YES, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO TALK BACK TO THE GOVERNMENT, BUT IT COULD GET YOU KILLED | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


YES, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO TALK BACK TO THE GOVERNMENT, BUT IT COULD GET YOU KILLED

“The freedom of individuals verbally to oppose or challenge police action without thereby risking arrest is one of the principal characteristics by which we distinguish a free nation from a police state.”— Justice William J. Brennan, City of Houston v. Hill

What the architects of the police state want are submissive, compliant, cooperative, obedient, meek citizens who don’t talk back, don’t challenge government authority, don’t speak out against government misconduct, and don’t step out of line.

What the First Amendment protects—and a healthy constitutional republic requires—are citizens who routinely exercise their right to speak truth to power.

It’s not an easy undertaking.

Weaponized by police, prosecutors, courts and legislatures, “disorderly conduct” charges have become a convenient means by which to punish those individuals who refuse to be muzzled.

Fane Lozman was arrested for alluding to government corruption during open comment time at a City Council meeting in Palm Beach County, Fla.
Dan Heyman, a reporter for the Public News Service, was arrested for “aggressively” questioning Tom Price, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services during an encounter in the West Virginia State Capitol.
Robert Bartlett was arrested during an Arctic Man festival in Alaska, allegedly in retaliation for refusing to be interrogated by police and intervening when police attempted to question other people. His case is before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cases like these have become all too common, typical of the bipolar nature of life in the American police state today: you may have distinct, protected rights on paper, but dare to exercise those rights and you put yourself at risk for fines, arrests, injuries and even death.

This is the unfortunate price of freedom.

Yet these are not new developments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What appears to have been happening to the American populace, particularly after 9/11, we have been told we must be terrified all the time, both from external and internal forces, and do whatever is dictated to us.

The analogy I would draw is that of the slowly boiling frog; it never realizes it is in real danger, until it is way too late to extricate itself from the initial problem of having been placed into the water before it was boiling in the first place.

I refuse to be cowed or terrified, never condone violence, and try to act as a voice of reason, in the midst of the mayhem and insanity around me.

Through media, alleged "education" and medication, that "unholy triumverate" of the Deep State wants us to never question the wars which we (as represented by this government) must fight, but never get fully won; to never question the complete rotting of our infrastructure, which, apparently no state or Federal structure has the funds to fix; and to never question the horrific, and never-ending, problems with America's homeless.

The signs are clear all over major metropolitan areas, that except for those guarded, gated communities (many with guards who are armed, BTW) and those beautiful shopping centers in places like Beverly Hills and Miami, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika is rapidly devolving, right in from of our eyes, into a truly awful "Thirdwoldistan".

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