The Rock, and the Hard Place.

Watching the horrible spectacle in Kiev, I’m taken by the deadly clashes between the national police and who we are told are ordinary citizens.

The sobering thought that keeps popping up in my mind is could it happen here? “Never in a million years,” you say. I really wonder.

There are clues that may give one pause. Things like more than 700 million rounds of ammunition purchased by the Department of Homeland Security [DHS], presumably for distribution to various enforcement divisions like the FBI and others. Add this purchase to the simple fact DHS has injected itself into every local regulatory and law enforcement agency in the nation, presumably under the cloak of being “helpful”, and there is the apparent definition of a possible federal takeover of state’s rights through local agencies. And, DHS has spread plenty of money into local recession strapped budgets, creating relationships on the local level that might not be easily trumped.

Then, there is the expansion of authority for the Internal Revenue Service [IRS], promulgated largely by the new Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare]. In this latter instance, there is little recourse to strong-arm tactics by the IRS looking carefully into every nook and cranny of your personal behavior and finances. ObamaCare gives IRS agents much more power over taxpayers under the guise of “affordable health care” initiatives.

Now, comes notice the Federal Communications Commission [FCC] is planning a clear “fact finding” intrusion into the operation of news reporting agencies. Let me be clear, I have little use for so-called journalists who promote their own agenda, rather than remain impartial providing the facts for citizens to make their own decisions. Hiding behind a “contract third party” does not dilute that this planned activity is a clear violation of First Amendment protections given the press. It is more than disturbing this could be an effort to completely control information provided to the public by a free press. Consider for a moment small newspapers, radio, and television stations who may be quickly intimidated and do not have the financial where-with-all to fight these “spies”. It is very troubling.

So, in just these three simple examples there appears to be enough to cause reasonable second thoughts in the minds of any patriotic individual, regardless their political preferences. I have not mentioned many other examples.

Am I fear mongering? I don’t think so. These are simply cause for looking deeply and suspiciously into the intentions of Federal Government administrations. — D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee,