9/11

We Lost Liberty After 9/11—COVID-19 Threatens More of the Same

History is repeating itself in ways that we, and our kids, will live to regret.

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The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 cast a long shadow over American life. Twenty years later the world is more chaotic and less free because the U.S. government exploited fear to erode liberty and launch two disastrous wars. Now, yet another crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, creates new opportunities to restrict freedom in the name of protecting us from a threat. President Joe Biden's new vaccine mandate is just the latest round of pandemic restrictions and government by executive fiat that started in early 2020. The pandemic, too, threatens to leave an authoritarian legacy.

The best-known policy result of the 9/11 attacks is pervasive surveillance. Edward Snowden showed how the National Security Agency (NSA) used powers acquired after 9/11 to collect communications data from innocent people at home and abroad. But the government didn't act on its own; it also conscripted communications companies into monitoring customers and installed NSA equipment in AT&T facilities.

In a disturbing parallel, early in the pandemic, then-President Donald Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to compel businesses to produce ventilators and other supplies for combatting the virus on his preferred terms. Once again, government officials turned to force to bend private parties to their will. 

After 9/11, Congress created the Department of Homeland Security and nationalized airport security under the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Since then, the TSA has become known for groping fliers, delaying transit, and for failing to actually make anybody safer despite the ordeal.

"Undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials," ABC News reported in 2015.

Panic-fueled pandemic policy has also brought us restrictions on movement. Early on that included overtly unconstitutional limits on traveling between states and cities.

"Freedom of movement within and between states is constitutionally protected" but "the constitutional model is losing right now," Meryl Justin Chertoff, executive director of the Georgetown Project on State and Local Government Policy and Law, wrote last year.

Perhaps more permanently, we've also seen the proliferation of vaccine passports as yet another document requirement for travel, and as a means for turning once-routine activities into conditional privileges.

"The Key to NYC Pass will be a first-in-the-nation approach," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio boasted last month. "It will require vaccination for workers and customers in indoor dining, in indoor fitness facilities, indoor entertainment facilities."

Politicians seem to instinctively understand that a crisis is an opening to push freedom-eroding policies. For then-Senator Biden, the 9/11 attacks provided an opening for touting a bill he had drafted years earlier but couldn't get passed. It became the Patriot Act.

"I drafted a terrorism bill after the Oklahoma City bombing," Biden told The New Republic in 2001. "And the bill John Ashcroft sent up was my bill."

That bill "turns regular citizens into suspects," in the words of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Twenty years later, even while admitting that "the bulk of the constitutional scholarship says that it's not likely to pass constitutional muster" and correctly predicting that the Supreme Court would overturn the order, now-President Biden extended an emergency federal eviction moratorium that violated the property rights of millions of landlords.

The fear-fueled post-9/11 culture also gave politicians free rein to spend vast amounts of money on initiatives that had little to do with keeping Americans safe. A 2005 60 Minutes report found "counterterrorism" funding being used to supply small police departments with ATVs and defibrillators.  

"A substantial portion of new homeland security spending is being used for politically motivated items—outlays that are unlikely to have any impact on terrorism," an AEI paper found the next year.

The spending did make many local law-enforcement agencies dependent on federal funds and aligned with the federal government's priorities at the expense of their communities' more mundane concerns.

Today's public health crisis has led to trillions in passed or proposed spending for so-called "recovery" and "infrastructure." Somehow, that's been defined to include internet access, child tax credits, electric-vehicle charging stations, corporate subsidies, and "buy American" mandates.

"Paid leave is infrastructure. Child care is infrastructure. Caregiving is infrastructure," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) insisted in a revealingly opportunistic tweet.

Opportunity also knocked in 2001 when it came to invading Iraq, which had nothing to do with 9/11. Regime change was on the Bush administration wish list, and the terrorist attack created an opening.

"I am often asked why we are in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the 9/11 attacks," President George W. Bush commented in 2006. "The answer is that the regime of Saddam Hussein was a clear threat."

Afghanistan's Taliban regime was implicated in harboring Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. But, after 20 years of war, an estimated 157,000 lives lost, and a puppet regime that couldn't survive the withdrawal of western forces, the Taliban is back in control.

