only during the past few years begun to accumulate an indiscriminate and vast collection of phone, online, and purchase data. Thanks to recent technological advances, sifting through the data has become relatively easy. A president and attorney general who have fits when police legitimately stop and question any non-white person exhibiting suspicious behavior possibly betraying criminal intent have no apparent problem with NSA snoops’ ability to get full profiles of anyone at the touch of a button — and just wait until they add the 400 data points in the Common Core K-12 education regime and ObamaCare’s government-controlled medical records to their collection. We will indeed have no secrets, or private lives.

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The evidence seems to out in the open and the intent is clear. Maxine Waters herself said that "Obama has put together ......" The OFA organisation are privy to ALL data gathered uniquely for the purpose of possible punishment of dissenters or those that simply may not tag along like they should. The NSA stuff is one thing; but the OFA database is another even scarier development.
Steven Harper of Canada was the ONLY ONE at the G8 summit to soundly rebuke Russia regarding their involvment in Syria - that should tell us something about our double-minded POTUS; he's more interested in personal power and bullying and lying in order to deceive in political issus.
Obama has a private database with which to bully people into submission - this must be addressed.
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OK, since we're quoting rock lyrics, I have one of my own:

You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that's clear
I will choose freewill


(Ironic, given their shift to the right after being so far left for so long, that I am quoting a Canadian to augment an argument about America's eroding freedoms.)

We cannot cower in the face of this burgeoning tyranny, not one single bit.

How would you possibly explain your cowardice to the Founding Fathers, who rose up against odds so much greater in a smaller minority than we find ourselves now with nothing more than ideas and the courage to die for those ideas.

Those ideas, now enshrined in our founding documents, are just as relevant today as they were 240 years ago because they deal with the human condition - something that is timeless and unchanging.

We can overcome this cancer that is Obama. Just remember that it took quite some time between the beginning of the troubles and the beginning of the Revolution.

And as long as you proclaim fidelity to the Constitution of the United States and all that entails, then you cannot be in the wrong for wanting to wipe away all that is base and false about our current government.

Did you get all that NSA? Go back and re-read if necessary.
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The BIG scandal is yet to come! My bet is that the NSA information gathering system that was in place was retargeted to identify domestic targets in the TEA party and other groups working to stop Obama from being reelected.
Some of the Chicago thugs, e.g., Jarrett, Axelrod, Emanuel, and Ploufe, and Geitner and guys from the IRS and DNC met regularly with NSA folks to select groups/individuals to become targets for the IRS.
Assume a 2009 or 2010 meeting of the TEA party in Kentucky. "Acquire" a copy of the conference attendees and then plug those names/'phone numbers into the terrorist NSA system. Within weeks, Obama would have a web of the TEA party elite and the names/numbers of associated folks who were most active. We go to a regular meeting at the White House and Jarret identifies the top 25 candidates for search and audits and gives instructions to the IRS.
With Chicago folks involved, there probably also would be opportunity for personal gain.
43 weeks ago
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I would bet money that they dug up SOMETHING on Roberts to get him to vote their way on the supreme court.
43 weeks ago
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The problem, clearly, is the scope and power of the Executive Branch.

But this power is granted by Congress, which passes 2500-page bills that grant wholesale interpretation and funding of the very agencies that are empowering our growing tyranny.

How do we reign in the Executive/King as he vacations at $100 million a pop and has unlimited funding for each of his satrap agencies?
43 weeks ago
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Cancel his card in Africa and tell him to hitch-hike home.
43 weeks ago
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It would have been better if this had come out before the election, but I think it has come out soon enough that we still have a good chance to pull back from tyranny without having to resort to armed revolution. Fortunately gun control failed, so if armed revolution is the only way, we still have the means to do it. But make no mistake, Obama is still trying for absolute power, and we must stop him.
43 weeks ago
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At least we can be grateful that no leech or charlatan would ever misuse the word patriot.
43 weeks ago
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You have neatly captured why holding Obama and His Corrupt Gang to account for their abuses, through constitutionally defined mechanisms (i.e. impeachment), has a probability near zero.
43 weeks ago
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How many times must it be repeated: The "information dragnet" was put in place long before Obama took office. Blame 9/11 for that.

Obama didn't invent it, but it appears he figured out some new and creative ways to (ab)use it.

This may be useful. Liberals trust the government - well, THEIR government, Obama's government. They seem to feel that nothing bad can happen as long as there's a liberal Democrat in the White House. Now they're seeing the dark side of big government. Maybe they'll finally learn that giving the government more power to "do good" means giving the government more power to do anything it wants.

But I doubt it.
43 weeks ago
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Remember the FBI files in the Clinton administration? They may have been used to bring members of Congress and others to heel. The situation now is much more frightening, with so many agencies involved in harassing ordinary citizens. Perhaps there can be strength in numbers--tea party groups might lend some aide to their members who are targeted.
43 weeks ago
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We should also add that Pwtraeus was brought down by sifting through data to identify Paula Broadwell. It is noteworthy the affair was revealed just after Benghazi and after Pwtraeus signed off in the "Internet movie" scam. I personally suspect some blackmail was involved.
43 weeks ago
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Speaking of music.. Illiberal musical act Rage Against the Machine MUST be beside themselves with shame regarding the Uhbama administration's operation creep being exposed.

Take a look at Barack Kardashian's '08, '12 campaign endorsements..
freakin' morons.
43 weeks ago
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How does it feel? Like starring as the catcher in a gay porn film.

This is a very dangerous time in American history. It hasn't come to armed resistance yet, but we are pretty far down the wrong fork in the historical road.
43 weeks ago
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There won't be any armed resistance. There will be "lone wolf" incidents all over the country where people are murdered in their homes by cops. They'll kill the family dog for good measure.

The cops showed us in Watertown that they can shut down and secure an entire city even though they are out numbered 1,000 to one.
43 weeks ago
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If you want a "1984esque" look at where this may be going, buy a copy of Rob Olive's "Essential Liberty." Chilling - and I can guarantee you will be angry as you read it.
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