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My Warning Over a Decade Ago That Tea Party Conservatives “May Need the ACLU Soon”

The authoritarians on the left want to censor more speech that doesn’t bow down to the official narrative or that is critical of corrupt bureaucrats or that questions the legitimacy of the 2020 election outcome.

But worse, the extremists now in control are exploiting the Capitol false flag event of January 6th to greatly expand the post-9/11 “anti-terrorism” police state apparatus, no matter how criminal and unconstitutional such an apparatus is, in order to suppress said critics and suppress opposition to tyranny.

Over a decade ago I wrote this article in June of 2010 on why “Tea Partiers” (and conservatives, libertarians, people who want to “drain the swamp,” and now Trump supporters, etc…) should rethink their support of Bush post-9/11 war and anti-liberty policies (e.g. the “Patriot” Act) given how the Obama regime wanted to abuse such policies for political purposes. Note how Obama and his “national security” minions abused FISA spying to illegally spy on the Trump campaign. Note how Obama’s IRS went after conservatives. And look what the quasi communists are doing now!

So here is my LRC article from over 10 years ago, Tea Partiers May Need the ACLU Soon. (LRC page for the article.) I have replaced or removed links that weren’t working.

June 7, 2010

It seems that our representatives in Washington want Americans to know that, instead of studying the ideas of the Founding Fathers on the appropriate way governments should treat people, the DC ignoramuses have taken on the wisdom of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. And, ironically, many people in the Tea Party movement who have been supporting Bush war policies may be the ones regretting such support.

The most recent examples of our leaders rushing to violate our liberty in the name of fighting terrorism or other government-caused problems include Senator Joe Lieberman’s legislation to remove citizenship from suspected terrorists or terrorism abettors, and a proposal from Sen. Lindsay Graham and Sen. Charles Schumer to force all Americans to have a biometric ID card that would include embedded information such as fingerprints, etc. Because of the short-sightedness that has been common in Washington for over a century, the Founders’ belief in the Presumption of Innocence and Due Process now seems to be an anachronism.

This past decade’s war on terrorism has become an unwitting invitation for the government’s camel to completely barge in the tent, as the policies that the Bush Administration put in place can be used by subsequent administrations for dubious purposes, the prevention of which is why the American Founders wrote the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

The Bush war policies have given President Obama too much unchecked power. This includes a perversion of the rule of law that is supposed to restrict the State from curtailing individual rights. Consequently, the artificial notion of “battlefield rules,” in which rights may be curtailed by agents of the State in the name of war, combined with the globalizing of the war on terrorism, in which the battlefield has extended to include all territories, have disintegrated the concept of national sovereignty as well as erased the protection of individuals from State aggression.

For example, the Bush policies including the Patriot Act, warrantless surveillance, denial of due process, assassinations of suspected terrorists including Americans, extraordinary rendition, and indefinite detention, were short-sighted policies and may in fact be used to suppress opposition to the U.S. government, rather than to prevent actual terrorism.

Most worrisome is that so many people in the government and the media have been referring to the apprehension or execution of “terrorists,” when really referring to those our government has accused of engaging in or supporting terrorism, without evidence brought forth. That is troubling because in many cases officials knowingly had apprehended and held totally innocent terrorism suspects, some of whose apprehension and detention were based on false confessions by others as a result of torture or financial payments.

And Lieberman’s proposal to remove citizenship from terrorism suspects would mean an individual’s fate would be in the hands of Obama, CIA agents, career bureaucrats, and foreign governments. But should we really trust the judgment of someone as creepy as President Obama? And do we really want CIA agents to have the power to decide who should live or die, without trial?

200 years after the American Founders wrote a Constitution with rules for what the agents of the State may or may not do, Americans have been supporting policies with too much blind faith in the judgment of government and military officials.

Another problem is the false notion that the inalienable rights of the individual only apply to “American citizens.” The Declaration of Independence, however, is quite clear. It does not mention “only Americans.” Those rights to life and liberty are inherent in all human beings. The rights of each individual to one’s own life and liberty are inherent rights, and include the right to be free from the aggression of others and the right to be presumed innocent and left alone. We just have those rights as human beings, and the Declaration of Independence merely recognizes that.

