“This is our new America”

"Having witnessed her father being violently arrested, my 8-year old
daughter was distraught and crying. The police told my wife to take her

"My wife consoled our daughter, but since the
Bollyn children have seen much of the world, and witnessed major
political events, she allowed our daughter to watch it, saying, ‘This
is our new America

When you read this "unbelievable" account in its entirety (really, you should) take note: I had planned to copy/paste the whole thing here and then edit it to make time, place and nationality ambiguous. But I just don’t have the time, right now. But if I had…well, read that and just go ahead and tell me you’d have though this happened in America. Just go right ahead.

Then turn over and go back to sleep. It’s just the idle rantings and ravings of a malcontent, after all.

(via Bill St. Clair)

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  1. Jon Barnes on August 27, 2006 at 18:01

    I read the '"unbelievable" account'… all of it. I would like not to believe it but, unfortunately, I do. I worked for 33 years for a large defense contractor and had various top level clearances. Our government has been trending in a bad direction for years and, IMO, the current administration has accelerated it in spades.

    I know you don't vote, but I intend to do my part in voting the bastards out. There is some good Republican goals but I don't see any thing good in the current crop of R's at the federal level. IMHO, we can't do much worse than what we have. I got out of the Republican Party when they impeached Clinton for what he did "out of office". For me, it's what a President does in office that counts.

    Nothing happens without a force to make it happen. In other words, things usually have to get pretty bad before people see and take action.

    Anyhow…I enjoy reading your stuff.


  2. Richard Nikoley on August 30, 2006 at 14:05

    You're both wrong. Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent. Matters not. This is not something you can vote your way out of regardless the politician. It's voting that got us here.

    Think back to 1960. Can you think of anyone who understood that voting wasn't going to change anything? Marin Luther King ring a bell?

  3. Lute Nikoley on August 30, 2006 at 13:38

    And, there is a democrat running for anything who isn't a commie through and through, including our CA delegation?

  4. Richard Nikoley on August 31, 2006 at 12:19

    Question: how many nations and territories have existed throughout known history where people lived in relative freedom and who did not "vote?" Hint: there are a _lot_.

    And here's why it's completely relevant. You can try, but will not be able to cite a single instance in recorded history where the vote and its result has ushered in more freedom and liberty, less government intrusion, and less taxes combined with less spending. It has never happened. Ever.

    At the same time, in the midst of every voting mechanism on Earth, governments _always_ (like: every time) get bigger as a percentage of the population, take a higher percentage of production in taxes, create more and more laws, and the list goes on.

    Voting while maintaining there is a possibility that it will reverse this 100% observed result is insane. It's doing the same thing over and over expecting an opposite result from what has been observed 100% of the — that is: every single — time. Making the excuse that, well, "it's always been that way" is just downright Amish.

    Every single time.

    Freedom arises from three conditions:

    1. Nature.
    2. Revolution.
    3. Massive Civil Disobedience.

    It's just the bottom line. But y'all can persist in your delusions. It will be nothing new.

  5. Lute Nikoley on August 31, 2006 at 10:15

    Totally irrellevent, voting is always going to happen, always has happened since this nation was established. Some good and mostly bad come from voting. No voting, all would be bad. A despot dictatorship would be the result.

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