Fortunately, the reaction to COVID-19 hasn't resulted in warfare. But it has further divided the world, disrupted trade, and encouraged conflict—to the benefit of government officials, as after 9/11.

"The rich nations of Europe and North America are liberal democracies, but their governments are also ferociously efficient repression machines. The surveillance tools at their disposal have never been more powerful," Thomas Hegghammer, a senior research fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, writes in the current issue of Foreign Affairs about the aftermath of the War on Terror.

"As recorded in the Democracy Index in recent years, democracy has not been in robust health for some time," The Economist's Democracy Index 2020 observed earlier this year. "In 2020 its strength was further tested by the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic… Across the world in 2020, citizens experienced the biggest rollback of individual freedoms ever undertaken by governments during peacetime (and perhaps even in wartime)."

The 20-year anniversary of September 11, 2001 is a day for mourning the loss of the nearly 3,000 people who perished—and to reflect on how political leaders used fear to steal our liberties. Because history is already repeating itself in ways that we, and our kids, will live to regret.

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  1. Y’all voted for this.

    1. Neither major party is significantly better on this issue than the other. You rightly complain because Democrats want to mandate vaccines or masks or whatever, but turn a blind eye to Republicans mandating industry to bend at their will or eviction moratoriums or severely limiting our ability to travel.

      You can’t have it both ways. IF COVID19 is such a major threat that you accept the extra-constitutional things that Trump did as a response then why do you think you can suddenly argue against THIS expansion of power? If you (correctly) assert that COVID19 isn’t the threat that we should scrap the concept of limited government over, then why imply that voting for the party that implemented eviction moratoriums, travel restrictions, and defense production powers is a reasonable action to take?

      1. I didn’t imply that at all.
        What I am saying is that we are in too deep, and there is no stopping this. At least not with conventional methods that we have been using.

        1. Can you be specific then? Who did “y’all” vote for that led to this and who in your opinion should they have voted for to avoid executive overreach w.r.t COVID?

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      2. Precisely what extra-constitutional things did Trump do as a response to the pandemic? State governors did many things during Trump’s administration – including some stupid things by republican governors – but what exactly did the feds do during that period that exceeded the constitution?

        I’m not saying that Trump was an angel. He certainly talked a big game about more executive power. But with some minor exceptions, he was notable for not actually doing anything about it.

        1. The two sides haven’t been equal at all. Leo is full of shit wjth a need to protect the left. It is a form of buyers remorse where Leo can’t admit that maybe he was wrong about preferring the “return to normalcy” with Biden over Trump. He is justifying being wrong.

          1. I don’t need to protect the left. I’ve stated numerous times that I would have preferred Trump to Biden, but would have STRONGLY preferred Jorgensen to both. Thus I voted for her.

            1. Then why the fuck are you inferring both sides are equal Leo? They aren’t. One side is actively fighting the over reach while the other has fully embraced the overreach.

              Youre basically saying beer and water are the same because they both contain water. It is so dishonest.

              1. I’ve already explained multiple times three areas where Trump overreached on COVID. You’re choosing not to address them.

                1. And it’s been explained to you many times why no one buys your attempt to justify your simplistic “both sides” bullshit, TDS-addled asshole.

                  1. Gotta love it when a #DATS utilizes the good ol’ TDS defense every time accountability and Trump are mentioned in the same sentence. All of these Repukelicons crying about Biden’s Covid failure are doing so to cover-up their great #CHARLATANinCHIEF’s failures. Biden election comments were quashed when he & the VP were publicly vaccinated. #DONtheCON was booed for admitting he was vaccinated.
                    I believe we should allow those who refuse to be vaccinated the opportunity to die in their beds at home vs the hospital. We need to preserve our resources for those individuals who are fighting for their fellow countrymen. Unfortunately, we have Repukelicon pockets of intellectual ineptness in every state; these areas are responsible for the spreading of this virus within their state.
                    I wish all of these anti-American anti-vaccinators anti-maskers were fighting for the 60M+ Americans/Veterans who are being forced to suffer w/o the ONLY FDA approved opiate medications that were proven to provide some sort of life quality. These patients are being arbitrarily cut-off, forced into experimental pharmaceutical methods all because of Trump’s opioid commission’s mandating of the arbitrary CDC guidelines & its weaponization of the DEA against Dr.s who dare to treat these patients w/dignity.
                    Over 2M Americans/Veterans are dead from illegal drug overdoses, suicides, and other untreated pain complications, but killing off the disabled is good business. Instead of bitching about Biden’s Covid failure, you should be bitching about Biden’s failure to eliminate Trump’s Opioid Commission edicts.

