by John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead
world is a dangerous place,
not because of
those who do evil,
but because of
those who look
on and do
America is breaking down.
This breakdown, triggered by,
a sense of
hopelessness and powerlessness in the face of growing
government corruption and brutality
economic divide that has much of the population struggling
to get by
and militainment (the selling of war and violence as
...is manifesting itself
in madness, mayhem and an utter disregard for the very principles
and liberties that have kept us out of the clutches of
totalitarianism for so long.
In New York City,
for example, a 200-year-old statue of Thomas Jefferson holding the
Declaration of Independence will be removed from the City Council's
chambers where it has presided since 1915.
many significant accomplishments, without which we might not have
the rights we do today,
he will be banished for having been, like many of his day, a
same brutal expectation of infallibility has yet to be applied to
many other politically correct yet equally imperfect and fallible
role models of the day.
a tribunal of nine men and women spoke with one voice to affirm that
government and its henchmen can literally get away with
murder and not be held accountable for their wrongdoing.
The Supreme Court's
latest rulings are yet another
painful lesson in compliance, a reminder that in the American
police state, "we the people" are at the mercy of law enforcement
officers who have almost absolute discretion to decide who is a
threat, what constitutes resistance, and how harshly they can deal
with the citizens they were appointed to "serve and protect."
All across the
country, from California to Connecticut and every point in between,
men and women who have worked faithfully and diligently at their
jobs for years are being terminated for daring to believe,
have a right to bodily integrity
should not be forced, against their conscience or better
judgment, to choose between individual liberty and economic
that they -
and not the government, or the FDA, or the CDC, or the
Corporate State - have dominion over their bodies
COVID-19 'pandemic' has created yet another double
standard in how "we the people" navigate this country:
while "we the
middling classes" are subjected to vaccine mandates and denied
even the right to be skeptical about the origins of the COVID
virus, let alone the efficacy of the so-called 'cure', the
government, corporations and pharmaceutical companies have been
shielded from liability with blanket immunity laws that
ensure we are little more than guinea pigs for their
And then in
Pennsylvania, a man traveling on a commuter train harassed,
assaulted and then raped a woman over the course of 40 minutes and
more than two dozen train stops while fellow travelers, watching and
filming the attack,
Not a single
witness called 911.
Not a single
bystander intervened to help the woman.
Despite the fact
that the man was outnumbered and could have been overwhelmed by
those on the train,
no collective effort was made to ward off the attack.
Only when it was
too late, when the damage had been done and the train had pulled
into its last stop, did police show up to intervene.
There is an
allegory here for what is happening to our country and its citizens,
who have also been,
waylaid by a madman (the
their safety nets (their rights undermined and eroded)
out in the open by a fiend (the American Police State and its many
operatives - the courts, the legislatures and their various armies)
that is devoid of humanity,
...while those not in the immediate
crosshairs watch safely from a distance without making a move to
This is madness,
yet there is a method to this madness.
This is how freedom
falls and tyranny rises.
authoritarian regimes begin with incremental steps:
Bit by bit, the
citizenry finds its freedoms being curtailed and undermined for the
sake of national security.
And slowly the
populace begins to submit.
No one speaks
up for those being targeted.
No one resists
these minor acts of oppression.
recognizes the indoctrination into tyranny for what it is.
failure to speak truth to power has resulted in whole populations
being conditioned to tolerate unspoken cruelty toward their fellow
human beings, a bystander syndrome in which people remain silent and
disengaged - mere onlookers - in the face of abject horrors and
Time has insulated
us from the violence perpetrated by past regimes in their pursuit of
and slaughter of innocents by the Romans, the torture of the
Inquisition, the atrocities of the Nazis, the butchery of the
Fascists, the bloodshed by the Communists, and the cold-blooded
war machines run by the
military industrial complex...
disassociate from such violence.
We can convince ourselves
that we are somehow different from the victims of government
continue to spout empty political rhetoric about how great
America is, despite the evidence to the contrary.
avoid responsibility for holding the government accountable.
We can zip
our lips and bind our hands and shut our eyes...
In other words, we
can continue to exist in a state of denial.