We must be concerned about these war policies, because the history of the past century has consisted of suppression of individual rights by regimes of fascist and Marxist ideologies, to which Obama clearly subscribes. Such regimes would not tolerate a “Tea Party” movement.

It is ironic that ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis, who stands for the Obama agenda of socialist redistribution of wealth and fascist takeovers of entire industries, as well as one intrusion after another into the private lives of all Americans, expressed her irrational concern of her fellow “young, Democratic socialists” being rounded up into “internment camps.” Lewis is frightened by the Tea Party movement, people who have been peacefully expressing their legitimate protestations of an out-of-control, overreaching and invasive government – people merely trying to protect themselves from the aggression of the State.

Rational Americans should be much more concerned about federal administration officials such as regulatory czar Cass Sunstein, who proposes to “infiltrate” Internet sites and chat rooms as a means of controlling public opinion, and Solicitor General Elena Kagan who has said that freedom of speech “depends upon a categorical balancing of the value of the speech against its societal costs” (i.e. government-approved speech), and who has been supportive of President Obama’s ever-expanding executive powers including detaining or assassinating individuals without trial.

Conservatives and Tea Partiers need to be cautious in supporting policies such as detaining indefinitely or assassinating Americans suspected – not convicted, but suspected – of participating in “terrorist” or other criminal activities, in the name of fighting terrorism or any other societal threat, especially when we have public officials such as Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano and her DHS explicitly declaring “right-wing extremists,” “anti-government” types, and people opposed to ObamaCare as a threat to national security. Beware of people like Speaker Pelosi and others who have referred to Tea Party protesters as acting seditiously against the government. These officials are literally viewing Tea Partiers and conservatives as the “terrorists.”

The Obama Left may use such Bush-imposed policies based on presumption of guilt and without due process to serve their own political agenda, which could result in very negative consequences for members of the Tea Party movement, and all Americans. And if there will be an economic crisis even worse than the Great Depression as some people predict, and if the Obama Administration calls for martial law, then you will see greater abuse of government and police power, especially if law enforcement duties are shared by members of AmeriCorps, ACORN, S.E.I.U. and other pro-Obama unions and flunkies.

The Bush anti-terrorism policies were policies of short-sightedness and expediency that did not take into account their long-term consequential effects on liberty. Given monopolistic control over protecting the country from terrorism, officials do not have a competitive incentive to provide actual quality service of protection. Because of this, decisions are political, rather than practical and moral. Americans need to recognize this, and see how the compulsory nature of having to use this one government-run service is impractical and dangerous. It would be wise to reject the Big Government socialism and internationalism of our current Homeland Security police and military bureaucracy and consider more practical alternatives that don’t violate liberty, and that would be accountable to law and to markets rather than to political interests.

Eventually, thanks to the Bush Administration and the Obama extremists, we may discover how a more severe threat to our liberty and our security is not Islamic terrorism, but our own government.

Americans may very well learn the hard way that the Rule of Law is absolute, and applies to all people, private citizens and military personnel, businessmen and public officials, with no exceptions, war or not.

Rush Limbaugh Prescient Prediction

In Rush Limbaugh’s Most Prescient Prediction, Thomas DiLorenzo writes,

I caught a few minutes of the beginning of the Rush Limbaugh show on the car radio today where Rush played a prediction that he made a few weeks before the 2016 election.  In essence, he said that if Trump is elected on a platform of transferring power from Washington, D.C. to the people, he — or anyone else like him — will be tormented, hounded, harassed, hated, smeared, lied about, threatened, and worse.  The primary reason for this, said Rush, is to let everyone else know that that is exactly what will happen to you, too, if you try to limit the powers and privileges of the D.C. establishment.

Rush then played the words of a from Congressman Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) this past Monday saying exactly that, even proclaiming that future Trumps should be handcuffed and hauled off to prison for even contemplating doing “what Trump did.”  They should be treated “like Negroes,” said Congressman Johnson, so that no one would ever be able to do what Trump has done in the past four years, i.e., speak the truth about the phony, corrupt, stupid, immoral, lying, deceiving, greedy pigs in Washington like Congressman Hank Johnson.  This is how the Party of Unity intends to proceed.  If everyone who disagrees with them has their lives destroyed then yes, there will be “unity” in Washington.

I didn’t hear Limbaugh’s original prediction, but I made the same prediction in my mind after hearing his first inaugural address in which he said:

“We are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American people.”

