Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Bad Laws. Staying off the Sky Line.
I read a good post recently about all these new laws and dicktats coming out of Washington. Basically, the person was saying that they weren't going to obey political laws that were designed not to protect people, not to maintain civil life, but to control. I couldn't agree more. I admit to a certain prejudice against the New England states in general, though I know a lot of good folks live there. But I hear a great deal about how in Connecticut people are refusing to comply with registration laws, which are the first step to confiscation. That makes me think better of them. And in my defense, there's never been a lot of love lost between New England and the South. In the Revolutionary War, my great, great, great,( I think I have that right) grandfather and his son were in the North Carolina Line. Their regiment was used to suppress a mutiny in George Washington's army, largely fomented by New Englanders, so the animus goes back a long way. These days I try to put those old aggravations off, and just consider where a person stands on how the country is going. That's what matters now.
I get a lot of good pictures and articles from people who read the blog. They send them to my email address, and I really appreciate it.
Most of them are a lot better writers than I am. I've urged many of them to write blogs, because they would make a big contribution to putting out "the word", and they would strengthen the network of conservative bloggers. That's important because it lets people know there is still a large portion of the country that is conservative, something you would never imagine from watching the MSM (main stream media), and that includes Fox these days.
It helps to know you are not alone, because it's easy in American society today to feel that things are hopeless, and that the minority cliques and the white guilt moon bats are having things their own way.
That's not the truth and internet blogs help conservatives keep their faith and their courage up. They're important. If they weren't, the leftist trolls wouldn't be so enraged and go to so much trouble trying to shut them down.
But there's a down side. I can remember when people would say on their blogs that the government was reading their email, that the government was scanning their posts and comments on blogs, that the government was listening to and capturing cell phone conversations, that the government was capturing facial images off the internet.
This was invariably followed by tinkling laughter and jests about tin foil hats. I used to try to tell people those were just rumors and the spawn of the conspiracy theorists. I'm embarrassed when I think of some of the things I said to people who argued with me on this. I know I verged on the condescending. I knew all about Bill Clinton and Janet Reno and their ilk, but I simply did not believe all these stories. After all, I'm really a product of the 1950's and that kind of totalitarian behavior didn't fit into my scheme of life in this country.
Now we know all that is true. Say what you will about Snowden, he blew the lid off a lot of government practices that had been emphatically denied, under oath, by important people in the government. The "tin foil hat" people were right on target, and the complacent "it can't happen in America" folks like me could not have been more wrong if our lives depended on it.
So when people tell me they aren't blogging because they are "staying off the skyline", how can I argue with that.
There was a time in America where you could pretty much say what you thought, and the government couldn't arrest you for it. Now people sit in McDonalds, talking politics, and some leftard sitting behind them in the next booth records the conversation. The next thing in the process is the FBI kicking down your door, releasing all kinds of statements about how they have thwarted a " right wing extremist plot", and you're in jail. Months later they let you go, never having filed charges. But by then you have lost your job, your home, and that was the whole point. That, and boosting the FBI or ATF profile at budget approval time. There have been many, many examples of this.
How the FBI drums up some face time on the News.
Link above is a classic example.
We know, for a fact, that the government is scanning blogs. CBS recently had a side article on their web page entitled "ten words you shouldn't use on the internet". It was about how NSA uses automated programs to read blogs and look for "potential criminal activites." No wonder people don't want to blog anymore, or if they do, they stick to neutral things and never discuss political matters.
So now I don't try to talk people into blogging. I'm not quitting myself. It would be pointless. For one thing, I've been doing it a long time and if there is a government "s**t list", I'm sure to be on it. I'm probably in their "harmless crank" category, because before there were personal computers and the internet, I was writing people like Ted Kennedy and expressing my views. Letters that politicians got which are strongly worded and uncomplimentary were routinely reported to the FBI then and I suspect still are. You notice when they do arrest somebody for some trumped up thing there's always the choice tidbit in the news that he or she "had a long history of sending threatening letters to Senator So and So." Threatening includes things like "only an idiot would vote for a mentally incapacitated individual like you." It's all in your perspective, and the government has a very strange perspective on such matters.
Once you get on such a list, you don't get off. So there's no point in panicking or trying to go underground now.
I'm on the hook anyway, because I've had a federal firearms license, in the form of a C&R, "forever", and those people are viewed with distaste, suspicion and intense dislike by outfits like BATF. I can remember when there were hundreds of "kitchen table"FFL holders, but they have largely been suppressed. Like the dinosaurs, they outlived their time. At least as far as the Justice Department sees it.
So, if people choose to keep off the skyline, so be it. Maybe they are entirely correct.
I know some good people who won't even open a google account, and always comment anonymously. I'm not sure that will keep the feds from tracking you, but who can blame these people for using an "abundance of caution."
In a way, it's a shame because it means the government is being partially successful in suppressing freedom of speech. If they can put so much pressure on an individual they can silence him, they win.
But you have to live in the real world. Like the four old guys in Toccoa, you never know who's listening or what they will do about it.