Disobedience the true foundation of liberty

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As if he could peer into the future, Henry David Thoreau is credited with the expression: “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”

Herein I present a few recent examples of obedience at home. This essay is hardly comprehensive, and the hits keep coming, so this essay represents a minor start to a major issue. I’m certain many more examples will appear until American Empire finally sinks to the bottom of the cesspool in which it is mired.

I focus on the Obama administration because it is the most recent and also the most horrific example of imperialism. I refuse to play the game currently popular among Democrats in which Obama is compared to Mitt Romney or John McCain. Obama has a record as president, and Romney and McCain don’t. I cannot imagine a worse president than Obama, although that’s what I thought about his predecessor, too. I’m hardly the only person to refer to Obama as the worst president ever. Full disclosure: When I was registered to vote, I was a lifelong Democrat.

Obama’s corporate government is doing the bidding of the corporations. The corporate media aids and abets the enemies of the people. As Noam Chomsky points out, “any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media.” The American people, fully convinced they are consumers instead of citizens, capitulate to their masters. The unseen bars keep the people enslaved.

Obama seeks cradle-to-grave power to rule over Americans, with examples that are breathtaking in their number and scope. He is responsible for torture, according to two-year independent investigation by the Constitution Project released in April 2013 (see here). Obama’s Department of Justice has brought charges against six whistleblowers under the Espionage Act of 1917, a number that exceeds every previous administration combined. Indeed, he destroys whistle-blowers with a hateful vengeance, with a recent example focusing on a man who tried to reduce government waste. His vision of this country is termed Obama’s wiretap America in the 8 May 2013 issue of Salon, although it’s merely an extension of policies in place since at least 2001, according to USA Today.

Even before then, the National Security Agency had a back door built into Windows software. Obama’s government gives AT&T and other telecommunications companies secret immunity from wiretap laws. In fact, officials in his administration have authorized a new government program involving the interception of communications on Internet service providers, as well as to record every single telephone conversation (as reported in the Guardian as recently as June 2013).

The same day, the Washington Post reports that one of George W. Bush’s legacies, continued by Obama, is a collaboration between U.S. spy agencies and Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple. Oh, and Obama’s Internal Revenue Service could be reading your email without a warrant. These invasions of privacy in the name of security — an overview of the “best” articles on this worst of horrors is offered by ProPublica — are merely warm-up acts for the massive National Security Agency data collection and analysis center under construction in Utah which, according to a former NSA official, puts us very near “a turnkey totalitarian state.”

All of this probably is fine with most Americans. It’s been a long, relatively gradual road to this point. Most American citizens favor being spied upon, according to a poll conducted 6-9 June 2013 by the Pew Research Center and the Washington Post. Most Americans also favor imprisoning terrorist suspects even without evidence to convict, according to a Rasmussen poll conducted in April 2013. And we’re busily looking the other way as the NSA uses a bogus, secret interpretation of the Patriot Act to get away with recording millions of telephone calls and retaining every email message for an indeterminate length of time. Fortunately for them but not for U.S. citizens, Obama refuses to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay — yet another in an endless string of broken campaign promises — and instead has approved major upgrades.

Not surprisingly, the corporate media is barely making a peep as Obama’s corporate government continues to practice socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor. Examples are legion as Obama’s corporate government flaunts the illegal acquisition of information as he launches a war on journalism, according to recent reporting by the Guardian and Slate. Too little, too late, the corporate media express outrage long after they acquiesced to fascism.

It’s difficult for me to imagine a more passive citizenry than the current state of American Empire. Surely Thoreau would be stunned.

— Guy McPherson, Transition Voice

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  1. says

    I notice Price in North Carolina voted to continue funding the surveillance in the last house vote. Generally a pretty safe liberal vote there. I wonder how he justifies it other than as supporting the Democrat in Chief?

    At this point, I am not sure which side the issue is supposed to fall on: I hear a lot of complaints from both sides, but not from the sorts of folk who would count politically.

  2. TR says

    Guy McPherson:
    “It’s difficult for me to imagine a more passive citizenry than the current state of American Empire.”

    Being an Exceptional,Entitled American,I don’t have time to be active or face reality. I’m too busy on social networks posting soundbite comments & texting my friends. LOL

    I’m so sick of the Political Theologies that I’ve become a political atheist.
    If one’s ears are tender, be prepared for vulgar language.

  3. pauline says

    A fascinating follow up to this disturbing piece;
    Guy’s blog page, http://www.guymcpherson.com/, knowns as Nature Bats Last, has been mysteriously shut down now for 24 hours. He has been unable to correct the situation and is fairly certain it has been attacked. The purpose of which, most likely, is to keep the truth from the people…
    Ironically, he also happens to be in the Netherlands at a hackers conference. Priceless…

    If Americans are such cattle or sheeple or whatever passive animal they resemble best, they ought to at least realize, that criminals despise the truth being told about their crimes and they will stop at nothing to keep the truth from us. The truth is we have been murdered and the criminals have names and addresses.
    Please share widely. Spread the truth..

    • TR says

      If someone is trying to interfere with NBL,their time would be better spent trying to stop NTE.
      Oh! I forgot,it’s too late.
      Everyone I talk to is either in denial or doesn’t understand global warming. When I mention positive feedbacks or NTE they seem lost & don’t want to have a conservation. I guess curiosity & critical thinking are lost arts.
      Is this the sheeple’s favorite song.

  4. Samuel walker says

    Hi Guy,

    I may disagree with you politically on quite a few things however I am quite pleased with the truth that I hear in this article. as a Jewish believer in Jesus you might write me off as just another religious fanatic and yes I do believe in being obedient to G-d and he Says to love your neighbor as yourself. I don’t want to continue to ruin our environment or be a bad steward of this beautiful world that G-d has given us. I agree with the main principles of transition and I believe it is compatible with my beliefs in G-d. I believe in a peaceful approach to change through prayer and peaceful political action. The idea that “disobedience is the true foundation of liberty” is interesting but sounds to me like just another form of bondage. For this statement to be true we would always need something to rebel against so then we are still in bondage to the thing we are rebelling against. True liberty comes when we can be everything we have the potential to be without shame and without the restriction of mans acceptance or mans regulations. It’s not about rebelling it’s about being free from having to rebel. For me this comes through submission to G-d who desires for me to share in his glory.
    That is why Jesus lived and died was to purchase our freedom. freedom from man’s laws, yes but also from our corrupt nature. “If the son sets you free you are free indeed”.

    G-d Bless

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