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 Stunned and Amazed
by Edgar J. Steele

November 7, 2006

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"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. When you give up that force, you are ruined."
  --- Patrick Henry

"Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
-- William Pitt, Speech on the India Bill, Nov. 18, 1783.

"A tyrant... is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader."
  --- Plato,The Republic  (circa 380 B.C.)

My name is Edgar J. Steele.

Today brings the most important American election ever held.  Or the least important - I'm not sure which.  Of one thing I am certain, however:  there is no in-between.  The answer turns upon whether things already have gone too far. 

Certainly, America's laws, procedures and governmental structure make it possible for those now running things to ignore this election's results, regardless of the outcome.  I speak, not simply of the Patriot Acts, but particularly of the laws pushed through and signed within just the past month or so.

Framework for Tyranny

The structure now is in place for turning America into the largest concentration camp since Mao Tse Tung ruled over China, with tracking and enforcement capabilities that once appeared only in Joe Stalin's wildest wet dreams. 

A few days ago, President Bush signed away the last vestige of the US Constitution with something called the "Military Commissions Act" (MCA).  The MCA allows government officials to designate any American an "enemy combatant" on the flimsiest of excuses. 

Though touted as the next logical step in America's Orwellian "War Against Terrorism," let me simply cut to the chase for you.  I have read the MCA and a variety of others' analyses of its provisions.  Here's how it can be utilized:  Simply for disagreeing with our government, we now can be designated enemy combatants and seized without warrants, held indefinitely without charges, tortured, sent to other countries, tried without juries on evidence we are not allowed to see and with witnesses we cannot hear or, even, know about, then sentenced to death.  All without our families and friends ever being told what has happened to us. 

Furthermore, this can all take place with absolutely no appeal possible to any court.  Thus the time-honored protection of habeas corpus (which in Latin literally means "show the body"), whereby anybody in custody used to be able to invoke a court hearing, finally has been overridden. 

I wish I were kidding.  I wish I were exaggerating.  For those who may not know, I am a lawyer, well experienced in statutory interpretation and usage.  The foregoing is my legal opinion.  And not just mine.  More than one judge has expressed much the same opinion, in writing, of the MCA.

The MCA takes care of people like myself.  Now for people like you.

Just signed into law:  the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act, which allows the Administration to take direct control of any and all National Guard units, over even the objection of state and local officials to whom they report, through the simple expedient of declaring a "public emergency" - again, only the flimsiest of excuses is necessary.  The stationing and use of troops within America for controlling Americans also is allowed for the first time.  (Openly, that is - Waco proved that America's military has been used by recent Administrations in actions against American citizens.)  Thus ends another time-honored protection of citizen rights:  the Posse Comitatus Act, which America's founders crafted specifically to prevent the use of America's military troops against her own citizens.

Why is Posse Comitatus important?  Consider the difference in the objectives of traditional police officers (not the paramilitary shock troops now fielded by many police departments) and the military:  Police officers are supposed to be trained to maintain order and assist civilians, while the military is trained to win, even at the expense of civilian life (collateral damage, in the Orwellian terminology of Donald Rumsfeld).  For example, witness the huge loss of civilian life which continues to occur in Iraq at the hands of American military forces.

And the screws tighten ever further on a daily basis.  Just announced:  Effective January 14, citizens will need clearance from the Department of Homeland Security to leave or enter their own country, regardless of whether we possess valid passports.  What is the point of a passport?  Why screen citizens going abroad?

Why?

In fact, just what is the point of all this new domestic regulation that completely subverts the US Constitution?  Obviously, not to prevent acts of terrorism, none of which have taken place within America, 9/11 notwithstanding (I really don't need to remind you of its having been an inside job, now do I?).  Else, why keep America's southern border open to every pregnant Mestizo in seek of a welfare ticket?  Good questions, aren't they?

Here's the answer:  to keep all of us in line when the rioting begins.  Okay, if you don't think so, then please give me a better reason.  Just one.

