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Friday, December 24, 2010

Awaiting the Storm



December 17, 2010    
by Fred Reed

Flags. These are always a bad sign. Hardly a politician appears on television who doesn’t stand in front of an American flag, sometimes three American flags. A venomous nationalism now poisons the air, and grows.   We are off and rolling.

The trappings of fascism spread. General David Petraeus, commander of the Eastern Front, poses with the President in the White House in combat fatigues.  The country is now the Homeland, reminiscent of the  Nazi Fatherland and the Soviet Motherland. We hear of American Exceptionalism, the ritual self-idolizaton beloved of pathological nationalism. Blood and Soil. The American Dream. Ubermenschen. All we need is a short Austrian.

We may get one. The times ripen for a man on a horse. (Or perhaps a woman: Twitler of Alaska looms.) An ignorant population, unread, unfamiliar with the outside world, focuses its anxieties on troubling dark things lurking abroad, the brown hordes from the south, the rising Chinese, inexplicable Moslems who want to kill all Christians.  Sooner rather than later such a mob finds solace in an angry unity. From an unhappy lower middle-class spring Brown Shirts. Wait.

Things come together: Falling standards of living across a country in irremediable decline, diminishing expectations, growing anger in search of focus, a sense of a birthright being stolen as preeminence drifts across the Pacific. Here is fertile soil for some strange crop not yet clearly seen.

It will play out against a backdrop of totalitarian watchfulness all too imaginable. A digital world lends itself to tyranny, making it, I think, inescapable. For practical purposes, the capacity to store data is infinite, to network it across the world, to track, to scan, to watch. This is not the place for a disquisition on the technology of surveillance. Just note that the machinery exists for a totalitarian watchfulness beyond Stalin’s wettest dreams.

The government wants this, pushes for it daily, and gets it. You can’t spend a dollar, take a flight, or send an email without a federal federal office watching.  It  is getting worse and cannot be stopped. Surveillance is too easy.

We will be told, are being told, that to be safe we must submit, that enemies within and without are upon us, that terrorists spawn plots everywhere. Where communists once hid in every closet and the House Unamerican Activities Committee, HUAC, hunted them, now we have Islamo-terrorists hunted by Homeland Security.

What matter civil rights when the Moslem is at our throats? The price of liberty is eternal vigilance, and the vigilance ends liberty.

Hysteria darkly flowers. Homeland Security now wants to train us in how to react to a nuclear attack, a la 1950. Scare’m, keep’em scared, tell them you are protecting them, and they will kiss your boots. An Australian publishes embarrassing cable traffic from American embassies, and politicians call for him to be killed by the CIA. The agency is revered as a sort of clandestine Batman and Robin, defending America secretly where evil swirls in the coming night. Kill, kill. On subways we are told to watch each other, to report curious behavior to the authorities. Nothing can stop this.

Constitutionality becomes a fading memory. Random searches in train stations, genital examinations in airports, the decline of habeas corpus, the evasion of the duty of Congress to declare wars, on and on. The government does what it wants. There is no recourse. We are told that it is to make us safe. I haven’t asked to be made safe.

The genius of American politics is to espouse democracy while keeping political power from the people. The trick is to have barely distinguishable candidates for the presidency who carefully avoid mention of substance—the wars, for example, or affirmative action, guns, abortion. These elections, if so they be, allow people to wave placards, roar invective about throwing the rascals out and returning to traditional American etc. The dust settles and things remain as they were.

Governance does not rest with the people. Today, decree replaces legislation, and must, for our safety. If Homeland Security says you must go through a CAT scan, naked, and singing the Star Spangled Banner, then you have to do it. There is no recourse. You can unelect an elected official, but there is no way to get at a bureaucrat. If you do not submit, you go to jail.
Shortly we will hear the death rattle of free expression. No government sees an advantage to itself in a free press, though countries with decent governments feel much less threatened. Our government fears nothing more.

America has a carefully controlled press that appears free because it is not explicitly controlled by the government. But the real power in America rests with the big corporations and their lobbies, with Wall Street, whose personnel move in and out of the formal government at will. All of the traditional media, radio, newspapers, and television, are owned by large corporations. How curious that they do not question large corporations.

