I went to dinner with my boyfriend and his parents on Sunday night.
Since we had nearly an hour to wait at the restaurant before we could be seated, we had plenty of time to make small talk...
The conversation transitioned from the latest political television series to last week's epic filibuster, in which Rand Paul spoke for somewhere close to 13 hours defending our Constitution, individual liberty, and emphasizing the dangers of drones and the problem with permitting them to be used on domestic soil to attack U.S. citizens.
Now, I had watched most of the Kentucky senator's protest of John Brennan’s nomination to run the CIA, but they had only read about it briefly the next day, mostly through headlines and snippets on the Web.
And from the sounds of it, they didn't understand what "the big deal" was.
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Sadly, I wasn't surprised. The majority of Americans simply don't think about these things, because the mainstream media has us distracted with other issues. And the majority of politicians don't even seem to care about these attacks on American liberty (certainly, they're not shouting protests from the rooftops).
As Paul so acutely stated last week, it's not just about drones or who is elected to head the CIA... “It's about a Constitutional principle.”
What we witnessed in Paul's filibuster was a politician taking a strong stance on why we need to protect the Fifth Amendment — and all amendments — out of respect for the Constitution and a duty to preserve the rights of innocent American people by granting everyone due process of law.
These stories have been in the news for a long time. Stories about Americans losing their amendment rights through executive orders, "security" measures made law, and stifling mandates.
But the severity and frequency with which these things are taking place should have you worried...
Washington Gets Personal
While it may not have affected you before now, the impact of the government's increasing control in our everyday lives — health care mandates, tax increases, gun control, drone use, defense spending, bank bailouts — on your family, your income, and your retirement can no longer be ignored.
On February 4, 2013, Obama spoke at an anti-gun event in Minneapolis, Minnesota, saying that “weapons of war have no place in our streets.”
Around that same time, a colleague ran into several Department of Homeland Security vehicles during a leisurely stroll near our office. No one — not even nearby police officers — had a clue as to why a military vehicle was sitting idly on a main street in Baltimore City that day.
Forbes recently confirmed the Department of Homeland Security has issued an open purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition:
... some of this purchase order is for hollow-point rounds, forbidden by international law for use in war, along with a frightening amount specialized for snipers. Also reported elsewhere, at the height of the Iraq War the Army was expending less than 6 million rounds a month. Therefore, 1.6 billion rounds would be enough to sustain a hot war for 20+ years. In America.
Lawmakers want to take away our gun rights to keep us “safer," while government agencies are simultaneously stocking up on weaponry forbidden from use in war by international law... that then shows up ominously and unannounced on our streets?
Additionally, the government is set to spend another $33 to $40 billion on drones through 2020. If taxpayer money is going to support these endeavors, shouldn't we get a say in it?
We're indirectly supporting the death of democracy around the world via drone exports. Taxpayers are footing the bill for the use of these weapons on domestic soil.
So, why the horse and pony show by the president to make such asinine statements as “Weapons of war have no place in our streets”?
There are too many ironic coincidences and inconsistencies with what we are being told versus what is being done.
Next Stop: Dictatorship
Events like the ones I've talked about today once only existed in novels like 1984.
Today they are a reality, whether we like it — or are informed — or not.
Stop yourself and ask why people aren't vehemently against such barbaric death strikes taking place on U.S. soil. The only reason I can think of is they are simply unaware.
What might have sounded like the ramblings of a paranoid "prepper" years ago is now a real issue, one that's being taken quite seriously by experts and officials who are stepping out to address the root of the real problem facing our nation and our government.
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Souter — among other top government officials — have publicly warned our country is on a path toward dictatorship...
I don't worry about our losing a republican government in the United States because I'm afraid of a foreign invasion. I don't worry about it because of a coup by the military, as has happened in some other places. What I worry about is that when problems are not addressed people will not know who is responsible, and when the problems get bad enough - as they might do for example with another serious terrorist attack, as they might do with another financial meltdown - some one person will come forward and say: "Give me total power and I will solve this problem."
Our esteemed democracy is teetering on the point where freedom and capitalism are merging with socialism and totalitarianism.
It's time our constituents stand up for the liberty our country used to so fervently fight for. And Souter, Paul, and other elected officials have fired a warning shot, an SOS for our democracy.
The loss of our democratic republic is even being compared to the fall of Rome: Augustus became a Roman emperor by promising to solve the state's problems that were being swept under the rug. He succeeded in giving the people hope during dire straits, however, at the end of the “hopeful” chapter, the Roman Republic came crashing down.
We must pay attention so we can take positive steps forward to prevent history from repeating itself.
It's fairly easy to strip people of their rights when they're unaware or not paying attention.
If you don't know what's going on, you're less likely to care. And if you don't care, it's impossible to change anything.
There's staggering evidence indicating as many as two-thirds of American citizens don't know the United States has three branches of government. A few years ago, many of those same people simply believed the Supreme Court was a committee of Congress.
In a situation where a vast majority of a nation's people are so uninformed and disillusioned, a dictator sees a goldmine of opportunity. It's much easier to prey on a culture adulterated with a lack of discipline, overwhelming financial weakness, and limited education.
Sandra Day O'Connor spoke of these dangers back in 2006 at Georgetown University, warning we were edging uncomfortably close to a dictatorship if there was to be a continued attack on the judiciary: “We must be ever-vigilant against those who would strong-arm the judiciary. It takes a lot of degeneration before a country falls into dictatorship, but we should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings.”
Our Constitution has been violated numerous times in the years since O'Connor's impassioned speech — and the crisis is escalating exponentially with each passing day.
How long will it take until people start actively listening? How far will the government have to go before our people finally say enough is enough?
Ron Paul and Rand Paul have made valiant efforts to make their voices heard, to echo the voices of the people. With Ron Paul's spirited 2012 election campaign and Rand Paul's filibuster, we've seen the beginnings of a grassroots movement for liberty.
Now more than ever, we need to stand together and really fight for that liberty. We will not let the power-hungry politicians, scheming banksters, and the fools in charge of the Federal Reserve control us. Financial freedom is only possible when our basic freedoms are still intact, and we are not willing to let that slip away.
The Outsider Club aims to keep you in the loop, exposing all the scandals, the hidden agendas, and the many ways Insiders are trying to use you to secure their personal profit.
You can thrive in this austere environment...
You just have to know where to find the truth.
Farewell for now,
Brittany Stepniak for The Outsider Club