What riots?  The ones that will occur when Depression II really takes hold and most of us find ourselves on the outside, looking in at the likes of Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld and your congressmen living high at our expense.  They know what is coming, obviously, else they would not be rushing into place the mechanisms by which they plan to protect themselves from the rest of us.  That's why they needed 9/11 - it was the perfect excuse for putting into place these protective mechanisms.

Have Things Gone Too Far?

So, what do you think?  Have things gone too far?  If so, then we might as well all just stay home and watch TV today, because voting is pointless.  If not, then we all need to get up and go vote like we never have voted before.

Ok, say you think we should vote ... then for whom?  For anybody except an incumbent, that's who.  If it comes to choosing between a Republican non-incumbent and a Democrat non-incumbent, choose the Democrat simply to make a statement about what these reprehensible hypocrites and parasites have done to our beloved America. 

If everybody simply voted against incumbency, then the results would be too overwhelming for even those standing ready to rig the close contests.  Even so, it will make little difference, I suppose.  Only those carefully vetted and ready to take a turn at the trough are allowed onto the ballots.

I expect there to be a massive turning out of Republican incumbents, so as to deliver to the American people the illusion of having "thrown the rascals out."  It will not matter.  The only difference remaining between Republicans and Democrats these days is how their party affiliation is spelled.

To hear me expound upon the pointlessness of today's midterm elections in what has become my typical form, click here (http://tinyurl.com/y29o84 ) to listen in to my interview with the host of The Political Cesspool, James Edwards, from just a couple of days ago (once downloaded, advance to approximately the 36th minute for the start of the interview).

How today's election turns out depends upon whether enough of America's "Independent" voters have been paying attention.  And we still won't have the answer even after the results are tallied and reported.  We will have the answer only when we see whether those elected are sufficiently convinced of our resolve to cause them to countermand the orders of the hidden few who have taken over America.

You Say Neocon, I say Commie Bastard

To be sure, today's awareness level has increased.  Even the Neocons now have turned upon their straw men, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.  Their blood is in the water.  But that betrayal simply reflects how "flexible" neoconservative thinking can be while doggedly pursuing its One World Order grail.  Moral relativism, it is called.  The end justifies the means.  If it feels good, do it.  You know - Communism, to borrow the label of your father's generation. 

Though Communism was invented by globalists, even its ideological framework served merely as a means to an end:  One-world government, run by them.  That's why yesterday's Communists are today's capitalists, to use the term to which so many now lay claim.  This isn't your father's capitalism about which we're talking, of course. 

Through usage, "Neoconservative" now has become synonymous with what these people represent and, in the process, the term has dirtied itself.  Almost time for another shucking of the exoskeleton by these ideological shape shifters par excellence.

The Winter of Our Discontent

A great many have written, asking where I have been.  Thank you for thinking of me.  I appreciate the concern.  I've been right here ... thinking about the momentous changes that have taken place in America in recent weeks and days and considering how best to respond to them.

And getting ready for winter, which has been delayed here in North Idaho by unseasonably fair weather. 

As pointed out in my book, Defensive Racism, winter may well be the very thing that provided those of us of European ancestry with our intellect and motivation.  In the distant past, neither dummies nor the shiftless made it through to Spring.  Neither did those who failed to provide for their mates and offspring, hungrily huddled and shivering, back in the cave.  It takes foresight to lay up supplies during fair weather for coming hard times.  Foresight requires intellect. 

The obvious reality of Evolution, which coexists quite nicely with the fact of Creation, thank you, did its job in culling out the dimwitted among our ancestors.  In Africa, evolution culled out the physically slow and those less prone to self-protective  violence, not to mention those not given to profligate sexual behavior, necessary in a world where death is the order of the day,  all of which goes a long way toward explaining the current state of affairs in Detroit, as well as every city in the World with a large concentration of Blacks.  African evolution never motivated invention of a rudimentary wheel, even, hard though that may be to believe.

