The BIG Picture

QUESTION: What action by our government could be so universally despised as to persuade conservative groups like Gun Owners of America, Downsize DC, U.S. Border Control and many others to join forces with liberal activists like Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges, Alexa O’Brien and Kai Wargalla as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Barack Obama, Leon Panetta, John McCain, John Boehner, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell and Eric Cantor as Defendants?

Let me get right to the point. With the possible exception of Pearl Harbor, our country has never been in a worse position than it is in today!

History documents that most nations, especially democracies, have a limited life span of no more than a few hundred years. However, the United States of America need not follow that trend because it is actually a constitutional republic, not a democracy. And the founders of this republic provided us with a magnificent Constitution and Bill of Rights which vests all the power in we, the people.

The only way our country can collapse is if we allow our politicians to steal our rights by deluding us, disarming us, dividing us, bankrupting us and conquering us.

With the Senate controlled by liberal Democrats and the House controlled by conservative Republicans, our Congress has been stuck in gridlock for several years, unable to perform its legislative functions.

This situation has allowed the President to bypass the Congress, using Presidential Executive Orders, to advance his own agenda without their advice or consent.

It was these actions that caused a number of organizations, both Left and Right, to challenge what appears to be multiple violations of the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Tenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, including…
** illegal spying on all citizens,
** ignoring Habeas Corpus (due process of law), the bedrock of our legal system,
** using rendition -sending “terrorist suspects” (including U.S. citizens) to countries where torture is used to gain confessions,
** misusing the Voting Rights Act to enable massive voter fraud,
** using federal agencies, like the IRS, to attack political groups,
** denying citizens their right of self-defense (while arming every federal agency),
** deciding which political viewpoints are entitled to free speech…and which are denied.

To those of you who believe this could never happen here, I must tell you it not only could happen, it is well underway. And it is getting worse, year after year.

I began by asking what could be so despised that it could unite the Left and the Right in a lawsuit against the President and the leaders of both political parties in the House and the Senate. The answer is the NDAA — the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013.

What is the NDAA? It is the big brother of the Patriot Act that was passed in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack on America. Essentially, it gave our government a free hand to do whatever it felt was needed to keep America safe.

Immediately after 9/11, Americans were concerned and frightened.  Very little consideration was given to the long-term effects of the Patriot Act.  Most Americans felt that the Patriot Act was necessary, for a time, but would be dismantled, once the crisis had passed.

But by the time the crisis had ended, when the “threat board” was quiet, the bureaucrats in Washington were already hard at work to increase the size and scope of the Patriot Act … and make it a permanent part of and buried within the thousands of pages of the NDAA.

Of course, all of this has been done in the name of keeping us safe.

In the 1700s, Benjamin Franklin was already warning Americans that “those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety. Nor, are they likely to end up with either. “  His wisdom is as true today a it was back then.

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