“[A] small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.”

“Washington flourished — but the people did not share in its wealth.”

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.”

He said this surrounded by the entire Washington establishment on inauguration day.  That is why they spent every waking hour of every day for the past four years spewing vitriolic hate at Trump and his supporters.  It doesn’t matter if he did not achieve the transfer of power to the people; merely saying such a thing in public was enough to ignite the everlasting hatred of the hordes of serpentine peons and psychopaths who populate the Washington swamp.

Not Fake News Here

Adam Dick: Joe Biden: I Do Not Want a National Shutdown; I Just Want a National Shutdown.

Glenn Greenwald: Demanding Silicon Valley Suppress “Hyper-Partisan Sites” in Favor of “Mainstream News” (The NYT) is a Fraud.

Life Site: Priest Calls Police on Mother of 11 Praying in Empty Church without a Mask.

Matt Agorist: Watch as US-Born Moms Kidnapped, Interrogated by Officers for Speaking Spanish — Lawsuit.

Becky Akers: More Thanksgiving Rebels!

Inside Sources: In Pennsylvania Hearing, Giuliani Makes His Case for Voter Fraud ‘Gone Wild’ (The mainstream “news” media are not reporting on any of this!)

Zero Hedge: “The Fraud Was Executed By Many Means”: Sidney Powell “Releases Kraken” With Dual Lawsuits In Michigan, Georgia (The government media i.e. fake news are not reporting on any of this!)

Revolver: The Definitive Case Proving Donald Trump Won the Election. (Don’t expect WCBS 880 fake news radio to report any of this.)

And Raul Diego: A Trojan Horse? PathCheck’s Contact Tracing App Coming to Minnesota and the World.

Time for Decentralization, Localism, Return to Freedom, Etc.

Caitlin Johnstone: Reminder: The US Empire Tortures Journalists And Whistleblowers.

Walter Williams: Institutional Racism

Jacob Hornberger: FDR’s Two Biggest Lies.

Arjun Walia: Jeffrey Epstein, False Flags, Elites and Pedophelia.

Patrick Martin: The CIA Democrats in the 2020 Elections.

Matt Agorist: Cops Strip Search 6 Kids, Including a Toddler, After Mom Took Too Long to Buy Muffins

Robert Bridge: White Flight or Fight? Either Way, the American Dream Is Turning Into a Nightmare

Brandon Smith: The Totalitarian Future Globalists Want For The Entire World Is Being Revealed

James Bovard: Roosevelt’s Fraud at Yalta and the Mirage of the “Good War”

Doug Bandow: Washington Should Remember the Past and Avoid a World War I Redux

Thomas DiLorenzo: How Lincoln Won the Republican Nomination

And Andrew Bacevich: The U.S. Army Discovers A New Mission: China

News and Commentary

Jim Davies: 1776 Reconsidered.

Becky Akers: The Principality Behind the Plandemic, and COVID-19: Fighting Falsehoods with Facts

Brian Shilhavy: Justice in Kentucky! Courts Deny “Qualified Immunity” for Social Workers Medically Kidnapping Children.

Jon Miltimore: 3 States Account for 42 Percent of All COVID-19 Deaths in America. Why?

Glenn Greenwald: How the House Armed Services Committee, in the Middle of a Pandemic, Approved a Huge Military Budget and More War in Afghanistan.

Zero Hedge: Now Even Major Defense Firms Are Pushing For COVID Stimulus Money.

Charles Burris: The Duplicitous Buckleys: Like Father, Like Son

Marilyn Singleton, MD: Mask Facts.

Mac Slavo: Doug Casey on COVID Brainwashing: “Look, Hysteria Is the Problem, Not the Flu Itself.”

Robert Wenzel: On Trump’s Call to Pull Tax Exemptions From Radical Left Colleges and Universities and What He Should Really Do

The Drive: Popular EV YouTuber Rich Benoit Video Taken Down by Electric Car Cult.

And Daniel Larison: Wartime Without End, War Powers Without Check.

More News and Commentary

James Bovard: Memorial Day: remembering the political lies that spurred mass killing.

Jim Davies: The bogus plague of 2020.

Brian Shilhavy, Jon Rappoport: Pharmaceutical industry is the largest offender of criminal fraud based on settlements and judgments for the False Claims Act.