        2. 1. Eviction moratorium
          2. Defense production act — you can argue this is constitutional, although I defy you to fine this power enumerated in the Constitution
          3. Travel restriction — Again… even if you accept that this power is constitutional, it most certainly would belong to Congress.

          Either way you fall on items 2 and 3, it is irrational to claim both that COVID is not an issue that we should give up freedoms for AND that others (namely manufacturers and people who travel internationally) should give up freedoms for COVID.

          1. That list seems “significantly better” to me than the crap Biden is attempting.

      3. Neither major party is significantly better on this issue than the other. You rightly complain because Democrats want to mandate vaccines or masks or whatever, but turn a blind eye to Republicans mandating industry to bend at their will or eviction moratoriums or severely limiting our ability to travel.

        You are full of shit Leo. It is only conservatives fighting against this authoritarian over reach woth DeSantis blocking mandates and vaccine cards, same with other governors across the US, all republican.

        You saying they are equal is beyond parody and hints at you needing to defend the left from their complete authoritarian over reaches. This is just pathetic.

        1. The difference seems to be that you aren’t a manufacturer or a landlord or a person that needs to travel to and from other countries. You seem to value your freedom but don’t much care about those people who had their freedoms trampled on by depense production act mandates, eviction moratoriums, and travel restrictions.

          Keep telling yourself that you care about freedom as you fight against masks but accept the impacts to others (listed above) as perfectly acceptable.

          1. I was against the eviction moratorium dummy. But biden was for it as well even after a USSC ruling against. Not the same.

            The left has asked to force manufacturers to comply with mask and vaccine manufacturing, Trump did not. What other imaginary slights did you think the right did there?

            One side is actively pushing vaccine mandates, mask mandates, eviction moratorium, travel mandates.

            The other did temporary travel restrictions and eviction moratorium.

            Last I checked 2 was less than 4.

            The fact you think California was as freedom loving as South Dakota or Florida proves you to be an ass.

            You have this frenetic need to deny the actual reality of the situation. It is liberal groups like the NEA and ACLU supporting mandates, not conservative think tanks. It is democratic governors with the most severe restrictions, not Florida and Texas.

            Youre simply full of shit.

            1. The left has asked to force manufacturers to comply with mask and vaccine manufacturing, Trump did not. What other imaginary slights did you think the right did there?
              https://republicans-energycommerce.house.gov/news/blog/president-trump-invokes-defense-production-act-to-support-covid-19-response/

              So your points here seem to backup my claims. Both sides have trampled on our rights during COVID. Whether one did just a little less trampling doesn’t mean that my rights weren’t trampled.

              So I’m correct in my preferences of Jorgensen >> Trump > Biden.

              1. You suffer from the delusion that what politicians say is related to what they do.

      4. “Neither major party is significantly better on this issue than the other.”

        A major criticism of Trump’s handling of the pandemic is that he actually refused to impose mandates or order the states around, so, no, that’s not really true.

        Yeah, Trump over-reached. Multiple times, he is not instinctively disinclined to that. But he wasn’t nearly as bad in that regard as Biden. Trump had some notion that his powers were limited. Biden doesn’t.

        1. Worse…Biden will say his powers are limited then say “Well, fuck it” and do what he wants regardless.

        2. Trump had some notion that his powers were limited. Biden doesn’t.

          I don’t see any evidence of that. It’s true that Trump didn’t mandate masks, but that position was extremely unpopular with his base. While I’ll give him credit for not mandating masks, it’s tough to see any evidence that Trump actually thought his powers were limited in any way as opposed to it being a politically unpopular thing for him to do.

      5. “Neither major party is significantly better on this issue than the other.”

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  2. “As recorded in the Democracy Index in recent years, democracy has not been in robust health for some time… Across the world in 2020, citizens experienced the biggest rollback of individual freedoms ever undertaken by governments during peacetime”

    Send a memo to the Economist: Democracy is not the same thing as freedom. Boy howdy.

