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March 26, 2012 3 Comments
In the immortal words of John Wayne, “It’s gettin’ to be Ri-goddamn-diculous.” As if the NDAA wasn’t hideous enough on its own, two other pieces of legislation were recently passed and signed by our Traitor in Chief. I’m sorry if this article does not live up to the lofty standards of its predecessors, but I am red-faced with outrage and want to get this article out quickly.
January 12, 2012 4 Comments
I will start with my usual disclaimer that the views expressed in this article are those of the author only and not the rest of the ZazenLife.com team.
Disclaimer #2- I am supporting, albeit with reservations, Ron Paul for President.
It is the morning after the New Hampshire GOP primary, and I cannot believe that the GOP is really going to take on Obama in 2012 with the likes of Mitt Romney.
Why not Mitt Romney, you say?
Among the many reasons he would make a terrible president: Read more of this post
January 7, 2012 14 Comments
I would like to start by saying that the views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily that of the rest of the ZazenLife.com team.
It was my hope that it would not be necessary to write this article, but since the mainstream media is willing to focus their attention on anyone who isn’t Ron Paul, and several otherwise intelligent people I know have spoken highly of Mr. (I refuse to call him Senator) Santorum, the article became necessary.
Mr. Santorum has described himself as “the most conservative candidate in the race” as well as “espousing the platform of the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party.” Indeed?! Let’s proceed to blow that theory out of the water with a seemingly unending supply of ammunition, as outlined below.
I mean, this guy calling himself a conservative takes balls the size of cantaloupes. Rick Santorum is to conservative as Lil’ Wayne is to good music, or the Twilight series is to quality literature, or Ben Affleck is to acting, or as the Mets are to a skilled baseball team. But, I digress. Read more of this post
December 31, 2011 13 Comments
Allow me to be the buzzkill on the ZazenLife.com team.
I still cannot come to grips with the fact that ALL Americans are not up in arms over the passage of NDAA 2012, or as it will come to be known in the future, the American Enabling Act.
We just passed the point of no return. Our corrupt, bought and paid for government now has the broad power to arrest and detain anyone it even THINKS may be involved in ambiguously named “belligerent acts”, without the right to trial or counsel.
Does everyone reading this article comprehend this?
The Bill of Rights NO LONGER EXISTS.
“But wait,” you say, “this isn’t a dictatorship. We have elections.”
One need look no further than the election of 2008 to see how little our elections mean. We went right from one incompetent boob in GWB to another corporate/military-industrial complex stooge in Obama.
Look at their policies, there is literally no difference between them. They both expanded the size and reach of the federal government to insane proportions, all the while systematically eroding the rights of American citizens.
The populace has been conditioned to expect and accept random searches, state-sponsored assassination of American citizens, and endless regulations about what people can put into their own bodies. If the GOP nominee in 2012 is not Ron Paul, and sadly, it looks like the state-sponsored media has all but assured that he will not, then we are doomed to continue the same cycle of war, debt, and increasing dependence on the federal government by an increasing number of people.
Our electoral choices are so poor, South Park (the single best place for social satire in America) made an aptly entitled episode about it called “Douche and Turd.”
You can watch the full episode, legally, here.
Another issue happening concurrently, which again, perilously few people are concerned about, is the increasing militarization of our police forces. Why are police forces all over the country being provided, with federal dollars, military grade weaponry?
I’ll give you a hint: it won’t be used against a foreign enemy.
The transformation from democratic republic to all-out police state is all but complete. Will the American people, who have been collectively dumbed down by brainwashing in public schools, sedated with scads of anti-depressants and reality TV, and fattened with processed “food” be able to wake up and shake the chains off of their oppressors?
I am somewhat heartened by the youth of the country, including the main contributors to this site, appear to be able to see through the “Matrix” and realize whats going on around them.
I realize some of you may be rolling your eyes and thinking “Why doesn’t he write about something else?”
I will continue to rail against the loss of freedoms until my dying breath.
I take the saying “Give me liberty or give me death” very seriously.
It is my hope that if you are reading this, then you do, too.
Yours in Liberty,
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December 27, 2011 2 Comments
In recent months, I have seen a remarkable awakening of the American public, one I would have not thought possible. People are waking up to the fact that their government is working against them, not for them, and their rights are being stripped away at a breakneck pace. Below is a great video that expertly illustrates the philosophy of liberty. Once again, I feel the need to point out that of all the candidates for POTUS, only Ron Paul has fought fervently for our constitutional rights. I hope you will find it informative and enlightening.
No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.- John Adams
December 22, 2011 15 Comments
America is an oligarchy.
The vast majority of us are ruled by a powerful few, and we know about virtually NONE of it.
This video and the attached Venn Diagrams show just how royally screwed we are. Big government and big corporations alone would be bad enough, but when they work in tandem with each other, looking out for each other’s interests, that’s where it gets super scary. Read more of this post
December 20, 2011 3 Comments
I had thought to give the politics a rest for a while, but I re-stumbled upon this cartoon from 1948. Now, obviously, there are some very dated parts in here, especially where it describes the USA as an economic powerhouse, but the rest is goose-bump inducing. It describes EXACTLY what is going on right now, and how the powers that be are playing US citizens against each other while the government usurps more and more of our rights.“Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons.”
― Ron Paul
December 19, 2011 3 Comments
Thanks to Joe Rogan for tweeting the link to this excellent video. I still can’t really grasp the lack of outrage at the passage of the NDAA by the vast majority of Americans. I know I’m taking the easy way out by just reposting someone else’s work, but I feel this video encompasses visually all that i set out to accomplish in my last post on this subject.
“Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.” – H.L. Mencken
December 18, 2011 16 Comments
Well, it took just a bit longer than 10 years after 9/11, but our treasonous den of vipers in Washington, DC have finally gotten what they wanted: complete and utter control. Make no mistake about it, control was, and is, the end game here. The sad part about our complete loss of constitutional freedoms is that so many of them were willingly given up by the populace under the guise of safety. To be sure, it did not happen overnight, but in slow, deliberate steps. So, how did we get here?
The Patriot Act
Surely among the most ironically named pieces of legislation ever passed, the Patriot Act was seemingly conjured out of thin air weeks after the 9/11 attacks. This bill basically handed law enforcement carte blanche to carry out wiretaps and search personal or business records without a warrant in addition to indefinite detention of immigrants suspected of “terrorism”. Not to be overlooked, the Act also amended the definition of “terrorism” to include “domestic terrorism.” How did Congress manage to write and authorize such a large and far-reaching law in just over a month? They didn’t. Congress sold this bill as a “temporary measure” due to expire in 2005, but it was re-authorized by George W. Bush in 2006, and again by President “Hope and Change” in 2011. Among the lessons to be learned here: Never let the government have “temporary powers.” Once they have them, they’re not giving them back. See also the income tax, which was also supposed to be temporary.
Another gift courtesy of 9/11, this agency was created by the Aviation and Transportation Security Act in November, 2011. Since then, this army of otherwise unemployable high-school dropouts have become a national joke, having failed to stop ANY terrorist act, allowing multiple firearms through their grasp, all the while terrorizing innocent airline passengers by forcing them to undergo a virtual strip-search while being dosed with radiation or ripping out their colostomy bags and making elderly cancer patients remove their adult diapers. “But wait, Chris,” you might say (if you knew my name was Chris) “if you want to fly, then the government has the right to search you. If you don’t like it, don’t fly.” I don’t agree with you, but even if I did, wait! They are not confined to airports! You may have noticed them operating at transit terminals such as bus and/or rail stations. “No problem,” you are now thinking.” I’ll just hop in my good old automobile and hit the road like Chevy Chase in Vacation.” Well, not only are you not going to end up in a pool with a topless Christie Brinkley, but TSA now has the sinister-sounding VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) teams scouring the nation’s roadways. You could literally be stopped anywhere, anytime, for no reason whatsoever, just for trying to get from Point A to point B.
The big enchilada. The end game. They say that those that don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Well, I’d like to call your attention to Germany, 1933, right after the Nazis took power and instituted their “extraordinary measures” to keep their homeland “safe”. The Bill of Rights is now effectively dead. Think about that for a second. For 220 years, American citizens could ostensibly rest easy, knowing that even if they were accused of a crime, they had rights guaranteed to them, most notably under the 4th Amendment (unreasonable search and seizure, which has been DOA for many years now), the 5th Amendment, which guarantees the right not to be “deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law”, and the 6th Amendment, which states “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”
Well, Congress, with the full backing of the executive branch, has taken the Bill of Rights and effectively wiped their collective asses with it. This bill now gives the government the right to indefinitely detain US citizens without trial, without specifying what charges, if any, are being leveled against them. Neoconservatives and Fox News watchers will say “So what? It’s only going to be used against terrorists, so what’s the big deal, you hippie?” The devil is in the details, specifically section 1031:
(a) In General.–Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40) includes the authority for the Armed Forces of the United States to detain covered persons (as defined in subsection (b)) pending disposition under the law of war.
(b) Covered Persons.–A covered person under this section is any person as follows:
(1) A person who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored those responsible for those attacks. (2) A person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces.
(c) Disposition Under Law of War.–The disposition of a person under the law of war as described in subsection (a) may include the following:
(1) Detention under the law of war without trial until the end of the hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force. (2) Trial under chapter 47A of title 10, United States Code (as amended by the Military Commissions Act of 2009 (title XVIII of Public Law 111-84)). (3) Transfer for trial by an alternative court or competent tribunal having lawful jurisdiction. (4) Transfer to the custody or control of the person’s country of origin, any other foreign country, or any other foreign entity.
The part of the wording that disturbs me, in particular, is the phrase “belligerent act.” WTF is that supposed to mean exactly? It seems to me that it wouldn’t be a big stretch for the government to say that people leading protests, especially anti-war protests, are committing “belligerent acts.”
Remember a little while ago, when I invoked 1930’s Germany? Well, I wish to do so again. For such a mind-blowingly large deal as the death of the Bill of Rights, I would have expected more outrage from the public. Nary a peep. The media has done an excellent job dumbing down society to the point where we would rather watch a family of no-talent whores like the Kardashians embarrass themselves weekly on TV than take an interest in preserving our freedoms in the face of a government that grows more tyrannical by the day. It reminds me of this quote from German author Sebatian Haffner: “With sheepish submissiveness we watched it unfold, as if from a box at the theater. The German people collectively and limply collapsed, yielded and capitulated.”
Only 7 senators voted against this abomination, and they deserve to be mentioned by name, as patriots. All others are nothing short of traitors. If your senator voted for this, write a respectful note or a phone call telling them why you will be spearheading a charge to remove them from office.
Tom Coburn, (R), OK
Tom Harkin, (D), IA
Mike Lee, (R), UT
Jeff Merkely, (D), OR
Rand Paul, (R), KY
Bernie Sanders, (I), VT
Ron Wyden (D), OR