MassPrivateI: Big Tech is turning hospitals into real-time surveillance centers.

Bill Wirtz: The chilling return of “Papers Please”

Mike Maharrey: Coronavirus is just the latest excuse to expand the surveillance state.

Zero Hedge: WA governor to residents: COVID-test-deniers will not be allowed to leave home to get groceries.

Becky Akers asks, Is Chicago in the U.S. or the USSR?

Neenah Payne: “Social distancing”: attack on the First Amendment!

The Last Refuge: Tyranny is real — Pennsylvania governor threatens to destroy disobedient businesses.

Daisy Luther asks, What will schools look like after COVID? Prison camps.

Jacob Hornberger: Businesses, employees, and the coronavirus crisis.

John Solomon: Adam Schiff may be the biggest loser of Russia probe declassification.

Ray McGovern: New House documents sow further doubt that Russia hacked the DNC.

The Hill: List of Obama officials who sought to “unmask” Mike Flynn.

Joe Lauria: Biden should be named in criminal probe in Ukraine, Ukrainian judge rules.

David Stockman: Wake up, Donald! Your malpracticing doctors are the real killers.

Laurence Vance: Government tyranny should come as no surprise.

Sam Jacobs: Bubble-wrapped Americans: how the U.S. became obsessed with physical and emotional safety.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Vaccine trial catastrophe: Moderna vaccine has 20% “serious” injury rate in high dose group.

And Jack Cashill: Seth Rich refuses to stay buried.

More News and Commentary

I’m still going through a lot of articles I have bookmarked. There are many to get through so I am a little backed up here. But here are some more.

Brandon Smith: The conman elites that want to “save us” from the coronavirus.

Tim Leonard: Guccifer 2.0’s hidden agenda.

Children’s Health Defense Team: Inflammatory syndrome affecting children: Kawasaki Disease, COVID-19 … or something else?

Wendy McElroy: New York Times hurts survivors with falsehoods about domestic violence.

Jacob Hornberger has three reminders from the Bill of Rights, and says the early Americans would have rejected the U.S. government.

Barbara Boland: IG fired days after inquiring about Pompeo’s “donor dinners.”

Raul Diego: Massachusetts contact tracing program handed to Clinton-linked NGO with questionable past.

Glenn Greenwald: The CIA’s murderous practices, disinformation campaigns, and interference in other countries still shape the world order of U.S. politics.

Ryan McMaken: Do lockdowns work? Mounting evidence says no.

Gary Barnett: The coronavirus “dark winter” psy-op: question everything.

And Derrick Broze: This is why you can’t trust the fact checkers.

News and Commentary

Reps. Andy Biggs and Ken Buck ask, Is Anthony Fauci helping or hurting?

Zero Hedge: Whistleblower: How CDC is manipulating the COVID-19 death toll.

MassPrivateI: White House uses COVID-19 as a reason to create a real-time national coronavirus surveillance system.

Veronique de Rugy: Life is completely different, except for the bureaucrats.

Bill Sardi has a letter to Dr. Fauci.

Jacob Hornberger asks, Is it time for a new direction?

Arjun Walia: Bill Gates: We won’t go back to normal until a vaccine has “gotten out to the entire world.”

Gary Galles on why central planning by medical experts will lead to disaster.

Robert Wenzel: The COVID-19 testing cover-up?

Thomas DiLorenzo asks, Will the Gates/WHO/CDC Cabal sneak an anti-fertility drug in their COVID-19 vaccine?

James Bovard says it’s time to track the FDA’s death toll.

Richard Ebeling asks, What comes after the coronavirus, freedom or despotism?

Wendy McElroy: The lesson of a crash that cured itself.

John Tamny: Peter Navarro has got to go.

And Michael Thau: God help us all: Dr. Fauci knows exactly what he’s doing.

The Queen Reminds Me of Carol Burnett Doing the Queen

Queen Elizabeth II recently spoke at an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of “D-Day” during World War II.

And that reminded me of when Carol Burnett did The Queen on the Carol Burnett Show, with the late Harvey Korman as Prince Philip (although addressed as “King”), and the recently departed Tim Conway as the soldier who swallowed a live hand grenade before it went off. (I think Carol did a better job doing The Queen than her royal majesty herself, but don’t tell anyone I said that.)