Do not underestimate the pervasive destruction of your rights as a citizen of America, it is far worse than most of us imagine. We hear of the visible events, only the ones that somehow catch the eye of the public, many times prior to their doing so by the press, but every day across this nation there are actions of the State and its enforcers that would make many think twice about placing their hands over their chests when the national anthem is sung. Patriotism to the ideals of what this nation once stood for, or at least the ones that we thought it did and hopefully to those that someday will arise from the detritus of our failed empire..in one form or another, preferably under a loose confederation of American states, is what we need now.
Not the blind patriotism or nationalism based on a long lost truth of American exceptionalism. We must remain patriotic, however, but to the country we once were, not what over the many years of moral decay and the deceit that springs from empire we have become. We must defend our national sovereignty and the deep roots that are still alive, though barely, from which all that was America once grew. No foreign will should ever be allowed to bend us to its interests, neither the UN, the IMF or any cabal of global financiers or other powers bent on subjugating us. But, first we must fight the tyranny that is eating us alive from within.
Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. “Patriotism” is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by “patriotism” I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one’s own nation, which is the concern with the nation’s spiritual as much as with its material welfare—never with its power over other nations.
=====Decline and Fall: The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America (John Michael Greer)
“If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?”—Sunil Dutta, an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 17 years
Life in the American police state is an endless series of don’ts delivered at the end of a loaded gun: don’t talk back to police officers, don’t even think about defending yourself against a SWAT team raid (of which there are 80,000 every year), don’t run when a cop is nearby lest you be mistaken for a fleeing criminal, don’t carry a cane lest it be mistaken for a gun, don’t expect privacy in public, don’t let your kids walk to the playground alone, don’t engage in nonviolent protest near where a government official might pass, don’t try to grow vegetables in your front yard, don’t play music for tips in a metro station, don’t feed whales, and on and on.
For those who resist, who dare to act independently, think for themselves, march to the beat of a different drummer, the consequences are invariably a one-way trip to the local jail or death.