by Gary D. Barnett: Blind
Obedience to the State: The Sheep Are Now Ready for Slaughter!
article about this atrocious piece of legislation, (S-1867)
but at that time, it had not made it through the House of Representatives,
and Obama had pledged to veto it upon its arrival to his desk. It
is no surprise that the dishonest Obama lied again, but it is telling
that both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed this
overwhelmingly. These are the same "representatives" that
most of the lemmings in this country believe protect their interests,
but the opposite of course is the case.
It is difficult
to put into words just how absolutely obnoxious this anti-freedom
monstrosity is, and it is even more difficult to imagine the future
consequences of this heinous law. How on earth can this be allowed
to happen? If this stands, we can openly admit that we are now in
an executive dictatorship.
When any American
can be "legally" apprehended by the military, held indefinitely
without the benefit of any due process, be shipped off to hidden
prisons or concentration camps, and tortured or worse, what have
we become? What have the people become when they sit idly by and
let this go forward without complete and total resistance? They
have become slaves to the state, and they have become slaves voluntarily!
There are many
attempting to refute the fact that the military has the authorization
to indefinitely hold American citizens, but it is very clear that
under this piece of legislation, the National Defense Authorization
Act of 2012, the military can do just that. While the bill is filled
with many deplorable aspects, mostly ignored I might add, the detention
language is clear. Glenn Greenwald of Salon explains the myths concerning
the detention portion of this bill in his brilliant article: "Three
myths about the detention bill."
There is not
a lot more that one can say about this new law, because it is the
finishing nail in the proverbial coffin of totalitarianism. When
any American on the say so of the executive branch of government
can be "legally" captured by the military and held indefinitely,
and without charge or trial, then the state has won.
Who will the
government thugs target first? They will target those who are willing
to stand up to them. They will target those who expose the corruption
and lies that are ever present in the political arena. They will
target writers of truth. They will target protesters, and all those
who actively dissent. They will target those who expose the state
propaganda for what it truly is.
When the truth
tellers are rounded up, who will speak for the rest? When those
among us who are unafraid, and who do not fear the state gendarmes,
are in concentration camps, which of you will step forward to replace
them? Which of you will risk everything to protect your liberty?
Which of you will fight to be free? When all the guardians of the
sheep are gone, then the wolves will have an easy slaughter, and
this bill is meant to allow the roundup of all the guardians of
We are all
born with certain natural rights; those rights being the rights
to life, liberty, and property. These rights cannot be separated,
for to have one is to have all, and to lose one is to lose all.
If one has a right to his life, then it stands to reason that he
also has the right to defend his life. If he has a right to defend
his life, then he has a right to defend his liberty. If he has a
right to defend his liberty, then he has the right to defend his
property. If the government attacks any of these rights, then we
all have the right to defend ourselves from that same government.
I am purposely
avoiding here any argument based on so-called constitutional rights.
Obviously, indefinite detention without trial invalidates the 5th
Amendment, but it is also completely inconsistent with our natural
rights. The natural rights mentioned above are inherent; they come
from no piece of parchment. For if men can give rights by constitution,
then those rights can legally be taken away. That is much of the
problem, for when we look to a political document to see what we
are allowed to do, then we have already lost our sovereignty.
Until the people
in this country understand what their inherent rights are, and where
they come from, the continual destruction of our liberty by this
government will continue. Our rights, depending on one's beliefs,
either come from God or our own humanity. They predate men. Judge
Andrew Napolitano has made this point on many occasions, and it
should be considered as absolute. Since our rights are inherent,
it is up to us as individuals to protect those precious rights,
for if we do not, we will have none nor deserve none!