We never seem to get fully ready for winter here in North Idaho.  Fences to mend.  Firewood to cut, split and haul.  Hay to put up for the livestock.  Freezers to stock.  Snow tires to mount.  Plows to get out and service.  Lawn mowers to service and put away.  It is no accident that the wheel figures prominently in a great many of those activities.  Recognizing this connection to our distant past evolution is something I have dubbed the "Zen of Tractor Maintenance."

Always, it gets to the point, along about the first of October, that we wonder, yet again, why we didn't do more throughout the all-too-brief summer.  Resolving to do better next year, we make the hard decisions about what will not get done before snow falls.  Every year, it is the same.  But, every year sees our lot improve a bit, as we seem always to make at least some headway with that list, a list that I realize, now, never will be completed.

Similarly, we now enter the early Winter of America's development, with many of us wondering why we didn't do more to prepare for the coming hard times.

Baby, the Snow Must Fall

Though it may be late again this year, inevitably snow will come.  Those new to the area have no idea just how bad it can get.  You see them everywhere, frittering away their time in sundry idle pursuits.  They will see.  The snow will fall, just like always.  They will be the ones complaining about the bitter cold.  The ones needing their cars pulled from the ditches.  The ones bitching about the cost of heating oil and propane.

The new and the slower-witted among our ranks up here now are preoccupied with pre-season football, bachelorettes without roses and the deep significance of last week's episode of "Lost."  Grasshoppers, all of them, who will expect the ants among us to "he'p" them, as so disingenuously demanded by the denizens of New Orleans not long ago ("He'p us!  He'p us!  Oh, why won't nobody come he'p us poh folk?  Buy me a house!  Gimme food!  You owe me, you racist crackers!")  Notice that they needed no help carrying all that merchandise out of the stores they looted.

Freedom is like summer.  Freedom feels good while it's here and is sorely missed only when it is gone.  Imagine waking up one morning and finding that gravity no longer works.  Only as you float away do you realize how much you took it for granted.  Farfetched?  Inevitably, gravity no longer will work, you know - after the supernova burns the earth to a crisp, billions of years off in the future.  Just as inevitably, so too will snow once again fall in North Idaho as Winter wears on.

The Circle of Strife

Just as snow always takes the place of summer breezes, so, too, will freedom be displaced by tyranny, just as always, in every country, down through history.  There is a constant ebb and flow of freedom under all forms of government, in a process I think of as the "Circle of Strife."

Today in America we live more in the memory of freedom than actual freedom, itself.  Just ask those who fly and must endure the insufferable arrogance and boorish behavior of the room-temperature-IQ louts wearing TSA uniforms.  Just ask those so harassed that, already, they have fled to other countries.  Just ask those handed over for imprisonment and prosecution, in that order, under the new laws noted above.

Stunned and Amazed

Ever since the MCA passed Congress a month ago and I realized it would become the law of the land, I have been stunned beyond words.  Stunned and Amazed.  Thus, my recent relative silence.

What should I do?  Still, I am in a quandary.  Written complaints do no good, obviously.  Those who need to be reached will not read or listen to my words.  The government will respond only badly.

I have considered packing up my family and moving to another country, an option that I now must make ready. 

I have considered issuing a call for a new American Revolution, but that simply would get me arrested.

Like a deer caught in the headlights, I sit here.  On the one hand, I am stunned and amazed at the speed with which George W. Bush (his masters, actually) has implemented a full-on dictatorship.  On the other hand, I am stunned and amazed at the general lack of comprehension throughout America of the significance of what just has taken place.

Stunned and amazed.  You should be, too.  Consider that carefully as you cast your ballot.  Remember:  Vote against all incumbents.

My name is Edgar J. Steele.  Thanks for listening.  Please visit my web site, www.ConspiracyPenPal.com, for other messages just like this one.

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