Before I draw nearer to that stone to which you point, answer me one question. Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of things that May be, only? Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead, but if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!
"Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead," said Scrooge. "But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me."
John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute is a brilliant civil libertarian whose legal skills have won many people their due rights in front of the Supreme Court and many courts across the land. His books and missives are always worthy of reading. However, the following article published at his site www.rutherford.org seems to me to be as if the future course of the almost exponential growth in power and reach of the American police state is not capable of being changed; specifically changed by the Trump administration.
Clearly, a Hillary Clinton and her pedophile husband-in-name-only sitting within the Oval Office, as an Obama/CIA/Hidden State on steroids, would have very likely resulted in the end of what remains of the American people's liberties and rights and the completion of the final steps needed to finalize the total surveillance state's destruction of the American Constitution, but there should be considerable hope now for our future with the election of Donald Trump. The Ghost of Christmas Future shows Scrooge what might be, not what will be. Below, I believe is what our future would be if the corrupted, feted and I gather, infinitely odious and stinking flesh of Hillary Clinton were about to sit in the big chair behind the desk of Presidents. However, it is up to the American people to hold Trump and his entire administration's feet to the fire, for there are many. many authoritarian trends that must be not just stopped, but reversed.
The Titanic Sails at Dawn: Warning Signs Point to Danger Ahead in 2017: The Rutherford Institute
“When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
Despite our best efforts, we in the American police state seem to be stuck on repeat, reliving the same set of circumstances over and over and over again: egregious surveillance, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying, censorship, retaliatory arrests, the criminalization of lawful activities, warmongering, indefinite detentions, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, etc.
Unfortunately, as a nation we’ve become so desensitized to the government’s acts of violence, so accustomed to reports of government corruption, and so anesthetized to the sights and sounds of Corporate America marching in lockstep with the police state that few seem to pay heed to the warning signs blaring out the message: Danger Ahead.
Remember, the Titanic received at least four warnings from other ships about the presence of icebergs in its path, with the last warning issued an hour before disaster struck. All four warnings were ignored.
Like the Titanic, we’re plowing full steam ahead into a future riddled with hidden and not-so-hidden dangers. We too have been given ample warnings, only to have them drowned out by a carefully choreographed cacophony of political noise, cultural distractions and entertainment news—what the Romans termed “bread and circuses”—aimed at keeping the American people polarized, pacified and easily manipulated.
However, there is still danger ahead. The peril to our republic remains the same.
As long as a permanent, unelected bureaucracy—a.k.a. the shadow government— continues to call the shots in the halls of power and the reach of the police state continues to expand, the crisis has not been averted.
Here’s a glimpse of some of the nefarious government programs we’ll be encountering on our journey through the treacherous waters of 2017.