    1. To socialists and fascists, democracy and freedom are synonymous.

      Libertarians ought to know better.

  3. It will be interesting to see what happens when this “plan” fails. And it will.

    I think a lot of people will scream angrily that it was a brilliant plan but it was sabotaged by the Kulaks, hoarders and wreckers. Meanwhile inside they will smile because they really don’t want this “crisis” to end. Ever.

  4. We just got a little back!

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/09/09/florida-judge-blocks-enforcement-anti-riot-law-backed-by-desantis/

    Florida judge blocks enforcement of anti-riot law backed by DeSantis

    A U.S. District judge wrote that the Republican governor’s “new definition of ‘riot’” is vague and overbroad and criminalizes “vast swaths of core First Amendment speech.”

    1. Im glad someone’s standing up for the first amendment.

      Still, I hope that, as our government oppresses it’s own people more and more, that we don’t have a riot in Washington DC that finds Biden, Pelosi, the Squad, etc, victims of horrible tragedies. I just hope they don’t experience that.

        1. She was traumatized because some DC cop allegedly gave her the stink eye.

    2. That’s ok we can still mow down violent rioters blocking our passage and attacking us with impunity. No civil lawsuits for the scum either! Haven’t had any BLM or Pantifa riots since. Thank you Ron Desantis.

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  5. COVID did not cause these. Totalitarian politicians did.

    1. No. The cause of this is looking back at you in the mirror every morning.

      Covid merely caused 650,000+ dead people.
      Politicians saw that as a reason to do something.
      We chose to make sure that this situation absolutely required the most futile and stupid gestures be done on somebody’s part.

      1. Politicians saw that as a reason to do something.

        Yeah. They sure did. Totalitarianism didn’t save a single life.

      2. Chumby caused 0 dead people. And Chumby donated his vaccine to a high-risk person in a third world country. Chumby did once wear a bandana in a bank during the face diaper craze.
        COVID is a red herring.

        1. And JFree is full of shit.

      3. And you chose to vote for autocratic idiots like Biden.

  6. One of these years, we’re going to flatten the curve.

    1. Who knew they meant the freedom curve.

      1. Certainly not TDS-addled assholes like you!

  7. We Lost Liberty After 9/11—COVID-19 Threatens More of the Same

    Isn’t this what you wanted? I mean sure, you finally found a few words to condemn the Biden regime, so your words say no, but your votes say yes.

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  8. In a disturbing parallel, early in the pandemic, then-President Donald Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to compel businesses to produce ventilators and other supplies for combatting the virus on his preferred terms.

    Did the author just compare the NSA’s meta-data collection on American citizens to Trump’s order to compel businesses to manufacture ventilators?

    The ‘Both Sides” requirement is beginning to render these Reason pieces unreadable.

    1. “Did the author just compare the NSA’s meta-data collection on American citizens to Trump’s order to compel businesses to manufacture ventilators?”

      Yes. The author did that.

  9. Elections have consequences, eh?

    Try and say Biden is a ‘return to decency’ and isn’t mentally retarded. Ga’head. I’m listening. Should be good.

    Trump was NOWHERE near this obscene. In just eight months, Joe has proven to be a flat out incompetent creepy psycho. I don’t know what’s going on in the Five Eyes and USA but something is definitely off. I don’t want to go Alex Jones here, but he’s sounding far more rational than anything I see out Canada, Australia, UK and USA.

    There’s some sort of scam or it’s pure moral panic incompetence. I want to believe it’s the latter. We can survive stupidity.

    We can’t survive this NWO stuff if real.

    And I have one question: Why are the pushing the vaccines this hard? I don’t even see this in Europe? I’ve never seen anything like it. All the more odd, we just heard the JVCI, EU regulators and the FDA say either lay off the boosters or not give it to children. These are the government’s scientists warning governments and they were ignored to the point two top FDA scientists resigned.

    Going rogue makes me wonder if there was indeed an agenda all along.

    Folks. Hate to tell ya, but it’s war. Like, an actual war. We just haven’t come to this realization yet.