The only free press in America is the internet, and the government does not like it. Washington now moves to “regulate” it. To promote fairness, you see, to prevent piracy, and to maintain national security. Then it will be found necessary to suppress “hate sites.” Just now you are reading a site that has been blocked on many federal installations for promoting hate. There is no recourse.

How will this play out? America retreats behind its emotional borders, gazes over the ramparts, frightened and  hostile. In those outlets of the media than pander to The Heartland, to the manipulable unlettered, the nationalist drumbeat grows apace. That America’s bankruptcy results from America’s economic policies, that the country is everywhere hated because of willfully chosen behavior—this does not occur to people who do not read, who do not so much as know the dates of World War II. They will find someone else to blame. Liberals. Mohammedans. Mexicans.

A danger is that the country will lash out abroad, ever more feebly as the economy declines, at nations that no will longer pay attention to it. Washington says that it “will not tolerate a nuclear Iran,” and Iran ignores the admonition. You cannot not tolerate what you can’t prevent. The Pentagon sends the carriers to steam ferally in circles off North Korea, which ignores them. The consequences of wounded vanity are not trivial in world affairs, as anyone knows who has a familiarity with the Treaty of Versailles. But who does?

It serves nothing to raise alarums, to pen Philippics, to gnash hands and wring teeth. Minor political currents can be diverted by protest, but this one is the torrent subsequent to a broken dam.  It will go where it will, as the Thirties went where they would.

Hold on tight.


  1. Awesome writing. But as dismal as everything is, and the writer pens so poetically, he is too accepting of things. Too set on embracing what is planned for us. If one is so set on acceptance one will never see an opportunity for change. And those are there, Dog Poet speaks of them often but he has a different vision.

    Many Westerners do not understand destiny or fate or reincarnation. Just because something is written does not mean it is written in stone, it is a possibility that will come about if you do NOTHING. Some Middle and Far Eastern people just accept what is rather than take any steps to better things.

    Being pro active is a great way to deal with this pessimism no matter how beautifully and seductively worded.

  2. Merry Christmas Saladin.

    May we all ride out this storm to bring health and happiness to the world ... very soon.

  3. It's always darkest before the dawn. I did not see negativity in the essay, I saw inevitability to face what must come and do the right thing, or not.
    Merry Christmas to all, and may the new year bring us the fortitude to do what we know must be done, to resist tyranny in all it's forms.

    Peace and Blessings my friends.

  4. If you visit the blogs at the Vatic Project posted on the 24th at 5 PM Friday evening and then the ones posted all day long on Christmas day, you will see that maybe its not all so hopeless. These blogs tell us why THE EVIL ONES ARE SO AFRAID OF US.... while they work hard to convince us to be afraid of them. WHY THEY ARE ATTACKING OUR DNA. THERE IS A REASON AND THEY KNOW THEY ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME. Start with this one below and keep it in mind when you watch the others, remember we are connected to this energy.

    then watch these and try to see the connection, we are learning so much new science that explains so much and we needed this knowledge now to fight these evil forces. This will be worse than WW II, trust me, if we do not fight it. and this one as well

    Why is that?? Well, science has made headway at such a fast pace that the timing could not be more perfect. What these blogs show is that we as people are powerful beyond belief. Remember, the evil ones are SATANISTS and that means they believe deeply in a spiritual realm. They do all that they believe is necessary to acquire power and wealth.

    So they are afraid of us because we also have spiritual power but we don't know it and thus we don't use it & they try to keep us in the dark about it. That is the battle field folks and its a big one this time around. I strongly recommend you go to these blogs and see for yourself just how powerful we are and if nothing else, at least watch the series of videos by scientists on "THE POWER OF THE MIND" and see why they are attacking our DNA.... becuase, that is where we are powerful enough to heal with it.

    So, lets simultaneously work on doing this, the old saying "MIND OVER MATTER" was not stated for no reason. As we move further into the galaxy toward alignment, it gets even quicker and stronger and much more powerful on our side since we have God and the light.

  5. Excellent points Vatic, and I agree wholeheartedly. TPTB would like nothing better then to shut us all down, in every possible way, but as my friend Les Visible is constantly pointing out, this is the time of the Apocalypse, we are witnessing the mass awakening and nothing can stop it now. I firmly believe the time has come to refine the gold, that is, to bring out the best in all of us. I am not worried, I have met so many wonderful people I know we will win, it is inevitable.