Yet there is no
denying the ugly, hard truths that become more evident with every
government is not our friend. Nor does it work for "we the
so-called government representatives do not actually
represent us, the citizenry. We are now
ruled by an oligarchic elite of governmental and
corporate interests whose main interest is in perpetuating
power and control.
and Democrats like to act as if there's a huge difference
between them and their policies. However, they are not sworn
enemies so much as they are partners in crime, united in a
common goal, which is to
maintain the status quo.
of two evils is still evil.
newspaper headline asked the question:
difference between a politician and a psychopath?"
answer, then and now, remains the same: None... There is
virtually no difference between
psychopaths and politicians.
terrorism, more than domestic extremism, more than gun
violence and organized crime, the U.S. government has become
a greater menace to the life, liberty and property of its
citizens than any of the so-called dangers from which the
government claims to protect us
government knows exactly which buttons to push in order to
manipulate the populace and gain the public's cooperation
made any difference, they wouldn't let us do it.
shadow government, which is comprised of,
government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors,
paper-pushers, and button-pushers who are actually calling
the shots behind the scenes right now and operates beyond
the reach of the Constitution with no real accountability to
...is the real reason why "we the people" have
no control over our government.
longer have to be poor, black or guilty to be
treated like a criminal in America.
All that is required
is that you belong to the suspect class - that is, the
citizenry - of the American police state. As a de facto
member of this so-called criminal class, every U.S. citizen
is now guilty until proven innocent.
people" are no longer shielded by the rule of law.
gradually whittling away at our freedoms - free speech,
assembly, due process, privacy, etc. - the government has,
in effect, liberated itself from its contractual agreement
to respect our constitutional rights while resetting the
calendar back to a time when we had no Bill of Rights to
protect us from the long arm of the government.
property means nothing if the government can take your home,
car or money under the flimsiest of pretexts, whether it be
asset forfeiture schemes, eminent domain or overdue property
private property means little
at a time when SWAT teams and other government agents can
invade your home, break down your doors, kill your dog,
wound or kill you, damage your furnishings and terrorize
We now find
ourselves caught in the crosshairs of a showdown between the
rights of the individual and the so-called "emergency"
state, and "we the people" are losing.
those freedoms we cherish - the ones enshrined in the
Constitution, the ones that affirm our right to free speech
and assembly, due process, privacy, bodily integrity, the
right to not have police seize our property without a
warrant, or search and detain us without probable cause -
amount to nothing when the government and its agents are
allowed to disregard those prohibitions on government
overreach at will.
If there is
an absolute maxim by which the federal government seems to
operate, it is that the American taxpayer always gets ripped
freedoms - especially the Fourth Amendment - continue to be
choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats
that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy
on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual
at any time and for the slightest provocation.
vaccinations, forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies,
forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA
extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric
these are just a few ways in which Americans
continue to be reminded that we have no control over what
happens to our bodies during an encounter with government
freedom is never free. There is always a price - always a
sacrifice - that must be made in order to safeguard one's
We cannot remain
silent in the face of the government's ongoing overreaches, power
grabs, and crimes against humanity.
Evil disguised as
bureaucracy is still evil. Indeed, this is what Hannah Arendt
referred to as the
banality of evil.
As I make clear in
my book Battlefield
America - The War on the American People and in its
The Erik Blair Diaries, such evil happens when
bureaucrats (governmental and corporate) unquestioningly carry out
orders that are immoral and inhumane:
obey immoral instructions
unthinkingly; march in lockstep with tyrants; mindlessly perpetuate
acts of terror and inhumanity; and justify it all as just "doing
Such evil prevails
when good men and women do nothing.
By doing nothing,
by remaining silent, by being bystanders to injustice, hate and
wrongdoing, good people become as guilty as the perpetrator.
There's a term for
this phenomenon where people stand by, watch and do nothing - even
when there is no risk to their safety - while some horrific act
takes place (someone is mugged or raped or bullied or left to die):
it's called the bystander effect...
It works the same
you're talking about kids watching bullies torment a fellow
student on a playground, bystanders watching someone dying on a
sidewalk, passengers on a train filming a fellow traveler be raped
without intervening to help, or citizens remaining silent in the
face of government atrocities...
We need to stop
being silent bystanders...
It's time to stand
up for truth - for justice - for freedom - not just for ourselves
but for all humanity.
Tomorrow may be too late...