    The virus is man-made. We know the story from there. Nothing shot of seeing Fauci and Collins getting their asses hauled into for questioning is acceptable.

    1. I haven’t seen you post in a while. Welcome back.

  10. It still amazes me how thoroughly the proverbial pink elephant in the room is overlooked. This guy was not elected. The upper echelon of both parties stole the election from Trump and 75million Americans, and they did it with impunity. All this talk about rights is simply ridiculous. The second this crook was sworn in, and we did nothing, we forfeited any semblance of freedom we had left.

    1. Trump winning 49-48.5 isn’t much better for our country. As long as that keeps happening, we’re in deep shit.
      The election was definifely stolen (“legally”), but i am almost certain that the lefts tantrum if trump only won the electoral or by a % point or less would have put 2020 to shame.

      1. Fast as libertarians can mute them, Fuhrerjugend with green teeth and bad breath pop up wearing another sockpuppet and bemoaning their altruist Savior, who was crucified for YOUR sins. American fascism is clearly terrified of American libertarian voters.

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  11. 20 years ago:

    “That bill “turns regular citizens into suspects,” in the words of the American Civil Liberties Union.”

    Now:

    “Only vaccinated people should have civil rights,” in the words of the American Civil Liberties Union.

    1. Please tell me they didn’t say that or even allude to it.

      1. https://greenwald.substack.com/p/the-aclu-prior-to-covid-denounced
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        The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) surprised even many of its harshest critics this week when it strongly defended coercive programs and other mandates from the state in the name of fighting COVID. “Far from compromising them, vaccine mandates actually further civil liberties,” its Twitter account announced, adding that “vaccine requirements also safeguard those whose work involves regular exposure to the public.”

        If you were surprised to see the ACLU heralding the civil liberties imperatives of “vaccine mandates” and “vaccine requirements” — whereby the government coerces adults to inject medicine into their own bodies that they do not want — the New York Times op-ed which the group promoted, written by two of its senior lawyers, was even more extreme. The article begins with this rhetorical question: “Do vaccine mandates violate civil liberties?” Noting that “some who have refused vaccination claim as much,” the ACLU lawyers say: “we disagree.” The op-ed then examines various civil liberties objections to mandates and state coercion — little things like, you know, bodily autonomy and freedom to choose — and the ACLU officials then invoke one authoritarian cliche after the next (“these rights are not absolute”) to sweep aside such civil liberties concerns:

        (quote)
        [W]hen it comes to Covid-19, all considerations point in the same direction. . . . In fact, far from compromising civil liberties, vaccine mandates actually further civil liberties. . . . .

        [Many claim that] vaccines are a justifiable intrusion on autonomy and bodily integrity. That may sound ominous, because we all have the fundamental right to bodily integrity and to make our own health care decisions. But these rights are not absolute. They do not include the right to inflict harm on others. . . . While vaccine mandates are not always permissible, they rarely run afoul of civil liberties when they involve highly infectious and devastating diseases like Covid-19. . . .

        While limited exceptions are necessary, most people can be required to be vaccinated. . . . . Where a vaccine is not medically contraindicated, however, avoiding a deadly threat to the public health typically outweighs personal autonomy and individual freedom.

        1. Seems perfectly reasonable, and if the virus were called Ebola, you’d be first in line to demand that other people get forcibly quarantined.

          1. The fuck I would.

  12. Because history is already repeating itself in ways that we, and our kids, will live to regret.

    No, our kids won’t. They will be too brainwashed to understand what happened to liberty, or even what it was.

  13. Threatens more of the same? Threatens. So the last year and a half was just what, ominous storm clouds on the horizon? The complete shutdown of civilian life: businesses shuttered, many permanently, events canceled, travel restricted, schooling put on hold, mask mandates, test and trace requirements… all reasonable so far, but if they go any farther we may have to seriously consider writing some articles that are critical of the administration.

    This has already been the most severe violation of human rights in generations, and Reason, like many others we should expect more from, has been asleep at the wheel.

    1. Maybe things are put in a better perspective when you remember the deadly pandemic that was going on at the same time.

