The Danger Within: Border Patrol Is Turning America Into a Constitution-Free Zone

The Danger Within: Border Patrol Is Turning America Into a Constitution-Free Zone By John W. Whitehead “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”— William Pitt How far would you really go to secure the nation’s borders against illegal aliens? Would you give the government limitless amounts of money to fight yet another endless war? Surround the entire country with concrete walls and barbed wire? Empower border police to do whatever it takes to crack down…

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Break the Cycle: In 2019, Say No to the Government’s Cruelty, Brutality and Abuse

Break the Cycle: In 2019, Say No to the Government’s Cruelty, Brutality and Abuse By John W. Whitehead “The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.”—Edmund Burke Folks, it’s time to break the cycle. Let’s make 2019 the year we say no to the laundry list of abuses—cruel, brutal, immoral, unconstitutional and unacceptable—that have been heaped upon us by the government for way too long. Let’s make 2019 the year we stop living in a state of utter denial, desensitized to the government’s acts of violence, accustomed to reports…

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Red Flag Gun Laws: Yet Another Government Weapon for Compliance and Control

Red Flag Gun Laws: Yet Another Government Weapon for Compliance and Control By John W. Whitehead “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”—George Santayana We never learn. In the right (or wrong) hands, benevolent plans can easily be put to malevolent purposes. Even the most well-intentioned government law or program can be—and has been—perverted, corrupted and used to advance illegitimate purposes once profit and power are added to the equation. The war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on illegal immigration, asset forfeiture schemes,…

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America Is on the Brink of a Nervous Breakdown

America Is on the Brink of a Nervous Breakdown By John W. Whitehead “As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.” ― Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas Yet another shooting. Yet another smear of ugliness, hatred and violence. Yet another ratcheting up of the calls…

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Has America Become a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy?

Has America Become a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy? By John W. Whitehead “The poor and the underclass are growing. Racial justice and human rights are nonexistent. They have created a repressive society and we are their unwitting accomplices. Their intention to rule rests with the annihilation of consciousness. We have been lulled into a trance. They have made us indifferent to ourselves, to others. We are focused only on our own gain.”—They Live, John Carpenter We’re living in two worlds, you and I. There’s the world we see (or…

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You Want to Make America Great Again? Start by Making America Free Again

You Want to Make America Great Again? Start by Making America Free Again By John W. Whitehead “If the freedom of speech be taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”—George Washington Living in a representative republic means that each person has the right to take a stand for what they think is right, whether that means marching outside the halls of government, wearing clothing with provocative statements, or simply holding up a sign. That’s what the First Amendment is supposed to be about. Yet through…

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Creating a Suspect Society: The Scary Side of the Technological Police State

Creating a Suspect Society: The Scary Side of the Technological Police State By John W. Whitehead “If, as it seems, we are in the process of becoming a totalitarian society in which the state apparatus is all-powerful, the ethics most important for the survival of the true, free, human individual would be: cheat, lie, evade, fake it, be elsewhere, forge documents, build improved electronic gadgets in your garage that’ll outwit the gadgets used by the authorities.”—Philip K. Dick It’s a given that Big Brother is always watching us. Unfortunately, thanks to…

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Suspending the Constitution: In America Today, the Government Does Whatever It Wants

Suspending the Constitution: In America Today, the Government Does Whatever It Wants By John W. Whitehead “That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn’t even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn’t even an enemy you could put your finger on.”—Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale We can pretend that the Constitution, which was written to hold the government accountable, is still our governing document. The reality we must come to terms with, however,…

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What I Don’t Like About Life in Post-9/11 America

What I Don’t Like About Life in Post-9/11 America By John W. Whitehead “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”―Edward Abbey, American author Life in a post-9/11 America increasingly feels like an endless free fall down a rabbit hole into a terrifying, dystopian alternative reality in which the citizenry has no rights, the government is no friend to freedom, and everything we ever knew and loved about the values and principles that once made this country great has been turned on its head. We’ve…

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Criminalizing Childhood: School Safety Measures Aren’t Making the Schools Any Safer

Criminalizing Childhood: School Safety Measures Aren’t Making the Schools Any Safer By John W. Whitehead “Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that have increasingly come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning. From metal detectors to drug tests, from increased policing to all-seeing electronic surveillance, the public schools of the twenty-first century reflect a society that has become fixated on crime, security and violence.”—Investigative journalist Annette Fuentes It used to be that if you…

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