by John W. Whitehead
April 13, 2015

from TheRutherfordInstitute Website



"What the government is good at

is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms

and killing people.

It's not good at much else."

Tom Clancy



The American people remain eager to be persuaded that a new president in the White House can solve the problems that plague us.


Yet no matter who wins this next presidential election, you can rest assured that the new boss will be the same as the old boss, and we - the permanent underclass in America - will continue to be forced to march in lockstep with the police state in all matters, public and private.


Indeed, as I point out in my new book Battlefield America - The War on the American People, it really doesn't matter what you call them,

  • the 1%

  • the elite

  • the controllers

  • the masterminds

  • the shadow government

  • the police state

  • the surveillance state

  • the military industrial complex, long as you understand that no matter which party occupies the White House in 2017, the unelected bureaucracy that actually calls the shots will continue to do so.


Consider the following a much-needed reality check, an antidote if you will, against an overdose of overhyped campaign announcements, lofty electoral promises and meaningless patriotic sentiments that land us right back in the same prison cell.


"economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy."


  • FACT:

"Today, 17,000 local police forces are equipped with such military equipment, as Blackhawk helicopters, machine guns, grenade launchers, battering rams, explosives, chemical sprays, body armor, night vision, rappelling gear and armored vehicles," reports Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.


"Some have tanks."


"There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime. That is not an exaggeration."


"are not aware that there are three branches of government, and 62 percent couldn't name them; 33 percent couldn't even name one."


"spends more than thirty-four hours a week watching live television... plus another three to six hours watching taped programs."



Perhaps the most troubling fact of all is this: we have handed over control of our government and our lives to faceless bureaucrats who view us as little more than cattle to be bred, branded, butchered and sold for profit.


If there is to be any hope of restoring our freedoms and reclaiming control over our government, it will rest not with the politicians but with the people themselves.


When all is said and done, each American will have to decide for themselves whether they prefer dangerous freedom to peaceful slavery.