  14. I was at a military conference the day Desert Shield became Desert Storm. The event crowned with success 30 years of communo-fascist policies of strangling nuclear power plants and oil wells, thereby keeping These States dependent on foreign oil. Superstitious dictatorships attack each other all the time, and have for millennia. But the Nixon subsidies packing the entrenched Kleptocracy with ignorant, superstitious poltroons led directly to invading Mohammedan territory and bringing on the unequal but apposite reprisal force that wrecked skyscrapers and murdered the civilians–civilians whose tax money subsidized electing the idiots in the first place.

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    2. The entrenched kleptocracy is what Hank Phillips has been working to support for decades, wittingly or unwittingly.

    3. Nixon’s personality problems are at the root of a surprising number of the pathologies in American government today.

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  16. Please do not insult us by claiming it’s just Covid. Its Covid, Climate and public charge open borders. Global CCP socialism. It’s not a conspiracy theory it’s right out in the open. “You will own nothing and you will be happy”.

    This is just the tip of the iceberg.

  17. The 1st line is ‘confirming’ the Govt. conspiracy theory. WHY? ”The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001” There were NO terror attacks.. nor planes. No Boeing airliner can fly at a sea level speed of 580mph, without ripping off its wings and tail, and needing 4X the engine power to reach that speed. Can Finian explain where were the 2 massive 1500 foot central cores, with their lifts, shafts and motors, as NIS assured us the floors had ‘pancaked’? Or where were the millions of tons in the 2X 100 meter high piles of rubble from the collapsed buildings, which the laws of physics tell us MUST BE there? Those should have taken 4 years to dismantle, not done 4 hours overnight, and illegally, without the needed investigation. Search ”9/11 Hologram Plane Theory – Bill Cooper RIP Nov 5 2001′ NO DNA test to identify any fvictim from the Twins? When a human body is ‘vaporized’ to the finest dust at 3000C, based on microscopic, melted iron spheres in the dust. (Danish U Prof0. then NO DNA! Same as Bali!!

  18. Utter hogwash. We gave up liberty after 9/11 (for what you might call a little security, although the Bush torture regime couldn’t figure out how to deliver that any more competently than it could pronounce “nuclear”) because our enemies were well-defined human agents. We will turn into complete chimpanzees when we have an enemy agent to fight. We will follow a drug-addled loon into a world war and genocide if he gets our amygdalae fired up over a human threat, real or imagined.

    Viruses can only inspire so much paranoia. Most everyone just wants to be rid of them so we can move on with our lives as before. And a Holocaust of viruses, everyone agrees, is a good thing.

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  20. “History” is always repeating itself, for better or worse. Some learn, some don’t. I can feel pity for the latter, but not forgiveness when they violently drag me down along with them. Understanding what mistaken beliefs people hold doesn’t stop them from hurting me or change their mind as I suffer. People can see the harm they do and rationalize it, at least temporarily. For example, soldiers suffer from their immoral acts until they die, often prematurely. Popular support doesn’t change the self condemnation.
    I have suffered for 79 years. I have also continually resisted. It is my ability to see the hypocrisy and contradictions that have helped me.
    But focusing on the human progress is my joy, my way of life.

  21. Do you know America’s unique history?
    The Constitution was a blueprint for right’s violations, contradicting the BOR. It was understood that the government’s means was force, not reason. President Washington’s enforcement of the whiskey tax was the military killing citizens and some going to prison for tax protests. The tyranny began immediately after the anti-American silent coup which was supposed to be a teak of the Articles of Confederation. Instead, they secretly overthrew the old govt. (rules), which had elected 14 presidents. Washington was POTUS, but not the first president in the Americas. Also, there were 15 colonies, 2, Florida and West Florida didn’t need to secede, they were already sovereign. They didn’t fight a war. They negotiated. The 13 could have also. If they had, no standing army would have been created, which most of the Founders wanted to stop.
    In conclusion, rights denied for any reason, are not inalienable, is a denial of the very concept of rights, which was the foundation of the revolt and creation of a new country.

  22. I used to think that progs didn’t really want the government to impose mandates for vaccines or anything else at the end of the barrel of a gun, but one thing I have learned over the past year from being married to one and surrounded by many other like-minded people is that yes, this is exactly what they want.

  23. “…the TSA has become known for groping fliers,…”

    Hell, the few flights I was taking in the years after 9/11, this is what I was looking forward to.

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