Independence Day, 2012

And to the REPUBLIC for which it stands …

“The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.” — Robert A. Heinlein

“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” — H.L. Mencken

“The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates.” — Tacitus

“There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” — John Adams

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What time more symbolic than  Independence Day for overbearing statists to release a new DHS funded report which slanders Americans

who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.

The report takes its definitions from a 2011 study entitled Profiles of Perpetrators of Terrorism, produced by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, in which the following characteristics are used to identify terrorists.

  • Americans who believe their “way of life” is under attack;
  • Americans who are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”;
  • People who consider themselves “anti-global” (presumably those who are wary of the loss of American sovereignty);
  • Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”;
  • Americans who are “reverent of individual liberty”;
  • People who “believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.”

[…] Under the FBI’s Communities Against Terrorism program, the bulk purchase of food is labeled as a potential indication of terrorist activity, as is using cash to pay for a cup of coffee, and showing an interest in web privacy when using the Internet in a public place …The DHS stoked controversy last year when it released a series of videos to promote the See Something, Say Something campaign in which almost all of the terrorists portrayed in the PSAs were white Americans. (Homeland Security Report Lists ‘Liberty Lovers’ As Terrorists)

The admonition of Pericles is as true today as when it was made 2,500 years ago:

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”

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But, like Rita in the video below, we’re still alive, and it’s America’s birthday.  So we might as well celebrate while we can:

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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11 Responses to Independence Day, 2012

  1. Yep! America oos more than a place; it is an idea. It is an idea worth fighting to preserve. Thee Fat Lady is only warming up. She hasn’t started singing yet.

    Have a great day, Bob, and stay safe!

  2. bunkerville says:

    Thanks for the upbeat! Have a great day, and I am looking forward to my 32 ounces of soda!

  3. AFVET says:

    The American Experiment is alive and well.
    On the way to developing a new and effective drug, many mistakes are made.
    The most efficient way to success is to not repeat the mistakes made during the drugs development.
    The politicians in charge of this experiment consistently make the same mistakes that history has proven to be a failure.
    Enter the Tea Party and an army of Davids.
    David slew Goliath with a stone, We the People will do it with a vote.

    Well done Bob, have a safe and happy 4th, you earned it.
    Freedom is not Free.

  4. That DHS statement is an abomination — treason, in fact.

    Figures that it is released in time for July 4, 2012.

    Happy Independence Day, Bob. May we who treasure what this nation stands for overwhelm the ballot boxes in November!

  5. How fun it would have been to find the clips to that music. Really charming! Something must be done about Homeland Security. We can boot everyone out of that massive complex they bought and renovated “across the river,” in D.C. and sell it. A snake is only as deadly as it’s head. Look what we’ve got. Hope your 4th was wonderful Bob. At this moment, mine is noisy

    • Bob Mack says:

      Thanks, MAGGIE. Glad you liked the vid. I thought it highly entertaining. Re: DHS, couldn’t agree more. It’s got to go, along with the EPA & every other unaccountable alphabet organization in the government.

  6. Grumpy says:

    I’m with Maggie on that video, great find Bob

    DHS- EPA-Dept of Ed, none of them have turned out to be what most of us envisioned… All they’ve done is give the central government control over things it has no Constitutionally legal Authority to touch

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